Colorado Dept of Transportation (CDOT) and the Georgetown Trust joined forces to create a mutually beneficial facility: the Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center. The Trust had operated a small Visitor Center at this location since 1996 in order to provide information about, and interpretation of the Georgetown Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District. Following the close of restrooms at the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels in 2001, CDOT required a new location for those services. The Gateway Visitor Center, constructed in 2003, was jointly financed by the partners, both of whom continue to support the project.
The response has been staggering! In the past 11 years, the Center has welcomed 3,955,338 visitors on the I 70 Mountain Corridor. We are open 365 days a year and have not missed a single day in those years. Restroom hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Information services and gift shop are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The Visitor Center is staffed by paid staff and volunteers during all information service hours.
Stop at the Visitor Center for real time traffic information from CDOT monitors, access to COTrip website for travelers, and travel and local information services. Also, learn about and celebrate the National Historic Landmark District through interpretive displays and films.
There is a picnic area, dog walk, and gift shop on site for visitors to take advantage of.