City of Cripple Creek



There are many ways to explore Cripple Creek and the surrounding area. Bike it, Jeep it, hoof it, raft it, ride it, or just plain hike it!


The events in Cripple Creek make an exciting place even more thrilling. Whether it’s the insane donkey races that fill Bennett during Donkey Derby Days or the vintage cars that rev during the Cruise Above the Clouds Car Show, you’ll find a very particular brand of fun in this Colorado valley.


Wildlife flourishes in the undeveloped land around Cripple Creek.  Mountain lions prey on mule deer, black bears forage on the lush hillsides and elk and bighorn sheep often make an appearance along the roads.  Smaller animals like foxes, coyotes, raccoons and many squirrels thrive in this habitat.  These beautiful creatures may often be seen along roadsides and trails or deep into the quiet hillsides.


Wild donkeys roam through ruins of an old hotel.

Jack Aspen

Long ago, something quite incredible happened high in the mountains, along the western slope of Pikes Peak in Colorado. Something so magical it can hardly be believed, but has to be told so all may come to know and love Jack. Some call Jack Aspen the official ambassador of Cripple Creek. And Jack should sure know a thing or two about how to find adventure and fun around here … he’s been around Cripple Creek since the very beginning.