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Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush

Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush
3 days

Dive into the rich history of the Pikes Peak region while sampling the diverse culinary and recreational offerings and awe-inspiring fall beauty of Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Cañon City, Woodland Park and Penrose.

Sustainability Activity

Friends of Mueller State Park:

Participate in a hike, art show or other activities at Mueller State Park to help preserve the landscape.

Day 1
Activity

Mueller State Park

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5,121 acres of mountain meadows, aspen and conifer forests and wildlife with 50 miles of scenic trails. Enjoy 132 campsites or 3 deluxe cabins, all nestled in a forest setting. Two camping sites... Read More

Lunch

Maggie's Restaurant

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Omelettes, griddle specialties, salads, burgers, homestyle entrees and much more. Read More
Activity

Mollie Kathleen Mine

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Get a hands-on look at the gold mining era with a tour inside one of the Cripple Creek-area's mines.  Don a hard hat and descend a thousand feet below ground to learn about historic and modern... Read More

Insider's Tip

Donkey Spotting:

Keep your eyes peeled for the donkey herd that roams the streets of Cripple Creek May through October.

Dinner

Winfield's Restaurant

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A beautiful location to enjoy fine dining with numerous entree options, including filet mignon, lamb, Atlantic salmon, herb parmesan-crusted seabass, champagne seafood pasta and more.

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Activity

Hike to Horsethief Falls

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Horsethief Park is located off Hwy. 67, approximately half way between Divide and Cripple Creek. To the west, it is dominated by the prominent 12,527-foot Sentinel Point. There are three main trails in the area, and they all share the same trailhead located at the parking lot next to the closed Little Ike Tunnel.
Lodging

Carr Manor

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First-class B&B. 1890s school restored in period decor. Historic Cripple Creek, Colorado.

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Day 2

Insider's Tip

Mornings at Carr Manor: Breakfast is included with your stay at Carr Manor bed and breakfast. Fresh-baked cookies are also available in the afternoon.
Activity

Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

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A treat for railroad and history buffs, kids and the whole family.  Departing from an 1894 vintage depot, the brightly painted Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad runs along four miles... Read More

Lunch

Pizza Madness

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One of the best pizza places and restaurants in Canon City! Come enjoy award winning, handcrafted pizza, fresh salads, made to order calzones and fresh baked sandwiches in our incredibly mad,... Read More

Activity

Gold Belt Tour - Scenic and Historic Byway

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Tours the communities of Cripple Creek, Victor, Canon City, Florence and Florissant. Enjoy the rustic roads, visit museums, see historic gold camps, fossils and much more. Read More
Dinner

8 Mile Bar and Grill

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Gorgeous mountain views, Colorado crafted beers, patio seating and great food add a fantastic finish to your rafting adventure. Read More
Activity

Stroll the Arkansas River Walk

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The Arkansas Riverwalk contains 7 miles of trails that wind along the Arkansas River through Cañon City and beyond. The trail covers many types of terrain and natural areas including dense cottonwood forests and native wetlands. The trail has a hard-packed, crushed gravel surface and follows an old railroad bed much of the way. The trail is open to many uses, which include running, walking, biking and even horseback riding on the John Griffin Park Bluff Trail.
Lodging

Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge

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With a rustic fireplace, three bedrooms, two baths, a spacious modern kitchen, and laundry facilities, an overnight or extended honeymoon at the Bighorn Mountaintop Lodge is the ultimate Royal... Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Coyote's Coffee Den

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Coyote's Coffee Den in Penrose features a cozy Southwestern decor inside, a large outdoor patio with fireplace chimneas. Awesome breakfast burritos and sandwiches. Fresh wraps, salads and... Read More

Activity

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been making its own wines since 2002 and has won over 100 awards and medals in prestigious international wine competitions in the last 3 years alone. The... Read More

Lunch

TAPAteria

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Real Spanish tapas, exceptional wine values, classic Barcelona ambience. 

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Activity

Pikes Peak Highway Tour

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Join Gray Line touring coaches for a four-hour guided round trip tour of the spectacular Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft peak. Tours depart several times daily! See for miles in Gray Line... Read More

Dinner

Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theatre

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Three course meals and multiple shows to choose from! Boo your Villain or set up your friends to be brought up on stage! Only at the Iron Springs Chateau this summer!

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Activity

Hike Red Mountain

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Standing south of Manitou Springs, 7,375-foot Red Mountain can be accessed by a short but rewarding hike. Red Mountain used to have its own incline train just like the more famous Manitou Incline, and some remains of the train's structures can still be seen. Enjoy great views of Manitou Springs, Williams Canyon, the Manitou Incline and Pikes Peak from the top.
Lodging

Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center

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Embrace the comfort  of Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center in beautiful Colorado Springs where there is Fun for the Whole Family. Enjoy a good night's rest with the "Simmons Beauty Rest"... Read More