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Scenic Drives

Located on the Gold Belt National Scenic Byway, the Cripple Creek Mining District is on the road to adventure, history and beauty.

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 in Florence and over the ranching country to the Royal Gorge.

In the Gold Camp

Gold 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, CaƱon City and Florissant. Today the communities of the Gold Belt Tour invite you to experience the rich local heritage as you follow the "Roads to Riches".

The Golden Loop
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.

In the Area

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 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.

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. Reservations required.