While you’re headed to Central City Opera, combine your trip with other activities in Central City, Black Hawk, and other nearby mountain communities.

In addition to the links below, visit www.centralcitycolorado.us or www.centralcitycolorado.com.

Area Activities in Central City

Central City Visitor Center

The Visitors Center is located at: 103 Eureka Street at the Northern End of Main Street in the old Wells Fargo Building. The City Council and everyone on staff is excited to have acquired this beautiful historic building to house the Visitors Center.  Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

For more information, please phone the Central City Visitors Center at (303) 582-3345 or visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/centralcity/visitor-information-1

Gilpin County History Museum

A look back at the earlier days of Central City can be found at the Gilpin County History Museum, overlooking Lawrence Street on the hilltop. Toys, mining artifacts, antiques and an abundance of Central City Opera memorabilia are all displayed.

The Gilpin County Historical Society also offers tours of the Thomas House, located one block past the Opera House on Eureka Street.  A tour of this quaint home, containing the treasured possessions of one family from the nineteenth century, will take you back in time to the days when Central City was first settled. www.gilpinhistory.org or 303-582-5283

Thomas House Museum

The Thomas House tours are provided by the Gilpin Historical Society. The house is a Greek revival style frame house built in 1874 and it was built around the entrance to a mine. From the outside or inside you can see what a middle class family lived like in the early days. The vice president of a local mercantile company and his wife, Bob and Marsha Thomas moved to Denver in 1917 and the house is furnished and decorated as if they have only run to town. The family kept the house until 1987. The Gilpin Historical Society purchased it in 1990. It had previously been run as a private museum for three years.

Gilpin County Arts Association Gallery

Across the street from the opera house is a 6-room, 4,800 sq. ft. art gallery, sculpture garden, museum and gift shop. Exhibits include oil paintings, watercolors, photography, functional and decorative ceramics, sculpture, weavings and jewelry. Add a visit to the Art Gallery to your Central City agenda – you’ll be amazed by the collection! Visit www.gilpinarts.org.

Mountain Goat Gallery

The Mountain Goat Gallery features glass wall murals, many items of art and designer jewelry all created by Maribel. Everything in the showroom was created by her in the studio that is located in the back of the art gallery. Everything is made in Central City, Colorado. Mary Bell creates one of a kind art glass and jewelry as well as custom work for her clients. 

Hidee Gold Mine

Fun! Adventure! Educational! Tour an operating gold mine in the heart of the “richest square mile on earth,” and chip off a chunk of high grade gold ore to take home as part of your tour. The Hidee Gold Mine is just 1.5 miles from downtown Central City, on the Central City Parkway. Underground tours of the mine take about an hour, with gold panning also included. There is also ample space for you to enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful Colorado sunshine. www.hideegoldmine.com

Coeur d’Alene Mine

The Coeur d’Alene Mine Shaft House is open for tours in the summer months. The mine operated from 1885 until it stopped production in 1940. Since the closure the building has been owned by the Central City Opera House Association and now the Gilpin Historical Society. It was used for storage but re-opened in 2010 as an attraction.

Today there is a grate over the shaft but a quick holler through the bars will echo something of its depth to visitors. The building has been restored to safety with strong timbers and gaming impact funds helped replace the roof that collapsed in a snowstorm in the 1980’s. For more information on the Coeur d’Alene Mine Shaft tours and other museums and tours contact the Gilpin Historical Society at the museum for tour times and information.

Enjoy the Historic Mining Town

You never know just what you’ll find as you roam the streets of Central City. On Saturday afternoons from late-June to mid-August you just might catch an Old West Show & Shootout on Main Street!

Town Cemeteries

Central City cemeteries are fascinating historic sites, with many tombstones dating from the 1860’s, set among beautiful wildflowers and aspen groves. To reach several of the town cemeteries, drive up Eureka Street about one mile past the Opera House.

Reliving The Past Studio

At Reliving The Past Studio, you will experience being transformed into an old western gunslinger or saloon girl, a miner in search of their fortune in gold or even into an old Victorian Era family relative from an old photograph. The studio is state of the art in having a choice of multiple scenes to choose from starting with a hand painted canvas back drop, an old western style bar, a Victorian style living room with fireplace scene, a wrought iron bed scene and finally a full 9’ x 12’ rear projection screen system that allows the imagination to run wild with a mountain, lake, river, cabin, or even an old mining scene…the possibilities are almost endless! With a variety of costumes to choose from, you can transform yourself into any character from the past. Not only do they have costumes for the adults, but they cater to the little people as well so they can experience the adventure of going back in time.

Other Nearby Communities

Visit Georgetown

The historic town of Georgetown is just 25 miles from Central City.  Area world-class attractions include Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad, Hamill House, Hotel de Paris Museum and Guanella Pass just to name a few as well as incredible recreational opportunities.  Visitors can also enjoy great shopping and restaurants downtown in the National Historic Landmark District. Visit www.georgetown-colorado.org or www.town.georgetown.co.us for information.

Enjoy the Outdoors!

You’re in the Rocky Mountains, so there are many other things to do – walkingmountain bikingcampinghorseback ridingdisc golf (Frisbee), fishing, whitewater raftingcanoeing, rock climbing, or exploring more of the Colorado Gold Trail. When you’re finished with your outdoor adventure, you can enjoy a relaxing massage or spa service or partake of an oxygen bar or some aromatherapy.