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Photographer's Paradise

Cripple Creek's beauty has been inspiring artists, writers and photographers for over a century.

The light and ambience at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level creates wonderful moods - in the fall filled with color aspens, in the summer highlighted by dozens of varieties of wildflowers and wildlife such as big horn sheep, elk and bear. The glimmer of new fallen snow enveloping the pines, as well as 1890's mining buildings offer opportunities to catch wonderful original Colorado subjects on film and canvas.

Bring your camera or paint and canvas or just bring yourself to create memories.

Gold Belt Tour

A variety - from wildflowers and bighorn sheep to 1890's mining structures, snowy Pikes Peak views and great expanses of ranch land.

Independence Mill Site
Giant concrete foundations of a gold processing mill. Views of 1890's mining as well.

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour
Underground gold mine tour - low lighting.

Modern Gold Mine Tours
Up-close look at the giant equipment that moves gold ore 21st Century style. Tours available May-August.

Trails of Gold
Variety of scenes of 1890's mining structures - old mines, houses and more.

Victor, Colorado
1890's gold mining town - unspoiled by modernization. Old cars, miner's shacks and Victorian homes.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo at the base of Pikes Peak
No visit to Colorado's Pikes Peak region is complete without a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Here, you'll experience an unforgettable adventure combining our breathtaking mountain scenery with more than 750 animals from around the world.

Pikes Peak- Where "America the Beautiful" was written
The 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway, paved part of the way, is open year round, weather permitting. Grand vistas of the mountains and plains in south central Colorado.

Cog Railroad to top of Pikes Peak
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-round. Reservations required.

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.

Garden of the Gods
For the Colorado photographer, Garden of the Gods Park is a paradise of creative opportunities. You can take great photos from the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center terrace or from the Gateway or Balanced Rock parking lots. Try the Siamese Twins Trail for a unique view of Pikes Peak framed by this beautiful rock formation.

Seven Falls
Located in South Cheyenne CaƱon, Seven Falls cascades 181 feet in seven distinct steps down a solid cliff of Pikes Peak granite. Crystal clear water from the southern most edges of the Pikes Peak watershed have, over the ages, carved this unique scenic masterpiece in an easily accessed location.

Royal Gorge - The World's Highest Suspension Bridge
"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 be believed.