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Colorado's third legalized gambling town, Cripple Creek once had the most lucrative mines in the state—and 10,000 boozing, brawling, bawdy citizens. Today the charming main street is lined with casinos housed in quaint Victorian buildings. Outside of the central area, old mining structures and the stupendous curtain of the Collegiate Peaks are marred by slag heaps and parking lots. Take a side
trip to nearby Victor, walk down streets where hundreds of miners once took streetcars to the mines, and learn about their lives.
The San Luis Valley's major city is a casual, central base from which to explore the region and visit the Great Sand Dunes. ...
Skyscraping mountains, the most impressive being the Collegiate Peaks, ring Buena Vista (pronounced byoo -na vis -ta by locals). The 14,000...