There are many ways to explore Cripple Creek and the surrounding area.
Bike it, Jeep it, hoof it, raft it, ride it, or just plain hike it!
Hiking is a great way to discover our scenic beauty and our gold mining past along many area trails.
Visitors can choose from thousands of acres of Pike National Forest, Mueller State Park, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and numerous other small regional parks nearby.
The more ambitious hikers may want to try climbing Pikes Peak from the south face. Others may enjoy the gentle Vindicator Valley Trail, the Gold Camp Trail or Dome Rock State Wildlife Area trails. Every path rewards visitors with stunning scenery, wildlife watching and terrific photo opportunities.
American Eagles Overlook
One of the most impressive views from the Cripple Creek/Victor Mining District, back-dropped by the Continental Divide, is from atop the American Eagles Overlook near Victor, Colorado. From the overlook, see a portion of the massive Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company surface operations–watch equipment extract ore from the caldera of the extinct volcano that made this area rich with gold. Take in breathtaking views of Mt. Pisgah and the Collegiate & Sangre de Cristo mountains to the west, as well as the historic town of Goldfield and Vindicator Valley to the east.
Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world at the Florissant Fossil Beds. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils, insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.
Hike and bike through time on a series of trails within historic gold mining country. The Trails of Gold is a network of trails that will take you through different historic sites in the gold camp.
World-Class Mountain and Road Biking
Meandering country roads, state parks, national forest trails and regional parks all offer biking adventures. Some of the best mountain bike rides are on the local trail system which includes Hoosier and Vindicator trails. The paved roads between Divide, Cripple Creek, Florissant and Victor provide miles of scenic pedaling as well. Bikers of all abilities and skill levels will enjoy the variety of terrain offered on the area’s trails and historic roadbeds.
Mountain View BMX Track
Bike away on this unique mountain track located a little past the Cripple Creek Public Works Facility on County Road 89. This free track offers challenging BMX excitement. Each Fall a BMX race and Big Air Competition are held. The track is free and open for use year-round, weather permitting.
Cripple Creek on Four Wheels
Getting off the beaten path is easy in Cripple Creek. Driving just about anywhere provides amazing scenery and breathtaking views. Most roads offer pull-outs at some of the more dramatic overlooks, giving visitors ready-made photo opportunities.
Cripple Creek is located on a National Scenic Byway called the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway. The Gold Belt Tour follows historic railroad and stagecoach routes and features hundreds of historic gold mines and a wealth of dinosaur and fossil discoveries, some of the most important finds in North America. Wildlife is abundant in the region, so watch for elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and an occasional black bear. The captivating scenery along the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway and many other area roadways will provide a day of relaxing auto touring.
Drive the Gold Belt Tour and retrace the historic travel routes connecting the Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District, site of the world’s largest gold rush, to the communities of Florence, Canon City and Florissant. Today the communities of the Gold Belt Tour invite you to experience the rich local heritage as you follow the “Roads to Riches.”
Cripple Creek has just partnered with High Country Excursions to be the exclusive Jeep tour guide of the region. They have eight tours that are perfect for families and guests visiting Cripple Creek, and all are available seven days a week, year round.
Cripple Creek and Victor Historic Mining Tour
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
11 Mile Canyon
11 Mile Reservoir
The Pikes Peak Highway/Summit Tour
Quartz Mine Excursion
Lake Manitou Excursion
Gold and Gems Excursion
Cripple Creek Watersports
White Water Rafting
Cripple Creek is proud to recommend Echo Canyon River Expeditions on the nearby Arkansas River. From extreme white water rafting to calm family floats, Echo Canyon builds one-of-a-kind river rafting adventures. Since 1978, they’ve been the most trusted Colorado white water rafting outfitter. Regardless of your rafting comfort level or who you’ll be floating through the Royal Gorge with, your adventure will be unforgettable.
Cripple Creek on Horseback
Horseback Riding and Dude Ranch
Horseback riding at the M Lazy C Ranch in nearby Lake George puts guests in the boots of a cowboy on a journey through Colorado’s pristine wilderness. Whether guests only have time for an hour ride, or time to spend a couple of hours or days on the range, they are treated to the timeless views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains that have humbled Native Americans, explorers, settlers, cowboys, and ranch guests for generations.