Central City is located in the Rocky Mountains, only 35 miles west of Denver. With the newly opened, Central City Casino Parkway, visitors can reach Central City 12 minutes after exiting off of I-70 at exit 243. An easy, incredibly scenic drive to a historic destination.
Central City is at the southern end of Gilpin County at an elevation of 8,510 feet.
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.