Since much of the land surrounding the town of Cripple Creek is privately owned (and littered with mining debris) few recreation opportunities exist from the townsite. The activities described below are located within the general vicinity of Cripple Creek. The Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway leads through Cripple Creek and Victor. This scenic drive highlights several historically and geologically significant sites. Brochures are available at most tourist attractions.
Horsethief Park, located north of Cripple Creek, provides a limited amount of hiking and biking trails. Mueller State Park has many miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking. It is a state-operated fee area on Highway 67 north of Cripple Creek. Florissant Fossil Beds is a site of geological interest that includes several miles of hiking trails.