YMCA of the Rockies, located near the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, is the site for the Ijtema this year. The site is surrounded by some of the tallest peaks in the continental United States. Get inspired by nature, raise your spirituality, and increase your brotherhood by participating in this blessed four-day event.
In addition to the traditional Ijtema activities such as Taleem competitions, interactive sessions, and sports competitions, the site offers many unique activities such as zip-lining, horseback riding, archery, mini-golf, swimming, board games. The site is right at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and we will be making excursions into the park for hiking and sight-seeing.
Most Khuddam will fly-in to Denver International Airport (DEN). We are finding that the average airfare to fly into Denver this year is low as compared to last year. The airport is served by many low-cost carriers including Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines (make sure you search on Southwest’s website because their fare only appears on their own website). You should book your tickets now because fares are continuing to rise.
There is also an airport in Colorado Springs (COS) that is 2.5 hours away. That is not desirable unless you are finding a really cheap flight to it.
Try to book flights that arrive before 11 AM in Denver on Friday, Aug 10
Departure should be 3 PM or later on Monday, Aug 13
Travel time to/from the Airport is 1.5-2 hours depending on traffic and you have to account for time to pick up/drop-off your rental car as well.
Very limited need-based subsidy available. See the subsidy request page.
YMCA of the Rockies is located about 80 miles northwest of the Airport in the town of Estes Park. Similar to 2016 Ijtema, most people will be transporting themselves to the site using rental cars. Try to form a group of 4-5 people with similar arrival/departure time who can ride with you in the rental car. If you cannot drive yourself then try to find a partner who is renting a car. If you are unable to find a partner on your own, let us know and we will match you with someone with similar arrival/departure time.
We have made a group rental contract with Budget Rental Cars. We are getting cars 40% cheaper than at the airport. There is a limited number of cars available right now. You will be transported by a shuttle to a nearby rental location. This service is available on Friday and Monday. To rental rates for a 4-day rental (Friday morning-Monday evening) are as follows
All prices before subsidy
Standard SUV: $326 (5-passenger)
Mini-Van: $326 (7-passenger)
15-seater van: $453
If you rent for a shorter or longer period, your rates will be changed accordingly. We are still negotiating with Enterprise and Hertz rental and if we get cheaper rates, we will switch you to the cheaper rentals.
A limited number of cars are available at this discounted rate. Please contact Nazim Transportation to reserve your car (@MonibAhmed on Telegram or [email protected])
Rental car subsidy of $10 per passenger each way is available. This means that a car carrying five passengers to YMCA and back to the airport can get up to $100 as a subsidy. This is on top of the discounted rates listed above. See the subsidy request page for details.
While Estes Park is far from many majalis, you may decide to drive to the Ijtema (instead of flying and renting a car). This is especially feasible for some Midwest and Gulf Coast Majalis with about 13 hours of driving time. If you do decide to drive yourself in your own car or rental car, you can claim the rental car subsidy as listed above.