Rockies Near Denver: Places to Explore

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  • Central City and Black Hawk

    Recent changes in the gambling laws have created a "gold rush" to Black Hawk and Central City. As of 2009 the casinos stay open 24/7 and offer craps and roulette, and the betting limit has been...

  • Evergreen

    Once a quiet mountain town, today Evergreen is a tony community filled with upscale, extravagantly designed homes. The downtown core remains rustic in feel, however, and on warm-weather weekends...

  • Georgetown

    Georgetown rode the crest of the silver boom during the second half of the 19th century. Most of the impeccably maintained brick buildings that make up the town's historic district date from that...

  • Golden

    Golden was once the territorial capital of Colorado. City residents have smarted ever since losing that distinction to Denver by "dubious" vote in 1867, but in 1994 then-Governor Roy Romer...

  • Idaho Springs

    Colorado prospectors struck their first major vein of gold here on January 7, 1859. That year local mines dispatched half of all the gold used by the U.S. Mint—ore worth a whopping $2 million....

  • Winter Park

    Winter Park Resort has made some dramatic changes recently, and now there's a small village at the base anchored by Zephyr Mountain Lodge and the Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe condominiums....

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