Cripple CreekUnited States of America

4.3/5Top Destination

Get away to quaint Cripple Creek! Enjoy the riverfront, casinos, and mountains.

The city of Cripple Creek is a former gold mining camp at the foot of Pikes Peak. The picturesque place sits in a valley and is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Explore the spectacular scenery and relive the past in Cripple's Creek's museums and historical attractions.

Toward the end of the 19th century, gold discoveries in Cripple Creek heralded the start of last great Colorado gold rush. Now, the allure of the abandoned mines attracts thousands of visitors every year. Visit the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and journey 1,000 feet (305 meters) underground to see gold veins, ride an air powered train along a mine rail and look at old mining equipment.

To learn more about the Cripple Creek’s mining heritage go to Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum. If you want to discover more about the city’s past, listen to tales of infamous outlaws of the Wild West at the Cripple Creek Jail Museum. Climb inside original cells, study police logs from the 1890s and read original newspaper stories about the lawless. The darker side of Cripple Creek’s early years are explored in the Old Homestead House Museum, once one of the town's numerous brothels.

See some of the city's natural attractions with a ride on the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. A steam-powered locomotive takes you on a 4-mile (6.5-kilometer) round-trip into the Rocky Mountains, past abandoned mines.

Hikers and bikers can explore the area’s many trails, including the Gold Camp Trail. Bring your camera for the wildlife spotting opportunities. Among the animals that can be seen in the terrain around the city are mountain lions, mule deer, elks, black bears, coyotes and raccoons.

Cripple Creek also has many attractions to keep you entertained in the evening. Dine in a candle-lit restaurant, watch a show at the Butte Theater and try your luck at one of the casinos.

Cripple Creek is approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Colorado Springs. Leave some time in your stay to look at its sister city of Victor. The mining town is a short drive away and features many late 19th-century structures.

Known for

Casinos, Historical Buildings and Rivers

Top Hotels in Cripple Creek

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Century Casino & Hotel Cripple Creek
Century Casino & Hotel Cripple Creek
3 out of 5
200-220 E. Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO
$89
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Butte Theater, Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum, and Old Homestead House Museum. Cripple Creek ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (700 reviews)

"Huge room. Great staff. Clean room and casino. No smoking inside."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Century Casino & Hotel Cripple Creek
Midnight Rose & McGills Hotel & Casino
Midnight Rose & McGills Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
232 Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, CO
$97
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from The Brass Ass Casino and Butte Theater. Old Homestead House Museum and Cripple Creek and Victor ...

4/5Very Good! (266 reviews)

"Courteous & helpful staff. Very accessible to parking. Everything is excellent except for the toilet seat, it has no cover."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Midnight Rose & McGills Hotel & Casino
Gold King Mountain Inn
Gold King Mountain Inn
2.5 out of 5
601 Galena Ave, Cripple Creek, CO
$75
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21

Situated in Cripple Creek, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad and Old Homestead House Museum. Butte Theater ...

4/5Very Good! (72 reviews)

"It was a little noisy especially in the morning therefore it made it difficult to get sleep"…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Gold King Mountain Inn

Popular things to do in Cripple Creek

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the casinos in the area.

Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods

5/5(1,397 reviews)

Get a taste for the Colorado landscape as you explore this huge city park on your own or during a guided bus or Segway tour.

US Air Force Academy
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US Air Force Academy

4.5/5(486 reviews)

Enjoy a free tour of the military campus where young men and women are trained to be officers in the United States Air Force.

Pikes Peak
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Pikes Peak

4.5/5(900 reviews)

The second-most visited mountain in the world is an easy day trip from Colorado’s capital. 

Cave of the Winds
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Cave of the Winds

4.5/5(376 reviews)

Go on a subterranean adventure to explore caves, caverns and rock formations that are hundreds of millions of years old. 

Cheyenne Mountain State Park
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Cheyenne Mountain State Park

4.5/5(355 reviews)

Thrill to the awesome scenery, hiking trails and wildlife spotting opportunities in the rugged foothills of a mountain.

Top activities in Cripple Creek

JEEP TOUR - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
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JEEP TOUR - Foothills & Garden of the Gods

$88

Our most popular Jeep tour, this historic sight-seeing adventure is a great way to enjoy the Pikes Peak region!!! Our entertaining and informative cowboy guides take you through time along the foothills of Pikes Peak, highlighting scenery and some of Colorado Springs’ most famous historical sights.

Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Tour
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Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Tour

$120

This Pikes Peak Tour is a great way to explore what our beautiful state has to offer. You will experience some of the most breath taking views in Colorado, walk through the historic Manitou Springs, and have the opportunity to walk around the stunning Garden of the Gods and visit America's Mountain.

HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT - Colorado Springs Sunrise
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HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT - Colorado Springs Sunrise

$275

Alpenglow is a breath-taking sight from our hot air balloons as we fly serenely in the wake of the Rocky Mountain Front Range at sunrise. From the Spanish Peaks to Longs Peak, this is where the deer and the antelope play.

ZIPLINE TOUR - ColoRad
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ZIPLINE TOUR - ColoRad

$95

Soar high above the foothills of historic Manitou Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak!!! You will indulge in excitement and spectacular vistas while ziplining over our stunning alpine canyon!!! Perched atop Gregory Gulch, our beautiful natural-terrain course features five ziplines, varying in length from 225 feet to 650 feet.

SEGWAY TOUR - Garden of the Gods - Juniper Loop
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SEGWAY TOUR - Garden of the Gods - Juniper Loop

$92

A great way to experience one of nature's greatest treasures: Garden of the Gods!!! This tour includes sights such as South and North Gateway Rocks, Kissing Camels, Three Graces, Sleeping Giant, Park Overlook, and Praying Hands.

In-Home Mexican Cooking Classes
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In-Home Mexican Cooking Classes

$82

Learn how to cook the most delicious homemade recipes. Authentic Mexican cuisine. 100% hands-on. We cook, we drink, we relax, we even dance and have lots of fun! Sample Menu • Mole Poblano - Mexican signature dish with over 20 ingredients! Chillies, Mexican chocolate, nuts, spices and vegetables.

Reviews of Cripple Creek

4.3

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Very fun place for a few days. Quite and clean.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

Cripple creek is awesome

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2019

Overall service anywhere in cripple creek isn’t very good. Such as dining it’s like the employees are doing you a favor by waiting on you. So if your in a hurry for anything don’t go to cripple creek!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 19, 2019

We love the people of cripple creek, thank you Walter and Liz for providing us the feeling of being special. We wish we could be part of this beautiful community sooner, so much to see and learn. See you all next year!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 26, 2019

Cripple Creek is wonderful to come to—just 1 hours 15 minutes from my home. You can come to sight-see, take the train, go to a play at the theater, gamble, eat at restaurants and visit other casinos. Very first time staying at McGils-indoor pkg!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 26, 2019

take a drive down Phantom pass or Shelf creek road, absolutely breathtaking. Cripple Creek is an annual trip, love it there.