The Broadmoor Resort, located in Colorado Springs, has been on my bucket list since the owner, Philip Anschutz, purchased its sister resort The Cloister at Sea Island along the Georgia coast in 2016.
My husband and I used a milestone birthday and anniversary as an excuse to book a four-day escape without kids to this Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort at the foot of the Cheyenne Mountains. We spent one night at the magnificent Cloud Camp, a rustic luxury glamping property, then two nights amid more traditional indulgences at the main Broadmoor Hotel. It was like two extravagant Colorado vacations in one.
Here’s everything you need to know for an amazing experience at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
FOUR DAYS AT THE BROADMOOR RESORT
Colorado Springs is far enough away from Atlanta that it was a true vacation, yet close enough that we didn’t spend all our time (in the midst of end-of-school and graduation craziness) traveling.
Similar to Sea Island, there is no way to cover all the wonderful activities at The Broadmoor, so I thought I’d tell you how we spent our visit, and a few tips on what we’d do differently next time.
GETTING TO THE BROADMOOR
Colorado Springs has its own airport and you can get decent flights from Atlanta on most airlines.
We chose to fly into Denver International Airport and rent a car for the drive to Colorado Springs. This gave us the opportunity to visit nearby Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and the U.S. Air Force Academy before checking in.
However, The Broadmoor offers car and shuttle service to and from both airports if you’d rather leave the driving to someone else.
ARRIVING AT THE BROADMOOR
The Broadmoor is located at the end of a residential street at the base of the Cheyenne Mountains and it has a neighborhood feel.
We spoke with folks in town who visit often for special dinners or events. In fact, we spent one evening at the Golden Bee Saloon, a sing-a-long bar with an English pub feel that was packed with locals – always a good sign.
ART AT THE BROADMOOR
The valet parked our car and the bellman greeted us by name and took our luggage. We had some time before getting a car to our first stop — Cloud Camp — so we perused the boutiques and galleries. There are two art galleries at The Broadmoor. One is all western themed art, the other a broader collection.
In fact, the entire resort could be considered a western art museum. There are beautiful paintings and sculptures throughout the properties and it is worth carving out time to view them. A few of the pieces are originals, but only a handful of folks know which ones. Most are giclee replicas and if you look closely, you’ll find the same painting more than once throughout the various properties.
Looking for more things to do in Colorado Springs while you’re in the area? Try one of these amazing activities!
- Take the Garden of the Gods and Foothills Jeep Tour. Discover some of the Rocky Mountains’ most breathtaking sites on a guided tour by jeep. Learn about the history of the old west, and admire spectacular views of the valley and Helen Hunt Falls.
- Fly high with a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight. Enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the magnificent Rocky Mountains as they’re drenched in the early morning sunlight. Champagne toast included!
- Learn more about the resort on a Broadmoor History Segway Tour. Embark on a fun and unique tour as you explore Cheyenne Canon and the Broadmoor area. Listen to fascinating commentary from your guide while riding, see the world-famous Broadmoor Resort and South Cheyenne Canon Park.
CLOUD CAMP: RUSTIC LUXURY GLAMPING AT THE BROADMOOR
Our stay was divided into two experiences, the Wilderness Experience at Cloud Camp, 9,000 feet above sea level, and a more traditional vacation at The Broadmoor Resort’s main hotel. Below is our itinerary for both with our must-dos, plus what we’d do differently, and some extras on our bucket list for next time.
A MOUNTAIN SIDE ZOO
Our driver Tim picked us up in a decked out Cadillac Escalade for the 8.1-mile, 35-minute drive up the side of Cheyenne Mountain to Cloud Camp, The Broadmoor’s wilderness retreat. Cloud Camp is located on the site of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose’s Cheyenne Lodge.
In order to get to Cloud Camp, you must drive through the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The giraffe feedings looked like a lot of fun and apparently the Australian Walkabout is a must do.
GETTING TO CLOUD CAMP
Our animal encounter consisted of stopping at the Cloud Camp barn where we met our steeds, two retired Grand Canyon mules named Norah and Bankston, for the final climb to camp. Both Norah and Bankston were more interested in sneaking a grassy snack than the path to our destination, easing us into the slower pace of life in the clouds.
As we entered camp, we were greeted by camp dogs Zoe and Max, and wonderful staff who had wet towels and drinks waiting.
COOKING CLUB AT CLOUD CAMP
Don’t just come hungry to Cloud Camp, come starving. Cloud Camp is all-inclusive and they don’t skimp on meals, or snacks, or drinks. To get a glimpse of the magic in the kitchen, guests are invited to participate in Cooking Club.
My husband and I accepted an adult beverage and an apron and joined Chef Jonathon in the kitchen to learn how to make the asparagus soup and béarnaise sauce on the menu that evening. My husband was excited to report back to my son the techniques we learned for making the sauce. The two of them had tried, and failed to make something similar the week before.
Our work done in the kitchen, we retired to the patio for cocktails, appetizers, and conversation before dinner. This was one of my favorite things about Cloud Camp. There are only 11 one and two-bedroom cabins, so it’s a very intimate setting. It was fun to have other couples to talk to during dinner, and get to know, if only briefly.
Staff at camp were more like family friends who had invited us to their gorgeous mountain retreat for the weekend. They seemed to enjoy being there as much as we did and were truly excited to share their knowledge of the area.
WHAT I’D DO DIFFERENTLY
You really want a minimum of two days to truly get the full experience at Cloud Camp. We did play one game of corn hole on the deck, but there were tons of games in the lodge as well. I took a dip in one of the three hot tubs, but I was hoping for a nap in the nearby hammock too.
Definitely take a guided hike — we did this on the way down the mountain with Enrique, who is not only a staffer, but an Eagle Scout to boot. He showed us old miner campsites, and took us to beautiful rock formations. If we had another day, I’d have liked to do more hiking on our own too.
THE ONE THING YOU MUST DO AT CLOUD CAMP
Set an alarm, and get up for sunrise. If you are coming from the East Coast like we did, it’s not too bad to get up early, and it’s totally worth missing a few winks. Watching the world come alive from high above is a treat. And staff is already there with coffee made.
In addition, be sure to catch an appropriately patriotic flag ceremony in the evening. Nearby Pikes Peak was the inspiration for American the Beautiful, and rumor has it the song was written on Cheyenne Mountain. After dark, the resort and neighboring towns look like glistening jewels in a treasure chest.
MORE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AT THE BROADMOOR
In addition to Cloud Camp, The Broadmoor has two more wilderness experience properties I’m dying to try.
There is the Ranch at Emerald Valley, a dude ranc
THE BROADMOOR: DAY 1
The main Broadmoor Resort, a historic hotel opened in 1918 is a more traditional luxury experience similar to what you can expect at The Cloister at Sea Island.
Activities and dining are al a carte (as opposed to the all-inclusive at Cloud Camp), and just like Sea Island, there is a dizzying array of activities and attentive, well trained staff. Here’s the plan for our two days, with some suggestions for next time.
DAY 1 AT THE BROADMOOR: LUNCH AT THE GRILLE
The Grille is a casual links-side restaurant is open to golfer and non-golfers, and is a great choice for families; indoor or outdoor seating; and OMG great food (ok that is everywhere, not just here).
My menu suggestion, the Inspiration Hikers Salad.
A great time to peruse the shops, take a look at the artwork, read about the ice skating history in the mini-museum located in the West Building, or just cozy up to the more than eight public fireplaces with a cocktail (there are 50 more in-room fireplaces).
THE SPA AT THE BROADMOOR
The award winning Spa at The Broadmoor is a must-visit!
They had me at the warm robe and slippers. And when the massage therapist asked if there was anything special I’d like to focus on, she didn’t just work on my entire right side, she gave me some advice on how to make it feel better once I got home too.
The treatments here are first class and the relaxation rooms well appointed. You’ll find a sauna, steam, oxygen rooms, showers w/ amenities, and relaxing lounge areas with to-go snack bags!
You’ll find plenty of amazing spa treatments here, and will leave feeling rejuvenated!
GOLF AT THE BROADMOOR
While I relaxed at the spa, my husband headed to the golf club and the championship golf courses. During our stay, the resort was preparing to host the US Senior Open.
My husband’s feedback on golf is the course is traditional and extremely fair for all levels, especially the championship course. There are trees, but it isn’t tree lined. Although it’s at high elevation, (the base of the Cheyenne Mountains), the course itself isn’t too hilly.
Since we came from Atlanta, my husband rented Callaway Clubs. If you don’t have time for an entire round, you can rent the clubs and play on the driving range for just $25. A great deal in his mind.
TENNIS ROUND ROBINS
My husband is a huge tennis player. Plays every week. I have not played tennis since my children were born, but I signed us up for the tennis round robin because I knew he’d have fun. Our opponents were a young couple from Denver area, and regular tennis players.
We had a great time on the tennis courts, even though I was clearly the weak link, and when I suggested the three of them play, was told nope, get back out there. We saw the couple again at dinner, and like Cloud Camp, it was fun to see familiar faces around the resort. I also learned The Broadmoor has great tennis clinics, perfect for the next girlfriends getaway.
RISTORANTE DEL LAGO
We capped a perfect day with a delicious dinner at Ristorante del Lago.
Normally I’m a dessert person, so the house-made desserts like tiramisu, cannoli and homemade gelato would normally be my first pick (even before ordering in-house made pasta entrée), but our waiter did such a good job selling the meats out of the aging room and cheese imported straight from Italy, that I had to get the antipasti platter. It did not disappoint and I’d forgo dessert again, which is really saying something.
THE BROADMOOR: DAY 2
Our second day at The Broadmoor was all about adventuring! Here’s what we did.
Our day 2 started off with a Soaring Adventure at The Broadmoor. I’ve been on a few zip lines in my day. My favorite in Georgia is at Banning Mills because it’s the most adventurous. I’d say our day soaring on the Woods Course at The Broadmoor was similar.
There are a couple rope bridges with drops from 150 – 550 feet, and the adventure factor goes from not too bad to Whoa! Speeds go from 15 miles and hour to 45 on the longest zip. My favorite is zip number three over the canyon — such gorgeous views.
We did not do Fins, the more advanced course, but did see one of the zips and THAT course, that course makes the Woods Course look like the bunny slope. On the Fins Course, the largest drop goes to 550 feet! We saw it from below at Seven Falls and it was crazy.
Our zip line adventure ended along the trails of Seven Falls (admission is included in your zip line adventure). Seven Falls is an attraction from a by-gone era similar to Rock City or Ruby Falls near Chattanooga TN.
The falls drop 180 feet and pools in seven different areas all within a 1,250-foot-wall box canyon set between two rocks called the “Pillars of Hercules.” Be sure to leave time to truly visit Seven Falls and hike the trails. We had to get back for fly-fishing, or we could have stayed all day exploring.
The best part of going from the zip line instead of just visiting the attraction on its own is you climb DOWN the 224 steps to the bottom of the falls rather than climbing up to the trails.
Note: Restaurant 1858 remains temporarily closed as of January 2023.
Located at the bottom of Seven Falls is 1858 Restaurant, a perfect place for a quick bite. Don’t expect concession food, the items here are just as good as anything you’ll find at the main Broadmoor Hotel.
Spend some time perusing the photos on the wall, and see if you can find Walt Disney on his visit to Seven Falls.
FLY FISHING EXPERIENCE
I’ve already mentioned the Broadmoor’s Fly Fishing Wilderness Resort, but if that’s too much commitment, you can also do a Fly-Fishing Experience at The Broadmoor Resort. They have a stocked pond just a golf cart ride from the resort.
Stephen, our guide, gave us the basics then let us cast, coaching us through to score the big one. The fish had a few good runs and we caught and released several with various names I can’t remember. It was a great relaxing afternoon after our morning adventure.
A legendary steakhouse, La Taverne is not as swanky as the Penrose Room, but it’s definitely my kind of restaurant. From the straight forward menu that includes hand-cut prime steaks, and seafood, to the relaxed atmosphere — it’s just perfection to me.
Ask for the patio. It’s actually inside, but the lush vegetation and glass ceiling makes it feel bright and airy, as opposed to the darker interior tables.
PENROSE HERITAGE MUSEUM
The Penrose Heritage Museum is a bit hidden, so be sure to ask because you don’t want to miss this free museum on The Broadmoor property.
In addition to lots of old carriages that belonged to Broadmoor founder Spenser Penrose, there is a section dedicated to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, an insane automobile contest where crazy people race to the top of Pikes Peak. If you’ve ever driven that road, you’ll realize how scary it is going 10 miles an hour, much less 70.
DON’T FORGET THE FREEBIES AT THE BROADMOOR
In addition to all of the paid activities, there is a ton to do at The Broadmoor that is included in your resort fee, so be sure to look at the daily activity sheet.
If you are traveling with children, there is a beautiful infinity pool with a large playground behind it, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. A movie theatre showing popular movies is hidden off the lobby, during summer hours take a paddleboat out on Cheyenne Lake.
For those that want to stick to their exercise routine, there is a full-service fitness center with a variety of classes. The sidewalk around Cheyenne Lake at The Broadmoor is popular for joggers and walkers each morning.
STAY FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH
If you plan to leave Colorado Springs on Sunday, do yourself a favor and go after Sunday Brunch. All I have to say is 150 items. 150!! We happened to visit on Mother’s Day. Mothers received unlimited mimosas.
THE BROADMOOR FAQ
Why is The Broadmoor famous?
It’s famous for a few reasons, but the main one is sports-related. Golf championships have been held at the Broadmoor Golf Club since 1921.
Can you just walk around The Broadmoor?
Even if you’re not staying there, you can still explore the property! Take a walk around the lake, explore the artwork, or grab a bite to eat at one of their amazing restaurants.
Is the Sunday Brunch at The Broadmoor worth it?
In a word: YES! Sunday Brunch is famous at The Broadmoor for good reason. It’s served on Sundays from 9am-2pm, and offers plenty of delicious items. You’ll find everything here, from typical breakfast items and pastries to a sushi and raw bar and prime rib. We promise, you won’t leave hungry!
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO COLORADO
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