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Glamping at the Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley in Colorado

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Do you love the outdoors but also crave comfort and pampering? Then you’ll be happy to discover how nature and luxury combine at Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley. Set on 15 acres deep in Pike National Forest, this is the best glamping in Colorado. Learn all about the wonders of Broadmoor Ranch in this resort review.

Glamping at Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley

Glamping at Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

Luxury Glamping in Colorado

Located 30 minutes from the famous Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, the Ranch offers luxurious woodsy accommodations in 13 beautifully decorated cabins. Here you’ll be surrounded by 100,000 acres of nature in the Pike National Forest. When I first arrived at the property, I was stunned by the hypnotic ever-changing play of light on Hummingbird Pond and Penrose Lake. Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley is romantic, awe-inspiring, whimsical and family-friendly — all mixed into one great glamping vacation.

Copper Cabin living area with fireplace at Broadmoor Ranch

Copper Cabin living area with fireplace (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

Glamping Accommodations

Most cabins offer one bedroom accommodations plus living space with a fireplace. Larger families might want to book Lakeside Cabin or Copper Cabin, which feature two bedrooms each. For even more space to spread out, choose the Hill Cabin with two bedrooms plus a loft with additional beds. Plus, rollaway beds can be added to some cabins. For a multiple families or multigenerational travel, book a few cabins for a vacation you’ll all treasure.

Although you’ll be surrounded by nature’s beauty, you can still enjoy creature comforts at Broadmoor Ranch. Cabins include gas fireplaces, heated floors in the bedrooms and bathrooms, Keurig coffee makers, mini fridges, humidifiers for that dry mountain air, and fans to keep cool.

Pinon Cabin Interior at Broadmoor Emerald Valley

Pinon Cabin Interior at Broadmoor Emerald Valley (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is included as part of your stay at the Ranch. My family had been on a few trail rides before our Broadmoor glamping adventure, but nothing quite as challenging or scenic as what we found in Emerald Valley. With the Gray Back Peak towering above us, our horses climbed around Mount Vigil and carried us down Emerald Valley Road. The terrain was often steep and narrow. I looked at my son nervously and often. He had just barely met the 7-year-old age requirement. Thankfully the horses were pros. Unlike me.

Horseback riding is included at Broadmoor Emerald Valley

Horseback riding is included at Broadmoor Emerald Valley (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

Fly-fishing

My kids had never been fishing before our visit to the Ranch at Emerald Valley. Now, I worry that fly fishing at the Ranch may have spoiled them forever. We found two bodies of water fully stocked with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout. It was almost as though The Broadmoor had those fish under contract to delight us with their out-of-water acrobatics. It also helped that the fish were easy to hook. As a bonus, the chef cooked up our catches for us!

Fly-fishing at Broadmoor Ranch

Fly-fishing at the Ranch (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

More Family Activities at Broadmoor Ranch

The wonderful thing about the Ranch is you can do it all or do nothing. Some guests kicked back on the deck soaking in the views and reading. My family, on the other hand, did it all.

Enjoy archery during your glamping vacation in Colorado

Enjoy archery during your glamping vacation (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

When we arrived, my kids raced over to the expansive lawn where my son’s first item of business was playing horseshoes. Meanwhile, my daughter opted to channel Merida the Brave with archery. After mastering the targets, she and my husband moved into the woods for a father-daughter hike. And what would a mountainside retreat with a lake be if  you were not able to canoe?

Hiking in Emerald Valley, Colorado

Hiking is a must in Emerald Valley (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

Meals at Broadmoor Emerald Valley

In addition to chefs who’ll fry up your fish, gourmet meals are prepared three times a day in the Ranch’s grand lodge. Look for the world’s best cinnamon rolls at the breakfast buffet. Afternoon snacks vary, but our favorite was fresh beignets oozing with Colorado Palisade peaches. Lunches and dinners feature fine dining options, but kid-friendly items are available upon request. Kids especially love the twice-weekly cookouts at the Ranch.

Dining at the main lodge at Broadmoor Ranch

Dining at the main lodge (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

Evening Entertainment at the Ranch

In the evening, our family played board games provided by the lodge, and listened to live cowboy tunes by a blazing fire. Later, we built our own campfire at our cabin. Then we soaked in the adjacent hot tub under the liquid-blue moonlight. With limited Wi-Fi family time is the focus at Broadmoor Ranch.

Cowboy tunes by campfire at the Broadmoor's Ranch at Emerald Valley

Cowboy tunes by campfire (Photo credit: Amber Johnson)

How to Reach Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley

Guests should check in at Broadmoor’s Base Camp. Then, you’ll be escorted via shuttle 40 minutes or so into the mountains up serpentine Old Stage Road.

Entrance to Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley

Entrance to Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

The Broadmoor

The only way to ease the sorrow caused by a departure from the Ranch at Emerald Valley? Spending a few nights at The Broadmoor’s main property in Colorado Springs! Built in 1918, The Broadmoor AAA Five-Diamond resort features an award-winning spa, championship golf, an incredible infinity pool with waterslides, a retro bowling alley and much more.

Pool at The Broadmoor Hotel

Pool at The Broadmoor Hotel (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

Book Your Glamping Vacation

The Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley is open seasonally, from the last weekend in April through the last weekend of October. Read more reviews on TripAdvisor and book your stay via Hotels.com now!

The beautiful Broadmoor Ranch

The beautiful Broadmoor Ranch (Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor)

Explore More of Colorado

The Broadmoor and the Ranch at Emerald Valley are both located within Colorado Springs. Discover all the amazing family-friendly things to do in Cañon City and Colorado Springs.

Will you be visiting the Mile High City? Be sure to take a look at these fun adventures in Denver with kids.

If you like the great outdoors, then you’ll love exploring Vail in summer and Keystone in summer.

Glamping at Broadmoor Ranch at Emerald Valley in Colorado

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A Note from The Outdoorsy Travel Mama: My family was hosted by The Broadmoor. All opinions are mine, as always. 

About Amber Johnson, The Outdoorsy Travel Mama

Amber Johnson is a fun-loving mom of two. After a whirlwind career as an adventure-travel writer and publicist in Utah’s ski industry, she married and moved to Denver where her family loves skiing, biking, hiking and climbing 14ers (14,000-foot peaks). She is the founder of The Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas, writes a regular “Family Cents” column for the newspaper and has been blogging since 2005 (you can find her at themilehighmama.com). Amber is excited to be a part of the Travel Mamas team and looks forward to chronicling her occasionally-painful but always-hilarious misadventures! You can connect with Amber on Twitter as @TheMileHighMama.

Comments
  1. It looks and sounds like a great experience! Our son would love to have an vacation like this.
    A couple of weeks ago we did a glamping trip in Canada at Dinosaur Provincial Park, we all had a great time searching for fossils and hiking the trails. Next time we go through Colorado this will be a place to spend some time.

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