Gilpin County Historic Courthouse front porch/entrance will be closed May 16 to June 17. Signs will redirect visitors.


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

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:
A dead beaver tested positive for tularemia near a private community lake on May 2, 2024.The infected animal has been removed and properly disposed of as of May 9, 2024.Although the last time an animal tested positive for tularemia in Gilpin County was in October 2019, it is possible that other animals have experienced illness or death without being detected.The

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. 

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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.