Cripple Creek Fun on a Budget

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The rich history of Cripple Creek shines through its stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and onto its charming brick and false front-style buildings. An abundance of museums, casinos, scenic roads, and unique shops will take you on an exhilarating ride back in time. Our Triple Crown Casinos encompass their history, housing original woodwork, vintage street lamps, and a brass donkey dating back to 1893. All three casinos are located on Main Street and are the ideal spot to top off your night after exploring these budget-friendly activities in Cripple Creek.

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Right across the street from Triple Crown Casinos sits the Butte Theater, which started as an opera house in the late 1800s and has been the face of many businesses since. From a furniture company to a weapons cache and a few others, the Butte has found its calling in the performing arts. The Thin Air Theatre Company puts on productions, and attending a local show is always a great way to support the community.

Phantom Canyon Road

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For a relaxing and scenic ride through one of the most historic places in Colorado, Phantom Canyon Road provides stunning views of the secluded backcountry. The roads are unpaved and narrow, transporting you back to the 1800s mining district that Cripple Creek and nearby towns once were. The 30-mile drive can be extended into a long afternoon adventure of taking in serene landscapes and stopping for various hikes and a picnic.

Mt Pisgah Cemetery

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Cripple Creek is full of historical sites with breathtaking views, and Mt Pisgah Cemetery is no exception. A stroll through the cemetery is surprisingly peaceful and a captivating journey in and of itself. Grab a brochure – it provides maps and the names of well-known figures from the 1800s who now lie at rest inside. With over 6,000 burials, you’ll glimpse the solemn yet beautiful side of Cripple Creek.

Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum


A short walk from Triple Crown Casinos is Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum, where you can get a taste of what life was like behind bars back in the 1800s. Being a gold mining town, Cripple Creek saw its fair share of criminals and thieves in this infamous jail, which housed up to six people in a cell. If you’re a supernatural enthusiast, this jail has been the site of many paranormal experiences and has even been detailed on several television shows, including Oddity Files.

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour

Cripple Creek, CO - July 9, 2022: The Molly Kathleen gold mine, discovered in 1891 and the first claim struck by a woman in the Cripple Creek and Victor gold camp, now operates as a tour mine.

If descending over 1,000 feet into a real mine where you’ll see real gold in exposed “gold veins” doesn’t scream Wild West, we don’t know what does. The Mollie Kathleen gold mine tour is centrally located and the only vertical gold mine tour. We can’t think of a better way to get a quintessential western experience than being in an actual gold mine still in operation. Please note the season of operation.

Vindicator Valley Trail

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If you want to dive deeper into the slew of gold mines that Cripple Creek has, head to Vindicator Valley Trail. There won’t be any actual diving, but you will see dozens of abandoned gold mines throughout your hike. Roughly two miles, this is a reasonably easy hike equipped with land markers to learn about what you’re seeing. The breathtaking mountain views are the cherry on top of an incredible adventure.

Take a Stroll Down East Bennett Avenue

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Many of these activities are found near, if not on, East Bennett Avenue, along with the iconic Triple Crown Casinos. A stroll along East Bennett is a fun way to sightsee and absorb the historic buildings, architecture, and wholesome fun the town offers. Voted best coffee house in Cripple Creek, Creations Everlasting has a boutique, coffee, and tea house with a wide selection of espresso drinks and herbal teas. They’ve also got delicious breakfast sandwiches, crepes, and pastries. 9494: Gifts with Altitude is a local shop with beautiful handmade jewelry; after a day of sightseeing and shopping, head to Ralf’s Break Room for a cold beer.

Old Stage Riding Stables

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Wander through Pikes National Forest on horseback with Old Stage Riding Stables. What’s more exciting than exploring nature in true Wild West fashion? Create memories that will last a lifetime while riding through pristine mountain air and wildlife on a majestic creature. You’ll trot through meadows with wildflowers and green valleys and perhaps even partake in cattle driving. You don’t need to be an experienced rider, as the friendly staff will partner you with a horse that best suits your skill level and weight.

Stay and Play at Triple Crown Casinos!

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Who knew so much excitement existed in such a quaint little town? It’s the perfect destination for a budget-friendly escape where you can partake in an optimal western experience. Not to mention all the history it brings. Brass Ass, McGills, and Midnight Rose Casino are all close to these fabulous Cripple Creek gems, and each brings unique experiences. Whether you decide to hit the slots, explore Cripple Creek, or dine at one of our restaurants, a cozy room awaits you at one of our Triple Crown Casinos.

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