About Central City
Central City is located in the Rocky Mountains, only 35 miles west of Denver. With the Central City Parkway, visitors can reach Central City 12 minutes after exiting off of I-70 at exit 243. An easy, incredibly scenic drive to an historic destination.
Central City is at the southern end of Gilpin County at an elevation of 8,510 feet.
City offices can be contacted at:
Central City Hall
141 Nevada Street
Central City, CO 80427
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
All non-essential City Hall offices are closed on approved holidays.
All essential offices (Police and Fire) remain open
Treacherous Gold Mines
According to geologists and experienced miners, there are over 17,000 mining claims in the southern end of Gilpin County. The deepest mine in this area is reported to be well over 2,000 feet. For safety reasons, the most dangerous of these mines are being “capped," using large slabs of concrete, reinforced steel or are being filled with dirt.
Many people are led to believe that gold mines run horizontally into the side of a hill or a mountain and think it is safe to walk into old mines. The fact is that gold and other precious metals were forced vertically up through weak spots in the earth. In order to follow the vein of the mineral, shafts were often dug straight down into the earth for hundreds of feet. When hiking in gold mining country, always stay on the trail and keep away from old mines and tailings to avoid accidents. Because of this serious safety hazard, trespassing laws are strictly enforced in mining districts.
Our Wild Neighbors and Plants
Wildlife include, but are not limited to: chipmunks, skunks, raccoons, badgers, black bears, otters, foxes, coyotes, deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and mountain lions. A wonderful assortment of bird life includes: crows, ravens, golden and bald eagles, hawks, Stellar jays, camp robbers, robins, chickadees, swallows, finches, woodpeckers, flickers, nuthatches and Canadian Geese. Broadtail and Rufous hummingbirds buzz around during the summer.
Things to Do in Central City
There are numerous summer and winter sports and outdoor activities to be enjoyed in and around Gilpin County. Central City has an excellent museum, the Gilpin History Museum, located on East1st High Street directly above Johnny Z's Casino. The oldest operating Opera House in the United States opened in Central City in 1878 and is located 1/2 block north of the Teller House. Visit the Central City Opera website for a schedule of upcoming events. The Teller House is home of the famous “Face on the Barroom Floor.”
In June the yellow Harrison roses, reputedly/ originally brought over from Cornwall, England, brighten the hillsides and yards. Ancestors of the wild hop vines can be seen in the fall. These were utilized not only to brew beer, but also to make yeast for bread making. Rhubarb grows wild around the mine tailings and there are lilac bushes in most yards. Wild flowers are at their peak during the month of August. Aspen leaves usually start to turn around Labor Day, covering the mountains in magnificent colors in September and October. The majestic Colorado Blue Spruce can be seen throughout the hillsides all year round.