Continuing the photos from the set taken along Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, Elevation 11,669 feet.  Starting in Grant on U.S. 285, the 24-mile stretch of bumpy dirt road / pass runs to Georgetown off I-70

This one surprised me.

Driving along, when suddenly I see the words ‘SANTA MARIA’ out of the corner of my eye, spread out on a hillside.  This I had to get a better look at.  Only I really couldn’t get much closer (lots of ‘private property’ signs).  So I did the best I could and snapped this shot:

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When I returned home, I looked it up.  Turns out, it’s a YMCA Camp!

Welcome to YMCA of Boulder Valley Camp Santa Maria. Camp Santa Maria is an overnight resident camp serving campers ages 6-17. In addition, we offer Family Programs, Group Rentals, and Getaway Weekends during the spring and fall.

The YMCA of Boulder Valley has offered residential camp experiences to campers for the past ten years. Over the past six years, YMCA of Boulder Valley has worked with the Mary M. Dower Benevolent Corporation, a non-profit family foundation, to create a partnership that allows the YMCA to manage Camp Santa Maria. YMCA of Boulder Valley Camp Santa Maria opened in the spring of 2007. The YMCA of Boulder Valley and the Mary M. Dower Benevolent Corporation share the common goal of providing camp and recreational opportunities for all youth. Our hope is that this partnership will provide the opportunity for campers to share their camp experience and traditions with future generations of their family.

Huh.  I had no idea it was there, but you can’t miss that hillside…


1 Comment

  • Paul (@princejvstin) Posted May 16, 2012 10:14 am

    Ah, I was in Iowa and didn’t see this…

    This reminds me of the story of Ansel Adams who dodged and burned away a similar hillside name for one of his photos.

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