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“Terrific view, you're one chance to see an open pit mine.”

Reviewed 24 August 2013

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.

Thank S_M0rris0n
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

This is a couple of miles outside of Victor. As you drive down Main Street after coming from Cripple Creek, turn left onto 3rd Street, go one block and turn right onto Teller County Road 81. Follow the main paved road. There is some antique mining equipment along the highway in several places, and much of it is accessible. After a squiggle in the road you will see a sign on the left for the American Eagle Overlook. It's a gravel road, but well maintained, although you do have to check in at a gate and watch out for the huge dump trucks hauling rock...they have the right of way. It's a steep road up to the overlook, but nice and wide.

At the top is an old head frame and associated buildings and equipment. And then there is the overlook -- a stunning view down into the active open pit. On the way driving up (or coming down) you'll see an old piece of equipment that looks as if you could walk right out onto it. Do -- it's another (and in fact better) overlook.

1  Thank vinlyn
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

what a view, big trucks, lots of gold, great history.And don't forget to stop in Victor at the Fortune Club for lunch.

1  Thank Randy S
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Just another vantage point to admire open pit mining. Good view of the mountains in the distance, however.

Thank Bruce4434
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

Highway 67 nearing Cripple Creek was closed briefly because of a sinkhole. So on our return to Woodland Park we went through Victor. Shortly after we left Victor we saw the sign to the American Eagles Overlook and Historic Mine and decided to go up the road and take a look. Wow! To think we almost missed the highlight of our day. The views from the top are incredible. Looking down into the massive Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining operation was quite an experience. Massive (no, I mean REALLY massive) trucks follow each other day and night hauling processed ore out of the mine to dump the tailings over the side of an ever-rising mountain of gravel. A real sight to see. There was a guard instructing us that these trucks don't stop and that we should carefully cross their path in order to continue to the top. It was amusing to me that because of the humongous size of those vehicles (they looked bigger than a train as they approach the crossing), we were very careful in crossing to the other side even though there is considerable space between those vehicles and they don't move very fast either! They belong in a science fiction movie or something. The views of the mountain range and the surrounding areas are also beautiful. I think it is awesome that the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine goes to all the trouble to keep this beautiful site open for the pleasure and education of the public. Thanks, guys!!! And if you happen to visit the Cripple Creek or Victor area and don't go out of your way to see this Overlook, you're making a big mistake. It's worth the trouble, folks!

1  Thank ArtColorado
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