Local Area Attractions
There are many day trips, too numerous to mention here. Your Cripple Creek staff will be happy to offer additional suggestions. The following are a few suggestions:
Town of Cripple Creek, Colorado
There is plenty of family and adult fun in this historic landmark district. From the Narrow Gauge Railway, to fascinating local museums, from fine restaurants and ice cream parlors to arcades and casinos, there is something for everyone in Cripple Creek. View gold miningfrom the old to the new "state of the art" gold mine, located between Cripple Creek and Victor.
Town of Victor, Colorado
An authentic old gold mining community only 7 miles from the campground boasts gift and antique shops, eating establishments and amazing scenery. The American Eagle Overlook, in Victor, has beautiful views of Pikes Peak and an historic view of the old and the new gold mining operation. Trails through several old gold mines are great for hiking and biking. Victor is also the home of Lowell Thomas, famous journalist and broadcaster.
Lowell Thomas Museum
The Lowell Thomas Museum is located in nearby Victor and celebrates one of the country's most revered broadcasters. Thomas made his mark in radio journalism in a career that spanned 50 years and took him throughout the world. The museum is housed in a historic, two-story building filled with artifacts, books, exhibits and photographs that depict life in Victor from its earliest days to the heyday of gold mining.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
A lesson in history, these famous fossil beds are set in the one-time shadow of the Guffey Volcano, which erupted millions of years ago, creating fossils and filling the valley with petrified trees. The park offers hiking and interpretive programs.
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Visit the mine that takes you 1,000- ft underground, while you learn, from knowledgeable tour guides, about this old mining operation. This tour is designed for people of all ages. No steps, ladders or climbing. Open daily at 9 a.m.