Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Emerald Valley like Eden

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 6:18 PM

click to enlarge The Lodge where Spencer Penrose and his cronies used to hang out. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • The Lodge where Spencer Penrose and his cronies used to hang out.

The Ranch at Emerald Valley, The Broadmoor resort's latest addition, is a storybook excursion into the Rocky Mountains roughly nine miles southwest of the resort.

It's worth the jolting ride over washboard shelf roads and rutted forest pathways to get to the ranch where accommodations start at $450 a night per person, all inclusive.

The property was originally developed by a reverend, who built a cabin for himself and his son on leased Forest Service land. Since then, it's changed hands many times and gone through various changes. The connection to The Broadmoor dates to the early 1920s when Spencer Penrose, who built the hotel, bought the property from the Girl Scouts and formed the Pikes Peak Camping and Mountain Trails Association. That era died with Penrose in 1939.

The Broadmoor bought the property from private owners just last December, so the renovation has taken place over just a matter of months. The ranch opened for business this month and already is running at 80 percent occupancy. It will be open from May through October.

The best window into the property isn't words, however, but rather pictures. Here's some I shot during a media tour on Tuesday.

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