The overlook has a really fantastic view of the open pit mine below, and you can watch all the mining operations. Plus you're at 10,500 feet in the Rockies and have amazing views of the mountains for miles around. In addition, at the overlook, there are the remains of a number of buildings and equipment from an earlier mine with signs giving info on the history of mining and how the original mining operations worked in the area. My two boys (11 and 13) loved it.
There are a number of places to stop on the drive up to the overlook with the remains of other old mines. In particular, there's one about halfway up, before you get to the guardhouse, where there is a well marked trail leading among a number of abandoned mines.
The gravel road is graded and very well maintained, and there is really only one spot where the mining trucks may cross. Coming from CO Springs, the easiest route is to take County Route 81 off of Route 67, rather than going through Cripple Creek first. You'll see the mine tailings start to tower over you, go up a small hill, and there's a sign for the overlook. Google Navigation gets a little confused, just hold out for the blue sign.
If you look at the mine's website, there are also guided tours available, but advanced signup is needed.
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