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 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.

Day Visitors

All areas (with the exception of the Stupa) will be closed to visitors during certain closed programs.

Guest Services Department 10 am – 5 pm (daily)
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya 8 am to 7 pm (daily)
Hiking Trails 8 am to 7 pm (daily)
Shambhala Mountain Gift Store 1 pm – 5 pm (Wed – Sun)
Dining Hall Lunch 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Dinner 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm*
Meditation Sits** 8 am – 9 am
12 pm – 12:30 pm
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm*

*Please note that some hours may change seasonally. **Meditation Instruction upon request/availability.

Upon arrival, please park in the upper lot to your left. 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.

Occasionally, our entire campus may be closed to day visitors due to special programs. Please see the homepage of our website for closure information.

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.


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.

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

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

Also see detailed Driving Directions or Driving Map.