Find out more about visiting Shambhala Mountain Center for the day, attend an Open House, or be our overnight guest for retreats and programs.

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 located 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.

Occasionally, Shambhala Mountain Center may be closed to day visitors. In the event of a “land closure”, visitors may continue to access The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya by driving directly to the Stupa without stopping at Registration or in the downtown area. Closure notifications are displayed on this page and our website homepage.

General Information

Land Closure
Shambhala Mountain Center is hosting a private retreat from Wednesday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 16, and again from Thursday, Oct. 20 through Monday, Oct 31. Guest Services and the downtown areas, including the Gift Store are closed to visitors. You may still access the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Please proceed all the way to the Stupa without stopping in the downtown or Red Feather Campus areas so as not to disturb retreats in progress.

Hours of Operation

Please note that some hours may change seasonally.

Guest Services Department 10 am – 5 pm Daily
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya 9 am – 7 pm Daily
Hiking Trails 9 am – Sundown Daily
Shambhala Mountain Gift Store Spring-Fall, 1 pm – 5 pm Daily
Winter, 1 pm – 5 pm, Wed – Sunday
Dining Hall Lunch, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Daily
Dinner, Summer, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Daily
Dinner, Fall-Spring, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Daily
Meditation Sits* 8 am – 9 am Daily
12 pm – 12:30 pm Daily
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Daily, Summer
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Daily, Fall-Spring

*Meditation Instruction is available upon request depending on availability of instructors.

Upon Arrival

Upon arrival, please park in the main parking lot, also called the “upper” parking lot. This lot is the first left after entering the property, and directly after the Tori gate. Those with accessibility needs are welcome to drive downtown and/or to the stupa. 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.

Day Visitors

Shambhala Mountain Center is a wonderful place to spend the day. Whether you’re hiking our spacious and breath-taking land, sitting in on one of our daily meditation practices, enjoying a meal with friends in our dining room, or stopping by the Gift Store to look for the perfect mala beads, we love to welcome visitors to experience this very special and sacred place.

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. For 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.

Before You Come

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 highs in 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 greatly. Rain, snow and wind can blow in quickly. July is our wettest month in the summer. We occasionally 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 traction in winter months; thick socks for indoor areas.

Please remove your shoes before entering all indoor areas, except for the dining hall, and main downtown visitor’s bathroom. Entry halls to store your shoes, coats, and personal items are available in most buildings. Slip-off designs are most convenient; but not advisable if you planning on hiking or walking due to the rugged nature of the terrain.

Program Participant Guides

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

Winter (Mid-September to Mid-April) 

Spring/Summer (Mid-April to Mid-September)

Getting Here

See our detailed Driving Directions or Driving Map.