After being rained away during a short camping trip a nice hotel always seems like a luxury, but Cheyenne Mountain Resort surprised us in a lot of ways. The main one being the fact that is boosts access to its very own lake. You wouldn't think Colorado has too many hotels with a beachfront but this one does.

 A playground with a view!

A playground with a view!

We are having an outstanding time at this 4-star resort. The grounds are immaculate and the property is beautiful. It is fully prepared for families while looking across the mountains behind the lake. Our kids love playing on the beach so they can eat their heart out. And they are fond of the swimming pool, although children can only use one row and the playground close by. Not to forget: there’s a little kids pool for the little ones. At the lake you can use kayaks and canoes for free, which is fun for all of us. Besides that, there are basketball and tennis courts. Be sure to bring your own gear or be prepared to rent it for a fee.

 Fun at the lake

Fun at the lake

Our room has a nice view overlooking the Colorado Country Golf Club and the mountains. It has the very typical two double beds, which is very convenient when travelling with children. It also has a walk through closet with French doors, but overall we find our room a little outdated and it could be cleaned more thoroughly. Nevertheless they are surely comfortable but considering the price you might expect more.

The property and all of its possibilities although make up a lot, so we had a great time at this hotel. Although nicely decorated, the interior focus appears to be more on comfort rather than design. But that’s also a matter of taste. We like the general store to buy yourself something a drink, a Cheyenne Mountain Bear or another souvenir, as well as an ice cream. It has some nice restaurants although also for this the prices vs. quality ratio is somewhat out of balance. We really appreciate the terrace though with its fireplace for late drinks while the kids are asleep.

 Lobby of the Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Lobby of the Cheyenne Mountain Resort

During Summer there’s the Cheyenne Kidz Camp in which kids explore different themes each week. From learning how to golf with PGA Pros and chasing clues on a scavenger hunt to making a mess with artsy projects and learning competitive sports to making a splash in the pool. Children ages 5-11 are welcome after paying an additional price, from 8 till 2 and Monday till Friday. Afterhours childcare is available as well. We also read about the Cheyenne Grub Club Program, where teens from 11-15 years get a wristband to get three square meals, an ice cream and unlimited drinks per day. Looks like a great initiative to limit the parent costs.

And it’s on a good location, but we would recommend renting a car. There is not too much around for additional food or things to do without a car. With one the resort is conveniently located close to many attractions such as Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, downtown Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and downtown Manitou Springs. If you’re as much into history as we are, you will like the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. It’s a large piece of property divided into an Indian area, several old farms, homes and shops. Each area is staffed by docents in period costumes who speak as though they are from ancient times in Colorado history and interact with the visitors. You’ll soon notice that other activities can be booked in the region as well: hiking, white water rafting, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, zip lining, jeep touring, train riding and fishing. And after a day of activity adults might enjoy the spa. Alluvia Spa and Wellness Retreat is located in the fitness and tennis facility and offers some very attractive treatments.

 The bar restaurant with nice colour sets for the kids

The bar restaurant with nice colour sets for the kids

We should write a bit more about the fitness center, for it’s the region's most expansive fitness center: an amazing 9,000 sq. foot. We were overwhelmed by the space and equipment. And all is included in your stay: whether it’s a relaxing yoga class or a heart-pumping spin session. And not to forget: at certain times you can leave children until 6 years under supervision in a sort of kidsclub. For children from upon 6 there’s a dedicated play room with all kind of games and movies.

WOW

# The lake of course, has to be mentioned first. No salty water and a great place to spend some relaxing hours.

# Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers endless activities, which is perfect for active families if you can afford it. And it’s a central base for a lot of possible day trips in the area.

# Ate too much or want to keep up your fitness schedule, this fitness center is perfect; we have never seen so many facilities in a hotel before.