Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush

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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
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Mueller State Park-Hike Photo
Activity
Mueller State Park

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,…

Lunch
Maggie's Restaurant
Omelettes, griddle specialties, salads, burgers, homestyle entrees and much more.
Activity
Mollie Kathleen Mine

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…

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

A beautiful location to enjoy fine dining with numerous entree options, including filet mignon, lamb, Atlantic salmon, herb parmesan-crusted…

Activity
Hike to Horsethief Falls

Horsethief Park is located off Hwy. 67, approximately halfway 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

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

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

A treat for railroad and history buffs, kids and the whole family.  Departing from an 1894 vintage depot, the brightly painted Cripple Creek &…

Lunch
Pizza Madness

One of the best pizza places and restaurants in Canon City! Come enjoy award winning, handcrafted pizza, fresh salads, made to order calzones and…

Activity
Gold Belt Tour — Scenic & Historic Byway

Explore historic gold camps, fossil beds, museums and jaw-dropping scenery on this road that winds through Cripple Creek, Victor, Cañon City and Florissant.

Dinner
8 Mile Bar and Grill
Gorgeous mountain views, Colorado crafted beers, patio seating and great food add a fantastic finish to your rafting adventure.
Activity
Stroll the Arkansas River Walk

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
With a rustic fireplace, three bedrooms, two baths, a spacious modern kitchen, and laundry facilities, an overnight or extended honeymoon at the…
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3
Breakfast
Coyote's Coffee Den

Coyote's Coffee Den in Penrose features a cozy Southwestern decor inside, a large outdoor patio with fireplace chimneas. Awesome breakfast…

Activity
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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…

Lunch
TAPAteria

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

Activity
Pikes Peak Highway Tour

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…

Dinner
Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theatre

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…

Activity
Hike Red Mountain

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

Embrace the comfort  of Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center in beautiful Colorado Springs where there is Fun for the Whole Family. Enjoy a…