A Guide to the Casinos of Cripple Creek Rick Langenberg and Catherine Mahrholz

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Nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak is the small and remarkable town of Cripple Creek. During the gold rush of the late 1800s, Cripple Creek became one of the biggest economic hubs in the West, as gold seekers and miners flooded the area. Many of these historic turn of the century buildings, the majority of which were constructed following the fires of 1896, still remain.

Local leaders and residents opted for a second gold rush of sorts by trying to revitalize the town and its deteriorating buildings through limited stakes gaming, which began nearly 25 years ago on Oct. 1, 1991. This followed a state-wide campaign and a favorable vote by Colorado voters. Another pro-gaming vote occurred in late 2008 that paved the way for 24-hour gambling, $100 single-bet wagers and new games such as roulette and craps. And in the summer of 2015, town leaders upped the ante again by agreeing to establish an official entertainment district, which set the stage for common consumption areas that permit 24/7 cocktail service for gaming and restaurant customers. This is part of an effort to draw more patrons in town and provide a more festive environment.

Even with these changes, Cripple Creek strives to preserve the mining heritage of the area and the old Victorian-era flavor of the town. So, even though state-of-the-art gaming devices dominate the interior of many of these buildings in the downtown core, the ambiance of this quaint turn-of-the-century town prevails. The casinos in Cripple Creek offer daily, weekly and seasonal promotions. These change often, so check with regular updates in The Mountain Jackpot (TMJ) or check the websites of the local casinos.

In addition, Cripple Creek features a culinary and lodging treasure, one of the best kept secrets in town. For example, Cripple Creek abounds with more than 20 restaurants, eateries and coffee shops, all located inside Cripple Creek casinos and within a short walk of the gaming district. It also features more than 500 overnight lodging accommodations, courtesy of the town’s growing number of hotels, motels, bed and breakfast establishments and RV parks.

Plus, Cripple Creek sports some great historic attractions and museums. Here is a short glimpse of the gaming action, as the town celebrates its 25th anniversary since the invasion of Lady Luck. Due to the frequent changes on the Creek gaming front, we will provide continual updates. The following is a description of some of the prime casino properties in Cripple Creek. More casino updates will be provided throughout the next few months.