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…

February 13, 2018
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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…

February 13, 2018
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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,…

February 13, 2018
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