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Non-Gamblers Guide to Central City

Non-Gamblers Guide to Central City
3 days
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.

Sustainability Activity
Day 1

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.

Activity

Get on the Water

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

Stella's Cafe

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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 sure to satisfy your appetite! Read More
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Earth Treasures Tours

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

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Dinner

JKQ BBQ

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Operating out of the 1872 Teller House, JKQ BBQ dishes out crowd-pleasing plates of delicious delights like 14-hour brisket, pulled pork (on sandwiches and loaded tater tots), smoked kielbasa... Read More

Activity

Stay for the Music

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JKQ BBQ offers live entertainment in the Opera Gardens.
Lodging

Denver West/Central City KOA

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

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Day 2
Breakfast

Mayor Willie's Coffee & Donuts

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We serve high quality coffee, tea, chai, fresh made donuts and more. We use only the best, all natural ingredients. Read More
Activity

Hidee Gold Mine Tours and Panning

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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 inspected by the state. A recognized Colorado... Read More

Lunch

Mountain City Cantina

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Newest Mexican Restaurant serving Gilpin County! We are serving tacos, tostadas, burgers, and bowls. Read More
Activity

Peak To Peak Scenic and Historic Byway

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Views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches. Read More
Dinner

Dostal Alley Brewpub and Casino

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Have a blast gambling while enjoying some of the best tasting beer from the brewery. Read More
Activity

Go on an Evening Hike

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

Stay at Columbine Campground

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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

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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 that will be sure to satisfy your appetite! Read More
Activity

Hit the OHV Trails

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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

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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 the rich and dreamy flavors of our locally... Read More
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Go on a Walking Tour

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

Z-Grill

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Enjoy classics at this grill located In Z's Casino in Central City. Read More
Activity

Take in One Last Sunset

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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

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