City of Black Hawk
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Three waves of 100 participants are scheduled to begin the climb based on the schedule below. There is a limit of 100 participants per wave. Additional waves may be added as necessary.


1st Wave:

7:00 a.m.              Check-In at the Ameristar’s Summit Room
7:30 a.m.              Guest Speakers, Ceremony, and Moment of Silence
7:45 a.m.              Climb Begins
Finish                    Check-Out, Raffle, Gift Bag

2nd Wave:

8:00 a.m.              Check-In at the Ameristar’s Summit Room
8:30 a.m.              Ceremony and Moment of Silence
8:45 a.m.              Climb Begins
Finish                    Check-Out, Raffle, Gift Bag

3rd Wave:

9:00 a.m.              Check-In at the Ameristar’s Summit Room
9:30 a.m.              Ceremony and Moment of Silence
9:45 a.m.              Climb Begins
Finish                    Check-Out, Raffle, Gift Bag

Pre-registration is recommended. Registration for the 2017 Climb will open in July, 2017. Visit REGISTRATION PAGE for more information.

On-site registration will also be available the day of the event, with a maximum of 100 participants per wave.

Participants must check in and sign liability waiver and wear wristband for the duration of the climb. Participants will receive a free t-shirt at check-in. Once finished, participants must visit the check-out table to receive raffle ticket and gift bag. Raffle drawings will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. Participants need not be present to win.

Healthy refreshments will be available to participants before and after the climb, provided by the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. An array of fire and health vendors will be on-site for participants to visit.

Discounted room rates may be available at the Ameristar for participants: 9/10/16 $239.11 and 9/11/16 $91.11. Please contact Ameristar’s sales team at 720-946-4200 to take advantage of these special rates.

More information:

2017 Registration - Open to the Public beginning July, 2017:

City of Black Hawk Event Coordinator:
Chief Don Taylor

Ameristar Casino Event Coordinator:
Sara East

Tribute to a Heroic Journey

The City of Black Hawk 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way for first responders and the general public to remember September 11, 2001, honor the memory of those who were lost, and support a worthwhile cause. Your individual tribute not only remembers their sacrifice, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Participants climb to pay tribute to the fallen 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, 8 EMT’s, and 3 state officers whose photos and names line the stairwells.

The Black Hawk 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb began in 2009 at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in Black Hawk, Colorado with just a few members of the Black Hawk Fire Department and Gilpin Ambulance Authority climbing to honor those who were lost on September 11, 2001. Over the years, the memorial climb has grown to involve other fire departments, City personnel, business partners, casino staff, family, and friends.

The stair climb, sponsored by the City of Black Hawk and hosted by the Ameristar, is supported by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control with its National Fire Academy Weekend. The proceeds from the event will support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) who create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors. NFFF provides much needed assistance to the surviving families and co-workers of the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.

The Black Hawk 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb has a unique added degree of difficulty. Unlike other climbs, participants will not only begin the challenge at 8,042 feet above sea level, but will also gain 192 feet of elevation, making the Black Hawk 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb the highest stair climb in the world.

Participants will climb a total of 116 floors in four laps in the Ameristar hotel tower, exceeding the total levels of the World Trade Center by six floors. Each lap takes participants to the Ameristar’s pool deck with majestic views of the area before descending back to ground level. This event is not a race, rather a gathering to honor the fallen, help those who were affected on that day, and let the world know we will never forget.

Participants should prepare for the drastic change in elevation and understand their personal limits. This is not a competition. Participants do not need to complete all four laps to participate.

Event participants may choose to complete the climb wearing their uniform, bunker gear, SCBA, or workout clothes, as desired. (SCBA and bunker gear will not be provided, please bring your own).