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Outdoor Adventures

A real Colorado Experience awaits you - dare to find the real Colorado Rockies!

The great outdoors has never been better nor easier to experience - from the luxury of your Carr Manor lodging, you can venture into the great wilds for the day. Horseback rides, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, rafting and hunting are all minutes away.

There are many fine streams and lakes in the area to fish, all within a one-hour drive from Cripple Creek. All are cold water areas with a wide variety of trout species and northern pike.

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.

Golfing in the Colorado Springs Area
There is nothing like golfing in the great Colorado sunshine.

Thousands of folks struck with gold fever made their way into the area on the southwest side of Pikes Peak in the 1890s. Most of them walked or rode horses. Their goal was to reach the Cripple Creek Mining District, where newly found gold was bringing promises of easy-found wealth. The Trails of Gold is a series of trails that lead you through the wealth of gold mining that made Victor and Cripple Creek famous.

Horseback Riding
Hundreds of miles of trails in the Pike National Forest are open to horses. Mueller State Park has horse-friendly trails. Triple B Ranch, located in Woodland Park, invites you to ride through the beautiful mountain scenery of trees, vistas, and rock formations on their ranch in the Pike National Forest.

Hot Air Balloon Flights
At the highest flight levels, snowcapped mountains, rivers and high plains are visible for over 100 miles in all directions. Floating lower over the foothills and ranch land you will often see deer, coyotes, jack rabbits, and even pronghorn antelope, animals that are normally too shy to let you approach when you are walking on the ground.

Elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep are year-round residents. Seasons are set for smaller game as well and for less-plentiful animals such as mountain lions and black bear. Many public lands are open to hunting, and local outfitters can assist or guide hunters looking for that perfect spot.

Mountain Biking
On the Trails of Gold in nearby Pike National Forest, there are plenty of trails to explore.

Arkansas River - Rafting, Train Ride, and Ziplining
There are many ways to explore the Arkansas River and the Royal Gorge, which is just a short drive from Cripple Creek. You can go rafting, take a train ride or go ziplining or do any combination of things.

Rock Climbing
Shelf Road Recreation Area - Climbers come from around the world to scale these limestone walls. The climbs are short but very difficult with few handholds and many overhangs. Several back roads near the climbing area provide opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.