The Roanoke District - The Virginia Annual Conference
Friday, September 19, 2014
The United Methodist Church
Alta Mons is a year-round facility conveniently located between Roanoke and Christiansburg. A place where you can encounter God in the great outdoors. From day hikes to Stiles Falls to week-long retreats or summer camp, Alta Mons has something for everyone. Here are some of our major services.
Along with seasonal cabins, we have 4 year-round retreat facilities ranging from a 46 bed lodge to a solo retreat cabin. The two large retreat facilities come complete with large meeting rooms, a fireplace and a large kitchen for those groups who like to cook. We also offer discounts for extended weekday use.
Alta Mons' dining facility is open year-round and can comfortably feed up to 150 people (200+ possible). Groups have a choice of taking our high quality set menus or for a fancier dinner, picking from our Select Buffet Menu.
Send your children on a week-long Christian Adventure, June thru July, 1st-12th graders.
Challenge your group to grow, both as individuals and as a "team." Overcome personal and group barriers. Develop leadership skills. Improve group dynamics. Build group trust and cooperation and do it while having lots of fun! Alta Mons offers both Low and High Challenge courses for your groups
APRIL THRU OCTOBER: We have 24 RV sites on the "Family side" and 13 pull through sites on the "River side." All RV sites have water and electric hookup, and a dump station is located on the "River side." Dry Camping November thru March available with electric only and bath house open. A "Friends" Seasonal pass is available to RV campers. TENT SITES are also available in a designated area with no hook ups.
The site of Alta Mons has a rich history. Legend says that a Shawnee brave, who was injured, nursed himself back to health on the waters in these hills. Later these waters became known as the Crockett Spring and became famous for having healing qualities. This spring water was packaged and shipped throughout the country. As "healing springs" became popular, a resort was developed with a hotel, cabins, leisure activities and of course the spring water.
The resort fell into disrepair in the 1930s, and in 1957 the land was bought by the Roanoke District of the United Methodist Church to build a summer camp. The name Alta Mons, meaning High Mountains, was chosen and a summer camp, picnic, and RV program was begun.
For 50 years, Alta Mons has served as a place of beauty where physical and spiritual lives are strengthened. Today, Alta Mons is a year round camping and retreat facility serving over 600 summer campers and about 10,000 individuals each year.