Luxe Adventures in Colorado Springs

See our recommendations on how to experience the luxury and adventure that awaits you in Colorado Springs, CO, including The Broadmoor, Ranch at Emerald Valley, Pikes Peak and more!

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The Broadmoor

Located on the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, Colorado, The Broadmoor is the longest consecutive winner of both the AAA 5-Diamond and "Forbes Travel Guide" Five-Star awards. The luxury resort has a day spa, restaurants, a 54-hole championship golf course, six tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and several retail shops.

Golf at The Broadmoor

Legendary golf course architect Donald Ross designed both the East and West Golf Courses at The Broadmoor. The Mountain Course, the third course, features wide, forgiving fairways and large greens with beautiful mountain vistas, ideal for a range of skill levels.

Broadmoor Bowling

You won’t strike out on fun when you visit Play at The Broadmoor. This family-friendly venue has several engaging activities to keep the kids busy, including six bowling lanes.

Ranch at Emerald Valley

The Ranch at Emerald Valley is just a short drive from The Broadmoor and is nestled within 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest. Go on a retreat and stay at one of 10 cabins equipped with wood-burning fireplaces, rustic furniture and modern amenities. Guests can go fly fishing in the nearby lakes, hike and bike scenic trails, sip on wine while watching the sun set, unwind in an outdoor hot tub and much more.

Play at the Broadmoor

Play is also an ideal dining venue for families. Here, guests can enjoy globally-inspired food.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Take a quick day trip to Pikes Peak Cog Railway to experience one of the best ways to explore the area’s amazing scenery. A three-hour train ride provides passengers with the opportunity to see Englemann Canyon, Minnehaha Falls, Pikes Peak, Ruxton Park, yellow-bellied marmots and rocky mountain bighorn sheep. The 8.9-mile trip runs from Manitou Depot to the summit of Pikes Peak.

Cloud Camp at the Broadmoor

Guests at The Broadmoor's Cloud Camp can explore the area by taking a hot-air balloon ride, hiking, whitewater rafting, or by booking a jeep tour. Those who don't attend Cloud Camp can also get an incredible view of the area's surrounding waterfalls and canyons on one of the Broadmoor's 10 zip lines.

Paddle Boating on Cheyenne Lake at the Broadmoor

Spend some quality time with a friend and rent a two-person paddleboat at the Lakeside Boat Dock. Enjoy picturesque views of the mountains surrounding The Broadmoor while paddling around pristine Cheyenne Lake.

Spa at The Broadmoor

It’s all about wellness and renewal at the five-star Spa at The Broadmoor, where guests can get an array of customized spa treatments, including a chardonnay sugar scrub, rosemary-almond body polish, gentlemen’s facial or a pre-natal message. The Spa’s salon also has a bridal package -- offered to the bride and three of her closest friends -- that will have the ladies sipping on mimosas while expert stylists prepare them for the big day.

Seven Falls

Seven Falls is the only waterfall in Colorado to make National Geographic’s list of International Falls. Feeling adventurous? Climb the 224 steps by the side of the falls and pick one of two trails to hike along the stream that feeds this natural beauty.

Ghost Town Museum

Visit the Ghost Town Museum for a historic look back at a piece of Colorado’s Wild West heritage, when prospectors converged on the Colorado territory to pan for gold in the mid-1800s. Sip an old-time sarsaparilla, churn butter and go panning for gold. We recommend taking a tour of Cycle Mill, where more than 13 million tons of gold ore was treated -- as early as 1885.

ProRodeo Hall of Fame - Museum of the American Cowboy

You can’t visit Colorado without visiting the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, a museum dedicated to educating the public about rodeo, its history and its impact on Western culture. Visit the museum to find out more about the noteworthy people who have inspired today’s cowboys.

Cave of the Winds

Experience family fun and adventure at the Cave of the Winds. For beginning cavers, we recommend taking the 45-minute Discovery Tour. Visitors will walk through nearly a mile of caverns, including Majestic Hall, the Bridal Chamber, Temple of Silence, Fat Man’s Misery and Giant’s Bleeding Heart.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has over 200 species of wild animals. Hop on the Mountaineer Sky Ride to watch the sunset at the top of the mountain. Take the kids to My Big Backyard, an oversized garden and petting zoo. Plus, see giraffes and meerkats in the African Rift Valley, grizzlies in the Rocky Mountain Wild area and Amur tigers in Asian Highlands exhibit.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Need a little culture? Visit the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC), located north of downtown Colorado Springs. Opened in 1936, FAC includes a performing arts venue, the Bemis School of Art, and a museum that features a permanent collection of Spanish Colonial and Native American art pieces of the Southwest.

La Taverne

La Taverne at The Broadmoor serves up the best steaks and seafood in Colorado Springs. Plus, they have live music from the La Taverne band Friday through Sunday evenings and a lush, plant-filled dining room with a glass roof and 16-foot chandelier.

Old Colorado City

Take a short road trip to Old Colorado City, a national historic district in Colorado Springs that offers more than 100 stores, restaurants and attractions.

Garden of the Gods

Explore almost 300 million years of geological history. Visitors from all around the world visit the 1,367-acre Garden of the Gods each year. This park is where the grasslands of the Great Plains meet the pinon-juniper woodlands of the American Southwest and merge with the forest of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak mountain.

ANA Money Museum

The American Numismatic Association Money Museum is one of the largest museums dedicated to the culture, art, science and history of money, and includes a Money of the Civil War exhibit.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

For architecture buffs, we recommend a trip to Manitou Cliff Dwellings to explore the ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings. Scientists believe the Native American tribe was starved out due to a drought from 1275-1300 A.D., leaving behind their stone pueblos as well as pictographs and petroglyphs on walls. Visitors can browse through two museums that feature unique cultural exhibits that showcase the tribe’s tools, weapons and pottery.

U.S. Olympic Training Center

Go for the gold! (And we don’t mean panning for gold.) Visit the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee, located in the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs. U.S.A. Swimming and U.S.A. Shooting also have their national headquarters in this 35-acre complex. There are sports venues for fencing, gymnastics, judo, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling.

Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

Located in a tomb at the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun are the ashes of Spencer Penrose, a philanthropist who contributed many of the most prominent landmarks in Colorado Springs, including the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Pioneers Museum

Located in the restored El Paso County Courthouse, Colorado Springs’ Pioneers Museum features exhibits on the history of the Pikes Peak region, including a significant collection of quilts, Van Briggle pottery and collections that showcase the Native American influence on the region.

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