- 1. Pikes Peak, located in the Rocky Mountains, is one of the most famous summits in the United States.
- 2. Travel on the World's highest cog train
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Colorado Springs is the perfect adventure playground for you and your family! From hiking the spruce and pine-covered mountains of Pike National Forest to horseback riding the secluded backcountry trails of Emerald Valley, you’re sure to find the activity that fits your adventure style best. Pick up a fly rod and fish for pan-size trout from the lawn of your lakeside cabin. Ride the world’s highest cog train to the top of Pikes Peak for unbeatable Rocky Mountain views. Explore the captivating Garden of the Gods and feed the giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. By night, experience The Broadmoor and its Wilderness Experience properties, Cloud Camp and Emerald Valley Ranch, with a hearty dinner, crackling camp fire, and bubbling Jacuzzi.
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Soak up the spirit of Colorado Springs from the comfort of a Cloud Camp atop Cheyenne Mountain, a rustic ranch tucked into Pike National Forest, and a legendary 5-star resort and spa perched at the southern edge of the Rockies.
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Your guides will take you to America's only mountain zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, home to an incredible variety of wildlife from across the globe. Ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride, feed the giraffes and ride the Carousel, all above 6,000 feet! After lunch, head to one of the most famous parks in the United States, Garden of the Gods.This beautiful and fascinating park is renowned for its red rock geological formations seemingly rising up out of the earth's crust.Keep an eye out for famous landmarks like Balanced Rock, Three Graces and Gateway Rock! Late afternoon, we transfer to our accommodation sitting at 9,300 feet, Cloud Camp, overlooking the entire city of Colorado Springs. Here, take part in a cooking class or explore the property before enjoying dinner inside the fireplace-adorned dining room
About Cloud Camp
Sitting at 9,200 feet atop Cheyenne Mountain is The Broadmoor's newest wilderness experience, Cloud Camp. With unobstructed 360 degree views, the incomparable splendor of Colorado resides here. Cloud Camp's 8,000 square foot main lodge, with a design influenced by the historic timber and stone lodges of the American West, features hand-hewn beams and indigenous stone fireplaces. Its great room and bar area serve as the backdrop for inspired and relaxed gatherings, while an expansive wrap-around deck is an unparalleled location from which to absorb the magnificence of the Pikes Peak region.
This morning, enjoy breakfast on the deck overlooking the city before we take off on our hike to Emerald Valley Ranch. This 5.5 mile hike via trail and old forest service roads takes in beautiful views of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak and the endless sprawl of conifers in Pikes National Forest. Upon arrival to Emerald Valley, we'll enjoy a wonderful lunch spread prepared by the culinary experts of the Ranch. In the afternoon, we'll saddle up for a horseback ride to take in the gorgeous property and surrounding area. Tonight, dine back in the main hall and get a good night of sleep in your cozy lakeside cabin
About Emerald Valley Ranch
The Ranch at Emerald Valley combines a unique retreat offering refined luxury with the rustic charm and inspiration of a wilderness enclave. Surrounded by over 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest, indulge in a private escape in one of ten beautifully appointed cabins featuring gas fireplaces, rich furnishings, and modern amenities. This haven is the perfect destination for everything from an intimate getaway to a quintessential Colorado vacation for a group, family, and friends.
Indulge in a home-cooked breakfast, before we transfer a short distance to this morning's trailhead. Our 4-mile round trip trek up Grayback Mountain is sure to get the heart pumping, but you will be rewarded with outstanding views of the Ranch and beautiful Emerald Valley at the top. Make your way back down for yet another satisfying lunch. This afternoon is full of options: take a fly-fishing lesson, head out on another horseback ride, mountain bike around the Ranch, pamper yourself with a massage or relax in a rocking chair on your cabin's porch. We'll meet back up for dinner in the main dining room later this evening
Take advantage of a late morning departure by sleeping in or wetting your hook one last time. Around 10:30 AM, we'll transfer back to our base and take off for yet another epic adventure in the mountains. Seven Falls is a majestic series of seven waterfalls flowing through a 1,400 foot-wall box canyon. After hiking around the canyon and eating lunch at the exquisite 1858 on site, we'll head out on a soaring
zipline adventure taking in Seven Falls from a whole new perspective. Tonight, we check into The Broadmoor where you'll enjoy a night on your own to explore this elegant five-star resort and its unique restaurants, amenities and nightlife
About The Broadmoor
The Broadmoor is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. Since first opening in 1918, The Broadmoor has offered guests a unique way to experience the beauty of the American West, and continues that tradition through our Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star day spa as well as our restaurants (including the only Five-Star, Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado, Penrose Room), 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, indoor/outdoor pools, distinctive retail shops, specialty tours, activities and programs for guests of all ages and interests.
This morning, we take a unique mode of transportation to the summit of Pikes Peak. Traveling up the World's highest cog train will give you unparalleled views over Colorado Springs and Pikes National Forest. Upon reaching the summit at 14,115 feet, take some time to snap photos, eat a famous Pikes Peak doughnut and buy a keepsake at the summit gift shop. We'll head back down via cog train and upon reaching the base, we'll enjoy lunch in Manitou Springs. Walk the streets of this quaint mountain town, exploring its many interesting shops full of treasures to bring back home with you. Early afternoon, we head back to The Broadmoor for an afternoon on your own. Play some golf, swim in the pool, rent a paddleboat or just relax the afternoon away. We'll meet back up for an Italian dinner tonight at Ristorante del Lago.
Opt to embark on one last hike with your guides or choose to spend the morning at the Broadmoor taking advantage of the amenities before your departure. Your guides will drop you off at the Colorado Springs Airport or your post-trip hotel. No overnight
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The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by the detailed daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
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