Non-Gamblers Guide to Central City

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Explore the city's rich mining heritage, historic structures and hidden natural gems like the Chase Gulch Reservoir. Central City is full of safe (and clean) outdoor activities. 
Sustainability Activity
Volunteer with Gilpin County Historical Society

Help the society with their archives on your next trip.

Day
1
Activity
Get on the Water

Grab a kayak or canoe and spend the morning on Chase Gulch Reservoir.

Insider's Tip
Get Your Gear

Before you head up, stop at Golden River Sports for your kayaking/stand-up paddleboarding needs. Also, if you plan to go fishing, grab your gear for that as well.

Lunch
Stella's Cafe
Stella’s Cafe is located on the second level of the Famous Bonanza Casino. Stella’s offers a lunch and dinner complete with a full menu that will be…
Activity
Earth Treasures Tours

Take a tour to learn more about Colorado's mining history.

Dinner
JKQ BBQ

Operating out of the 1872 Teller House, JKQ BBQ dishes out crowd-pleasing plates of delicious delights like 14-hour brisket, pulled pork (on…

Activity
Stay for the Music

JKQ BBQ offers live entertainment in the Opera Gardens.

Lodging
Denver West/Central City KOA

New campground with beautiful views of the Rockies. Call 800-582-3043; view us at KOA.com.

Day
2
Breakfast
Mayor Willie's Coffee & Donuts
We serve high quality coffee, tea, chai, fresh made donuts and more. We use only the best, all natural ingredients.
Activity
Hidee Gold Mine Tours and Panning

Mine a gold ore specimen at the vein, yours to keep with tour! Gold Panning as well! The Hidee Gold Mine is well lit with level ground and safety…

Lunch
Mountain City Cantina
Newest Mexican Restaurant serving Gilpin County! We are serving tacos, tostadas, burgers, and bowls.
Activity
Peak To Peak Scenic and Historic Byway
Views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches.
Dinner
Dostal Alley Brewpub and Casino
Have a blast gambling while enjoying some of the best tasting beer from the brewery.
Activity
Go on an Evening Hike

Experience the history of Central City at night on an evening hike through the cemeteries.

Lodging
Stay at Columbine Campground

Located just of the Peak to Peak byway, the campground has plenty of sites all with a campfire ring, picnic table and grill.

Day
3
Breakfast
Millie’s Restaurant
Millie’s Restaurant is located on the second level of the Easy Street Casino. Millie’s offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner complete with a full menu…
Activity
Hit the OHV Trails

There are tons of OHV trails surrounding Central City so rent yourself some gear from Snow Mobile Rentals in Golden and get out there.

Lunch
Retro Deli and Tavern
Savor an exquisite creation from our noodle bar. Marvel over a jaw-dropping fresh oven-baked pizza piled with toppings. Or jumpstart the action with…
Activity
Go on a Walking Tour

The Gilpin Historical Society offers historic tours that include the Central City Opera House, Teller House, Thomas House and more.

Dinner
Stella's Cafe
Stella’s Cafe is located on the second level of the Famous Bonanza Casino. Stella’s offers a lunch and dinner complete with a full menu that will be…
Activity
Take in One Last Sunset

Get your fishing gear (you rented it at the beginning of the trip) and fish for some trout at Chase Gulch Reservoir before turning in for the night.

Lodging
Stay at Cold Springs Campground

Located in Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest, this scenic campground is an ideal spot to spend your last night in Central City.