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10/01/2020
The Ranch at Emerald Valley
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What a whirlwind! We have had so much fun this summer. We were happy to see so many familiar
faces returning for fresh mountain air and some much-needed relaxation. I am humbled by our guests and their love for the Ranch… there is nothing better than welcoming the same guests back twice (or more) in a season.
 
Currently, the rolling green valley is bursting with the scent of summer. It offers the perfect location for archery, lawn games or simply relaxing. Fall is right around the corner, and it is one of our favorite times of the year with all of the Aspen "gold" in our valley.
 
We have seen many of our guests take advantage of the wide-open spaces and improved hiking trails. One of the favorites this season is the Emerald Valley loop as it’s easy enough for the whole family. For the families looking for a more aggressive trail, Gray Back Peak tops the list with groups scaling the mountain to 9,348 feet!

Meals at the lodge are better than ever, and our guests embrace the "social distancing” socializing. Chef Randi continues to evolve the menu as the season changes, and the ingredients are indeed the star. Guests have been sharing their lives with us, and it is so nice to see the camaraderie that Emerald Valley Ranch fosters.
 
June Bug, the Ranch cat, has kept our guests entertained as she keeps a watchful eye on our younger campers. She is often the inspiration for original works of art that the children draw, which I why I love what I do. Nothing is better than seeing kids running, playing, and discovering their own love for the great outdoors.
 
We want to share these experiences with you, too. It’s not too late to book that quality downtime that you and your family deserve.
 
-Craig Hilton
Manager
Emerald Valley Ranch

Cloud Camp
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My goodness, where has the time gone? It seems as if we just opened the doors at the lodge, and here we are at the mid-way point of the 2020 season. What amazes me most is our guests' reactions as they ascend Cheyenne Mountain and arrive at Cloud Camp; they dismount their mules, and immediately I see all of their stress dissolve; it is heartwarming.
 
The weather has been better than ever, and our guests have noticed! We always have people on the trails, but this year they are really getting after it. Our newest addition, Sunrise Trail, has been quite popular. Some of the more adventurous guests are hiking from Cloud Camp straight to Seven Falls and back to The Broadmoor where they jump on a shuttle back up the mountain…this makes me tired just thinking about it!
 
The flag ceremony at Cloud Camp is always special, but this year has taken on a new meaning. I have heard many fabulous stories from families who just want to embrace life a little closer to home. Our returning staff is genuinely grateful to be here, making memories that we know our guests will cherish for years to come.
 
Whatever plans you had for the holidays, cancel them and book your family and friends into Cloud Camp with 360-degree views of nearby Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs below. We had our firsts guests book Thanksgiving last year, and let me tell you, it was magical.

Share your holiday traditions with us, and we will do all of the work so you can enjoy quality 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. All meals, beverages, and alcohol are included. Staff will customize the entire experience to your family by incorporating your favorite holiday recipes and hanging the family's stockings by the fire with care. Our reservations department at The Broadmoor has all the details, and you can find out more by clicking here.
 
In the meantime, we are anxiously awaiting the brilliant fall colors and more guests returning before our season ends. 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
Cloud Camp

Fly Fishing Camp
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I gotta tell you, this season has been AMAZING!!! We kicked off the season on Father's Day, and it made me smile to see our guests who treated their dads to some primo trout fishing! Being back on the mighty Tarryall feels a whole lot like "normal," and with 9 – foot long rods, we naturally "socially distance."

If you missed the women only, “These Boots Are Made for Wading," you will not want to miss it in 2021. We have dates set for June 4-6th, 2021. We had such a great mix of ladies; I have to share some kind words from one of the attendees.
 
“Oh my gosh! Chantel and I are STILL talking about all of the fun we had! It was a "bucket list" item for me...and the entire experience was more than I had hoped for! I had a vision of what I wanted this experience to be...and the Fly Fishing Camp FAR exceeded my dreams! We talked about everything ALL the way home...and how much fun we had. We would truly go back and do it over again tomorrow!!”

We hope you will book your "Boots are Made For Wading" to learn a new skill or improve on what you already know.
 
This season has also been fabulous for wildlife watching. We have shared the river with: bighorn sheep, elk, bobcats, and even a baby moose. Seeing other animals in the river puts things into perspective, we all share in the fruits that Mother Nature offers. In addition to great fishing, we also provide some fantastic hiking opportunities.
 
Don't delay and get Fly Fishing Camp on your calendar. I anticipate that we will have excellent dry fly fishing late into October. With Eagle Rock Ranch's harvesting their hay, we should see some phenomenal opportunities. For those unfamiliar with dry fly fishing, 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!
 
Fall is also the season when sight fishing kicks into high gear. Sight fishing is when you have 1. Shallow water, 2. Crystal clear water, and 3. Water above 60 degrees. Altogether, these conditions are a "perfect storm" of sorts and make for exciting fly fishing. Light is another crucial factor to consider but don't' rule out the overcast days as they can be your ace in the hole. It isn't merely a technique for the few weeks around the spawn; it can be used for at least eight months out of the year. This is the kind of fishing where the devil is in the details, let us give you tips and tricks to improve your skills. Experience what Fly Fishing Camp is all about – the pure joy of being on the Tarryall with our camp dog “Blue” 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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