August 25, 2013 – Broadmoor Hotel and Seven Falls

Our initial destination was the renowned Broadmoor Hotel.

This photo was borrowed from the hotel’s wed site as I obviously could not find a ladder tall enough to take this picture

This 700-room resort (where nightly rates range from $260 to $8,000) dates from 1891, when it began as a small hotel and casino.  The current facility was built in 1918 by Spencer Penrose, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, whose brother, Senator Boise Penrose had amassed a fortune in mining claims in nearby Cripple Creek.  After a grand tour through Europe’s finest hostelries, decided to build one, with no expense spared.  The hotel attracted wealthy clientele in the early 20th century, drawn to the beauty of Pike’s Peak as well as to the mountain air which aided recuperation from tuberculosis. 

As we arrived at the resort, its welcoming gardens were nothing short of gorgeous!

Aside from touring the complex, we were there to partake in what turned out to be one of the most sumptuous (not to mention expensive) brunches

Their seemingly endless menu offerings included just about any type of food anyone could imagine (including some great desserts) or that any of us had ever experienced at other brunch meals anywhere else.

Needless to say, we all left content with full stomachs!

While the interior of the several lobbies and meeting rooms were incredible

Beginning with the covered entrance carport

the resort’s architecture, two private lakes and nearby mountains provided a beautiful and serene backdrop.

The rear of a huge Bar-B-Que featured a thick wooden lintel with a heavy rectangular stone suspended from it … and, although we inquired about its purpose, no one at the resort seemed to have any idea

The water gardens included some striking water lily blossoms.

The wild life included

Magpies

Ducks

Swans

After returning to our campground to change out of our “presentable” shorts and shirts we wore to the Broadmoor and dressing down a bit, we left for the short drive to Seven Falls, a series of seven (no surprise) cascading waterfalls on Cheyenne Creek as it flows through the narrow Cheyenne Canyon. 

181 feet high

While you can view the falls from the bottom, far better views are available by climbing the 180+ steps up to “The Nest”, as we did, taking the

which required a 100+ foot tunnel into the solid granite cliff.  Looking  down

into the visitor’s center parking lot we watched a bride and her wedding party arrive.

Back at “ground level”, four of us, including Debbie, then made the very steep climb up 224 steps

up to the top of the falls … providing excellent photo ops of the seven separate falls while climbing and at the top

as well as a view of the wedding ceremony at the base of the falls.

Of course, what goes up … must come down. 

Back at the parking lot level, I discovered several smaller falls

and a reflection of the surrounding cliffs in water, still muddy from the recent floods throughout the area.

From there we drove to Old Colorado City.

After Colorado gained statehood, there was a battle between Colorado City and Denver to become the state capitol.  The decision was, in large part, determined by the refusal of many of the state’s legislators refusing to travel to Colorado City.

As the “girls” were interested in browsing some of the many shops, us “guys”

sat around people watching for a while

until it was suggested to us that we might consider returning to the campground as our wives were planning on doing some serious browsing … a recommendation we readily and happily accepted.

Debbie, generally not a shopper, returned with a really sharp jacket and some accessories … and looks great in them!

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