Mountain Friends Camp has traveled and roamed between Utah, Colorado and New Mexico since we started in 2010. In 2020 we’ll return to the beautiful Collins Lake Ranch, near Mora, New Mexico.
Collins Lake Ranch, Mora, New Mexico: We’ve held camp at Collins Lake Ranch since 2017, and every year our hosts have worked hard to make new changes and improvements to the space. Collins Lake Ranch is located near Mora NM; their mission is “to provide meaningful opportunities to people with developmental disabilities who desire to participate in a rural mountain community.” Campers and staff loved their gorgeous mountain valley location (with a 12 acre lake, soccer field, organic garden, and farm animals!) and valued the potential for our program and campers to grow through connecting and building community with those with disabilities.
There are currently five adults with developmental disabilities living on the ranch, with support from a holistically trained, 24/7 staff. MFC has separate camp area, they built a modern bathhouse and set up new yurts for us in 2017, and since then we’ve add a kitchen yurt, large dining pavilion, and a program yurt! We’ll also spend time together with the residents and share a few activities around the lake, horse arena, several meals, and enjoy hikes on and off the property. We’re working carefully with CLR leadership to plan on some integrated programs ranging from plork projects (including gardening and animal care) to crafts and creativity night.