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.

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News and Public Notices

September 20, 2023
The Gilpin County Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission have open vacancies and are seeking applicants!
August 10, 2023
There has been no Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) discussion of moving, closing or reducing Gilpin County Dispatch.  Gilpin County wants to strengthen public safety dispatch services in response to


County Spotlight


Gilpin Public Health is doing a community health assessment and needs your thoughts! The information is collected anonymously, and your ideas are important part of helping Gilpin County decide what goals will make our beautiful county an even healthier place to live!

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The Best Little County in Colorado

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Rich History

Gilpin County, located in the high country east of the Continental Divide some thirty-seven miles west of Denver, was established in 1861 as one of the original seventeen counties of the Colorado Territory.

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Scenic Beauty

While people, industries and fortunes come and go, the imposing beauty of the mountains along the Continental Divide provide daily inspiration for those drawn to Gilpin County.

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Limited Stakes Gaming

In 1990 a state-wide amendment passed that legalized limited-stakes gambling in Black Hawk and Central City. The initiative required that much of the proceeds from gambling would be provided to the Colorado State Historical Fund for Historic Preservation.

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Living in the High Country

The high country is not for the fainthearted when Mother Nature sends a 100-year snowfall. A three-footer of spring white rain is not uncommon. Gilpinites need to be ready for prime time in the high country.