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.
Gold Belt Tour
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."