One of the Best Hidden Gems in Colorado: Cripple Creek

Can you imagine watching a city go from almost 50,000 people all booming with excitement and hope to a mere 600 residents? A city that then evolved from being “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp” to a fun and exciting casino town.

Cripple Creek is definitely one of the hidden gems in Colorado. With it being approximately 1 hour from Colorado Springs and a little over 2 hours from Denver, it is a must see!

Cripple Creek is full of rich and interesting history, beautiful views, awesome hiking trails, 24 hour casinos, and so much more! There is something there for everyone!

WHAT TO DO IN CRIPPLE CREEK

Hiking

There are many great hiking trails in Cripple Creek, as well as extremely close in Victor and Florissant. I’ll share a little about 1 of my favorites!

Vindicator Valley Trail

2.1 mile loop

Considerably easy hike, on a well established and wide trail.

You wind past several old, abandoned mining operations. You also pass and can explore up close, several very old houses.

Beautiful views, incredible history, and INCREDIBLE FALL COLORS in September and early October.

I have also read wonderful reviews on The Crags Trail. I have not hiked it myself yet, but it looks wonderful! It is located approximately 30 minutes from Cripple Creek, in Divide, CO.

The Crags Trail is 4.8 heavily trafficked out and back trail that is rated as moderate.

CASINOS

There are many casinos to choose from in Cripple Creek. All casinos are open 24 hours, making it a fun and exciting night life town! All casinos in Cripple Creek offer slot machines and video poker, and there are some casinos that also offer blackjack, craps, and roulette. Please remember you must be 21 or older to gamble in all casinos.

MUSEUMS

Cripple Creek is such a history rich town and there are many museums to teach you about its history! There is even an old jail turned into a museum! Visit Cripple Creek has a full list of all the museums (and theaters) you can visit. It also includes hotels in the city, and other places to stay!

MORE

There is so much more to do and see in Cripple Creek. There are several scenic roads and byways all around there. Depending on the time of year you go, you may even get lucky with some beautiful yellow Aspen trees to drive or hike through!

History

I am going to give a very condensed version of the history I have learned of Cripple Creek through my readings and visiting the town several times. However, I encourage you to go see for yourself if given the opportunity! There is SO much more to learn and discover. And when you can actually see and feel the history in person, you are going to learn and absorb it so much more!

I hope you found Cripple Creek as interesting as I do, and get the chance to visit one day!

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Name is Jess, 20 something. A dreamer. A doer. A business owner. A dog hiker. A fur baby mom. A traveler. An athlete. An aspiring photographer and writer.

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Jessi the Dreamer

Name is Jess, 20 something. A dreamer. A doer. A business owner. A dog hiker. A fur baby mom. A traveler. An athlete. An aspiring photographer and writer.