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Up on Cripple Creek: Colorado’s Great Gold Camp

July 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Train2With colorful local characters and rich yields of precious metal, Cripple Creek, Colorado, earned a reputation as the World’s Greatest Gold Camp. Today, visitors can still find treasure in the town’s casinos, museums, live theater and fun-filled ambience.

Located the base of Pikes Peak, Cipple Creek is surrounded by the rich Pike National Forest, giving nature lovers lots of opportunities to explore Colorado’s outdoors at its finest. There’s also a lot of action indoors. Cripple Creek’s Casinos feature state-of-the-art slot machines, blackjack or poker. Shopping and dining also abound in the town’s classic streets. Fans of the stage will enjoy the Butte Theater, which dates back to the Gold Rush and continues to host plays.

Love trains? The Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad transports passengers into the Rocky Mountains’ Gold Rush past. With its fully restored steam locomotives and 1894 station house, the railroad is one of the area’s favorite family attractions.

To really explore the area’s past, take a journey deep into the historic 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. It’s a tour you won’t soon forget.

These are just a few of the nuggets found in one of Colorado’s most colorful Rocky Mountain town.

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