Camp Tour and Visitor Guidelines

We are very glad you’ll be joining us at camp for a fun-filled day! Here is some helpful information as you prepare for your visit.

Roundup River Ranch Camp Tour and Visitor Guidelines
 

  • Schedule for Visitors – Camp visits will be conducted while camp is in session between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Your visit will include observation of camp programs, a camp tour, breakfast or lunch in Trent’s Cookhouse with our campers, and lots of other camp fun. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at 8:15 a.m. for breakfast tours and by 11:00 a.m. for lunch tours to ensure a prompt start time. The sooner we are able to begin, the more camp programs visitors can experience! To schedule a tour, please contact Cathy Ethington, Associate Director of Development: cathy@roundupriverranch.org or call 414.418.7328.
  • Arrival – When you turn into camp, please pull up to the gate box on your left and select the button to call the Front Desk who will open the gate for you. Head straight and follow signs directing visitors to Guest & Camper Check-In. Once you park, you will need to walk pass the Medical Depot to DJ’s Junction, the rustic, brown administrative building to sign-in.
  • Accommodations for Visitors – Tours of Roundup River Ranch are walking based. We are happy to make accommodations for visitors as needed. Visitors should please notify host in advance to request assistance that might be needed.
  • Camp Contact Information – If you have questions or need to reach Roundup River Ranch staff in route to camp, please call 303.887.3107 to speak to Sarah Ingersoll. Please note there is no cell service once you turn up Colorado River Road.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and bring water – Camp is very sunny and all guests are encouraged to wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring a bottle of water during your tour. 
  • For More Information– Please contact your camp host in advance of tour with any questions or concerns. At camp, visitors are encouraged to ask as many questions possible to Roundup River Ranch staff. We look forward to you learning more about camp!

Guidelines:

  • Age –Tours are intended for guests that are 19 or older. In some instances, we have campers with severely suppressed immune systems. In those instances, we may not permit children to visit camp. We will make every effort to try and accommodate alternative visits to camp for visitors wanting to tour the site with children. These visits may occur when camp is not in session or during a time that campers may be resting.
  • Apparel – The dress code is camp appropriate. Casual clothing and comfortable close toed shoes are recommended, and inappropriate clothing (short shorts, halter tops, etc.) is discouraged. Campers often feel awkward when adults in suits, ties, dresses, skirts or other more formal clothing are observing them, and become distracted by a large group of visitors dressed in a fashion dissimilar from peers. We encourage visitors to blend in with their style of dress.  Think Camp Casual!
  • Directions to Camp – Roundup River Ranch is located at 8333 Colorado River Road in Gypsum, CO. Directions to camp included in email confirmation. 
  • Health Status – No specific vaccinations are required for visitors. For the safety of campers, many of whom have compromised immune systems, all visitors must be free of potentially contagious viral symptoms, fever, rashes and must not have been in contact with anyone with these symptoms. Please practice regular hand-washing while at camp.
    • Contagious viral symptoms include: fever > 100◦F, cough, sore throat, conjunctivitis, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes or body aches OR any other signs/symptoms of illness that lead you to believe that you may be sick.  If you have been exposed to someone with measles or chickenpox in the previous 3 weeks do not come to camp!
  • Parking/Transportation – Visitors are to park in the parking lot adjacent to yellow The Medical Depot. Once on foot, follow signs to Visitor & Camper Check-In to DJ’s Junction. Tours will be on foot unless modifications need to be made.
  • Behavior/Interaction – In order to ensure positive experiences for both campers and visitors:
    • Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the camp tour under the leadership of Roundup River Ranch staff. Visitors must remain with Roundup River Ranch staff throughout their visit at camp.
    • Camp is an amazing place, and the impact of the support of the community can be felt throughout camp. While we wish that everyone would have the opportunity to speak directly to campers so they can express their gratitude, our goal is to ensure that our campers’ experiences are not interrupted by visitors. In case they do not have the opportunity to say so themselves, on behalf of all our campers, THANK YOU!
    • At camp we always ensure we provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for both our campers and staff. For the protection of everyone, we never want to place ourselves in unsafe one-on-one situations. To prevent sticky situations, always maintain a 2:1 adult to camper ratio.  That is to say, always have another adult with you.  This adult may be another staff member or a trained volunteer. This is particularly relevant to visitors when using the restroom.
    • Visitors should not ask campers question about their illness, the reason they are at camp, or other questions that might make the camper feel uncomfortable. Please keep in mind that not all campers are aware of their medical diagnosis, and we treat this information with great confidentiality.  Above all else, our campers are kids who enjoy having fun with their friends. Please ask questions that would you ask to your own kids, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, etc.
    • Visitors should not share personal information with campers.
    • Roundup River Ranch staff is responsible for discipline of campers, as all campers are on individual behavior support plans. Visitors should present their concerns to a staff member rather than intervening.
    • Use of tobacco (including e-cigarettes), drugs, or alcohol is prohibited at Roundup River Ranch.
    • Visitors are REQUIRED to have fun and join in the Roundup River Ranch experience! This includes dancing with our campers after lunch…Bring your dancing shoes and a smile!
  • Identification – Similar to what is required for campers, visitors are required to wear a name tag at all times while at Roundup River Ranch.
  • Emergency Situations – Visitors are asked to follow the direction of Roundup River Ranch staff in the unlikely event of an emergency situation.   
  • Cell Phones – There is no cell phone coverage at Roundup River Ranch.
  • Pets – For the safety and out of respect for our campers, visitors are not permitted to bring pets to camp.
  • Photography/Videography – Photography or videography of campers is not permitted except by prior consent from Roundup River Ranch staff. This is requested out of respect of our campers and their privacy. Roundup River Ranch will provide approved photos to visitors following camp session. Camper names may not be shared outside of Roundup River Ranch premises, and specific identifying information may not be shared via electronic media.
  • Fragrance-Free Camp – Visitors are asked to follow our Fragrance-Free Camp policy and not use fragrances, perfumes, colognes, or scented lotions, soaps, and sprays prior to visit given the allergies of campers.

Thank you for following these very important guidelines for the safety and well-being of our campers. We look forward to seeing you at camp!