Winter Family Camp!

January 22, 2019

This coming February, 2019, during the President’s Day holiday weekend, the Desert Southwest Conference of UMC Churches is offering our first ever Family Winter Camp at Mingus Mountain! 

Families are invited to reserve a room, or a rustic cabin, and join us from 10am Saturday morning (2/16) through 10am Monday morning (2/18) for a winter experience at Mingus Mountain Methodist Camp and Retreat Center. We will enjoy times of worship together, great meals in the Mingus Dining Hall, evening campfires, and more. The weekend will be a mix of scheduled activities and a lot of free time for families to choose activities including, weather permitting, snow play! (We have a handful of sleds and sledding tires on site, but you are welcome to bring your own.)

Bring your family (or join with some friends!)* to experience a touch of the winter season, enjoying a starry night sky or the warmth of a crackling fireplace during cold evenings among the great ponderosa pines of northern Arizona.
*You can attend without family, if you have friends you want to bunk with. Our registration process is a bit limited. If you want to register to share a room or cabin with friends or another family, please first contact Dina Reid (information below). 

For this event, registration begins by reserving one of our rooms, and then registering the number of people attending. Families can reserve a room for themselves, or may choose to join with friends and share a cabin or a retreat room (providing one family completes the registration process for all individuals):

  • $160 - Retreat Cabin Room: Each retreat cabin has indoor bathrooms and six rooms. Each room has five beds (two bunk beds and one single) and reserve for $160 for the two nights.
  • $150 – Rustic Cabin: Rustic Cabins are heated, individual cabins with 9 beds (4 bunk beds and one single) each, but do not have indoor bathrooms. (Bathroom facilities exist at LaPointe Hall and the Dining Hall.)
Plus the per person charge to cover the cost of the six meals provided during the weekend:
  • 18+: $30
  • 5–17: $20
  • <4: free
(So, for example, a family of four can join us for the weekend for $260 ($160 + 2x$30 + 2x$20); or two families can register together to share a Rustic Cabin and join us for less!)

More information can be found at For questions about the event, contact Dina Reid, our office assistant, by phone - (602) 266-6957 – or email –