Cripple Creek, Colorado's Gold

Cripple Creek, Colo. in autumn

There is more than one kind of gold in Cripple Creek

Strike Gold

An hour from downtown Colorado Springs, historic Cripple Creek is still churning out gold. It’s Colorado's largest producer of gold, but you won’t find any golden nuggets. All gold is recovered via an open-pit mine.

However, you could strike it rich in one of Cripple Creek’s casinos occupying the town's historic buildings. Your odds of getting lucky seem to be higher than other casinos in the state.

“There’s a 1-2 percent higher payback rate here than in Black Hawk and Central City,” says Steve Kitzman, the city’s marketing and events director. “And our geographic setting offers spectacular views.”

Plus you can spot wild donkeys grazing around town, descend 1,000 feet below ground on the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine tour, catch a show at the historic Butte Theater or ride four miles into the historic gold mining district on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad.

The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, Colo.

The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, Colo.

For more information:
Cripple Creek Heritage Center
(877) 858-4653
Across from the Mollie Kathleen Mine