Central City, Colorado is at an elevation of 8,496 and was once a large mining town. Gold was discovered in 1859 by John Gregory. Gregory Gulch was called "the richest square mile on earth''. It is estimated that more than $67 million dollars was mined in Gregory Gulch; it was later replaced by Cripple Creek as the lodes there eclipsed Central City. Central City became the place to go in the summer for Opera, and the Central City Opera still has performances today.
Central City has preserved its 1870 Main Street and many of the Victorian homes. There is camping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, cross country skiing and gambling in Central City today. They also have several museums and festivals in the summer.
Fortune Valley Casino is located at 321 Gregory Street, Central City, CO. Recently the voters passed legislation that now allows the casinos to remain open twenty four hours a day. They also allowed Black Jack, Roulette, Craps and other table games with higher betting limits. Fortune Valley has a casino, hotel and restaurant for guests to enjoy.
Visitors to the area can reach the casino by way of the four lane Central City Parkway which is located off I-70 at Exit 243. Guests can make Fortune Valley Casino a day trip from Denver and the surrounding mountain towns or plan an extended stay. Fortune Valley is one of the largest casinos in Colorado. There are one hundred and eighteen rooms in their three diamond hotel.
Guests of the casino can also reach Fortune Valley by bus as there are many locations where the casino shuttle bus picks people up. If visitors don't wish to drive themselves they can find the shuttle buses at: Denver Bear Valley Shopping Center, Aurora's Buckingham Square Shopping Center, Lakewood's Martischang Plaza, Arvada, Golden, Downtown Denver, Denver's Smith Road, Thornton or FV Lakewood Charter. Prices for the bus are twenty dollars per person round trip. The buses run hourly and passengers get coupons for $15.00 in coins with a minimum of 100 same day points.
The Fortune Valley Casino rooms include premium, suite, deluxe and superior rooms. The king sized bed, separate oversized tub and shower in the bathroom, sofa, chairs and coffee table are available in the premium room. The spacious suite has a king size bed, sofa tucked in an alcove, two chairs, night stands and luxurious bathroom. A deluxe room has two beds, sofa, table with chairs and room to spread out. The superior room has one king bed with a small table and two chairs, a couch and one chair.
Visitors can eat at the Buffet, Deli or Steakhouse. The all you can eat buffet has varied cuisine with plenty of desserts. The Cedar Grill is an a la carte restaurant with an intimate feel. The buffet serves breakfast from 7:30 am and goes on all day Monday through Thursday with a cooked to order menu. There is a Saturday and Sunday brunch beginning at 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and a Dinner buffet from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.