42-acre Estes Park camp property hits the market

An Estes Park summer camp has hit the market for $3.5 million.

Covenant Heights, at the foot of Long’s Peak on Highway 7, was founded as a Christian youth camp in the late 1940s. Its annual summer camps have run continuously, but the camp plans to close in November.

The property and its 42 acres includes four lodges that each sleep 50 people, a dining hall, a chapel, a 1,000-foot zipline, a climbing wall and ropes course, and a small lake for kayaking and fishing.

Listing agent Tom Mathews with Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors said the property owners, the Covenant Church, just installed a $1.5 million wastewater treatment facility to comply with Larimer County regulations. But, pressed for money, the church decided to sell to take advantage of a strong local real estate market.

“They just thought the timing was right,” Mathews said. “The market is pretty hot right now.”

Covenant Heights was one of several Bible camps associated with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Canada and the U.S. It dates back to the 1940s, when local Covenant members bought 65 acres near Long’s Peak in St. Vrain canyon for $24,000, according to the camp’s website.

To raise money for construction, the churches sold bonds to local members and sub-divided lots for private owners. After clearing the land and building the chapel, dining hall, dormitories and utilities, the camp opened in 1948. Today, the camp property is in operation year round.

Covenant Heights is not the first camping property to hit the market in recent memory. The Glen-Isle Resort in Bailey was listed last year and recently sold to a couple that plans to reopen the lodge and its cabins to visitors.

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