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Western Wonder

Rise above it all at Cloud Camp and get your fill of early American art

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Photographs by ColorWorld/STEVE HAGGERTY

Located at 9,200 feet, 3,000 feet above Colorado Springs, Cloud Camp’s 8,500-square-foot main lodge opened in 2014 on the site of Broadmoor Hotel builder Spencer Penrose’s private retreat. Quality features include chinked logs, hand-hewn beams and local stone fireplaces.

Here's the thing about Western art. Like rattlesnake steaks and Rocky Mountain oysters, it's an acquired taste. If your great-grandparents crossed the mountains in a covered wagon or homesteaded west of the Missouri River, it could be in your genes.

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The Great Hall and other Cloud Camp rooms display a 35-item collection of art and artifacts, including traditional American I... + Enlarge

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On the outdoor deck at Cloud Camp, the sun’s rays are twice as intense as at sea level. In addition to the umbrella, sunglass... + Enlarge

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Cloud Camp ranger-guide Peter Vozzola leads tours of the Meeting Cabin, a popular destination for business meetings and cockt... + Enlarge

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A corner of the Great Hall displays Georg Heinrich Kuhrner’s 1906 painting The Indian Braves with clothing and artifacts from... + Enlarge

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Log cabin charm makes for memorable days in the Honeymoon Suite at Cloud Camp. Tucked into a corner of the lodge, the room’s ... + Enlarge

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