Cripple Creek
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

Florissant
Founded in 1870 along Ute Pass Trail, Florissant was the first community on the western slope of Pikes Peak. Travelers, traders, and Indians stopped here long before the discovery of gold and silver in the mountains to the west. Mining booms in Leadville and Aspen brought the tracks of the Colorado Midland Railroad through Florissant in 1886. Before the completion of the Midland Terminal Railroad to Cripple Creek in 1895, the wagon and stage route between Cripple Creek and Florissant linked the Mining District to Colorado Springs and points west via the Colorado Midland Railroad. To learn more about this hamlet's colorful history, visit the Florissant Heritage Museum.

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

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

Historic photos courtesy of Cripple Creek District Museum, Florissant Heritage Museum