Up, Up and Away

by Catherine Trifiletti

Head up the Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs to The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp for a rustic and romantic retreat. 

There’s going on vacation and then there’s truly getting away. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs took the latter approach very literally when developing an offshoot rustic luxury experience called Cloud Camp, situated 3,000 feet above the resort’s main grounds for a total of 9,000 feet above sea level.

The retreat is made up of 11 single- and double-room cabins scattered atop Cheyenne Mountain and anchored by a cavernous lodge with 360-degree views of the city below, where visitors are served gourmet meals around a long communal table. (The building once served as a retreat for The Broadmoor’s founder Spencer Penrose.) The all-inclusive adventure begins at the bottom of the mountain range, where guests can opt to hike up the steep incline, rise a mule or get driven 35 minutes to the top.

Cloud Camp is one of The Broadmoor’s three Wilderness Experiences developed in 2014 as part of a $112 million renovation by billionaire businessman Philip Anschutz (who acquired the iconic resort in 2011). In addition to the mountain refuge, The Ranch at Emerald Valley and Fly Fishing Camp also offer unique all-inclusive accommodations off-site at a separate cost.

For Cloud Camp visitors, the wilderness-centric retreat is predicated on disconnecting from screens to reconnect with nature. To ease the process, there are no televisions in the cabins. Instead, visitors can do yoga, hike, practice archery, lounge by the campfires and star gaze at night.

Back on the ground, spend time exploring The Broadmoor’s main property, a quintessentially American destination backed by a rich history. With 5,000 acres worth of elbow room, couples and families have plenty of space to spread out or spend time together. Whether it’s golf, falconry, biking, fishing or just chilling by the pool or spa, the beauty of The Broadmoor experience lies in its endless choices. Complimentary cars are available for exploring areas outside of the resort that includes Seven Falls and the impressive jagged red boulders at Garden of the Gods Park.

The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp’s all-inclusive package prices start at $875/night. 

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