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: Fall road trip – exploring Utah’s Grand Staircase
On the Queens Garden hike in Bryce Canyon NP

Taking the kids: Fall road trip – exploring Utah’s Grand Staircase

We’re looking at the famous tall, red and pink hued Hoodoo rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah that look different to each person who oohs and aahs over them. They stretch as far as we can see.

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Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoo you think you’re feeling?
Natural Bridge feature at Bryce Canyon NP

Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoo you think you’re feeling?

Hoodoos actually have eroded out of cliffs, forming thin walls of rock called fins.Isn’t nature amazing?! Here at Bryce Canyon we are at the top of what is famously called “The Grand Staircase”

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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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Dinner is served! Chuckwagon fun caps a day of weather challenges at Paws Up
Dinner is plated at the Paws Up Chuckwagon dinner

Dinner is served! Chuckwagon fun caps a day of weather challenges at Paws Up

Other times, you just soldier on as we did horseback riding and riding ATV vehicles some 15 miles to Montana’s well preserved ghost town Garnet—a mining town in the late 19th Century.

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