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Must Sees The mountainous drive to Cripple Creek, through the spectacular stands of pines and aspens, takes you to not just a different place but a different time – an era of steam trains, mine-shaft elevators and wandering donkey herds. Here are a few of the notto miss attractions in the area. Cripple Creek Heritage Center 9283 S. Highway 67 • 719-689-3315 • 877-858-4653 • VisitCrippleCreek.com Overlooking Cripple Creek, this 11,600-square-foot resource center is a great place to start your visit. This state-of-the-art facility provides hands-on exhibits and interactive technology that guide you through the region’s history. Learn about dinosaurs, Native Americans and life in the gold camp. Take in the incredible panoramic views, and ask one of the helpful staff members to assist you with planning your visit. Mollie Kathleen Mine 9388 Highway 67 • 719-689-2466 • GoldMineTours.com Visitors are in for a treat when they tour the Mollie Kathleen Mine. This historic gold mine tour descends 1,000 feet underground where visitors can learn about the workings of the 1890s hard-rock gold miner. Guided tours allow visitors to explore the overlapping evolution of all four mining phases used to extract gold from the Mollie Kathleen, beginning with a ride on a skip to the lower levels of the mine, the operation of numerous pieces of air-powered gold mining equipment and a ride aboard the last air-powered Tram-Air Locomotive. This educational tour reveals how gold veins appear in their natural state, and adventurers of all ages can look forward to receiving a free gold ore specimen from the Mollie Kathleen Mine! Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad 719-689-2640 • CrippleCreekRailroad.com In 1967 the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad started taking passengers on a journey back into gold rush history and into the scenic heart of the Rocky Mountains. With its lovingly restored steam locomotives and historic 1894 station house, the railroad is one of the gold camp’s favorite family attractions. Located at the head of Bennett Avenue, The Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. from late May through early October. Free parking is provided for train passengers, and reservations are not required. 8 Cripple Creek


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