A small town that initially developed during Colorado’s gold mining era of the late-1800s, Cripple Creek lives on today and those visiting still come in search of riches. However, the town now survives on a thriving casino culture, where money is sought on the table instead of underground. Here’s the story of how the town developed from its roots to where it is today.

Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.

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BarbTDenver

There are 2 great side trips starting in Cripple Creek. The first is Shelf Road, which goes south toward Canon City. Don't try this if you're scared of heights and drop-offs! It turns into Garden Park Rd Co 9, ending in Canon City. Along the way there are great rock climbing sites, camping and picnicking at Red Rock Canyon, and exploring ancient history with a hike at the Garden Park Fossil Area.

Then return back north to Cripple Creek via Phantom Canyon road, an old railroad bed, complete with the restored and photogenic Adelaide Bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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