Full Day Gold Belt Tour to Historic Cripple Creek & Victor, CO (6 Hours)
A scenic excursion that begins in Canon City at 5,300 feet, and peaks midway through the trip at over 10,000 feet, in the historic gold mining towns of Victor and Cripple Creek.
About the Gold Mining District:
Known as America’s Greatest Gold Camp, these towns had over 500 mines which produced over 21 million ounces of gold, exceeding the combined production of the California and Alaska Gold Rushes. This tour follows the Cripple Creek and Florence Railroad route, built in 1894, past abandoned mines and a state-of-the-art open pit gold mine still in use today… the world’s 4th largest gold mine!
Lunch at a Famous Victor Bakery:
Lunch is included at the historic Gold Camp Bakery in Victor, Colorado. The descent back will follow an old stagecoach road which has been described by some as “a rough and rugged, back country, mountainous drive for the adventuresome.”
A Historical Perspective:
The Gold Belt Tour is more than just a great way to get away from the city and experience 360 degrees of heart pounding views. Our dedicated and professional drivers will give interpretive talks about the history of the area and point out views like “Eye of the needle” rock, show you Indian petroglyphs, and keep a trained eye out for Colorado’s plentiful wildlife.
One of the highlights of this Jeep excursion is stopping by Garden Park where fossil hunters and scientists have been digging for dinosaur remains since 1877. The Marsh and Cleveland Quarries in Garden Park are known for the first complete skeletons of Stegosaurus and Allosaurus which are now exhibited in the Denver Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The scenery of this trip is enhanced during the Autumn due to the changing colors of the Aspens from varying greens, golds and reds.
- Availability: 365 days/year
- Departure: 10:00am daily
- Meal Included: Lunch in Victor
- Elevation: 5,300 feet to 10,300 feet
- Length: Approximately 6 hours
- Ages: All ages (If a child requires a booster seat, customer must bring one)
- Dogs Allowed: Usually. Restrictions apply. See the FAQs or call for details.
- Upgrade Available: Wine tasting at Holy Cross Abbey $30/pp (Child $15 with juice) After the tour.
Full Day Gold Belt Tour – Spectacular Fall Foliage – Lunch Included! (6 Hours)
Want to experience fall foliage? The leaf color change varies from year to year, but typically peaks from mid September to late October.
The Gold Belt Fall Foliage Tour climbs 5,000 feet above Canon City to witness the color change of the aspens. This is the exact same tour as the Gold Belt listed above, just during the fall. Use the Book Now button below to make a reservation, call us for assistance, or send us an email.