Welcome to your escape to the mountains!

Messiah Mountain Retreat Center is a ministry of the Rocky Mountain Synod thanks to Messiah Community Church, ELCA, in Denver gifting the site to the synod in 2020. Our 27 acres of pine forested hills just west of Denver invite you to wander our hiking trails, relax in the mountain air, and enjoy the outdoors.

Messiah Mountain Retreat Center is perfect for meetings, family gatherings, and spiritual retreats. The address is:

5200 Parmalee Gulch Rd.
Indian Hills, CO 80454

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Our Facilities

Bock Lodge

The Bock Lodge is the heart of our retreat center, providing meeting space for up to about 50 people and containing a large fully equipped kitchen for cooking your own meals.

The lodge has a gathering space with a living room and a dining area for presentations and meetings. We provide TV, DVD player, a white board and easel, CD/tape player, music stand and card table and a piano. Enjoy the fireplace inside and the large decks with picnic tables and grills. The large kitchen is equipped with all the standard amenities including a dishwasher, and we encourage you to use our dishes to conserve paper and be kind to our environment.

The Cabin

The Cabin provides overnight sleeping accommodations for 25 people with additional mattresses available. Five rooms are outfitted with bunk beds. The sixth room is set up with a double bed and dresser. There are shower rooms for men and women. Please remember to bring your own linens or sleeping bags. The cabin also has a common room, a small meditation chapel and deck for additional small group gathering space. The cabin is available April 1 through October 31.

 

Fees and Availability

Day Retreats: Available All Year

Monday through Thursday: $150 per day
Friday through Sunday: $250 per day

Facilities included: 27 acres of outdoor recreation in the mountain air and complete use of the Bock Lodge facilities.

The maximum number of persons for a day event is 60.  A group over 32 will have to bring additional seating and tables for a larger outdoor event.

Bring with you:
  • Charcoal & lighter fluids
  • Food
  • Cooking oil & seasonings
  • Drinks (coffee, tea, milk, etc.)
  • Disposable paper meal products, if needed, including paper napkins
  • Firewood for Outdoor Fire (subject to seasonal fire bans)

 

Overnight/Multiday Retreats: April 10 through October 31

$25 per person per night.  For overnight stay, the minimum cost is $150, regardless of the number of guests.

Facilities included: 27 acres of outdoor recreation in the mountain air, use of the sleeping Cabin, and complete use of the Bock Lodge.

Bring with you:
  • Bedding & Pillows
  • Bath Towels
  • Charcoal & lighter fluids
  • Food
  • Cooking oil & seasonings
  • Drinks (coffee, tea, milk, etc.)
  • Disposable paper meal products, if needed, including paper napkins (we have reusable dishes)
  • Firewood for Outdoor Fire (subject to seasonal fire bans)

Reservations and Payment

To inquire about availability and make a reservation, please contact the Messiah Mountain Caretakers, Jen Engquist & Matt Bishop, by email at messiahmountain@gmail.com. You will be asked to submit a deposit, which you may do through Paypal, below.

 

History

Indian Hills––a place of ponderosa pine forests and flowery meadows with elevations between 6,800 feet and 8,500 feet––was once a summer campground for Ute Indians.

Messiah Mountain is the site of the former Stonecrest summer theater group in the 1920s and subsequently was a writer’s colony, sorority camp, and a summer camp for at risk school children from Jefferson County schools.

In 1969, Messiah Community Church acquired the 27 acres of mountain property, and in 2000 a renovation was made possible through a significant donation by a family from Messiah Community Church. Now, the Lodge from the early 1920s and the Cabin are ready to host your meeting, retreat, or event. In 2020, the property transferred hands to the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA.

The Lodge

The lodge provides meeting space for up to 50 persons.

The lodge kitchen is equipped for you to prepare your own meals and snacks.

The Cabin

The cabin is available during spring, summer, and fall, for overnight lodging.

Camp bunk lodging is provided for up to 25 persons.