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Old 07-19-2012, 02:04 PM
 
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My husband and I are traveling to Colorado next week. We are interested in staying in Colorado Springs one night and visit Cripple Creek. After that we are wanting to go down to Canon City for rafting/ATV. We need help. Have googled till Im blue in the face, and not sure which company to use to book things. Also should we do the Pike's peak train ride or the royal gorge? Heard there was a live mine to tour and have heard good and bad about 7 Falls. Would also like to get input on where to stay. Local favorites when it comes to eating? We like to dance and were wondering if there were any area establishments that include country type dancing? Just a few questions...sure would appreciate the help.

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Old 07-19-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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Take the cog train up Pike's Peak, it's a much more unique experience than the Royal Gorge lunch/dinner train.

Take a raft trip down the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge, you'll get the same scenery as the Royal Gorge train but a raft ride instead of sitting in a railcar.

There is a mine tour up at Cripple Creek, we haven't taken it, but IMO it's bound to beat sitting in front of a slot machine. The town is full of casinos and not much else but the drive up there is scenic.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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I don't know about the rafting. We were in the gorge last weekend and every raft was getting hung-up every 50 feet or so.
The river is about 300 cfs (normally 2000 - 3000). Best to do Browns Canyon. RP
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:05 PM
 
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I think there are better things to see for your dollar than Seven Falls. Right near it I'd recommend the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Will Rogers Shrine (included in Zoo ticket). I think the mine with the tour is called the Molly Kathleen mine or perhaps the Ajax mine that is still very active in Victor but I'm not sure - I haven't done that tour but I heard good things about it. A few museums up there might be worth checking out, too.

You can drive yourself up Pikes Peak for a flat car fee that is far less than the train tickets, but the Cog Railway is nice. The Royal Gorge can be seen without taking the train, either - you can walk in. It's a little pricey too, but good views, and there are probably some discount coupons available online.

If you like Mexican food, I recommend Carlos Miguel's just off of highway 115 - it would be close to the Zoo. If you go to Pikes Peak, I recommend you go to breakfast or lunch (not dinner, they're not open then most days) at The Pantry in Green Mountain Falls.

There is a Cowboys nightclub in Colorado Springs that probably has line dancing - but I don't know anything about the current clientele in terms of age, etc. Cowboys Night Club - Home
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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7 falls is a wasteof money. I've been there a few times, they hit you pretty good just to see a waterfall. but if you're dead set on it, go at night when the water is lit up by colored lights.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:15 PM
 
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The Royal Gorge Railway is well run, and is a pleasant way to see the Gorge. But if the choice was that or the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, I'd do Pikes Peak every time - IF I was sure I could handle the thin air at 14,000+ ft. Altitude sickness is no joke.

The Cripple Creek mine tour you mention is the Molly Kathleen: Home . However, the CC&V less than 10 miles away in Victor is a modern, large scale open pit mine operating 24/7. They give tours as well at $7.50 a head: Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company .

Consider taking Phantom Canyon Road from Victor (Cripple Creek area) to US 50 just outside Canon City: Phantom Canyon Road | GoldBeltByway.com . It is a gravel road, but no 4X4 or high clearance vehicle is necessary. Plan two hours for a one way journey. I think Phantom Canyon is more interesting/scenic than Royal Gorge.

There is a lengthy thread on food in the Springs on these forums. I cannot personally recommend anyplace to eat in Cripple Creek, but I like Fortune Dragon (Chinese), The Hungry Bear (breakfast or lunch), and Joanies Deli, in Woodland Park, McGinty's Wood Oven Pub in Divide, Co.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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Default Durango - Silverton train

What are some comments about riding the Durango train up to Silverton this time of the year? Seems like it is pricey at $83 per adult. Although if i recall, it is a 3 1/2 hour ride one way. What is there to do or see in Silverton that would be of interest for a 11 and 12 year old?
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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Silverton's interest is mining, history, natural beauty. It is very small. That interested me when I was 11, but some kids who only like video games, amusement parks, and movie theaters might not really appreciate it. I've not taken the train, but I've heard good things about it in the past.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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I've taken the train and it is THE train ride to take, simply the best scenery you could imagine. It not only transports you to and from Silverton, it transports you back a 100+ years; to me as railroad historian and railfan it was a priceless trip and well worth the money. The experience provides the rarest of the rare - true authenticity.
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