General Information

Shambhala Mountain Center is a six-hundred acre mountain haven of native forests, gentle meadows and sweeping valleys located at an elevation of 8,000 feet in Northern Colorado.  We are four minutes from the town of Red Feather Lakes, which is 10 miles south of the Wyoming border and about 50 miles northwest of Fort Collins. We host over a hundred group retreats, weekend programs and private rentals throughout the year. While these programs are open to registered participants only, certain areas of our campus are also accessible to day visitors.

Day  Visitors

We are open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for visiting the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, the Shambhala Mountain Gift Store and for exploring our eight miles of wilderness trails. All visitors must check-in at our Guest Registration house upon arrival. Parking is allowed in designated areas only. We are a smoke-free environment, except in designated areas. Pets are not allowed due to their impact on the wildlife. Also, due to our remote location, cell phones do not get reception here.

Occasionally, our entire campus may be closed to day visitors due to special programs. We recommend calling Guest Services at (970) 881-2184 x.230 to plan ahead. Please note that Guest Registration closes at 5:30 p.m.

Attend an Open House

Please join us the first Sunday of the month for our Open House series. Bring a friend and come spend the day at our contemplative retreat center in the wild and beautiful Rocky Mountains. Receive meditation instruction, hear a dharma talk, and take a tour of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, as well as simply relax on this serene and powerful land. More information and to register HERE. 

Attend a Retreat

Please click HERE for a list of all upcoming retreats. For a self-guided retreat, see our GETAWAY program.


The weather here changes quickly and can vary to extremes. The sun is a higher intensity; gusty winds are frequent. Summers are cool with average temperatures in the 50s. July and August days can reach the 70s. Winters are very cold with temperatures in the 20s. January and February are often our coldest months. However, in any given fall, winter or spring, one may experience mild temperatures and bright sunshine, or heavy snow and intense cold.

Daytime and nighttime temperature variations can fluctuate up to 29°F in the summer and an average of 22°F in winter. Rain, snow and wind can blow in quickly. July is our wettest month in the summer. We get heavy snowfall in winter.

Essential Gear

    • Layered clothing to accommodate a wide range of temperatures on any given day.
    • Sturdy shoes, with good traction and stability for walking on trails and uneven ground.
    • Chapstick, sun protection and sun hat in summer; warm hat, scarf and gloves in winter.
    • Water bottle, waist or day pack, flashlight, batteries, camera if desired.
    • Light layers for warmer days and indoors; warm layers of fleece/wool in cooler months.
    • A windproof jacket; water resistant or water proof in wetter months.
    • Warm boots and YAK TRACKS in winter months; thick socks for indoor areas.

Note:  Shoes must be removed in all indoor areas. Slip-off designs are most convenient.

Program Participant Guide

For more information about preparing for overnight stays, please see our Program Participant Guide.

Getting Here

Also see detailed Driving Directions or Driving Map.