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.
The Pikes Peak region offers some of the best birding in the Rocky Mountains. The sights and sounds of the quiet back-country, streamside or reservoir viewing will surely reward birders with unique sightings.
At an elevation between 6,000 – 14,000 feet, the diversity of species will delight any observer. Migration routes and pristine habitat provide birds of the area the necessary conditions to thrive. Birders find that rare opportunity to spot songbirds, birds of prey and water fowl. Many others enjoy the variety available in the area.
Birders from around the world will delight in the diversity of habitat and species to be found in the Pikes Peak region.
Hunting is part of the rich heritage of Colorado. The forests and mountains that surround Cripple Creek provide great habitat for continuing that tradition. Colorado hunters support wildlife management and restoration programs with their hunting license fees. Elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep are year-round residents. Seasons are set for smaller game as well as for less-plentiful animals such as mountain lions and black bear. Many public lands are open to hunting, and local outfitters can assist or guide hunters looking for that perfect spot.
Be sure to check with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for detailed information.
There’s a camping experience to fit everyone’s taste in and around Cripple Creek. The Pike National Forest allows primitive backcountry camping and also has campgrounds in the area. Other campgrounds, such as the ones at Mueller State Park, offer full RV hookups. Private campgrounds offer other amenities, such as laundry facilities, flush toilets, showers and even small stores. Some have cabins that can be rented. Some are small and simple; others, such as the cabins at Mueller State Park, are luxurious retreats.
Here is a list of our local campgrounds:
Cripple Creek KOA
On 20 acres, this is the highest altitude KOA in the world at 10,000 feet! The Cripple Creek KOA offers 10 cabins, 2 lodges, 52 RV sites, 21 tent sites and can even manage overflow.
2576 County Road #81, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
P: (719) 799-6805
Cripple Creek Gold Campground
Located off Highway 67, nestled in the pines and aspens just 6 miles north of Cripple Creek. Laundry facilities are available with showers and flush toilets. Also on site, trail rides are available in the summer for an extra fee. No reservation required.
P: (719) 689-2342
Cripple Creek Hospitality House and Travel Park
They offer modern, quiet, scenic campsites for RVs and tents. The campground has pull-through sites with full hookups, tenting area, bath house, laundry and a game area. The Hospitality Room has a pool table and TV.
600 North B Street, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
P.O. Box 957
P: (719) 689-2513; (800) 500-2513
Eagles Landing RV Park
This is the closest camping to historic downtown. They offer a free shuttle to the Double Eagle Hotel & Casino, hot showers, laundry, a store and gravel sites up to 40′.
220 East May Avenue, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
P: (719) 689-2006
Lost Burro Campground
Open all year round. They have 27 tent sites and 24 hook-up sites hidden among the pines on 27 acres in a secluded valley. Cabins are also available.
4023 Teller County Road #1, Cripp.e Cree, CO 80813
P.O. Box 614
P: (719) 689-2345, Reservations: (877) 689-2345
Mueller State Park
Located off State Highway 67, 4 miles south of Divide. Mueller offers full hook-ups, tent camping and cabin rentals. Miles and miles of trails exist in the park with a visitor’s center, interpretive trails and trail rides available in the park in the summer for an extra fee.
Reservations are highly recommended for both camping and horseback riding.
P.O. Box 39, Divide, CO 80813
P: (719) 687-2366
RNK Park & Camp
With beautiful scenic views of Pikes Peak, this campground is in a great location! Located less than four miles north of Cripple Creek off State Highway 67, visitors have weekly, monthly and storage options to accommodate their needs. Reservations are preferred, and visitors can save money with “no frills” and self registration. Leashed pets are welcomed, as are RVs, camping trailers and tents. Amenities include 20/30/50 AMP services, a dump station with water, fire rings, hiking areas, picnic tables, pull through, firewood and portable restrooms. A 24-foot camping trailer is another option available for visitors. Don’t forget to mention you qualify for a 10% discount for Veterans, Good Sam, AARP and AAA members. Freedom Resorts and Passport America Discounts are also honored.
10702 Highway 67 South, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
P.O. Box 190
P: (719) 689-3371