Top Cripple Creek Summer Events and Places You Cannot Miss During Your 2023 Vacation

Summer is just around the corner, and you’re already contemplating how you’ll make the most of the sunny season. It’s the best time to unwind from the busy and cold winter, the perfect period to reward yourself with a vacation. If you’ve already decided to enjoy the sunny days in Cripple Creek, Colorado, you’re probably wondering what else you’ll want to experience besides the picturesque sunsets. Here are some main events and top places in Cripple Creek you shouldn’t miss.

Historical Trolley Tours

A red trolley sits parked with its nose facing the viewer on a beautiful sunny day.


The Gold Camp Victorian Society will again organize the Historical Gold Camp Trolley Tours this summer. The tours will begin on Memorial Day weekend and continue every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Tours start at 1 p.m. at the District Museum in Cripple Creek and will only take 90 minutes, leaving plenty of time to attend other events.

Pioneers of the Mines Foot Races (5K and 10K)

Marathon running in the light of evening

Participating in a 5k family race or a 10K mini-pro race might be missing from your list of summer plans. However, the 5K in Cripple Creek is the perfect opportunity to challenge your endurance at 10,000 feet elevation. These races are not only fun but competitive, and they help you build your fitness and competitive mindset while still on holiday.

The 5K and 10K races start from Victor, with the finish line close to the high school in Cripple Creek. The primary purpose of the annual races is to celebrate the history of the two towns, so you’ll have a chance to mingle with locals and learn more about the region.

Top of the World Rodeo

A man holds on while a horse tries to buck him off at the rodeo


If you’ve never been to a rodeo, this is your chance to enjoy a breathtaking spectacle in Cripple Creek. Top of the World Rodeo presents one of the most beautiful views in Colorado and is an excellent venue for visitors. This elite competition is sanctioned by the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association (CPRA), so you can expect great organization and extreme rodeo competition. The eye-catching events to expect in this rodeo include barrel racing, breakaway roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, and tie-down roping.

The Top of the World Rodeo includes something for the kids, everyone’s favorite: mutton busting. It’s a chance to try bronco riding on a very docile animal, the sheep. Additional activities that will keep you busy in this event include a beer garden, street dance, and hundreds of food vendors.

4th of July Fireworks

Veterans Day fireworks in Durango, Colorado

You’ve probably experienced spectacular fireworks in other cities around the country. However, you should try the 4th of July fireworks in the City of Cripple Creek. Be sure to watch one of Colorado’s largest fireworks shows and help celebrate our country’s birth.

Music at the Depot

The Studio microphone records an acoustic guitar close-up, in a recording Studio or concert hall, with a drum set on a background in out-of-focus mode. Beautiful blurred background of colored lanterns

After enjoying your day in the sun, don’t miss one of the best music scenes in Cripple Creek. Music at the Depot includes live, local music on Saturday, July 1, the perfect way to start celebrating Independence Day.  Food and beverage vendors will also be at the historic museum, so come dance the night away at one of Cripple Creek’s iconic venues.

Corvair Car Show

Vintage historic Chevrolet Corvair Sedan car parked on a grassy

Being a car enthusiast has weaknesses: You cannot turn away from the new custom rides in town. As a car lover, you must visit the Cripple Creek District Museum on July 3, where the Pikes and Peak Corvair Club will host the Cripple Creek Corvair Car Show. It’s a fun way to spend a Saturday in Cripple Creek.

National Night Out

Downtown Cripple Creek at sunset with the neon lights on all the buildings lit


National Night Out is an annual event organized by the Cripple Creek Police Department as a community-building campaign that promotes the relationship between the department and the community. This partnership has effectively built neighborhood camaraderie and made the community safe. The event includes games, music, and plenty of food and beverages for everyone to enjoy. Visitors are welcome!

Ride the Ramblin Express

Ramblin Express bus with Midnight Rose pictured on the side

Embark on a hassle-free and delightful trip from Colorado Springs to Triple Crown Casinos with the Ramblin Express. This dependable and cozy shuttle service eliminates the stress of driving, enabling you to unwind and appreciate the picturesque landscape en route to the thrilling gaming adventures ahead. Boasting frequent departures and budget friendly fares, the Ramblin Express is an exceptional transport solution for residents and tourists. Moreover, this eco-conscious choice contributes to alleviating traffic congestion and lowering emissions in the area. So, ditch your vehicle and let the Ramblin Express whisk you away to an exhilarating casino experience at Triple Crown Casinos!

Enjoy Triple Crown Casinos

slot machines at Triple Crown Casinos Colorado

Experiencing all the annual and organized events discussed above is breathtaking, but you don’t miss the Triple Crown Casinos before leaving the city. The three casinos: Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino, McGills Hotel & Casino, and The Brass Ass Casino, offer everything you would want to find in a high-end city casino.

McGills Casino, the only Irish-themed casino in the city, is one of the most spacious casinos in Cripple Creek. Here, you will access a variety of slots, video poker, and progressive machines to choose from. The Brass Ass features vintage street scene décor and western building facades you can’t find anywhere else in the city. On the other hand, the Midnight Rose Casino presents a memorable casino experience on Cripple Creek’s Main Street. All three Triple Crown Casinos are worthy of your time and offer the best nightlife experiences in Cripple Creek this summer.

It’s only a matter of weeks before the summer sun starts shining high in the sky. Your Cripple Creek vacation is ready and waiting, and you can’t wait to have your vacation in one of Colorado’s most historic cities. The above events will make your vacation entertaining, while Triple Crown Casinos will take your nightlife to a new level.  Book your stay today.

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