Located at the former location of one of the highest gold mines in the world, on a clear day you can see seven mountain ranges. Or look down for a great view of operations at the worlds largest and richest gold mine. If expansion plans are approved it will eventually be several miles long and over a mile deep. Parking on site for 3 or 4 cars is rarely full with overflow parking directly below for hundreds. From Cripple Creek drive south on state highway 67 to Victor, jog left one block in downtown Victor, as you leave town follow sign and turn left up gravel road to the Overlook. Before you leave explore the crumbling remains of the old mine with descriptive signs.
I grew up close to Cripple Creek/Victor. At that time the whole area was nothing short of a real ghost town. Just like out of a real western! Went back and was amazed at the drastic changes. It's like a mini Las Vegas or Reno with all the gambling . Unlike Vegas or Reno, it still retains it's historic western heritage, and is not kitschy or tasteless. In fact, I was really surprised how many folks were committed to keeping Cripple Creek restored to its former glory without ruining it with maddening commercialism. Main drag is a bit over the top, but venture onto one of the side streets or travel a bit out of town to Victor ( an authentic western ghost town). I can promise you that your trip here will NOT be a waste of time!
Drive the Gold Belt Tour and retrace the historic travel routes connecting Cripple Creek and Victor Mining District, site of the world's largest gold rush, to the communities of Florence, Cañon City and Florissant. Today the communities of the Gold Belt Tour invite you to experience the rich local heritage as you follow the "Roads to Riches"...
We chose to take Phantom Canyon Road. Shelf Canyon was closed because of landslides.
Phantom Canyon Road, the route of the Florence and Cripple Creek (F&CC) Railroad, follows the path of what was once the busiest narrow gauge railroad in the West.