VISITORS — While we’re experiencing the Omicron spike, we’re asking day visitors to not enter buildings, including the Dining Room. Visitors who are vaccinated and masked may enter the Stupa. Portajohns are available at the upper parking lot and behind the Stupa. The gift store is closed.
SMC’s Updated COVID Policy — Please see SMC’s updated COVID policy, revised August 13, 2021. For the safety of all, we now require all program guests to be vaccinated and to wear masks in shared public spaces.
SMC’s Award-Winning Eco-Forestry Work
Shambhala Mountain Center is committed to stewarding the land here to expand its resiliency, capacity and overall health. Through partnerships with conservation agencies, our work extends the environmental health beyond our 600 acres. For example, firefighters were able to establish a containment line against the Cameron Peak Fire on land that SMC treated in 2018 during Phase I of a 3-phase conservation forestry project.
In the video below, Mac McGoldrick, SMC’s director of built and natural environments, describes the eco-forestry and conservation work at SMC in collaboration with our partners. Thank you Fort Collins Conservation District for this beautiful video! Learn more about our eco-forestry work.
What is Shambhala Mountain Center?
Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies, Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC) provides the perfect retreat setting for studying yoga, meditation and contemplative arts. SMC combines natural beauty, unspoiled wilderness, blue skies and crisp mountain air with the comforts of a modern retreat campus. Our accommodations range from fine lodge rooms with private baths to shared same-gender dormitories and economically-priced seasonal tents on wooded hillsides. Meals, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, are included in lodging.
This is a place where many wisdom traditions are hosted, and we welcome all people inspired to explore the nature of self and society. Join us and enjoy our beautiful location and warm hospitality.
Planning a Day Visit?
Shambhala Mountain Center is waiting for you in all its autumn splendor. Whether you haven’t been here for a while or are a first-time visitor, you’re welcome to come for a day visit. Occasionally we are closed to day visitors, so we recommend checking this page before you come. Some things you can do while here:
• Hike up to the Great Stupa. This stunning work of art and architecture is well worth the time and effort to get to the land. The Stupa sustained smoke damage from the Cameron Peak Fire and the restoration work continues. Visitors are allowed inside but the meditation cushions have not yet been replaced. In Buddhist cultures, visitors traditionally circumambulate the stupa in a clockwise direction.
• Enjoy a delicious meal in our dining room. A donation of $10 – $15 greatly appreciated. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are always available. Breakfast is approximately 7:30 to 8:30am, lunch is 12:30 to 1:30pm, dinner is 6 to 7pm.
• Visit our beautiful gift store where you’ll find books, meditation supplies, clothing and jewelry. Plus: ice cream!, snacks and other essentials. Hours are Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 1:15 – 3:30pm.
Once you experience the magic of our secluded mountain valley, you will want to come back. Sign up for a program or retreat like a Silent Meditation Intensive or book a Thanksgiving stay. We look forward to seeing you!
Sorry, dogs are not allowed at SMC.
While day hiking is permitted, please review our Fire Recovery guidelines. Note: Perimeter trails are closed for fire recovery.
Our COVID Policy
After consulting with a Colorado epidemiologist and with guidance from the CDC and local authorities, we issued a new COVID policy in August 2021. We now require all program participants to be fully vaccinated before arriving at SMC, and masks must be worn in any public space. We will continue to review our policy periodically and update it as the conditions allow. We appreciate guests’ understanding as we navigate this challenging situation. The safety and well-being of our guests is of utmost importance.
News from the Land
- We’re hiring for seasonal and year-round positions. Join our staff.
- SMC’s 2020 financial report is here.
- Check out other opportunities to volunteer and support SMC’s post-fire recovery.
- The land remains fragile after the Cameron Peak fire. See our Visitor Guidelines for supporting SMC’s eco-recovery.