Visitor Info

Welcome to beautiful Gilpin County, Colorado! Gilpin County is a rural community in Colorado’s high country, neighboring the Continental Divide, yet less than an hour west of downtown Denver. Residents enjoy a quality of life enhanced by the vast recreational opportunities offered by Golden Gate State Park, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the limited-stakes gaming in Black Hawk and Central City, a state-of-the-art recreation center and fairgrounds, low taxes and financially secure local government.

When visiting our wealth of trails, please remember to pick up after yourself and to be courteous of other visitors.

Gilpin County thanks you!

Recent Updates 5-17-21:

Forest Service targets five areas for dispersed camping closures

Click here for the Gilpin County Brochure
North Central Colorado
Square Miles: 150
Population: 5,441
Founded:  1861
Cities: City of Black Hawk, and the City of Central
County Seat: Central City
Historic District: Central City/Black Hawk National Historic District
State Park: Golden Gate Canyon State Park
National forest and wilderness:
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest, James Peak Wilderness
Scenic trail and byway:
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway
Gilpin Historical Society
Central City Opera
Adjacent Counties:
Boulder County, Colorado, north
Jefferson County, Colorado, east
Clear Creek County, Colorado, west
Grand County, Colorado, west

Map of Colorado highlighting Gilpin County

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