Meet Spencer Penrose. In 1916, this young entrepreneur came to Colorado and bought the land on which Cheyenne Lake was built as well as the remains of the Casino, which had burned to the ground. After some rebuilding efforts, Penrose stepped in and expanded the property for his future hotel. In 1923, after the main hotel opened, he acquired the now-named Ranch at Emerald Valley and started the Pikes Peak Camping & Mountain Trails Association. In 1924, he broke ground on a the Cheyenne Mountain Road to summit. The 7 mile "wonder road" goes from 6500 ft to 9500 ft in less than 1 1/4 sq. miles and was featured on Ripley's Believe It or Not as the most crooked highway up the steepest mountain. And in 1938, the year before he died, he gifted the Colorado Springs Zoo to the town that had given him so much. The hotel stayed in the Penrose family, undergoing renovations and expansions in Spencer’s vision, until 1988, when the golf, tennis, and spa amenities were added. As the hotel grows its presence into the 21st century, modern and sleek amenities continue to be added to make this a one-of-a-kind resort in Colorado.