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The Broadmoor Wilderness Newsletter

Our Wilderness 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.

Hello from The Ranch at Emerald Valley!
How is it already August?  This has been such a dynamic season with many familiar faces returning for fresh mountain air and some much-needed relaxation.   Did you know that The Ranch at Emerald Valley was crowned the “Most Luxurious Ranch” by AAA Colorado?  We couldn’t be prouder of our little slice of paradise, nestled at the foot of Mount Vigil, surrounded by the Pike National Forest.
Wait until you see the spectacular colors and beautiful wildflowers.  They are so plentiful and bring so much joy to our guests.  The rolling green valley is just bursting with the scent of summer and offers the perfect location for archery and lawn games.
The surrounding national forest lands offers beautiful hiking to explore on your own or guided from The Ranch.  Our guests have particularly enjoyed the scenic hike to Cloud Camp, where they can have lunch atop Cheyenne Mountain and take in the panoramic views of Colorado Springs before heading back to the ranch to unwind in one of our outdoor hot tubs.
I may be biased, but the culinary offerings at Emerald Valley Ranch continue to amaze.  The menus this season have kicked it up a notch thanks to our culinary team led by Chef Randi and Chef Nathan.  Whether you are here for a single evening or stay a few nights, we have elevated the Ranch dining experience to include: Crispy Rohan Duck Breast, Emerald Valley Ranch Meatloaf with Bison and our own Eagles Nest Ranch Wagyu beef, and a fan favorite Truffled Campanelle Pasta.  Cookout nights have also seen some new dishes, such as Steelhead Trout with NOLA BBQ sauce and Mesquite Smoked Beef Brisket, but don’t worry your Sweet Tea Brined Cast Iron Fried Chicken is still there!  Our ranch “regulars” have been raving about this year’s new menu offerings.
Children of all ages have been having a great time with both Reba the Ranch Dog and June Bug, the Ranch cat.  Drawing our four-legged friends has become quite the pastime for our junior EVR rangers.  It has been so much fun to see the kids off their technology and spending their time being creative instead.  We have compiled a lovely art collection from the junior artists!!
We want to share these experiences with you, too. There is still time to join us this summer or visit The Ranch this fall when the surrounding groves of aspen trees turn to gold, and the air has just a hint of crispness.

Best wishes,

Craig Hilton
Manager, The Ranch at Emerald Valley


Greetings from Cloud Camp!

My goodness, where has the time gone?   It seems as if we just opened the doors at the lodge, and yet now we are mid-way through our spectacular 2019 season.  This summer Cloud Camp was honored by Travel + Leisure The World’s Best Awards, claiming the spot as No. 8 best resort in the American West!    
In June, we welcomed three fawns (set of twins included) to the Cloud Camp wildlife family.  All three were up and moving around within an hour of birth.   Our guests enjoyed watching the fawns take their first steps while witnessing the bravery of their mother protecting them and nudging them forward to forage on their own, what a joy!

We are excited to unveil our new Upper Sunrise trail that connects the archery and boulder fields to the Mule barn. Guests will no longer need to take the motorized route, instead, the hiking path will guide you along some historical artifacts from the old mining days. Guests can now hike from Cloud Camp straight to Seven Falls and back to The Broadmoor.

Sipping our new libations on the grand porch has never been tastier.  All we had to do was look around, and our inspiration stemmed from our spectacular surroundings.  The Cloud Camp Sunrise is a delicious combination of white rum, grapefruit, and lemon juices with just a hint of honey that is sure to refresh the spirit, just like our sunrise.    We took a traditional Moscow Mule and flipped it to become a Horned Mule, instead of the vodka use great local whiskey.  Our final addition kicking off Cooking Club is the Fire Tower, a gin-based highball with lemon and a touch of grenadine.  All three cocktails are the perfect addition to Cloud Camp’s Social Hour.
How would you like your family to be the first family to take part in a Cloud Camp holiday extravaganza?  Only one group will be able to take advantage of this adventure of a lifetime by reserving all of the lodge’s seven bedrooms at Cloud Camp for a three or four nights stay over Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Share your holiday traditions with us and we will do all of the work so you can enjoy time with your family.  All you have to do is book it and the team at Cloud Camp will take care of the rest.  Your days will be filled relaxing by the fire, joining chefs in the kitchen for “cooking clubs” (with wondrous holiday dishes and cookie making), enjoying wine tastings, and strolling on wintry walks among the clouds, taking in the late fall and winter 360-degree views of nearby Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs below. All meals, beverages, and alcohol are included, and staff will customize the entire experience to your family by incorporating favorite holiday recipes and hanging the family’s stockings by the fire with care.  You’ll form unforgettable holiday memories with the magic of Cloud Camp.  Our reservations department at The Broadmoor has all the details, and you can find out more by clicking here.

Whether you join us now, when the colors change, or for a winter holiday to remember, we know you’ll have an exceptional experience. We look forward to welcoming you.


Lisa Thomassie
Manager, The Broadmoor Cloud Camp


Tight Lines are a Way of Life at Fly Fishing Camp!
Heck ya, what a great season (so far) of fishing on the Tarryall!   We kicked off the season with two weekends of “These Boots Are Made for Wading” and had a great time with our lady fishermen, we even had a surprise guest – fly fishing rock star, Charles Jardine.  He shared his casting technique with the ladies, and we sure had fun!  This year’s high flows, cold water, and dynamic flow have allowed for increased populations of invertebrates and hungry fish.

Don’t delay and get Fly Fishing Camp on your calendar as I anticipate that we will have awesome dry fly fishing late into October.  For those unfamiliar with dry fly fishing, it’s when your artificial fly floats on the surface of the water and doesn’t get wet.   So fire up your Elk Hair Caddis or Royal Wulff and let’s catch some trout! 

With all of the rainfall that we have had this year, I am anticipating a very colorfully beautiful fall.   Get ready to be overwhelmed by all of the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer at the fly fishing camp and the adjoining 110,000+ acres of the lost creek wilderness property.  In addition to great fishing, we also offer some wonderful hiking opportunities.

As you may know, our newest guide, Eddie was born in January. Even though she is in diapers she’s been getting lots of guiding tips from her trusty Golden Retriever, Blue whose guiding skills continue to improve.  Something makes me think that once Eddie can hold a rod that these two will be inseparable.
With the addition of the new camera and television monitor at the Fish House, it will be easier to see the intricacies of fly tying during the classes that delve into this fun skill.

Did you hear that?  It’s the sound of a pitching wedge swinging and making contact with that little white ball on our new 50-yard par-three golf hole.  This addition will make cocktail hour much more interesting.  Whether you have skin in the game or playing for skins, I think we will have many late nights placing bets on who lands closest to the pin!
If you haven’t made your reservations to join us this season, don’t wait. We’re booking up fast for late summer and fall, and want to share days with you on the river, and evenings on the deck swapping stories. So put your waders on and get your line wet. Experience what Fly Fishing Camp is all about – the pure joy of being on the Tarryall in the middle of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and gathering pictures and stories to bring home to your friends and family.  It’s unlike any place you’ve ever been, with the friendliest group of people you’ll ever meet!
See You Soon and Tight Lines!

Scott E. Tarrant
Manager, Fly Fishing Camp

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