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A Colorado landmark, the 85 ft. pink tower is hard to miss. Besides the notable architecture, the dome is covered with 22-karat gold leaf and features a statue of the last Aztec emperor - Quahuatomec. Inside, the 30 ft. high thundering waterfall was designed to resemble the cliffs of Acapulco. Arguably their biggest draw, the restaurant was made famous by the all-day indoor cliff divers.
Be sure to check out the old time photo studio to get your picture taken in your best western wear. Catch a show at the theater once visited by the Fray. Go gold mining for real gold flakes embedded in the rock formations or visit the Silver Mine- intentionally a few feet lower because silver is mined deeper in the ground than gold. If you haven't gotten the sense already, these folks care about the details.
Catch the strolling mariachis, flame jugglers and visit Black Bart's secret pirate hideout full of mystery and intrigue. Complete your once in a lifetime dining experience with puppet shows, arcade games and a trip to the "haunted tunnel." But be prepared, with so many things going on at once, your head will spin with what to look at first. For all you ADD folks out there, it's a trip. Imitation Casa Bonita's were opened in Arizona and Illinois, but don't be fooled- there is only one original.
And you thought you needed a babysitter to eat out?
6715 West Colfax Ave. 303-232-5115. http://www.casabonitadenver.com/