A recent addition to the Broadmoor Resort, Cloud Camp is a wilderness retreat built atop Cheyenne Mountain, on the site of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose’s Cheyenne Lodge. The resort is intended to continue the hotel’s tradition of elegant accommodations, yet with a rustic feel and in a majestic, outdoor setting.
Set at an altitude of 9,200 feet, Cloud Camp has breathtaking views of the city of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak. Guests take a 35-minute Broadmoor shuttle through the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and up the Cheyenne Mountain Highway to reach Cloud Camp. Transportation to the Rocky Mountain retreat is an adventure in itself. Guests can choose to ride in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, on a mule, or for the more adventurous, take a three hour guided hike to the camps location at the summit of Cheyenne Mountain.
Accommodating a total of 56 guests, the lodge has seven guest rooms, including a honeymoon suite with a copper soaking tub, fireplace and private balcony. A short walk from the lodge are 11 one and two bedroom cabins and a separate, two-level suite built on top of an historic fire tower, which is accessed by walking up 145 steps. Rooms feature hickory floors and panelled walls, feather beds and Native American paintings, rugs and bedding. The cabins also have spectacular views of Pikes Peak, the surrounding forest, Colorado’s Front Range and the plains to the east. Cloud Camp harks back to simpler times, so you while you will have access to wifi, you can get a healthy dose of digital detox thanks to the absence of a TV (this place is about the great outdoors, not the box); and there’s a concierge on hand, but no room service. It’s the perfect balance of raw escapism with luxury creature comforts.
Why We Like It
We love the different (yet equally as luxurious) approach Cloud Camp has to Broadmoor. While The Broadmoor guests enjoy golf, a spa and other amenities on the hotel’s 3,000 acre campus below, Cloud Camp offers hiking, archery, basket weaving, rock hunts, stargazing and yoga. Guests at Cloud Camp are encouraged to ‘disconnect’ from day to day life, and take advantage of the outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery. This is a different sort of luxury; one that proves that five-star service isn’t all about marble floors and crystal chandeliers.