The venerable Colorado Springs property features a number of ways to get back to nature for your summer wedding.
By Dana Butler
THE RANCH AT EMERALD VALLEY
High above The Broadmoor, this intimate, all-inclusive guest ranch in the Pike Nation- al Forest offers 10 deluxe cabins (for 32 guests) and a dedicated ranch staff and on-site chef. Enjoy a drink on the main lodge’s wraparound deck, a dip in a lakeside hot tub and storytelling by the fire pit. Activities include horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, archery and horseshoes. Jeep tours, river rafting, massage services or a ranch roundup excursion can be arranged.
Cloud Camp is a sister property to The Broadmoor and part of the resort’s Wilderness Experi- ence portfolio. Sitting atop Cheyenne Mountain, 3,000 feet above the resort, the location offers 360-degree views, an 8,000-square-foot main lodge and 11 one- and two-bedroom cabins. New to the camp is The Overlook, an events space perched on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, which is perfect for weddings with fewer than 70 guests.
SMITH FORK RANCH
If you’re planning a wedding with your closest circle of friends and family, Smith Fork can accommodate up to 28. New this year, you can schedule an early evening horseback ride for your guests culminating in cocktails overlooking the ranch and valley. Or, you can spend the day foraging for wild mushrooms and other delicacies with a Smith Fork chef—all are experts on the North Fork Valley—and then return to the ranch to create a sumptuous meal.
Palisade Ranch at Gateway Canyons Resort is new for 2016. Guests can explore Western Colorado, drive cattle and learn to rope and ride, which makes for a fun destination wedding option.
A PAINTED VIEW RANCH
Three miles west of downtown Westcliffe in the Wet Mountain Valley, this pretty ranch fea- tures a barn, ranch house and cantina available for country-style weddings and receptions.