Summertime is vacation time. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs understands that it should also be stress-free time. At its three all-inclusive Wilderness Experience properties, guests can explore breathtaking terrain, unwind in luxe accommodations, and indulge in hearty local cuisine. Here, we’re sharing two of our favorite summertime getaways. They may be close to home, but they’ll make you feel like you’re a world away from the everyday. Which is exactly how vacation should be.
At the edge of the Lost Creek Wilderness sits five miles of private, world-class fishing accessible only to guests of the Broadmoor. Wild brown and brook trout populate this quiet stretch of the Tarryall River. The area, 75 miles west of the resort, is known as Fly Fishing Camp. When you need a break from casting, the retreat has plenty more to offer, including horseback riding, hiking, and wildlife viewing.
Make it a day trip, or plan to stay a while: The property features seven updated miners’ cabins. Meals are served community-style in the Main Lodge (you’ll want to take your coffee out onto the wraparound deck), and everything is grown, caught, or raised locally. At the end of the night, trade fishing tales with new friends as you melt marshmallows over the campfire.
You’ll have some tough decisions to make while staying at the The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley, such as: Should we schedule our fly- fishing lesson before or after mountain biking?Or, would we rather spend today white-water rafting or taking a hot air balloon ride? In between, sneak in a cat nap in one of the 13 beautifully furnished cabins, plan a treatment at the resort’s Five Star-rated spa, saddle up for a horseback ride, or take in the pinks and purples of a Rocky Mountain sunset from the outdoor hot tub.