Gilpin County is currently under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Learn more.


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 bike race, NedGravel, is taking place Saturday, July 13. One of the five courses will take riders through Gilpin County - the rest will be in Boulder County around Nederland.
CSU Extension Gilpin County and the NoCo Places Executive Committee are working with Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) to complete surveys in Gilpin County of the biodiversity of plants, insects, wildlife, moss, grasses, etc.
The following joint letter dated July 1, 2024 was sent to Aspen Springs Residents and Property Owners. It is signed by County Manager Ray Rears, Gilpin County, and Fire Chief Paul Ondr, Timberline Fire.Aspen Springs Resident or Property Owner,Subject: Roadside Fire Mitigation Activities in Aspen Springs Neighborhood

County Spotlight

NedGravel bike race through Gilpin County Saturday, July 13 from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please note potential additional traffic and congestion during those hours. Read more about the course through Gilpin County in our News section.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Effective Tuesday July 2 at 5:00 p.m.

images and descriptions of what is allowed and prohibited under Stage 1 fire restrictions

Read for more details on the Stage 1 classification.

Read the July 2024 Gilpin Observer newsletter.



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.