Colorado Weekend Getaway Ideas: Resort Casinos

You know what Vegas doesn’t have? Dramatic alpine views, scenic train rides and friendly Colorado folks. And that’s just the start. Find out what else you’re missing by planning a getaway to one of these top Colorado casino resorts, where great gaming is balanced out by great amenities and classic Colorado fun.

Rooftop pool atop the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in Black Hawk
One of the McGills Hotel Casino's themed suites, Cripple Creek, CO
Sky Ute Casino Resort's striking architecture, Ignacio, CO

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Black Hawk

The most stylish and luxe of the Black Hawk casinos, Ameristar is a sure bet for a pampered getaway. Beautiful, contemporary suites have mountain views and the on-site, full-service Ara Spa delivers bliss with dreamy massages and treatments. A choice of four restaurants helps you indulge and unwind, and the casino floor is stocked with plenty of slots, video poker and table games.

What’s unique: A rooftop pool (enclosed in glass during winter months) and in-suite spa tubs

When you’re not gaming:
• Drive the Peak to Peak scenic and historic byway
• Visit neighboring Central City, which boasts the Central City Opera (summertime operas and year-round special events), Thomas House Museum (open late May–early September) and the Couer D’Alene Mine Shaft House

Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio

A combination of Native American traditions and state-of-the-art amenities come together at this casino resort located in the southwest town of Ignacio. Try your luck on the casino’s massive gaming floor, and visit one of four on-site restaurants when you’re ready to refuel. With a playground area, mini-golf, swimming pool and arcade room, the casino has clearly taken guests traveling with children into consideration.

What’s unique: A 24-lane bowling alley

When you’re not gaming:
• Daytrip to nearby Durango, which is chock full of fun activities, from riding the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway to shopping and dining on bustling Main Street
• Make a trip to tour the legendary cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park
• Soak in the heavenly hot mineral springs in nearby Pagosa Springs

McGills Hotel Casino, Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek indeed holds a lot of charm as a historic mining town; but if that has you conjuring images of creaky old inns that are more historic than charming, check out the recently remodeled McGills. Comfortable, well-designed rooms with plush beds and plasma televisions are a great place to rejuvenate after evenings on the gaming floor of McGills or many other nearby casinos.

What’s unique: Themed Western, Roman and safari “fantasy” rooms

When you’re not gaming:
• See a show at the restored 1890s Butte Theater
• Ride the scenic and historic Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
• Visit the Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum
• Tour the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
• Explore prehistoric plants and insects preserved at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Photos: Courtesy of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Sky Ute Casino Resort and McGills Hotel Casino.