The only way that the general public can explore this attraction is as a guest of the lodge. In the summer their flag may be seen silhouetted in the sky from below.
To view from a distance, this lodge and the cabin built on the sight of an old fire overlook can be seen from St Mary’s Dome on Gold Camp Road using good binoculars. Another good spot is on lower gold camp road just before it turns into pavement. You will be able to see the lodge and row of cabins in the trees. Strong binoculars or a telescope is needed.
By driving through the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and past the Will Rogers Shrine, Spencer Penrose’s Cheyenne Mountain Lodge had quite a view from the top at 9,200 feet. Not near the antenna farm, but on the lesser summit to the north. Locals know this location as “The Horns”. The lodge shown in the photo above existed from 1926-1978.
In 2014, the Broadmoor built the amazing Cloud Camp on the foundation of the old lodge. The rock wall and stairway are still there, but the building now has the appearance of a national park lodge. This before-and-after photo compares 1926 & 2015. The rock wall and the right stairway are still in use and the flag is still flown from the original flag pole. You can spot the two-tiered rock wall behind the trees in this snowy photo from 2015.
Information of the new facility may be found on Broadmoor’s website: http://www.broadmoor.com/cloud-camp.
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Jon: When did they build the new lodge? I knew the old one was gone .one day I was binocular exploring and saw the stars and stripes up there.I went into conspiracy mode until I did a quick look up.glad they revived it used to be a big deal here.
Rocky: The new lodge (Cloud Camp) opened in August 2014. The flag you spotted is flying from the same flagpole from 1926.
With binoculars, you can best see the camp and cabins from the dirt portion of the lower Gold Camp Road.
You jared a terrific memory We hiked to the Cheyenne Lodge past the Will Rogers Monument. The Lodge was closed during WWII.
It was a bear hiking to the lodge but easier returning to Carson. When we returned to Carson Major Clainos had us do close order drill until he was satisfied with our performance. We give the Major credit for our battle successes .
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Andrew, Thank you for that wonderful memory. My blog readers will love this information. What a workout! Thank you for your service.
Going through my late parents memorabilia and found a postcard with a date of July 1967 of the Cheyenne Lodge, looked to be much cooler than the new one that replaced it. But that’s progress, tear history down and build new.
I am going thru my family archives and found photos of Cheyenne Lodge from 1927!
Also found leather postcards from 1907-1908 sent from Denver to Kansas! Such an exciting project for me!! Is there a way to post photos?
Hi, Jody! How exciting to have found those photos! If you are on Facebook, there are several sites that thrive on photos such as yours! “Vintage Colorado Springs Then and Now, and “Old Pics of Colorado Springs”.
If you are not on Facebook, I would enjoy helping you share these photos and their story with an appreciative audience.
Hi Rocky S.! Yes, have been having a blast going thru all of these boxes of history!! Thank you so much for the fb suggestions! I will look up the sites:)