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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

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The Broadmoor

Colorado Springs

Perched around a lake, in the shadow of Pikes Peak, surrounded by three golf courses and trout-stocked fishing ponds, the palatial Broadmoor resort has stood as the grande dame of the Rockies since it opened in 1918. But with its Italian Renaissance–inspired design details—think a pink stucco facade, handpainted frescoes and intricate bas-reliefs—the place has always felt as though it belonged on the shores of Lake Como more than in a formerly rough-and-tumble mining town. That all changed last year, when the resort fully embraced its rustic side with a slate of new wilderness experiences, including an equestrian ranch in the middle of Pike National Forest and a brand-new (as of this summer) fly-fishing camp on the Tarryall River. Most impressive of all, perhaps, is the Cloud Camp, which sits at 9,200 feet, atop Cheyenne Mountain, on the site of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose’s historic homestead. Reachable by jeep, mule or a three-hour hike, the rustic lodge—with its hand-hewn timber beams and boulder fireplaces—and 11 surrounding cabins offer the best way to commune with the Colorado wilderness (not to mention some of the state’s most jaw-dropping panoramic vistas).

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