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Cripple Creek

Hopeful miners create a Conestoga traffic jam heading to Cripple Creek in the 1890s. | Photo courtesy of Cripple Creek Heritage Center Cripple Creek, cuddled into a high altitude valley west of Colorado Springs, was founded by gamblers, men and women drawn by the possibility that a glint of gold would shine from a handful of stone. Cripple Creek and the neighboring town of Victor were the focus of the…


Gambling in Colorado

The Ute Mountain Casino shines in the darkness of the state’s southwest corner. | Photo courtesy of Ute Mountain Casino Staff writer Colorado’s historic past of scruffy miners and card games in Wild West saloons has inspired a modern-day revival of gambling. The state isn’t unique, of course, in offering legalized gambling – 23 states have some form of gaming – and it doesn’t make the list of Top 10…


Great Wolf Lodge

Staff writer Just north of Colorado Springs, Great Wolf Lodge offers a water park and hotel designed for children and their adults, all under one roof. The lodge, one of 15 in the chain, opened in 2016 and has already attracted a loyal following to its backwoods-themed space. The Colorado Springs lodge has 311 hotel rooms and three pools, including a wave pool and separate shallow pool for little guests,…

Independence Pass near Aspen


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