A Day in The World's Greatest Gold Camp 1. Arrive in the Victor at 9 a.m. Stop in at the Fortune Club or Gold Camp Bakery for a bit of breakfast or cup of coffee.
2. Just across the street is the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. From Memorial Day through Labor Day it is open daily from 9:30 to 5 p.m. Visit the museum displays and learn about the 1899 gold rush. Try your hand at panning for real gold and gems just outside the museum.
3. If you make reservations ahead of time at 719-689-4211 or if there are seats available, you can take a tour of the modern gold mine - the bus leaves the museum daily except Thursdays Memorial Day to Labor Day.
4. Step out of the past in the museum into the past of downtown Victor. Pick up a walking tour guide and follow the map to the interpretive signs along city streets; or head off to the Cresson Headframe and onto the Independence Mine and Mill Site and Golden Circle Trail. If you are ambitious and want to take a lunch, hike to the Vindicator Valley Trail and then back into the town to the Museum.
5. Drive out of Victor on County Road 81 to the top of Bull Hill, turn left and drive up to the Vindicator Mine, a trailhead to a 2-mile trail.
6. Back in Victor, enjoy pizza, burgers, quiche, pastries, and ice cream at one of the local eateries. Retire to a room in the Victor Hotel.