In the late 1800s, thousands of fortune-seekers made their way to Pikes Peak for the country’s last great gold rush. Now, more than a century later, you can make your own discoveries at Cripple Creek’s newest travel and informational resource center: the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. Overlooking the town of Cripple Creek, the facility is a member of the Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association and your complete source for Cripple Creek information. Stop here before entering the town for a birds-eye view of all there is to see and do in the heart of history.
This 11,600-square-foot visitors center is designed in a style reminiscent of the town’s heyday; however, the technology is all 21st century. State-of-the-art doesn’t begin to describe what awaits you in the area’s newest Pikes Peak travel center: multiple hands-on exhibits combine interactive technology with tactile, audio and video techniques, for an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the glory days of the World’s Greatest Gold Camp. Other exhibits showcase the area’s geology, flora and fauna and regional recreation opportunities. Current exhibits include:
Cripple Creek’s First Residents
Faces from the Past
Business of Mining
Gold Camp Lifestyle
All About Colorado
Pikes Peak Gems and Minerals
Time of the Giants
Treasures of the Cripple Creek Mining District
Additionally, the Center includes captivating historic photography and materials detailing the area’s world-class dinosaur discoveries. You’ll learn how gold mining practices have changed over the years and how humans have affected the region. A wall of windows featuring a stunning view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains tops off your visit in a spectacular fashion. From Cripple Creek’s humble beginnings as a 15-person gold camp through its gold rush golden age to its renewed present-day glory, the city’s colorful history is fully chronicled and documented at the area’s newest Cripple Creek travel center. No matter what part of the state you travel to, you won’t find another Colorado visitors center as informative and user-friendly as the Cripple Creek Heritage Center.Consider the Cripple Creek Heritage Center for your next company meeting or family wedding. Don’t forget to bring Fido, because special dog runs for small and large dogs are available outside. Service animals are welcome inside the Heritage Center.
Phone: (719) 689-3315 or (877) 858-4653