Public Works is applying fresh dust control on Apex Valley and Dory Hill roads June 13, weather permitting. Alternate routes are advised.


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

The following letter was delivered to Central City on June 4, 2024:Dear Mayor Fey, Mayor Pro-Tem Tinucci, Alderman Aiken, Alderman Enloe & Alderman Williams:
rom the US Forest Service, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
The following letter was shared with Stephen Cole, City Manager for the City of Black Hawk on May 15, 2024 Dear Mr. Cole:

County Spotlight

Gilpin Observer Newsletter

The June 2024 edition of the Gilpin Observer is available. Read now!

Front Entrance to Historic Courthouse

The front entrance to Gilpin County’s Historic Courthouse will be closed through June 17. Visitors to the first floor of the courthouse will be redirected to the rear ADA entrance. 

Gilpin County is dedicated to preserving the integrity of this historic building while ensuring its safety and functionality. Due to extensive foot traffic, the front porch has sustained considerable wear over time. As a result, Gilpin County has engaged Deep Roots Craftsmen to replace the decking boards and reinforce the underlying structural elements of the front porch at the main entrance of the Courthouse, thus maintaining its safety and functionality.

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. 

View the Suspended Policy



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.