Located on the
Gold Belt National Scenic Byway, the
Creek Mining District is on the road to adventure, history and
Drive the back roads that wind through Colorado mountain aspen country, around
1890's mines, up the side of
Pikes Peak, down to antique shops
and over the ranching country to the
Belt Scenic Byway
Drive the Gold Belt Tour and retrace the historic travel routes
connecting Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District, site of the
world's largest gold rush, to the communities of Florence,
Today the communities of the Gold Belt Tour invite you to
experience the rich local heritage as you follow the "Roads to
The 1890’s gold rush made this area one of the most famous
mining districts in the world.
Thousands flocked to the area in search of golden wealth -
leaving behind the mines and towns that still dot the landscape
near Victor and Cripple Creek. This driving tour is designed to
help you better understand the history of the gold rush as well
as the present day mining operations.
Florissant Fossil Beds
Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of
the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world.
Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of
detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a
very different, prehistoric Colorado.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
For 115 years, the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway (the world's
highest cog train, the highest Colorado train and the highest
train in the United States) has taken passengers to the 14,110
foot summit of Pikes Peak. This classic Colorado train trip runs
year ound. Reservations required.
Pikes Peak Highway
The 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway, paved part of the way, is open
year round, weather permitting. At an altitude of 14,110 feet
above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54
Colorado peaks. Allow at least two hours to make the 38-mile
round trip to the summit.
Royal Gorge - The World's Highest
"Awe" doesn't begin to describe what you'll feel when walking or
driving across the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension
bridge in the world and an unforgettable quarter-mile journey
through the clouds. Or what you'll experience in the expanded
Royal Gorge Park, a unique combination of natural adrenaline,
human achievement and scenic beauty that must be experienced to
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
The historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad, considered to be one of
the most scenic train rides in the world. The train takes you on
a 24-mile journey through the 1,000 foot deep Royal Gorge,
alongside the raging Arkansas River, where you'll have the
opportunity to observe Bald Eagles, Blue Heron, Rocky Mountain
Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and flora, native to the gorge.