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The historic districts of Cripple Creek & Victor are located in “Gold Country” just 45 minutes from Colorado Springs. Take the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad and enjoy a scenic, 4 mile round-trip into yesteryear. Stop at the Cripple Creek District Museum, next to the train station, and see a variety of exhibits unique to the mining history of this area that was once the site of the world’s greatest gold camp. The train operates daily from Memorial Day weekend through the first weekend of October. Call 719-689-2640 for more information. While in Cripple Creek, be sure to visit the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine which offers an educational experience as the group descends 1,000 feet into the gold mine. There are many old mines and ghost towns in the vicinity. Cripple Creek also has limited-stakes gambling casinos which occupy many of the historic buildings of the old mining town. Make a stop in Victor – City of Gold Mines, located just a few minutes from Cripple Creek. Victor was the heart of the great Cripple Creek Mining District. Many of the turn-of-the-century buildings are now occupied by old-fashioned ice cream stores, art galleries, and gift shops. Call 877-858-4653 for event schedules in the Cripple Creek & Victor area.

Other attractions of the area include Florissant Fossil Beds where visitors can hike in mountain meadows amongst ancient, petrified stumps of giant sequoias and see the delicate remains of flora and fauna trapped in gray shale. Call the Visitor Center at 719-748-3253 for hours and other information.

On the way back to Colorado Springs you may want to stop 15 minutes outside of Cripple Creek at one of the US Forest Service National Parks such as Mueller State Park. There are hiking trails which provide an outdoor adventure on the west side of Pikes Peak. Lookout points provide opportunities for taking photos, and the visitor center will provide information on the park. Call the US Forest Service 719-636-1602 for information and/or maps of the area. Closer to Colorado Springs, also on the way back, you may want to stop in Woodland Park for shopping or snacks.

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