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Steak, lobster, chicken, trout: Gourmet fare at a dude ranch in Colorado Springs
Yummy cinammon rolls - Ranch at Emerald Valley

Steak, lobster, chicken, trout: Gourmet fare at a dude ranch in Colorado Springs

By Eileen Ogintz COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- We are at over 8,000 feet up a steep gravel road from Colorado Springs in the Pike National Forest trying to decide whether…

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The Ranch at Emerald Valley – history, charm, family-central by The Broadmoor
Remains of the Nanny's Cabin - The Ranch at Emerald Valley

The Ranch at Emerald Valley – history, charm, family-central by The Broadmoor

Today, all that is left of the Nanny’s cabin is the foundation and a huge stone fireplace after a fire many years ago. Camp Vigil is now The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley.

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A quick fall getaway to Vail. Forget something? The Antlers can substitute most anything
Aspens losing their brilliant fall colors as winter approaches

A quick fall getaway to Vail. Forget something? The Antlers can substitute most anything

Unlike most rental condos, The Antlers at Vail come equipped with aluminum foil, plastic wrap and containers, a fully equipped kitchen and more. The location also can’t be beat—at the Lionshead base area a short walk on a pedestrian path from Vail Village.

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Weather can’t spoil a trip to remember down the Grand Canyon
Our group of 32 intrepid river rafters on the last morning of our 7-day expedition (photo by Ben Bressler)

Weather can’t spoil a trip to remember down the Grand Canyon

Finally! Five hours after we were scheduled to leave, the helicopters started to fly again, taking two or three passengers at a time rather than four because of the conditions

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Better and best: Thoughts on our last day rafting the Grand Canyon
Our Western River Expeditions guides - Andy Dicus, Alexis Smith, Stephanie Devisser, Ben Bressler

Better and best: Thoughts on our last day rafting the Grand Canyon

Everyone is glad to have been unplugged from the news for a week, didn’t mind the mitigations that are the result of the Pandemic and are genuinely glad to be here

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Three waterfalls in one day in the Grand Canyon!
Taking the plunge at Elves Chasm

Three waterfalls in one day in the Grand Canyon!

The first waterfall on the agenda is Elves Chasm, requiring a difficult, steep hike and scrambling over rocks and boulders. “But definitely worth it when we got there"

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Big rapids, beautiful waterfalls: Day 4 of our raft trip down the Grand Canyon
Scrambling over rocks and cliffs to get to Clear Creek Falls

Big rapids, beautiful waterfalls: Day 4 of our raft trip down the Grand Canyon

We navigate more than two dozen rapids including “the big three,” starting the day with Hance Rapid, which drops 30 feet over its length; Hermit with its 10 consecutive “haystick” waves, and Crystal rated a 10

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Day 3 in the Grand Canyon: tragic crash site, fun on the Little Colorado River
A conga line in the Little Colorado

Day 3 in the Grand Canyon: tragic crash site, fun on the Little Colorado River

The hot hike is soon forgotten. We all consider how privileged we are to be playing in a place few Grand Canyon visitors ever see - the Little Colorado River

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Day 2 in the Grand Canyon: exploring the “ancients,” a dubious crowd estimate and birthday cake!
Breakfast on the Colorado River

Day 2 in the Grand Canyon: exploring the “ancients,” a dubious crowd estimate and birthday cake!

I sit up in my sleeping bag and look around. We are steps from the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The light on the multi-hued rock—pink, orange, brown is spectacular as the sun comes up

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