The historic mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, has a new claim to fame: it is home to the highest casino in the world. The Wildwood Casino sits at 9,593 feet above sea level, making it the highest elevation casino in the world. Visitors can find high-energy gambling action in the otherwise sleepy town, along with a variety of casino promotions and giveaways to attract anyone who wants to roll high in the mountains of Colorado.
Wildwood Casino owner Joseph Canfora said that the casino did extensive research, and a professional survey confirmed that the casino’s 9,593-foot elevation makes it the highest casino in the world. The single-floor casino needed to stand out in a sea of global gambling competitors, so staff began discussions about how their casino was unique.
Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region is home to some of the highest elevation towns in America, so discussions led to just how high the Wildwood Casino might stand in comparison to others. Upon discovery of the research survey’s numbers, the casino owner decided to run a ‘highest casino’ ad campaign.
As Cripple Creek tries to put itself on the map as a tourist destination, Canfora’s casino may help draw those wanting to be seriously high rollers. “Who wouldn’t want to stop and visit the highest casino in the world?” Canfora asked.
The historic mining town runs on tourism, and offers a variety of attractions for visitors. The town’s Old West feel, historical buildings, and mining history make for a good holiday off the beaten track. In addition, the area offers some of the best outdoor adventures in America.
In a pioneer town with road signs depicting horses, one wouldn’t expect a lot of action. But Cripple Creek is also home to the highest elevation rodeo as well. “We promote several things because we are a higher-elevation city,” said Steve Kitzman, marketing and events director for Cripple Creek. Although its population sits at only 1,189, the town stands tall on its reputation as one of the highest.
Wildwood Casino owner Joseph Canfora is taking advantage of the advertising hype on the 11th anniversary of the property. Construction will begin on a $14-million, 104-room hotel expansion next to the casino, which is expected to open in 2020. He’s also not worried about other casinos knocking Wildwood off of its high horse; they had to get a special permit to build as high as they did.
Over the next few months, the casino is celebrating its expansion with 3 cash giveaways of $9,593 over the next 3 months, along with a chance for players to win a $1 million prize. Wildwood offers 58,000 square feet of gambling action, 500 slot machines, and all of the classic table games like blackjack, craps, roulette, and more. Wildwood boasts a 24-hour bar, a sports bar & grill, and a diner.
The Rocky Mountain High immortalized in song by John Denver could be attributed to many factors, including clear air, pristine nature, fishing, hiking, and adventures in nature. But Kitzman is quick to point out that visitors hoping to take advantage of Colorado’s loose marijuana laws might be disappointed. Cripple Creek has no pot shops.
But those looking for a natural high will surely find it. Located just west of Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek is a prime location to enjoy the best nature has to offer. Not far from the town is the famous 14,115-foot Pike’s Peak, a hiking mecca for nature trail lovers. Further west of Cripple Creek, the town of Aspen attracts affluent skiers and celebrity getaways.