We visited the beautiful town of Florissant, Colorado today. The Gold Belt Scenic Tour starts in Florissant, Colorado. Settlers of this area that now encompasses Colorado's Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byway had written “Pikes Peak or Bust” on the side of their wagons —a sign of their optimism for gold and the desperation they felt after crossing America’s frontier.
What a handful of them found in Cripple Creek, Victor and the hills surrounding these two towns ended up being Colorado’s biggest gold payload.
The word Florissant is the gerund of the French verb fleurir, which roughly means to flourish, to flower, or to blossom. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is located immediately south of Florissant. We didn’t tour the park today, but hope to later.
We followed the Gold Belt Tour from Florissant to a back road that takes you around Cripple Creek and all the way over to Victor. We picked up a few more geocaches and just enjoyed the incredible scenery.
We were surprised to see huge llama ranches all over this area. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story, another breathtakingly beautiful drive in Colorado, check back later for more.