Get a sneak preview of the new Ajax Mine overlook and trail above Victor.
The Ajax Mine sits high above Victor on historic Battle Mountain. The Battle Mountain trail across the lower part of Victor’s backdrop beneath the Ajax has been a popular hike since 2000 when it was installed.
This year the trail has been extended to a new overlook at the Ajax Mine. Newmont Mining Corporation invested in the construction required to provide visitors with a safe access to the mine site and an exciting new overlook above Victor. The overlook provides vistas of the town as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.
The mine site, overlook, and trail will be the subject of a special tour Saturday, May 20. The tour will include an historical overview of the mine history by Victorite Gary Horton, who worked at the Ajax during its final years in production.
Cosponsors of this event are The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) (which will receive all proceeds from the event for historic preservation projects), Newmont Mining Corporation, and Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation.
The Ajax and its satellite properties were the seventh largest producing gold mine in the United States in 1947 and the largest producer in Colorado in 1954. Mining continued through the years and the steel headframe now in place was erected in 1959. In 1972 the facility underwent a major rehabilitation. Operations continued into the mid-1980s.
Be sure to dress appropriately for spring mountain weather (which can include wind, cold temperatures, snow, and rain), wear good hiking shoes or boots, and bring water and sunscreen. The tour is at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level. There are no restroom facilities.
The tour is $15 per person and is limited to the first 75 tickets sold.
Tickets may be purchased at VictorColorado.com by credit card or by cash the door the day of the event.
The tour will start at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 12:30 p.m. when shuttles will take tour-goers to the Ajax Mine site and overlook. After the history presentation, ticket holders will have the option to hike the new trail extension to the Independence Mine or take a shuttle back to Victor.
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