Black Hawk, Colorado - The City and its Casino

Black Hawk, Colorado is the largest of the three gambling districts in Colorado. There are a total of 17 casinos if you include the Grande Plateau (inside the Canyon) and Bullpen (inside Bullwhackers). As with the other gambling towns in Colorado (and the indian casinos) you must be 21 to enter the casinos.

The largest casinos in Colorado reside in Black Hawk including the Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel, the Lodge Casino & Hotel, Mardi Gras Casino, Ameristar Casino & Hotel, the Riviera and more! The expansion in Black Hawk is explosive and there is always something going on or being built. Ameristar's hi-rise casino hotel in the middle of the mountains is quite a site. They literally blew up a mountain to put it in - we're still out to lunch on that one.

Black Hawk used to be a very busy gold mining town and like Central City and Cripple Creek nearly turned into a ghost town. So as you can expect it is also rich in history as well as gold and casinos! Read a quick history of Black Hawk here. In 1991 Colorado voters passed limited stakes gambling in order to bring in much needed revenue to Colorado and to hopefully revive Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek's economies. When we say "ghost towns," that might not be the perfect description - there was a busy tourist season in the towns and some locals remained despite hardships. Since were on the topic - casino employee's can browse job listings here: Black Hawk casino jobs.

The economy slumped in 2008 and Colorado voters passed more "pro-gambling" legislations increasing the max bet in the casinos from $5 to $100. The Black Hawk casinos saw an immediate increase in revenue however as of late 2010 revenue figure for Black Hawk casinos are dropping again. The new gaming laws also allowed for more table games and many Black Hawk casinos now have craps and more.

Central City is only one mile up the road from Black Hawk and should not be missed if you happen to be in town. It is also very rich in history. Poker, blackjack, slots and other table games available there, too. Getting to Black Hawk can be done a number of ways. If you are coming in from Boulder you can take Hwy 119 (Peak to Peak Highway) all the way in. From Golden you can take Highway 6. You can also take the Central City Parkway and simply come down the road to Black Hawk since it's only a mile. And there are other more dangerous ways (but we'll leave them off the website) ...

It should go without saying, but we'll say it again - It's important in the winter to always make sure you check the weather and road conditions! Also do not rely on us as your sole information provider on weather and road conditions. Please visit the link to the state department of transportation for official road reports and weather. We cannot be held responsible for any accidents on the roadways. So please be safe!

Top Black Hawk Casino Hotels:

To get a listing here you have to have a casino + hotel. Currently there are only four - so we're listing them all :) .   Ameristar Casino Hotel - The most exciting (kind of hard to deny it) casino hotel in Black Hawk is Ameristar. It is only a little more spendy (maybe $10 per night). This skyrise has incredible views down the canyons and of Black Hawk. It is really impressive at night. You can see all the way up the hill to Central City, too. check rates Isle of Capri Hotel & Casino - in Black Hawk (especially in the winter) gamblers and locals alike can appreciate the familiar tropical feel of the Isle. The Isle was Black Hawk's first luxury hotel. check rates Lady Luck Tower & Casino is Black Hawk's newest luxury hotel and is owned by the Isle of Capri (in fact the two are connected by pedestrian walkways - which makes it nice and easy to lodge in one but capitalize on twice the gaming, twice the food... you get the idea. This is the old Colorado Central Station Casino for those of you who remember.. check rates The Lodge Casino is huge and the suites and rooms are wonderful. The Lodge Hotel & Casino is right n the middle of Black Hawk so all casinos are easy access. Awesome architecture at the Lodge Casino and massive gaming floor. check rates Fortune Valley Hotel & Casino is a large luxury hotel & casino in Central City if you can find a hotel in Black Hawk. This casino is awesome in its own right. Just a short shuttle ride to Blackhawk. rates
Travelers Tip: Black Hawk & Central City are only separated by a short shuttle ride. If the hotels in Black Hawk are filled up, try Central City and vise versa - either town should do in a pinch if your desired hotel is sold out. I don't want to downplay the local bed & breakfasts either. Although often considered last by gamblers many of the B&Bs have private hot tubs and home cooked breakfast. (check our hotels & lodging page) Also keep in mind: Black Hawk casinos get busy! especially on the holliday's - so book your hotel rooms well in advance because the casinos are popular and always will sell out! Thanks for visiting: We sincerely thank you for visiting our website. Please consider booking your hotel room through us to support our efforts in keeping this website relatively ad free. If you can, another easy way to help us out is by posting a link to our site from your facebook, myspace or blogroll. Enjoy your trip to Black Hawk, Colorado! More sites on Black Hawk casino:   Black Hawk Station 141 Gregory Steet Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-5582 Bull Durham Casino 110 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-0818 Bullpen Casino 101 Gregory Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 271-2733 Bullwhackers Casino 101 Gregory St Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (800) 426-2855 Canyon Casino 131 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 777-1111 Colorado Central Station Casino 340 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-2800 Eureka Casino 211 Gregory St Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-1040 Fitzgeralds Casino 101 Main St Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-3203 Gilpin Hotel Casino 111 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (202) 582-1133 Golden Gates Casino 261 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-1650 Golden Gulch 321 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-1800 Grande Plateau 131 Main St Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 777-1111 Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel 401 Main St Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (800) THE-ISLE Lodge Casino & Hotel 240 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-1771 Mardi Gras Casino 280 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-5600 Ameristar Casino Hotel 111 Richman St Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 567-1234 Red Dolly Casino 530 Gregory Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-1100 Richman Casino 101 Richman Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 CLOSED The Riviera Casino 444 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-1000 Silver Hawk Casino 100 Chase Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 CLOSED Wild Card Saloon & Casino 120 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 (303) 582-3412 Winners Haven 120 Main Street Black Hawk, Colorado, 80422 CLOSED


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