Step back in time...take a train ride into gold rush history,
take in a Victorian melodrama, or go 1,000 feet underground in a
real 1890's gold mine. Visit a spectacular cave or learn about
the US Olympic Gold.
The gold rush is on! Board the
Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow
Gauge Railroad for a ride through mining history. Descend into the
depths of an 1890's mine and see how hard rock miners worked;
pan for real gold and gems, or take the tour of the
mine to learn how times have changed.
For those who want to spend more than a day, take the
Gorge Route for breathtaking scenes of the Arkansas River
country; or dare the heights of
Museums feature a wealth of gold rush history - from the
bawdy red light district to wealthy millionaire miners to
world-renowned Lowell Thomas.
The Butte Opera House has been the home of the renewed tradition
of Classic Cripple Creek Melodrama. The Thin Air Theatre Company and
the City of Cripple Creek present year-round live entertainment
at the theater.
Cripple Creek &
Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
A trip on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
reveals scenic wonders around every curve as the century-old steam
locomotive transports you back to the gold mining days of
Cripple Creek & Victor, Colorado. A treat for railroad and
history buffs, kids and the whole family.
Mollie Kathleen Gold
After over 50 years of conducting public mine tours, this
country's only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour just
got bigger and better as an adventure never to be forgotten by
visitors descending the earth downward 1,000 feet vertically. Explore the underground mine workings of the 1890's hard rock
Cripple Creek District
Located on Bennett Avenue in the former Midland-Terminal
Railroad Depot, the museum complex contains three buildings with
six floors of mining memorabilia, maps, paintings, glass and
china, children's items, furnishings, an assay office, a
photograph gallery, Indian artifacts, mineral displays, and two
Old Homestead House
The Homestead House was once the most famous brothel in
Creek. Owned and operated by Pearl DeVere, the opulent parlor
bustled with activity and became known for its impeccable
service, high-powered customers, and its glamorous madams. At a
time when $3 a day was considered a good wage for a miner, Pearl
charged $250 a night, and got it. Today, the Homestead House is
a museum that has been lovingly restored with velvet bedspreads
and handmade furniture.
The Cripple Creek Heritage Center will introduce visitors to the
region’s fascinating history, recreation opportunities and
cultural attractions. Bring the family and enjoy the fun to be
had in the heart of history!
Victor, City of Mines, is located at nearly 10,000 feet on the
southwestern side of Pikes Peak. The city sits on the side of
Battle Mountain, offering a unique setting of 1890's gold mining
structures and turn-of-the-century architecture, clean, cool air
and plenty of sunshine. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, an old-fashioned soda fountain,
museums, and several historic sites.
Lowell Thomas Museum
Two floors of artifacts, books, exhibits and photographs depict
the life in Victor from its earlier days to the heyday of gold
mining. The gift shop offers books, historical maps and postcards,
prints, posters and gold ore rocks, as well as videos of Lowell
Thomas's life. Pan for real gold and gems and take a tour of the
modern gold mine.
Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
See Sitting Bull's bow and arrows, Buffalo Bill's show outfits,
Frederick Remington's "Portrait of a Ranch Hand," and many other
objects from the Old West in the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum.
Cave of the Winds
Marvel at geologic formations through raw passageways and across
several caverns. Be awed with amazing historical tales and
breathtaking sights of time evolved. Treasure the natural
lessons of the earth.
Florissant Fossil Beds
Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of
the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world.
Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of
detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a
very different, prehistoric Colorado.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a rare historical treasure.
Preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang, authentic
Anasazi cliff dwellings, built more than 700 years ago, await
Interested in the History of Miramont Castle? Learn more about
the long, colorful past of this gem of the Colorado Front Range!
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
For 115 years, the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway (the world's
highest cog train, the highest Colorado train, and the highest
train in the United States) has taken passengers to the 14,110
foot summit of Pikes Peak. This classic Colorado train trip runs
year-round. Reservations required.
Located near Colorado Springs, the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway is
partially paved and is open year round, weather permitting. At an
altitude of 14,110 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st
highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks. Allow at least two hours
to make the 38-mile round trip to the summit.
Dinosaur Resource Center
RMDRC holds over 30 life-size specimens, primarily skeletons,
and houses scientific operations that directly contribute to the RMDRC.
Royal Gorge Route
The historical Royal Gorge Route Railroad is considered to be one of
the most scenic train rides in the world. The train takes you on
a 24-mile journey through the 1,000 foot deep Royal Gorge,
alongside the raging Arkansas River, where you'll have the
opportunity to observe bald eagles, blue heron, Rocky Mountain
bighorn sheep, mule deer, and flora, native to the gorge.
The Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitor Center north of
Colorado Springs serves as the gateway to the academy, providing
information on its history and cadet life to hundreds of
thousands of visitors each year.
US Olympic Training Center
Free public tours are conducted on a year-round basis by USOC
Ambassadors. The tour includes a 12-minute film and 45-minute
walking tour of the complex. Nearly 70% of the tour is
out-of-doors. During the tour, visitors will have the
opportunity to view athlete training facilities including Sport
Center Gymnasiums, weightlifting and wrestling facilities, the
USA Shooting Center, Coaching & Sport Science, the Aquatics
Center, Sport Medicine, and the flume.
Wild West Museum
A true preservation of Colorado’s western past, the Ghost Town
Museum is a fun look back at kind of historical old west town
that used to dot this region during the late1800s and early