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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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Taking the kids – and leaf-peeping safely
The Eagles Next Wilderness above Piney Lake

Taking the kids – and leaf-peeping safely

Whenever you head out to unfamiliar climes, you need to be prepared for the unexpected — a tumble on the trail, a rainstorm, a road so bumpy it leaves the back seat passengers queasy

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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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Taking the kids: To Aspen this summer and fall
Eileen with CamelBak on the road to Maroon Bells near Aspen CO

Taking the kids: To Aspen this summer and fall

Everyone who visits Aspen — summer, fall or winter — should make time for an ACES activity, whether guided hike (there are free guided walks), winter snowshoe tours, storytelling, free junior naturalist activity books and the chance to visit the resident rescued Golden Eagle, Red Tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl that can no longer live in the wild

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Taking the kids: On the road this pandemic summer
Walkable Main in Breckenridge. (Elaine Collins/Breckenridge Tourism Office)

Taking the kids: On the road this pandemic summer

We experienced the mask issue firsthand on our 2,850-mile road trip from Colorado to Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, social distancing as much as possible

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Pizza in Aspen? Pizza in Heaven? This is Colorado

The Gant Aspen not only is Aspen’s only condominium hotel that offers food and beverage right here, but the new artisanal take out pizzas from Boulder’s popular Boss Lady Pizza has proved a huge hit on weekends.

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Pandemic Summer reunion in Crested Butte CO: socially distancing on mountain trails

This Pandemic summer, Elk Avenue has been made one way to allow for more outdoor socially-distanced seating and masks are required for those strolling on Elk Avenue.

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Back to Vista Verde Ranch – snowmobiles and more fun in the snow
Adelyn Field tossing hay to the quarter horse herd from back of a horse-drawn wagon at feeding time - Vista Verde Ranch

Back to Vista Verde Ranch – snowmobiles and more fun in the snow

Welcome to Vista Verde Ranch near the tiny Colorado town of Clark and about a 40-minute drive from Steamboat Springs-and a world away from the busy ski town where you have to jockey on the slopes for a place to sit at lunch time.

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