Spent the 4th of July weekend in and around the Pike's Peak/Cripple Creek Gold Mine District. If you are anywhere within 100 miles of Cripple Creek, I highly recommend a visit to the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. It is well worth the $18 admission price.
On the surface, there were plenty of things to explore while we waited for our tour to begin. They have lots of old mining machinery on display, not to mention the incredible view of the town of Cripple Creek and surrounding area. They have a gift shop with some neat souvenirs, however most of the items were a little expensive. I would have liked to see some more t-shirt options.
The mine tour itself was incredible. You enter the mine via a double-decker man-skip (elevator). We had a full group, so we really had to squeeze into the skip. It was definitely a cramped ride, but watching the timbers go by as we zoomed down the shaft was pretty neat. When we arrived at the bottom of the mine (1000 feet down), I was surprised by how large the tunnels in the mine are. Being taller than average (6'2''), I expected to be hunched over the entire time, but I rarely had to duck my head. On the tour our guide showed us all the different tools used in mining, including an air tram which we rode through part of the mine. During the tour, they give you a real piece of gold ore as a souvenir to take home.
Bring a jacket - even if you don't need one on the surface, it is pretty cool down in the mine. There are loaner coats available, but I would recommend having your own (loaners looked dingy).
Plan on visiting around lunch - we just happened to take the tour right before the lunch hour, so we ate at the Hard Rock Diner at the Mollie Kathleen. The food is reasonably priced (they don't gouge you on prices) and quite good. I recommend the buffalo chicken sandwich and onion rings. You can eat outside and enjoy the mountain scenery, or inside one of the old converted rail cars.
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