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Reclamation Awards




Newmont Corporation, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine

Developed or continued substantial community partnerships | Little Grouse Overlook



Reclamation Performed at Site:

CC&V undertook a large reclamation and historic preservation project in 2019. The American Eagles headframe and associated structures were moved from the active mining location and reassembled on top of Little Grouse Mountain (Photo 1). A driveway designed to Teller County driveway specifications was constructed from state highway 67 to the top of Little Grouse (Photo 2). A wheelchair accessible parking lot was created at the top near the structures, allowing those who do not have the ability to hike the trail to experience the historic overlook as well (Photo 3). In collaboration with the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG), a series of interpretive signs were installed around the structures to describe the history and noteworthy facts about the structures and associated mines. The existing hiking trail to the top of Little Grouse was partially improved and better defined to improve hiking access from the existing trail network around Victor to the top of Little Grouse. Areas impacted by the reassembly of the historic structures, road construction, and parking lot construction were hydroseeded with a mix of native vegetation. Stormwater controls were installed around the new driveway. Additionally, through the completion of this project, Newmont was able to create a single access to the top of Little Grouse providing access to several stakeholders (existing utilities, infrastructure, and ranch access), thus allowing Newmont to reclaim redundant access.


Planning and Organization Involved in This Project:

In August of 2015, Newmont purchased CC&V. In April of 2016, CC&V formally proposed relocation of the American Eagles Headframe to the top of the Little Grouse Mountain, which the Teller County Board of Commissioners approved. CC&V’s intent was to preserve the historic structures and relocate them to improve access and ensure public safety. CC&V and surrounding stakeholders developed a plan to replace the American Eagles Overlook, including three main value-driven aspects: 1) Provide an opportunity to view modern mining operations; 2) Provide an opportunity to view historic mining structures; 3) Provide view of mountain ranges and other vistas in the area. It was determined these three aspects would be accomplished with two overlooks to provide the public with a safe location to observe modern mining practices, at the Grassy Valley Mining Overlook, and access to the historic structures and a hiking trail at Little Grouse Mountain. Little Grouse is located approximately one mile west of Victor and is accessed off Colorado State Highway 67. The new Little Grouse Overlook site has provided a safe location for the public to observe the historic mining structures, access hiking trails, and enable the public to view the surrounding mountain ranges.


How is the Reclamation Project Evaluated?

This project adds value to the public, local communities and CC&V, thus demonstrating Newmont’s commitment to maintain constructive, long-term stakeholder relationships based on trust and respect in order to maximize the shared value of Newmont’s operations. The project will benefit economic development for surrounding communities by creating a historic attraction and providing recreation opportunities. Completion of this project has fostered trust and mutual respect with stakeholders by investing in the preservation of a historically significant area within the community.




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