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    Day trip to Cripple Creek, CO
    on: September 29, 2022, 08:51:31 pm
    September 29, 2022, 08:51:31 pm
    My buddies and I took a quick trip to Cripple Creek, Colorado last Friday.   Cripple Creek is an historic gold mining community founded in 1891 on the Southwestern side of Pikes Peak and the site of the largest gold rush in Colorado history. 

    The day started in Sedalia, CO and we headed west towards Deckers and into Woodland Park.  Lots of twisty two-lane travel, and a few miles of gravel, and awesome views of Pikes Peak as you get close to Woodland Park.



















    We were hoping to see lots of yellow aspens along the way, but we were about a week early.  Still saw some nice groups before our first stop at the overlook for the Cripple Creek and Victor Mine (owned by Newmont).  This is a fairly large open-pit gold mine that keeps cranking out production.



















    >>> I wanted to take more drone footage along the way, but I managed to run it into the tall building in the picture below.  It survived quite well (considering how hard it smacked the building), but I decided not to push my luck any farther!!!








    It’s always fun riding through the old mining town of Victor, which is just a few miles from Cripple Creek, as well as riding past the mine's heap leach benches.

















    Until the 1980s, Cripple Creek was a small, tourist town that had a lot of quaint old shops and attractions.  That all changed when the Colorado voters passed a gambling act that allowed Cripple Creek  (and Black Hawk/Central City, just outside of Denver) to offer limited stakes gaming.  Overnight, large casinos moved in anywhere they could, and although they had to respect and preserve the existing structures, the town changed quite a bit.











    There’s still the old railroad though – it gives tourists a quick ride from Cripple Creek to Victor and back.








    Final stop – the Cripple Creek cemetery and veteran’s memorial.








    After Cripple Creek, we rode North to Florissant (home of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument) the west to CR 77 – Tarryall Creek Road.  40 miles of pretty views, light traffic and plenty of turns (and some moose, although we didn’t see any).
















    All in, this was a 230ish mile ride with great weather and nice scenery – one of my favorite trips that avoids a lot of the high country highways and traffic, but still technically has 3 mountain ‘passes’ along the way.











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    Re: Day trip to Cripple Creek, CO
    Reply #1 on: September 29, 2022, 09:56:59 pm
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    Fabulous pictures, thanks for sharing with us    :028:   
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    Re: Day trip to Cripple Creek, CO
    Reply #2 on: September 29, 2022, 10:00:18 pm
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    Re: Day trip to Cripple Creek, CO
    Reply #3 on: September 30, 2022, 10:57:48 am
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    Was there a tribute to The Band?

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    Re: Day trip to Cripple Creek, CO
    Reply #4 on: September 30, 2022, 02:30:19 pm
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    Looks like a blast. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Day trip to Cripple Creek, CO
    Reply #5 on: September 30, 2022, 04:28:20 pm
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    *Originally Posted by TallyRex [+]
    Was there a tribute to The Band?

    LOL, no.   

    However, if you are ever in Fairplay, Colorado, there is quite a striking memorial for Prunes (a burro)

    https://southparkheritage.org/prunes-the-burro-of-fairplay-colorado/#prettyPhoto