The STCFG - Trails of Gold - Gem and Mineral Show - Pack Burro Race


Scenic Byways and Drives Activities, Tourist Attractions 

A fence beside a bed of flowers, leading up to an abandoned mine. Come visit the City of Mines in Victor, Colorado. See this view from the Trail of Gold hiking trails.
Victor Colorado - The City of Mines -- Designated a National Historic District -- 1890s Mining Headframe

The Southern Teller County Trails of Gold:

Trails of Gold, Gem and Mineral Show -- Pack Burro Race -- A Gold Camp Christmas

FALL IN LOVE WITH VICTOR: The Southern Teller County Focus Group is a non-profit that has been partnering with land owners for over 20 years to promote the areas of Victor and Cripple Creek.

Through events such as the Victor Gem & Mineral Show, Annual Burro Race, and our Annual Historic Tours, the STCFG works to expose the world to the special heritage here in Southern Teller County. Whether you're a hiker, mountain biker, history buff, rock hound, or just looking for a unique experience in Colorado history, we invite you to visit and explore.

THE TRAILS OF GOLD is a series of trails that lead you through the wealth of gold mining that made the area famous. The trails are open to foot, horse and bicycle traffic in summer and are open year-round. Trail maps are at the trailheads and on our website; follow the link above.

GOLDEN CIRCLE TRAIL: The trail parallels County Road 81 passing the ghost town of Goldfield and connects to the Vindicator Valley Trail Loop.

LITTLE GROUSE MOUNTAIN TRAIL: A short climb up Little Grouse Mountain offers views of the historic American Eagles Mine structures and Newmont Mining Corporation.

Annual Events Throughout Victor

GOLD CAMP ADVENTURE: May - September. Bus tours are on all Saturdays and select Wednesdays and Sundays. A guided tours of the mining districts of Victor and Cripple Creek. Tours start at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Learn about the district's unique gold rush history -- including gold mining old and new, pioneers, and ghost towns. Tours can be packaged with a walking tour of the Sunnyside Cemetery near Victor on select Saturdays this summer as well as with museum admission and gold panning. Buy tickets at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.

VICTOR'S SUNNYSIDE CEMETERY TOURS: June - September on all Saturdays. This 1-1/2 hour tour starts at 1pm. Step back in time and learn about Victor's 1890s cemetery and the eccentric residents that include politicians, miners and pioneer families. Local historian Veldean Myers will provide insights into the cemetery, its history and some of the residents. Meet just outside the gate of Sunnyside Cemetery, south of town on Seventh Street in Pauper's Field. Buy tickets at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.

THE ANNUAL GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Third weekend of June in downtown historic Victor. Open and free to the public. The show includes vendors selling Colorado dug minerals, hand-crafted jewelry, rough slabs, specimens, geodes, gold specimens, Cripple Creek turquoise, and more. Sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group.

THE ANNUAL VICTOR PACK BURRO RACE: In September, experience a day of fast and furious and furry racing that must be seen to be believed. The annual Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation race is held in early September each year. Watch the race, hang out in historic Victor, and meet the donkeys and their riders.

A GOLD CAMP CHRISTMAS: First Saturday in December - January 1. In December each year we light up the 1890s Headframe with Holiday Lighting. The giant headframes that remain as symbols of 1890s gold mining days lights up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek each holiday season. These unique mining artifacts are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, are lit against the starry night skies of Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday of Thanksgiving Day weekend. The lights are best viewed from public roads around the district after dark and will be in place Friday-Sunday nights in December through New Year's Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting.

LOCATION: Victor is on the southwest side of Pikes Peak in South Central Colorado along the Phantom Canyon portion of the Goldbelt Tour Scenic Byway. A 45 minute drive from Colorado Springs, an hour and 15 minute drive from Cañon City, and a ten minute drive from Cripple Creek in Teller County.

ADDRESS: Events take place throughout Victor, Colorado.

PHONE MUSEUM: 719-689-5509 -- mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.




  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Elopements. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
  • Group Meeting Area: Outdoor area.
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Outdoor Open Picnic Area: 60

Primarily Year Round Activities

  • National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
  • Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
  • Ghost Town: On site.
  • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
  • Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Museum: On site.

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Mine Tours: On site.

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