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

Research regarding tax rates in each of Colorado's 64 counties was presented at the February 27, 2024 Board of County Commissioners Meeting.
Gilpin County has contracted SWCA Environmental Consultants to develop a county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The primary goal of this effort is to develop an actionable plan that individuals and businesses can use to feel empowered in protecting themselves, their loved ones, and their property.
Read the first edition of our Gilpin County newsletter, the Gilpin Observer: February 2024. Subscribe to future editions of our newsletter, arriving directly into your email inbox.


County Spotlight

Property Taxes 

Mailed at the end of January. Deadlines:

First Half Due: Feb. 29
Full Payment Due: Apr. 30
Second Half Due: June 15

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Presidential Primary Election

Ballots Mailed February 12 
Drop Boxes open February 14 
Polling Centers open February 26

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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.