FYI 2016: Cripple Creek (including Victor and Florissant)
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"Red Tail" (the only name given) leads a group of burros up Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek for the start of the Donkey Derby Races Sunday, June 29, 2014, during the second day of activities at Donky Derby Days in Cripple Creek. The team of Dean Bancroft and Scott Bormanis took first place in Sunday's race. This was the 83rd year for Donkey Derby Days. The Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Did you know that Divide is the “Center of the Known Universe?” That’s a pretty bold claim for a bump in the road, but it’s true. So named because water runs off in all four directions, Divide is centrally situated at U.S. 24and Colorado 67, a welcome stopping point for travelers who might be on their way to Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Buena Vista or Breckenridge. An unexpectedly great place to stop for a bite to eat is McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub.

A short but scenic drive along the Gold Belt Byway or Colorado 67, and spectacular routes packed with their own attractions, such as Dome Rock, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and Hornbek Homestead, will take visitors from Divide to Cripple Creek and Victor. These are some of the most beautiful areas in the state when the aspen leaves turn to gold in the fall.

Home to some of the biggest gold finds in history, the Cripple Creek/Victor areas delight history buffs with Old West architecture, tumble-down mines, museums and tours, including a ride on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. And there are donkey races in the summer in Cripple Creek, where the obstinate little creatures still have the right of way on the city streets.

And, by the way, there is still active mining in the area.

Meanwhile, gamblers can try their luck in the many Cripple Creek casinos.

Outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy the rich opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hunting in such stunning locations as Pike National Forest, Mueller State Park and The Crags.

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