If you thought our summer fun calendar was great, just wait until we share what’s in store for the fall and winter months! Cripple Creek is well-known for its super-packed events schedule and they don’t let chilly weather or snow stop them from having high-elevation fun in the mountains. Get out your datebook, your digital calendar or your sticky notes and take these down — you’ll want to remember them later.
Mt. Pisgah Speaks Cemetery Tour
— September 15-16
You probably expect spookier events to occur in the month of October, but this fun and fascinating cemetery tour is held while the weather is still a bit warm in the mountains, smack in the middle of the day. Ghosts from the past come to life in this educational-but-slightly-creepy afternoon hosted by the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Learn who is buried in Mt. Pisgah and their history through live reenactments. You’ll get a trolley ride to the cemetery, too! The cost is a $10 donation, which helps support the society’s education and preservation efforts in Cripple Creek and the surrounding region. Make a reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-921-6329.
Fall Aspen Tours & Party in Cripple Creek
The drive to Cripple Creek is always beautiful, but the change of the aspen leaves in fall brings a whole new glow to the journey. Gold isn’t just found underground in this gold mining era town — it covers the hillsides in autumn as the leaves change color. 2 Mile High Club hosts a fun tour that begins at the Cripple Creek District Museum (Sept. 22-23 and 29-30). Donations are appreciated and help with supporting the local donkey herd. If you head up the weekend of Sept. 29-30, you can also attend the Cripple Creek Big Aspen Happnin’ Fall Festival block party, with street vendors, inflatables, art, live music and other leafy goodness.
Zombie Scavenger Hunt
— October 27
Gather up a 4- to 6-person team and get ready to explore Cripple Creek amidst mystery and mayhem for the chance to win cash prizes. From 12:15 – 3:15 p.m., you’ll search for clues, share photos to Facebook and finish off the day with food and drinks at the Brass Ass. At 5 p.m., prizes will be awarded at Bronco Billy’s. This is a 21+ event and zombie costumes are strongly encouraged. The cost to join in on the fun is $10 a person in advance and $15 the day of the event. Prizes are $1,000 for first, $500 for second, $250 for third and there are raffle prizes, too! You can get started here.
Gold Camp Christmas
— December 7-8 (Other events throughout December)
This old-fashioned Christmas celebration is a favorite tradition in the Pikes Peak region and well worth the winter drive to check out. The festivities begin with the Gold Camp Christmas Holiday Headframe Lighting throughout the town, turning the whole area into a magical and glowing wonderland that would make Santa proud. There’s a Christmas craft fair, a live tree auction, crafts for the kiddos, a visit from Santa and a parade, too. Take a self-guided tour in your car and enjoy the mine headframe lights or join a guided shuttle tour that goes to Victor, where you’ll enjoy caroling and a bonfire (you can also drive to that event). If you can’t make it Dec. 7-8, you’ll be happy to know that the headframes will be shining all month long and other activities will be occurring.
Cripple Creek Ice Festival
— February 2019
Now, we’re so ahead of the game here that we don’t have the dates and the theme is still a closely guarded secret that we haven’t been able to pry out of the big wigs — yet. But, Cripple Creek Ice Fest is probably the most-loved winter event around, where talented ice sculptors show off their skills with stunning ice sculptures that chill right in the middle of the streets for 10 days. There are usually interactive pieces that the kiddos can touch (and sometimes even play on), fun activities, street vendors and other cool (literally) happenings. Even better, it’s free and gets you out of the house during peak cabin fever season.
We hope you’ve crammed your calendar full of all these super rad to-dos. We’re big believers in always having fun on the agenda, no matter the season. In the meantime, get back over to Cripple Creek’s summer fun list so you don’t miss out on what’s happening right now.