Attractions

A visit to the World’s Greatest Gold Camp is a look into the past and an adventure in the present. The area’s rich and colorful history comes alive at museums and tours. The surrounding Pike National Forest offers outdoor enthusiasts many opportunities to get off the beaten path and enjoy the region’s natural wonders. Cripple Creek's Casinos provide today’s fortune-seekers with state-of-the art slot machines and a chance to try their skills at blackjack or poker. Shopping, dining and a restful night in the crisp mountain air will top off any visit here.

  • Since the town’s early days as a small mining camp, theater has always been a part of the rich heritage of Cripple Creek. Theaters and opera houses have come and gone over the years, but one historical venue that began in the heyday of the gold rush still features exciting and original live entertainment to this day: the Butte Theater.

  • In 1976, the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad started taking passengers on a journey back into gold rush history and into the scenic heart of the Rocky Mountains. With its lovingly restored steam locomotives and historic 1894 station house, the railroad is one of the Gold Camp's favorite family attractions.

  • The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine opened the Visitor Center in June of 2012.  There are a variety of displays detailing modern mining procedures, historical photos, ore and core samples, as well as a display on mineral uses in our daily lives.  The Visitor Center hosts public information gatherings about the mining process, as well as...

  • Since 1953, the Cripple Creek District Museum has worked to preserve the history of Cripple Creek.  Visitors can browse through five historic buildings - the 1893 Colorado Trading & Transfer Building, the 1895 Midland Terminal Railroad Depot, and a turn-of-the-century Assay Office.  A self-guided tour of the museum includes exhibits of...

  • In the late 1800s, thousands of fortune-seekers made their way to Pikes Peak for the country’s last great gold rush. Now, more than a century later, you can make your own discoveries at Cripple Creek's newest travel and informational resource center: the Cripple Creek Heritage Center.

  • The Train Car was built in 1887 as a first class passenger car, complete with a gentleman's smoking area (which is now the office).  There were seats throughout the entire car, gas-lit lights, and a wood stove in the smoking area.  Eventually the car was changed over to electricity.  It was a Midland Terminal train car, and travelled up Highway...

  • Relive the outlaw days of the Wild West in the unique and popular Cripple Creek Jail Museum.

  • Our current donkey herd is believed to be made up of several direct descendants of the donkeys that were used to work the mines in the Cripple Creek & Victor mining district in the early years of the gold camp.  When miners had to leave the area, often their donkeys were let loose to roam.  Today, the donkey herd will roam throughout the...

  • The Cripple Creek Fire Department Station # 3 was completed in 1900 to provide protection from a reoccurent of the city's two catastrophic fires in 1896 which burned 47 acres of the city and destroyed more than 400 buildings.

  • The historic Gold Bar Room Theater is open and once again entertaining visitors with a wide variety of show venues, from historic performances of Wyatt Earp to comedy nights.

  • Visitors are in for a treat when they tour the Mollie Kathleen Mine.  This historic gold mine tour descends 1,000 feet below ground, where visitors learn about the workings of the 1890s hard rock gold miner.

  • The Homestead House was once the most famous brothel in Cripple 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...

  • 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.

  • Welcome to Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum.  This rugged three-story museum does more than showcase tractors, vehicles, and old pulleys and equipment - this museum is also a working garage.  Visitors can watch a complex systems of pulleys and belts that will work to power extremely large machines and equipment that would have been...