Aug 15, 2014 7:50 PM by Zach Thaxton
The Broadmoor's newest luxury attraction opened for business and welcomed its first-ever guests Friday afternoon. Cloud Camp, nestled amid the trees at the summit of Cheyenne Mountain, will offer guests a truly one-of-a-kind lodging experience, albeit at a hefty price.
The new resort was built on the site of the former Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, built by Spencer Penrose in the 1920s. It features an 8,000-square-foot main lodge which has seven guest rooms, eleven one- and two-bedroom cabins, and the "Fire Tower Suite," a two-story guest cabin built in the style of a fire lookout tower.
The main attraction, however, is the views. Atop Cheyenne Mountain, Cloud Camp features 360-degree unobstructed views spanning more than 100 miles. The scenery and abundance of outdoor activities are part of the reason the guest rooms do not include televisions. General Manager Tina Harlow says guests will be encouraged to "disconnect" cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices and enjoy the tranquility, isolation, and natural splendor. "I think what's going to happen is the guest is going to get here and so quickly disconnect that they're not going to be looking for something to do," Harlow said.
Getting to Cloud Camp is not easy and is billed as just as big an adventure as Cloud Camp itself. Guests will check in at The Broadmoor's south tower and will be shuttled through the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and past the Will Rogers Shrine, at which point they will have the option to continue riding in the 4-wheel-drive shuttle up the 18 switchbacks of the original Cheyenne Mountain Highway, a one-lane, rough dirt road. The 6-mile drive takes about 40 minutes. Guests will also have the option to ride pack mules to the top, or simply walk -- a hike lasting about three hours. Harlow says it's all part of what The Broadmoor bills as a true 'wilderness adventure.' "Once the word gets out, it's going to take two years to get in here, so make your reservations," Harlow said.
Predictably, rates for Cloud Camp are steep. Between $800 and $1,400 per night, Harlow says. But The Broadmoor insists it's a bargain rate for such a one-of-a-kind experience. CLICK HERE for more information about Cloud Camp.