Much like the entire area, the mining is rich in Victor and Cripple Creek. There has been more than 23 million ounces of gold recovered from these mines since 1890. There is often silver found in the area as well. The mine is in operation every day of the year, 24-hours a day. It is currently mined by the Cresson Project, whose employees work in two different shifts to mine the area, complete maintenance on the mine, and process what is found. The shifts are each 12 hours in length. There are over 300 employees currently working this area.
The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company focuses on environmental protection in all of their operations. Miners are taught to protect the environment when working, and staff of six environmental professionals ensure that the mine is on track when it comes to protecting and enhancing the environment. They also meet all national, state, and local guidelines for environmental protection.
The mine has its own volunteer rescue team that are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If there are emergencies that occur in the mine, these are the people who respond. They are trained to deal with emergency situations, many of which are mining specific. Their training has included rope rescue, confined space entry, chemical emergency response, and basic and advanced first aid.
Touring the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine is an exciting adventure. Climbing to the top of the American Eagles Overlook near the town of Victor offers one of the best views of the mine, as well as the Continental Divide. From here you can see many of the surface operations of the mine, including the extraction of ore. You also get amazing views of the Collegiate and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, as well as Mt. Pisgah and the towns of Goldfield and Vindicator Valley. Visitors are also encouraged to take a driving tour of the areas of Victor and Cripple Creek where you will see a variety of mining operations. At the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining complex you can take a look into the 1895 mine including features on the land like the Shifter's Ofice, a Blacksmith Shop, the Superintendent's House, and the original Hoist and Headframe. The tour features signs that explain the history of mining in the area, as well as descriptions of the equipment in use. Nearby are benches and tables for those who need a break from their tour, or who would like to stop for a cold beverage.
If seeing a true life mine in action is not enough to quell your curiosity, visit the Victor Museum. Here you will have access to two floors worth of artifacts, exhibits, books, and photographs that show life in Victor during the heyday of the gold rush. The museum features a gift shop that sells maps, postcards, books, and posters. You can also purchase gold ore rocks and videos. Just outside the museum you can pan for real gold. For an exciting look at gold rush history, and the state of gold mining today, visit the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company.