CRIPPLE CREEK: COLORADO MOUNTAIN CHARM
The historic town of Cripple Creek, Colorado sits on the southwest slopes of majestic Pikes Peak in the Colorado Rockies. More than 100 years ago this charming community attracted tens of thousands of gold-seekers to its hillsides in search of their fortunes. The gold mines are a part of Cripple Creek’s colorful history, and today, visitors can choose from a wide variety of rich and wonderful experiences here.
Explore the Gold Mines
Mining is the core of how Cripple Creek, Colorado came to be. Gold was discovered in 1891 by a cowboy and part-time prospector and it transformed a sleepy, little ranching community into one of the world’s richest gold camps. Today, you can tour the Mollie Kathleen mine, descending 1,000 feet underground and touring through its educational exhibits. Tours are also available at the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine, which is still in operation today.
Trailblazing on Horseback
See the Rocky Mountains the way early explorers did…from the back of a horse! The Cripple Creek area offers several horseback riding opportunities. Some rides tuck into the forest on quiet trails, others cross vast meadows filled with wildlife – all with Pikes Peak as their backdrop. From kids to seniors there will be a horse suited just for you. The west is still alive and well in Cripple Creek!
Scenic Bike Tours
The challenge and beauty of biking in the Pikes Peak region is second to none. Choose from meandering, paved mountain blacktops to rugged, single-track trails snaking through the forest. Go for a friendly social ride or test your mettle on some of the incredible climbs. There are numerous scenic rides in the Cripple Creek vicinity, so load up your bike, grab your helmet and gloves and head on out here!
Engaging Museum Exhibits
Visitors with a historic interest will enjoy browsing the region’s many museums. Here you can learn about the gold rush - the characters it brought to town and those it created. Learn about the mining life; see original artifacts; ponder the successes and the colorful way of life in the new frontier. Cripple Creek is truly in the heart of history!
City of Cripple Creek
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Prospectors Treasure Hunt
Let us bring out the adventurer in you! Our “Prospector’s Treasure Hunt” is a fun and educational way to experience some of the historical attractions the area has to offer.
Visit Cripple Creek's Visitor Informational Site