Activities & Adventure

Activities - Low and High Ropes Course

NEW Low & High Ropes Courses

Perfect for school, church, and corporate groups, the ropes challenge courses offer a place to learn about yourself, work with a team, and discover your inner and group strength. Half- and full-day options available. Eight-person minimum. Half-day rates: $35-40/pp. Full-day: $75/pp. Reserve now by contacting us at 719.687.9038 or

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On-Site Activities

  • 2 Outdoor Chapels
  • 3 Fire Rings
  • Archery
  • Basketball courts and ball field
  • Birding
  • Ga-Ga Ball Court
  • Hiking Trails
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Low Ropes Course
  • High Ropes Course
  • Water Slide
  • Snowshoeing
  • Star Gazing
  • TV & Blue Ray/DVR Player
  • Craft Room
  • Game Room

*Noah’s Ark in Buena Vista offers Cathedral Ridge guests a discount on its half-day Browns Canyon rafting trip. For more information or to book, contact Noah’s Ark at 719.395.2158.

More Featured Places

Activities - Ponderosa Chapel

Ponderosa Chapel

Convenient, outdoor Chapel of ease. This quiet space among the pines is located next to Sage Hall.

Activities - Aspen Chapel

Aspen Chapel

A spacious Chapel setting in an aspen grove. This space is perfect for larger group worship services. Popular for weddings. Newly refurbished.

Activities - Recreation Field

Recreation Field

Spacious, level field equipped for softball, horseshoes, and basketball. A large tent pavilion is in place from June through August.

Activities - Fire Ring

North, East & West Fire Rings

Cozy up, sing, toast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, or just hang out. All supplies including kindling, firewood, and water tanks are at each ring. They are for guests use all year round.

Featured Hikes

See our Directions and Campus Map page for a recap of hiking trails at Cathedral Ridge

The Gazebo Trail Head

Enjoy a delightful, simple hike with a satisfying view of the beaver pond and creek down below the gazebo. Take in the beautiful fresh air and the majesty of Pike National Forest, as our backyard. This is a great place to slow down, and take an opportunity to find peace.

Distance: .5 miles (from the Lodge)
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Time: 30-45 minutes round-trip

Ridge Trail Head

The Ridge Trail starts from the main road, in the southwest corner of the campus, and is marked with dark blue blazes. Beginning with a steep incline, this trail is an excellent workout with an incredible view at the top. This trail also takes you through a bit of Pike National Forest. At .3 miles, on your right, there is a massive rock formation where people often hold outdoor worship. Continuing up the trail, you will be enveloped in the forest. Once you reach the top of the ridge, you will find a collection of boulders to climb, along with Crown Rock, a tree that you can balance your way to, and all with a picturesque view of the beautiful nature we are surrounded by.

Distance: 1 mile
Elevation: 8,200’-8,700’
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Time: 1.5-2 hours round-trip

Places to Ponder

Places to Ponder has two entrances, one at the Aspen Chapel and one at the Ridge Trail Head. Both will take you into the Stations of the Cross, which are sheltered by an abundance of trees. This is an excellent hike to meditate, reflect, or to enjoy communing with nature by walking this beautiful trail. Each station offers a serene, spiritual destination. Just follow the dark green blazes.

Distance: 1 mile
Elevation: 8,132’
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Estimated Time: 1 – 1.5 hours round-trip

Beaver Trail Head/Beaver Pond

The trail starts from the fire road access across from Snowberry Cottage. This road is downhill to the beaver pond, and is an incline on the way back up. Enjoy being close to the water and observing the active beaver dam.

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Estimated Time: 45 mins to 1 hour round-trip