The 6 Most Adventurous Places to Stay on the Colorado Front Range
Cloud Camp, above Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Colorado is all about adventure, and when you’re planning a visit, the adventure can even start with the place you stay. From a luxurious camp above the clouds to a mountain resort with activities like zip lines and falconry, here are a few of our favorite hotels across the Front Range sure to deliver an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.
1. The Ranch at Emerald Valley
Surrounded by mountain peaks and hills of green, The Ranch at Emerald Valley delivers the Colorado backcountry experience you’re looking for coupled with the luxury of an all-inclusive resort.
One key draw of this destination are the many outdoor recreation activities offered on the property. Guests have access to kayaking, horseback riding, archery, and more. The property is also located just under Stove Mountain, a great spot to hike if you’re looking for more rugged trails.
However, don’t think that the remote location of this property means the accommodations are lacking. Visitors stay in luxurious cabins surrounded by a pristine natural setting. The Ranch at Emerald Valley is the place to book a stay if you’re looking to get a taste of wild Colorado without leaving modern day amenities behind.
With the wide range of activities, a breathtaking setting, and all-inclusive services, it’s no surprise that The Ranch at Emerald Valley got national recognition as the “#1 Resort in Colorado” in Condé Nast Travelers’ 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.
2. Cloud Camp
Nestled 3,000 feet above Colorado Springs, this stunning destination is perfect for a relaxing all-inclusive getaway. From a wide range of on-site activities, to great accommodations, to world-class cuisine, Cloud Camp is the perfect representation of why Colorado is so amazing.
Activities at this spot include mule rides, soaking in mountainside hot tubs, and a variety of hiking trails. Cloud Camp is also home to an extensive private collection of Western-themed art and artifacts.
During their stay, guests reside in rustic cabins spread around the property and dine in a grand lodge. For an extra special experience, stay in the Fire Tower Suite. It’s high above the property and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountainous terrain.
The perfect blend of serenity and adventure, Cloud Camp is great for those looking for a relaxing place to escape.
3. The Broadmoor
A world-renowned resort with a mountainscape view, The Broadmoor is perhaps the most elaborate resort in Colorado. Originally built in 1918, this destination has been a staple of the Colorado Springs community for a century.
While the layout of the resort and the exquisite nature of the accommodations foster a luxurious feel, this property is great for a family getaway thanks to the wide range of activities offered on-site. From an adrenaline-inducing zip line experience on The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure to interactive classes on falconry, there’s something here for everyone.
Another huge perk of staying at this spot are the extensive cuisine options. The Broadmoor has twenty dining outlets on the property, ranging from hand-cut prime steaks at La Taverne to a culinary tour of Italy at Ristorante del Lago. Looking for something more laid back? PLAY at The Broadmoor is a bowling alley that offers a variety of casual dining options with a twist.
It’s no wonder why famous individuals like Barack Obama and Prince Harry have called this spot home for the night.
4. The Stanley Hotel
The notorious inspiration behind scary-movie classic, “The Shining”, the Stanley Hotel is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a supernatural experience. Not looking to book a room? Take a ghost tour to learn about the history behind this Estes Park lodge near Rocky Mountain National Park.
5. The Great Wolf Lodge
It’s a hotel…and a waterpark. If that’s not unique, I’m not sure what is. When you book a room at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs, the experience doesn’t stop at a bed. You’ll get access to a massive collection of indoor waterslides, too. This is the perfect spot to stay if you’ve got children in the crew.
6. Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast
Want a unique experience? Try staying in a castle…in Denver. With original construction from 1889, Castle Marne is one building that’s not short on personality. In this Victorian-style mansion, you’ll find beautiful rooms decorated with intricate designs, as well as modern conveniences like private hot tubs. As an added bonus, each night’s stay comes with a complimentary gourmet breakfast and fancy afternoon tea.