Colorado Springs Tourist Guide

Cripple Creek, Colorado (CO)

An Adventurous Vacation Experience

Cripple CreekIf you want a vacation experience that is filled with adventure, visit Cripple Creek, Colorado. In the summer there are a wide variety of first-rate attractions to choose from. Activities are available for everyone, from the young to the young at heart. Museums, and theatres allow visitors to step back in time to the 1890s era and revisit the gold rush days that put Cripple Creek on the map.

Fall in the Cripple Creek area is an awesome experience. The stands of aspens on the mountain sides turn into a splash of color, as nature puts on a magnificent show. Winters are mild when you consider that Cripple Creek is 9,464 feet above sea level. Spring brings snows that paint the landscape a variety of shades in its time of rebirth. Cripple Creek is one of the most beautiful places on earth at any time of year.

History of Cripple Creek

Bob Womac was a prospector who discovered gold in Poverty Gulch, which is today’s Cripple Creek, in 1890. His find started a gold rush that caught the world’s attention. Today, gold fever draws tourists from all walks of life to the National Historic District.

In the high country, behind Pikes Peak, the landscape is dotted with dilapidated cabins, head-frames and historic mine shafts. Today, Colorado’s largest gold mining surface lies between Cripple Creek and Victor and it works at full tilt. Here, modern gold miners fill gigantic trucks with ore that is whisked away to nearby gold processing plants. Today’s gold processing is far removed from the old mining days of Bob Womac.

Area Attractions & Things To Do

The Cripple Creek area has a wide variety of attractions that will entertain those of any age and from all walks of life. From operas and melodramas to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Cripple Creek has a story to tell. History buffs will love visiting the Mount Pesgah Cemetery, just west of town. It offers a glimpse into the lives of early pioneers who put Cripple Creek on the map. Notables buried in the cemetery include Madame Pearl de Vere, author Mabel Barbara Lee and Dr. Susan Anderson.

For those interested in the paranormal, Cripple Creek Ghost Tours offers a 30 minute walking tour. Hear haunting tales of the afterlife, see the buildings where paranormal activity occurs and hear amazing tales of the old west.

Area Casinos

There are more than a dozen casinos in Cripple Creek, where visitors can try their luck at the tables just as the old timers did in the gold fields. Cripple Creek is one of three cities in Colorado that have state approval for limit-state gambling. Almost 100 years after Bob Womac discovered gold in Poverty Gulch state voters approved gambling in Cripple Creek. Bets are limited to $5.00.

Take a chance at the blackjack table, sport slot machines or play live or video poker. The original intent for gambling in Cripple Creek was for economic development and to preserve historic sites and buildings. Casinos are designed to ensure that Cripple Creek maintains its National Historic District.

Cripple Creek Restaurants

Finding a square meal in Cripple Creek wasn’t much of a challenge in the 1890s, nor is it today. Visitors to the town of old could seek out dining establishments that catered exclusively to travelers and the elite. Miners ate in tent lunchrooms because they were more affordable. Though prices have changed drastically since those days when coffee sold for five cents a cup, Cripple Creek offers a variety of great dining experiences. Casinos offer a wide range of entrees and there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in homemade fare, ice cream and specialty coffee.


In the 1890s, miners and visitors found entertainment at grand balls, sporting houses, pool halls, operas and saloons. A night out on the town in those days was something that was always remembered. Things haven’t changed in that respect. Today, there are a wide range establishments were visitors can be entertained.

Some of Cripple Creek’s casinos offer free entertainment. The Butte Opera House offers musical productions, movies and theatre. During the summer months, Gold Rush Outdoor Palladium hosts live musical concerts.


The best souvenir that anyone could take home from Cripple Creek in the 1890s was a gold nugget. Today, yesterday’s tools are antiques that are highly sought after. Take home silver coins minted in Victor, miner’s lamps or books and bottles that are over a century old. The area shops offer a wide range of gifts and antiques and there’s always something to pique your interest. Visit the major shopping malls in the Colorado Springs area.

Lodging, Accommodations & Hotels

The history of Cripple Creek’s lives on today in its historic hotels. Relive bygone days by making a reservation at Hospitality House, the Imperial, the St. Nicholas or Victorian hotels. Bed and breakfasts, camping and RV parks can also be found in the Cripple Creek area. Whether you want simple lodging or elegant hotels & resorts, your tastes can be satisfied.

Today, thousands of people make their homes in the mountains surrounding Cripple Creek. Stunning views, clean mountain air and the serenity of nature draw people to live in the area. If you're considering moving to the Cripple Creek area, contact a preferred Realtor. If you are visiting, camp in a park, ski slopes through towering pines, drive through aspen country, spend a day wildlife watching or do some rock climbing. Whatever your interests, there’s a great adventure waiting for you in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

This page was last modified on 27 March 2012 at 17:09
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