about the circuit

The Colorado Historic Opera Houses Circuit connects five opera houses in the Colorado mountains. There, you can see a world-class performance in an elegant historic setting that still carries the mystique of Colorado’s early mining boom days. 

You can book a tour to see these exquisite opera houses up close. You’ll hear stories of stars and community members who brought music and magic to the opera houses for well over a century.

You’ll also get to visit some of Colorado’s most picturesque mountain towns. Discover local arts, history and heritage. Browse unique shops and galleries. Dine on delicious food, and fully relax in comfortable places to stay. Then explore the great outdoors, surrounded by soaring Rocky Mountain peaks.

Check the Circuit calendar for performances and tours. 

Fall in love? You can rent an opera house for weddings and other events.

Opera House History

All Circuit opera houses are on the National Register of Historic Places and were built from 1878 to 1913:

Want to learn more? See 3 Reasons to Tour the Circuit.  

Circuit Partners

The following organizations are Circuit partners:

  • Aspen Chamber Resort Association
  • Central City Opera House Association
  • City of Central City
  • City of Ouray
  • Gilpin Historical Society
  • Lake County Tourism Panel
  • Sheridan Arts Foundation
  • Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation
  • Wheeler Opera House
  • Wright Opera House

The project is funded by the Colorado Tourism Office, through its 2022 Marketing Matching Grant, and a collective partner contribution. All participating organizations are equal partners; the Lake County Tourism Panel is the formal project lead.

About Colorado

The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The CTO’s mission is to generate traveler spending through the promotion of Colorado as a four-season, four-corner, world-class travel destination and the development of compelling, sustainable travel experiences. At its height before the pandemic, Colorado travelers directly spent $24.2 billion, generating $1.49 billion in local and state revenues, saving each Colorado household $707 in additional taxes last year. Tourism is one of Colorado's largest employers and is a priority industry for the state. For more information, please visit oedit.colorado.gov/tourism.

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Colorado Historic Opera Houses Circuit
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