The Gilpin County Slash Site is now open for the season

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

Due to the recent wind storm and downed trees, the Gilpin County Slash Site has opened for the season 2 weeks early. The slash site will open on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, with the same days and hours as the Transfer Station.   It is scheduled to remain open through Sunday, November 3rd, 2024.
April 2, 2024Open Letter to the Community regarding The City of Black Hawk’s Lodging Tax Increase and Conditional Offer to Support the Gilpin County Parks and Recreation Department with $1,000,000 in 2025, with annual adjustments thereafter and Gilpin County’s interest to start negotiations.  The offer was not declined.  
DRCOG staff are now accepting applications for the spring Denver Regional Council of Governments Civic Academy until Friday, March 29. 


County Spotlight

Gilpin County's Electioneering Policy, P-15, Suspended 

During the Board of County Commissioners meeting on April 9th, 2024, the County Manager "suspended" the Electioneering on County Owned Property Policy, as authorized per Resolution 24-54. This policy will be revisited at a later date. 

Click here to view the Suspended Policy




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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.