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Heritage of Gold

Step back in time...take a train ride into gold rush history, take in a Victorian melodrama, or go 1,000 feet underground in a real 1890's gold mine. Visit a spectacular cave or learn about the US Olympic Gold.

The gold rush is on! Board the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad for a ride through mining history. Descend into the depths of an 1890's mine and see how hard rock miners worked; pan for real gold and gems, or take the tour of the modern gold mine to learn how times have changed.

For those who want to spend more than a day, take the Royal Gorge Route for breathtaking scenes of the Arkansas River country; or dare the heights of Pikes Peak on the Cog Railroad.

Museums feature a wealth of gold rush history - from the bawdy red light district to wealthy millionaire miners to world-renowned Lowell Thomas.

In Town Attractions

Butte Theater
The Butte Opera House has been the home of the renewed tradition of Classic Cripple Creek Melodrama. The Thin Air Theatre Company and the City of Cripple Creek present year-round live entertainment at the theater.

Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
A trip on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad reveals scenic wonders around every curve as the century-old steam locomotive transports you back to the gold mining days of Cripple Creek & Victor, Colorado. A treat for railroad and history buffs, kids and the whole family.

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
After over 50 years of conducting public mine tours, this country's only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour just got bigger and better as an adventure never to be forgotten by visitors descending the earth downward 1,000 feet vertically. Explore the underground mine workings of the 1890's hard rock gold miner.

Cripple Creek District Museum
Located on Bennett Avenue in the former Midland-Terminal Railroad Depot, the museum complex contains three buildings with six floors of mining memorabilia, maps, paintings, glass and china, children's items, furnishings, an assay office, a photograph gallery, Indian artifacts, mineral displays, and two Victorian apartments.

Old Homestead House Museum
The Homestead House was once the most famous brothel in Cripple Creek. Owned and operated by Pearl DeVere, the opulent parlor bustled with activity and became known for its impeccable service, high-powered customers, and its glamorous madams. At a time when $3 a day was considered a good wage for a miner, Pearl charged $250 a night, and got it. Today, the Homestead House is a museum that has been lovingly restored with velvet bedspreads and handmade furniture.

Cripple Creek Heritage Center
The Cripple Creek Heritage Center will introduce visitors to the region's fascinating history, recreation opportunities and cultural attractions. Bring the family and enjoy the fun to be had in the heart of history!

In the Gold Camp

Historic Victor, Colorado
Victor, City of Mines, is located at nearly 10,000 feet on the southwestern side of Pikes Peak. The city sits on the side of Battle Mountain, offering a unique setting of 1890's gold mining structures and turn-of-the-century architecture, clean, cool air and plenty of sunshine. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, an old-fashioned soda fountain, museums, and several historic sites.

Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
Two floors of artifacts, books, exhibits and photographs depict the life in Victor from its earlier days to the heyday of gold mining. The gift shop offers books, historical maps and postcards, prints, posters and gold ore rocks, as well as videos of Lowell Thomas's life. Pan for real gold and gems and take a tour of the modern gold mine.

In the Area

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
See Sitting Bull's bow and arrows, Buffalo Bill's show outfits, Frederick Remington's "Portrait of a Ranch Hand," and many other objects from the Old West in the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum.

Cave of the Winds
Marvel at geologic formations through raw passageways and across several caverns. Be awed with amazing historical tales and breathtaking sights of time evolved. Treasure the natural lessons of the earth.

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.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is a rare historical treasure. Preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang, authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings, built more than 700 years ago, await you here.

Miramont Castle
Interested in the History of Miramont Castle? Learn more about the long, colorful past of this gem of the Colorado Front Range!

Pikes Peak Cog Railway
For 115 years, the Manitou and Pikes 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-round. Reservations required.

Pikes Peak Highway
Located near Colorado Springs, the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway is partially paved and 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.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
RMDRC holds over 30 life-size specimens, primarily skeletons, and houses scientific operations that directly contribute to the RMDRC.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad
The historical Royal Gorge Route Railroad is 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. Reservations required.

US Air Force Academy
The Barry Goldwater Air Force Academy Visitor Center north of Colorado Springs serves as the gateway to the academy, providing information on its history and cadet life to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

US Olympic Training Center
Free public tours are conducted on a year-round basis by USOC Ambassadors. The tour includes a 12-minute film and 45-minute walking tour of the complex. Nearly 70% of the tour is out-of-doors. During the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to view athlete training facilities including Sport Center Gymnasiums, weightlifting and wrestling facilities, the USA Shooting Center, Coaching & Sport Science, the Aquatics Center, Sport Medicine, and the flume.

Wild West Museum
A true preservation of Colorado's western past, the Ghost Town Museum is a fun look back at kind of historical old west town that used to dot this region during the late1800s and early 1900s.

Mine Tours