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Detailed Itineraries

Fall Foliage

From mid-September to early October, come to Colorado Springs and enjoy "bowls of gold" in the high country around "America's Mountain", Pikes Peak. The rugged and majestic terrain will be dotted with the brilliant colors of fall, from the bright yellows and golds of the aspen to the burnished oranges of scrub oak and other vegetation. Visit the gold fields of Cripple Creek and Victor where the brilliant, fall hues will carry you back to the early gold mining years when the cry "Pikes Peak or Bust" was heard across the hills. Listed below are two suggested mini-tours that will offer breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and a glimpse of early gold mining history. Allow an entire day for the Gold Circle Loop, which includes Cripple Creek and the Royal Gorge. Planners need to be aware of the higher elevations that will be experienced. Bottled water and light jackets are suggested for the comfort of travelers.

Gold Circle Loop

At 8 a.m., travel west on Hwy 24 from Colorado Springs for approximately 25 miles to Divide. Turn left on Hwy 67 for approximately 3.5 miles. The entrance to Mueller State Park will be on your right. This park is 9,550 feet in elevation and consists of over 12,000 acres. There are several scenic overlooks from which to enjoy the breathtaking views of the west side of Pikes Peak, rugged rock outcroppings and forested areas. Stop at the Visitor Center for interpretive exhibits on area wildlife, plants, geology and information on local history. Visitor Center hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Plan to spend at least an hour which will give time at the Visitor Center and stops for taking photos. There is an entry fee of $4 per vehicle. (719-687-2366 to call ahead to confirm arrival time).

Exit the park at 9:30 a.m. and continue on Hwy 67 to the "Gold Country" Town of Cripple Creek where a stop at the Cripple Creek District Museum will transport you back to the days when Cripple Creek was the site of the world's greatest gold camp. Over $800,000,000 worth of gold was mined here, and the population approached 50,000 in its heyday. The museum is open all year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Day through September, and on all weekends the rest of the year from noon to 4 p.m. There is a nominal admission charge with special rates for tours (719-689-2634). Climb aboard the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad at the Midland Terminal next to the museum and enjoy a four-mile trip amidst beautiful fall colors, listen to the wonderful sounds of the steam engine as it carries the passengers back in time. The train departs every 45 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through the first weekend of October (719-689-2640 for group reservations).

Have lunch on own in downtown Cripple Creek at Bronco Billy's Casino "Home Café" at 233 E. Bennett Avenue, (719-689-2142); J. P. McGills, 232 E. Bennett Avenue (719-689-2446); Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino, 256 E. Bennett Avenue, second floor, (719-689-0303.

Option: Victor - City of Gold Mines

After leaving Cripple Creek, visit Victor - City of Gold Mines, in the heart of the great Cripple Creek Mining District. Located six miles from Cripple Creek, you will see evidence of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company operations. The company is still operating the largest open pit and heap mine in the state. Stroll the streets of Victor and enjoy an old-fashioned soda fountain, art galleries, gift shops, antique shops, the Lowell Thomas Museum, turn-of-the-century architecture. Specialty shops abound for your shopping pleasure.

Unless you choose the option of spending the rest of the afternoon in Victor and returning to Colorado Springs from there, depart Cripple Creek at approximately 12:30 p.m. for the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Travel from Cripple Creek on Teller 1, approximately 8.7 miles to Evergreen Station where it connects with Teller 11. Turn left at Teller 11 for approximately 5 miles and take Teller 112 to Guffey. At Guffey, take Hwy 9 to Hwy 50. Go east (right) on Hwy 50 to the entrance of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Enjoy breathtaking vistas from the world's highest suspension bridge and ride the world's steepest incline railway to the bottom of the gorge. In addition, take the aerial tram high above the canyon and then visit restaurants, gift shops, and other attractions at the park. The park is open all year round. (888-333-5597 for group rates). Departing the park at 4:00 p.m. you will travel on Hwy 50 and then Hwy 115 for approximately one hour back to Colorado Springs. Dinner on own or at the Flying W Ranch, featuring a delicious, chuckwagon supper and old western town and stage show. The Flying W Ranch is located at 3330 Chuckwagon Road, 2 miles west of I-25 off of 30th St. (800-232-3599 for group rates).

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