Elegant Lodge with Stunning Views of Nearby Peaks and Parks
In the shadow of legendary Pikes Peak, hikers and mountain climbers take on the staggering sandstone towers at Garden of the Gods, a 1,300-acre public park distinctive for its giant red rocks rising into the Colorado sky. The park serves as backdrop for the Garden of the Gods Club, whose private patios look out onto a postcard-ready expanse of unspoiled western wilderness. In the 1950s, the lodge’s elegant atmosphere and upscale dining made it a destination for Hollywood notables such as Robert Mitchum and Walt Disney. Today, these features continue to exert a pull, though many travelers are also drawn to the lodge for its convenient proximity to Colorado Springs’ abundant natural splendor.
The Club King Rooms are spacious and come equipped with a fireplace and a flat-screen TV. The days here end with patio views of the sun dipping below oak-covered valleys.
Dining options at Garden of the Gods Club span the spectrum from casual to upscale. In the main dining room, gourmet cuisine is complemented by an elegant ambiance created by white tablecloths, attentive service, and a dress code forbidding denim or rodeo-clown costumes. The menu changes seasonally and showcases local ingredients from Colorado farms. The lounge serves as a casual spot for having a cocktail, nibbling a light dinner, or watching a game.
Colorado Springs: Nature Lovers' Wonderland with Numerous Active Pursuits
Tucked into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs boasts an embarrassment of natural riches beginning with the juniper-studded Garden of the Gods. Rock climbers tackle craggy formations throughout the park, and others take to nature trails on horseback or settle down for an outdoor picnic. On nearby Pikes Peak, steep hiking and mountain-biking trails incline toward the summit, though scenic train rides make for an easier go of it. A custom-built Swiss rail car climbs past the forest canopy and up the mountainside for sweeping vistas encompassing miles of mountain ranges and plains. On the way up, conductors point out local fauna, such as bighorn sheep and grazing mule deer as well as geological formations such as giant boulders resembling trains full of passengers looking at giant boulders.