Cripple Creek's beauty has been inspiring artists, writers and
photographers for over a century.
The light and ambience at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level
creates wonderful moods - in the fall filled with color aspens,
in the summer highlighted by dozens of varieties of wildflowers
and wildlife such as big horn sheep, elk and bear. The glimmer of new fallen snow
enveloping the pines, as well as 1890's mining buildings offer
opportunities to catch wonderful original Colorado subjects on
film and canvas.
Bring your camera or paint and canvas or just bring yourself to
Gold Belt Tour
A variety - from wildflowers and bighorn sheep to 1890's mining
structures, snowy Pikes Peak views and great expanses of ranch
Independence Mill Site
Giant concrete foundations of a gold processing mill. Views of
1890's mining as well.
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Underground gold mine tour - low lighting.
Modern Gold Mine Tours
Up-close look at the giant equipment that moves gold ore 21st
Century style. Tours available May-August.
Variety of scenes of 1890's mining structures - old mines,
houses and more.
1890's gold mining town - unspoiled by modernization. Old cars,
miner's shacks and Victorian homes.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo at the base of Pikes Peak
No visit to Colorado's Pikes Peak region is complete without a
trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Here, you'll experience an
unforgettable adventure combining our breathtaking mountain
scenery with more than 750 animals from around the world.
Pikes Peak- Where
"America the Beautiful"
The 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway, paved part of the way, is open
year round, weather permitting. Grand vistas of the mountains
and plains in south central Colorado.
Railroad to top of Pikes Peak
For 115 years, the Manitou and Pike's 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.
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
For the Colorado photographer, Garden of the Gods Park is a
paradise of creative opportunities. You can take great photos
from the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center terrace or
from the Gateway or Balanced Rock parking lots. Try the Siamese
Twins Trail for a unique view of Pikes Peak framed by this
beautiful rock formation.
Located in South Cheyenne Cañon, Seven Falls cascades 181 feet
in seven distinct steps down a solid cliff of Pikes Peak
granite. Crystal clear water from the southern most edges of the
Pikes Peak watershed have, over the ages, carved this unique
scenic masterpiece in an easily accessed location.
Royal Gorge - The World's Highest
"Awe" doesn't begin to describe what you'll feel when walking or
driving across the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension
bridge in the world and an unforgettable quarter-mile journey
through the clouds. Or what you'll experience in the expanded
Royal Gorge Park, a unique combination of natural adrenaline,
human achievement and scenic beauty that must be experienced to