Cripple Creek-Victor Gold Mining Company to open viewing area

Posted at 10:32 AM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 12:32:13-04

VICTOR, Colo. -- Colorado's largest gold mine will open a public viewing space for its mining pit, which is 3,500 feet wide and nearly 600 feet deep.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Cripple Creek-Victor Gold Mining Co. will open the viewing area on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Newmont Mining Corp., which owns the mine, says the Grassy Valley Mining Overlook will provide an active view of mining operations from a safe vantage point. Onlookers will be able to see the activity and mining equipment equipment, including 250-ton trucks, excavating mine shovels and production blast drills.

Some locals say the new overlook can't replace American Eagles Scenic Overlook, which Newmont closed after buying the mine in August 2015. That spot provided a view of the company's Cresson Mine as well as the Continental Divide and several mountain ranges.