Re: questions about cripple creek area
1. about 1.5 hours to Leadville in good weather these a partly back country mountain roads and may not be good in snow season
2. horse riding is available outside of town near Gillette Flats
3. Phantom canyon is not too bad it is mostly gravel and not well maintained so it can get a little rough; if you keep to a reasonable speed it is okay for most vehicles. The other road going south, Shelf Road, is more scenic with steep cliffs much of the way. Four wheel drive is recommended and they mean it and only a fool would take that route after dark or in the winter.
4. I have only been in the lobby of the hotel, they have done a lot of work and repairs but I cannot speak for the rooms.
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