The City of Colorado Springs has so many things to do and see, but don’t forget it’s just a small part of an exciting and diverse region. In fact, the Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region offer more than 50 natural and man-made attractions. Venture out into the area and discover all that this mountain region has to offer.
Wake up to the blue skies and the ever-present view of Pikes Peak, and then make your way to the 4-diamond dining room of the historic Cliff House Inn located in Manitou Springs for a gourmet breakfast. The Grand Marnier battered French toast or the wild mushroom Florentine plate with smoked bacon, wild mushrooms, baby spinach, poached eggs served on a toasted English muffin with parmesan veloute are sure to please.
Afterward, take a scenic 45-minute drive through the mountains to the historic mining town of Cripple Creek where the original settlers of the area struck gold and other precious metals. Find your riches by heading to one of the 15 western-style casinos in town such as Bronco Billy’s, The Brass Ass or J.P. McGill’s.
Whether its poker, blackjack or slots that tickle you pink it can all be found in this western ghost town. As of the summer of 2009, roulette and craps also made their way to the betting tables. Once the bustling hub of the Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush, these days the area is still one of the largest producers of gold.
Continue the afternoon with a tour of the real working Mollie Kathleen Mine or head to the Outlaw and Jail Museum and read about the heroes and heathens of the time. During the Gold Rush there was no shortage of miscreants around the city, for example Robert Curry (aka Bob Lee), a member of the “Wild Bunch” gang was captured after lawmen found him hiding in town.
End your day by wetting your whistle in one of the saloons such as Wildwood Casino’s Saddle Bar or Baja Billy’s Restaurant and Cantina or splurge for finer dining at the Double Eagle’s Winfield’s or the Down Under Steakhouse at the Midnight Rose.
Whether hitting the cards to a perfect 21, throwing back a pint or wandering the historic streets of the town, Cripple Creek is a great option for a perfect day in the Pikes Peak region. To see more ideas for things to do as well as coupons go to www.VisitCOS.com!
What & Where:
Pikes Peak (719-385-7705; Colorado Springs; www.PikesPeakColorado.com)
The Cliff House Inn (306 Canon Ave; 719-685-3000; www.TheCliffHouse.com)
Manitou Springs (719-685-5089; www.manitousprings.org)
Cripple Creek (877-858-4653; www.Cripple-Creek.co.us)
Bronco Billy’s (233 East Bennett Ave; 719-689-2104; www.TripleCrownCasinos.com)
Brass Ass (256 E. Bennett Ave; 800-635-5825; www.TripleCrownCasinos.com)
J.P. McGill’s (256 E. Bennett Ave; 800-635-5825; www.TripleCrownCasinos.com)
Mollie Kathleen Mine (9388 Hwy 67; 719-689-2466; www.GoldMineTours.com)
(126 West. Bennett Ave; 877-858-4653; www.Cripple-Creek.co.us)
Wildwood Casino (119 Carbonate St; 719-689-2814; www.PlayWildwood.com)
Double Eagle Hotel & Casino (440-442 E. Bennett Ave; 719-689-5059; www.decasino.com)
Colorado Springs CVB (515 S. Cascade Ave; 719-635-7506; www.VisitCOS.com)
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Chelsy Offutt, a Colorado Springs native, is currently the PR Manager for Experience Colorado Springs (ECS), the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
She handles media and community relations for ECS including generating awareness of and interest in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region as a leisure, business and event destination.