Saying that you go to Las Vegas for the “shows” is about as credible as saying you read Playboy for the “articles.” But in Black Hawk, Colorado — the state’s very own mini Las Vegas — no one will bat an eyelash when you say you went to the casino-packed small town for the “mountain air.”
Sure, Black Hawk is home to 18 casinos and only 127 permanent residents, and gambling is certainly a way of life there — but the winding mountain roads and sheer remoteness of this former mining settlement make it worth a trip even for non-gamblers.
Colorado’s least populous town is certainly an anomaly. Sitting at an elevation of 8,500 feet and surrounded by mountains, the small town doesn’t exactly fit the Sin City stereotype, and even feels like an antithesis to Vegas’ bustling streets, bright lights, and flashy aesthetic. But Black Hawk’s charm lies in its subversion of expectations, and indeed, the fact that it even exists at all does exactly that. Here’s everything you need to know about Colorado’s high-altitude Vegas.