Scenic Byway: Gold Belt Tour

Scenic Byway: Gold Belt Tour 1

Cars creep along a ledge chiseled from a steep cliff. A creek tumbles through a granite gorge 200 feet below. While drivers rivet their eyes on the narrow road, passengers crane their necks to marvel at the view. For many travelers, this white-knuckle, eye-popping drive on The Shelf is the highlight of the Gold Belt … Read more Scenic Byway: Gold Belt Tour

It’s a Winner: Cripple Creek Opens Heritage Center

From the window wall of the new Pikes Peak Heritage Center overlooking Cripple Creek, watch the sun cast its golden glow over the town below and Sangre de Cristo mountain range beyond. It’s the panoramic kind of view home builders would pay a fortune to secure. But this view belongs to a $3.7 million visitors’ … Read more It’s a Winner: Cripple Creek Opens Heritage Center

Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble

Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble 3

The 1890s gold-rush boom town of Cripple Creek, on the back side of Pikes Peak, had nearly become a Colorado ghost town by the mid-20th century. Weekends, weak streams of visitors would meander up Ute Pass to the funky shops, odd little restaurants or, in summer, the melodrama. Then came the advent of limited stakes … Read more Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble