The Cripple Creek turquoise mine is located near the town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Miners were searching for gold when they discovered turquoise. There are several mining claims int he district and most of the turquoise comes from the Bad Boys of Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek varies from greenish to light or dark blue. Some of the turquoise has a natural gold ore in it. It has a hardness of over 7 on the MOHS scale.