Staff writer 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…
The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center’s 37-acre complex serves more than 500 athletes and coaches in more than a dozen sports. Guided tours are available.
The mountain town of Creede has fishing, rafting, camping, hiking, mountain biking and live theater in the summer.
Salida is a starting point for whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River and has a growing arts community. It also is a gateway to the new Browns Canyon National Monument.
The Creede Repertory Theatre produces seven to 10 plays in rotation from May through September and was called “one of the best places to see the lights way off Broadway” by USA Today.
Browns Canyon National Monument features whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River down a granite-lined canyon and backcountry hiking.
Buena Vista is a jumping-off point for whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River, hikes up 14,000-foot peaks and soaks in natural hot springs.
Breathtaking scenery surrounds Colorado Springs, starting with Pikes Peak, where Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write “America the Beautiful.”
Artists Brendt and Maria Cocchiarelli Berger accumulated paintings, photographs, sculpture and other items for the Museum of Friends, and their friends continue to provide more art to expand the collection.
The Museum of Colorado Prisons has 32 cells from a former prison, a hangman’s noose used in Colorado’s last execution by hanging, weapons and contraband confiscated from inmates, the state’s last gas chamber, photographs depicting life in prison facilities, and items used in disciplining inmates.