Training & Sending to the Nations.
Who We Are
Our campus is set on 75 acres of heavily wooded land and bisected by Coal Creek. The neighboring mountain peaks make for gorgeous views all year round.
We generate over 80% of our own electricity using a water-powered generator. Our heating is powered by gas, coal boiler, and wood-stoves. It is important to keep warm up here during our long Winter months.
The spring-fed water supply we use is so pure that we are one of 13 water districts in Colorado not required to treat their water.
From the first training class, pioneered in 1976, we have seen remarkable growth and development of ministries. Numbers of volunteer, full-time workers have been trained, equipped and sent out to many nations.
We have sent teams abroad to Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam, Nepal, Turkey, and other countries. As well as having ministered at home to Native Americans. God has called YWAM Colorado to be a training and sending campus, which is what we continue to do best.
At any given time,we have about 20 full-time staff and numerous volunteers. Our desire as a campus is to make everyone who joins us—whether staff, students, volunteers, or visitors—part of our mountain family.
YWAM Colorado is located in virgin forest at 8,600 feet on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. The base is situated 11 miles south of US 50, and 28 miles from Montrose, where we do most of our shopping. This puts us about midway between two of Colorado's well-known ski resorts: Telluride, about 75 miles southwest, and Mount Crested Butte, which can be found about 75 miles northeast.
One could not ask for more dramatic seasons! Because of our altitude, summer daytime temperatures are in the 70s to low 80s with cool nights. Our numerous streams, lakes, and trails beckon you for serious hiking or leisurely walks. Fall brings colors galore from mountainsides of aspen trees, while our late-arriving spring is alive with new growth. Winter is a magical time with a serious accumulation of powdery snow (We really do live in Narnia!). Snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating are all available. Our nation's newest National Park, The Black Canyon of the Gunnision, is located only about 25 miles from the base.
We Do Family
Here at YWAM Colorado, we like to invite people to not only to become a part of our base but also a part of our family. The smaller size of our base allows us the ability to get to know are guests and students on a family level.
We Equip and Send
We train and freely send students and missionaries into the world. Though it hard to watch family members leave, we joyfully support our students, volunteers, and staff as they follow after God and His leading.