Wednesday, August 10, 2011

THE BROADMOOR - Outdoor Adventuring

Photo credit: The Broadmoor Resort
The Broadmoor Resort, also known as the Grand Dame of the Rockies", is a remarkable luxury resort - one which has managed to earn the AAA five-diamond award for 35 years and the 5-star Forbes travel guide (formerly Mobil) for the last 51 years. With 700 rooms, 44 cottages, 18 restaurants, 3 golf courses, a tennis club, day spa and plenty more - the hotel feels almost as grand as the mountain range it is cradled in. The panoramic view of the Rockies is breathtaking and postcard perfect.

From the Colorado Division of Wildlife Brochure
The outdoor adventuring at the Broadmoor includes horseback riding, biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, hot-air ballooning, and guided fly fishing trips by Colorado Fishing Adventures. I didn't need any convincing for that last one. Anyone who knows me has witnessed the immediate disappearance of worldly cares as soon as I get near a large body of water. Couple that with a fishing rod and I nearly reach nirvana.

Fly fishing expeditions originating at the Broadmoor usually end up somewhere on the South Platt River in Pike National Forest. If your schedule is tight, you can choose a half-day guided trip. If you are in it for the long-haul you can opt for full-day trophy lake fishing. While fishing for 1/2 pound bass there myself (using a surface lure), I had at least one interesting experience. In a quiet moment of taking in the scenery, I was startled by a sudden strike; the water exploded around the lure, and for the first 30 seconds I had no idea what sort of fish I was dealing with. The fight resulted in the catch of a 25 pound carp. I'd never caught any carp on a lure, much less one that large.

Here's a short video on carp fishing in Colorado.