Our Ranch Managers at The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and Fly Fishing Camp have exciting updates to share with you! They have new adventures and ideas to share and hope you visit soon. See what they’re up to. It’s going to be nothing short of amazing.
Happy Summer from The Ranch at Emerald Valley!
It’s mid-July as I write this newsletter and we are already a third of the way through our season. What an outstanding year it has been so far with so many of our guests returning from previous visits.
During the 2017 season, we have
welcomed family reunions, honeymoons and anniversaries, family getaways, couples escapes and small groups to experience what is shaping up to be our best and busiest season so far for The Ranch.
We’re still talking about the moose stopping by the Ranch and we even spotted some wild turkeys while hiking along our trails. A favorite activity has been the short 30-minute Emerald Valley Loop trail that runs alongside Little Fountain Creek. It’s a very scenic walk that encompasses a wide variety of sights and sounds.
For our guests that truly love to explore, the Gray Back Peak Trail is about a 2 ½ hour excursion with outstanding views to the west of the valley and the mountains. It’s a challenging but very rewarding hike with breathtaking views that unfold along the way which make for wonderful photo opportunities.
The network of scenic trails for horseback riding vary based upon the experience of the rider. From the Nanny’s cabin ride along Little Fountain Creek, to the more advanced Ridge Trail ride that features an old abandoned mine – the trails offer a time-honored western experience not to be missed.
Of course, the one thing we hear most about from our guests is our food. Meal times bring everyone together to talk about the day. It starts early in the morning at the fire pit with Cowboy Coffee, a strong, rich and flavorful brew served in special mugs. While our chef offers something unexpected and outstanding for our guests at every meal, Wednesday and Saturday nights are “Cookout Nights”, and are always a memorable evening, complete with live music.
This fall I’m looking forward to the golden aspen leaves in the many groves of trees that surround The Ranch. The views of the aspens from the hiking trails and riding trails is something that can’t be put into words, and even cameras can barely do it justice. But, it is spectacular - no matter when you choose to visit. Whether it’s now, or in the fall, the beauty and hospitality of The Ranch never disappoints.
The Ranch at Emerald Valley Manager
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Summer is in Full Bloom and Fall is on the Way at Cloud Camp!
The wildflowers are in full bloom and it could not be more beautiful at Cloud Camp as we look down 3,000 feet on The Broadmoor campus. Days begin by stepping out on the deck of the Main Lodge with a cup of freshly brewed coffee to watch the early morning sunrise as it crests the horizon out on the plains. The nightly flag ceremony is followed by the sun disappearing behind the mountains to the west. For our guests, the days are full of activities, or just relaxing and unplugging.
Our mule expert, Vickie, has been busy escorting guests up from the midway point to the Main Lodge as more and more guests choose to take the 45 minute mule ride up from the stables, while the bags come up the mountain via our Cadillac Escalades. Vickie stops along the way at photo points that truly give the scope and grandeur of the views, preparing everyone for a truly unique experience. On departure day, one of the most popular ways to leave is via the “Grand Departure”. Start with a hike down the Sunrise Trail to our Broadmoor Soaring Adventure and the Fins Course zip line with its two 200-foot cable and plank suspension bridges 600 feet above the canyon floor, an 1,800-foot zip line across Seven Falls Canyon, ending in a controlled 180-foot rappel into Seven Falls park! Don’t worry about your bags – we’ll take your luggage back to The Broadmoor for departure.
Between arriving and departing in style, our guests have enjoyed morning yoga with our certified instructor, Roy and crafts with Jemma including leather works, dream catchers and painting. We have outstanding treks with our area historian and master hiker extraordinaire Rocky, who loves to share stories of the area, along with identifying the flora and fauna along the way. Peter teaches archery, and Chef Frakes and his team bring everyone together each night for interactive “Cooking Club”, the biggest hit of the stay.
We also have a new resident at Cloud Camp: Zoe, our Camp dog! She came to us from Eagle’s Nest Ranch and she is already a guest favorite. A beautiful black lab, Zoe greets our guests on arrival and poses for pictures with a perfect smile. She absolutely loves children of all ages, and even likes to “babysit” next to parents and grandparents. In just a few short months, Zoe has made this her summer home.
It has been a season of wonder and discovery for all of us. Now, with Mother Nature getting ready to present the Gold Standard of fall in the mountains, we want to share this experience with you. As the newest Wilderness manager, my staff and I could not be more thrilled to welcome you here to our retreat in the clouds.
The Broadmoor Cloud Camp Manager
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Tight Lines are a Way of Life at Fly Fishing Camp this summer!
Here at The Fly Fishing Camp on the Tarryall River, our team is having fun. And from our guests’ comments, they are having an outstanding time with us as well. The fishing has exceeded every expectation! We are catching a lot of big fish, but what’s even better is that we are netting and releasing a lot of small, wild, first and second year fish. The trout are hitting lots of dry flies, and the streamer fishing has also been very productive.
We’ve upped our game on the culinary side, too. Each season our skills increase, our guests bring us new suggestions, and now that my wife, Stacie is up here full time, our guest experience is even better. She’s a real asset to The Camp and the guests love her. They’re having a great time, and so is she.
Starting last season, we began offering horseback riding at the camp, allowing us to offer a riding, or riding and fishing experience! With five miles of private fishing waters, a comfy and rustic lodge, and now horseback rides, The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp has matured into a true Colorado mountain fishing destination.
This summer, the wildflowers started late, but they are now in full bloom and guests have taken some great photos. The color in the grass around The Camp changes as the sun moves, covering every spectrum from deep green along the river to almost iridescent by midday. The early morning ground fog makes an appearance from time to time making for outstanding photographs. But the best photos are the ones we take of you with a fish in the net. After all, that is what you’re here for, and what we live for. What more could you want?
Reservations for late summer and fall – our most beautiful time of year – are filling up. We want to welcome you to Fly Fishing Camp before the snow flies again. It’s unlike any place you’ve ever been, with the friendliest group of people you’ll ever meet. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Scott E. Tarrant
Fly Fishing Camp Manager
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