Cañon City 
Elev. 5,333 ft.
First settled in 1860 by the Rudd family, Colorado's Territorial Prison was established here in 1868. Cañon City profited from the gold discoveries in the Cripple Creek Mining District. One local businessman made his fortune by providing materials to rebuild Cripple Creek and Victor after their devastating fires. The largest community along the Byway, Cañon including several motels, restaurants and shops. You can explore local history and tour the original Rudd cabin at the Municipal Museum, or go behind bars at "Old Max" in the Territorial Prison Museum. Enjoy shopping in the downtown National Historic District, and stop in at the Dinosaur Depot for a glimpse of the area during the Jurassic Period. Cañon City celebrates the Blossom Festival in May.

Cañon City Chamber of Commerce
Events
403 Royal Gorge Blvd.
Cañon City, CO 81212
(719) 275 2331

Services*
*All services are available only at either end of the route.

  • Loging
  • Mechanic
  • Camping / RV Parks
  • Shopping 
  • Dining/Restaurant
  • Grocery Store
  • Medical Services
  • Gasoline
  • Convenience Store
  • Visitor Center

Cripple Creek
Events
Elev. 9,396 ft. 
The center of politics, finance, and entertainment for the Mining District, Cripple Creek boasted two opera houses, 75 saloons, eight newspapers and a stock exchange by the late 1900s. Today, limited stakes gaming has revitalized Cripple Creek's economy. You can experience a taste of the past by descending into the Mollie Kathleen Mine, visiting the Homestead Parlor House or riding the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Enjoy casinos, shops and restaurants, as well as a melodrama in the historic Butte Opera House. The Cripple Creek District Museum tells the story of the great gold camp and is also the starting point for a self guided walking tour of historic downtown. In June, join Cripple Creek as it celebrates Donkey Derby Days.

Cripple Creek Welcome Center
P.O. Box 430
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
(877)858 4653

Services*
*All services are available only at either end of the route.

  • Loging
  • Mechanic
  • Camping / RV Parks
  • Shopping 
  • Dining/Restaurant
  • Grocery Store
  • Medical Services
  • Gasoline
  • Convenience Store
  • Visitor Center

Historic photo courtesy of Cripple Creek District Museum