City of Cripple Creek

ADVENTURE IN CRIPPLE CREEK, COLORADO

TRAILS, HIKES, AND TOURS

Florissant Fossil Beds

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. The Florissant Fossil Beds is the perfect family friendly and kid friendly trip for you and your loved ones. They also host many other events that are open to the public.

Trails of Gold

Trails of Gold is a 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. Here you’ll be able to find the most popular hiking trails in the Victor and Cripple Creek area, with little hints of the old gold mining history on your path.

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.

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.”

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. The cities of Victor and Cripple Creek are both ATV and OHV friendly.

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.

Mountain View Adventure Park 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. You can find more information on the Mountain View BMX Track right here.

Jeep Tours

Cripple Creek has just partnered with High Country Excursions to be the 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.

Book here or call 719-761-4100 or 303-204-4950
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Tours include:

  • 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 WHITE WATER RAFTING

Cripple Creek is proud to recommend Echo Canyon River Expeditions on the nearby Arkansas River for white water rafting tours. 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.

Book Here or call 800-755-3246

CRIPPLE CREEK ON HORSEBACK

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.

Call 719-748-3398