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OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE
Leadville - Twin Lakes Visitor Center 809 Harrison Ave., Leadville 888-LEADVILLE
Leadville Herald Democrat 717 Harrison Ave. 719-486-0641 leadvilleherald.com
Be in your element
Leadville Ranger District 810 Front St., Leadville 719-486-0749
St. Vincent Hospital
822 W 4th St., Leadville 719-486-0230 svghd.org Open 24 hours
PARKS & SERVICES Dutch Henry Sledding Hill
Located at the intersection of McWethy and Highway 24 Tube rentals, free sledding for tube owners and a small warming hut
Huck Finn Park
End of W 5th St., Leadville Skatepark, dog park, ice rink, playground, tennis courts and restrooms skateleadville.wordpress.com
Genuine & Historic Mountain Town
9th & Poplar Sts., Leadville Children’s playground, picnic tables, restrooms
Lake County Aquatic Center
1000 West Sixth Street (inside the Middle School) 25-yard lap lanes, a dry sauna, hot tub, diving board, Aqua Climb and large shallow play area
Lake County Community Park
W. 6th & McWethy Dr., Leadville Rodeo arena, children’s playground and indoor restrooms
Highest Outdoors Fun Affordable Escape
Harrison Ave., Leadville Benches, picnic table and public restrooms
More parks and playgrounds at www.lakecountyco.com/recreation
“Unsinkable” Molly Brown, survivor of the Titanic. Marshal Martin Duggan, Texas Jack, Buffalo Bill, “Chicken Bill” Lovell, “Broken Nose” Scotty and Soapy Smith are all part of Leadville’s colorful cast of characters. Mary Foote, the real-life inspiration for Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Angle of Repose,” was a resident. Teddy Roosevelt also paid visits to Leadville, and Ulysses S. Grant arrived on the first train to Leadville.
economy by building the incredible Ice Palace during the winter of 1895-1896. The magnitude and ambition of this project was legion: It required 5,000 tons of ice to be cut from the nearby lakes. It featured life-sized sculptures of prospectors and burros, a skating rink
Gunslinger-gambler-dentist Doc Holliday was one of the most legendary visitors to Leadville. Conflicting accounts of his story abound, but records indicate that in August 1884 he shot and wounded Bill Allen, the last man on record shot by Holliday.
HERITAGE AT ALTITUDE We’re Colorado’s historic gem.
30,000 residents, innumerable stores, hotels, boarding houses and, of course, more than 100 saloons, dance halls, gambling joints and brothels.
Welcome to the Old West! Leadville may well be the West’s most authentic mining town, with a vivid Colorado heritage of wild contrasts: mining wealth and high-falutin’ residents, to the down-and-out; incredible luck to devastating misfortune.
An upper class developed alongside the silver boom. Horace Tabor, who owned a general mercantile store with his first wife Augusta, invested in mining with incredible success. He built and opened the lavish Tabor Opera House, banks and hotels. Other brilliant financial careers began in Leadville, too: Charles Boettcher, David May, the Guggenheims, Marshall Field, W.B. Daniels, Jesse McDonald and James V. Dexter are a few. In its heyday Leadville was one of the most sophisticated and modern cities in the world, and was even a contender to become Colorado’s state capitol.
It started back in 1860, when gold was discovered in California Gulch. Eight thousand prospectors soon arrived, and within five years, more than $4 million in gold was found using sluice boxes and pan — more than at any other site in Colorado at the time. The gold played out, but was quickly followed by the silver boom. By 1880, Leadville had more than 2
Lots of famous figures lived in and visited Leadville. Margaret “Molly” Brown arrived as a teenager in the early 1880s, working as a seamstress in a dry goods store. She married J.J. Brown and became the
Mining was not the only interest that the nation had in Leadville. In 1889, Congress established a national fish hatchery on the east side of Mt. Massive. It’s now the oldest fish hatchery west of the Mississippi River, with free tours and access to trails. Families love the new picnic shelter and playground at this historic site. The 1893 repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act spelled ruin for Horace Tabor and more. Local businessmen decided to combat the downturn of the
Tabor Opera House
and a “gallery of commerce” with frozen produce, beer and more. A Crystal Carnival, with parade and fireworks, lit up the town as well. Today’s Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival, the first weekend each March, honors this tradition. Mining continued, with zinc, lead and copper. The industry’s last great resurgence came in 1918 with the opening of the massive Climax Molybdenum Mine north of Leadville, now once again in operation, supplying the world with molybdenum for manufacturing.
Historic Malta Schoolhouse
In 1942, Camp Hale was established 17 miles north of Leadville as a training site for ski troopers for the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. The troopers were instrumental in winning WWII and returned home as heroes. After the war, many of them returned to the state and were central to the development of the Colorado ski industry. 3
NATIONAL MINING HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM 120 W. 9th St. • 719-486-1229 Housed in Leadville’s old high school building, it is the showcase of American mining. Called “The Smithsonian of the West,” visitors are always impressed by the detailed dioramas depicting the early days of mining, walk-through replicas of underground mines, a fabulous collection of minerals and much more. Kids will love the exhibit that shows how mining plays a role in the manufacture of everyday things.
mininghalloffame.org | Open 9 am to 5 pm daily Closed on Mondays November-April.
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Leadville Wander through 70 blocks in the Leadville National Historic Landmark District, renowned for its iconic Victorian architecture. Stroll along Harrison Avenue and the side streets of downtown Leadville to discover places to shop, eat, stay and play, along with museums and galleries that feature the work of local and regional artists. Shops filled with antiques, books, bikes and ski equipment are mixed in with specialty stores packed with outdoor wear, Western fashions and accessories, gifts, souvenirs, sporting goods, accents for the home and more.
convenient passport MATCHLESS MINE 1¼ miles on E. 7th St. • 719-486-1229
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MUSEUMS & MORE MUSEUMS
– No big surprise for one of the most historic cities in Colorado, Leadville has seven museums within its historic district. You will want to see all, so stop by the Leadville - Twin Lakes Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue to purchase a Passport good for discounted admissions during the summer months. 4
SOLD AT THESE LOCATIONS Chamber of Commerce Healy House 809 Harrison Avenue 912 Harrison Avenue National Mining Museum 120 West 9th Street
Tabor Opera House 308 Harrison Avenue
(719) 486-3900 LeadvilleUSA.com
This mine was at the heart of the Tabor fortune. Upon his death, Horace Tabor left the mine to his second wife, Baby Doe. She lost the mine in 1927 to satisfy her debts but remained living in an old cabin on the site. After a blizzard in 1935, some neighbors noticed that no smoke was coming out of the chimney and found the body of Baby Doe frozen on the floor. Her experience illustrates extreme riches to rags, sadly prevalent for many residents of Leadville and its mining boom-and-bust history.
mininghalloffame.org Open daily noon-5pm, late May-late Sept.
THE TABOR OPERA HOUSE 308 Harrison Ave. • 719-486-8409
TABOR HOME 116 East 5th St. • 719-486-7368
Built by Horace Tabor, the Tabor Opera House was billed as the finest theater between St. Louis and San Francisco. Today, the City and Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation are in the early stages of planning for a $10,000,000 rehabilitation, with construction slated to begin on exterior facades in 2019. Eventually, the fully rehabilitated building will boast a 650-seat seating capacity, ballroom, bar, retail and event space. Summer events include theater, comedy, and bands.
The home of Horace Tabor and his first wife, Augusta, was built around 1877 and moved from its original site on Harrison Avenue to its present location to make room for the Tabor Opera House. Horace and Augusta lived in the house until 1881 when Horace left Augusta for his mistress Baby Doe. A dozen years after the sensational divorce that broke her heart, she died a millionaire. In that very same year, Horace Tabor was bankrupt. The Tabor Home features some of the Tabors’ original Victorian furnishings and household goods.
savethetabor.com/upcoming-events Museum open Fridays and Saturdays in July and Aug.
Open May 23-Labor Day, Open Daily
HEALY HOUSE MUSEUM 912 Harrison Ave. • 719-486-0487
HERITAGE MUSEUM 102 E. 9th St. • 719-486-1878
TEMPLE ISRAEL 201 W. 4th St • 303-709-7050 or 719-486-3625
Discover two of Leadville’s earliest houses for a glimpse of life in a booming silver-mining town. Dexter Cabin and Healy House feature lavish Victorian furniture, including objects belonging to wealthy Leadville couple Horace and Augusta Tabor. You can tour the Victorian garden and learn about Leadville yesterday and today from knowledgeable staff.
Andrew Carnegie donated funds to Leadville for the establishment of its first library, which is now the home of the Heritage Museum. The museum houses a fine collection of Leadville memorabilia—Victorian furniture, mining and boomtown miscellany. View the scale model replica of the world’s largest Palace of Ice built in Leadville in 1896, as well as photographs and mementos of the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale.
Built in 1884, this is the oldest of the area’s frontier synagogues. After a fire in 2006, the building was historically restored to near original condition and now serves as a museum that documents life during that era for Jewish pioneers.
bit.ly/Healy-House-Dexter-Cabin Open daily, May 22 – Oct.11, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
leadvilleheritagemuseum.com Open daily 10am-5pm, May-Oct.
jewishleadville.org Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 15 – Oct. 15, 2015 Open by appointment year-round; call ahead to arrange a tour.
Nature Trail, with interpretive signs that identify flora and fauna. Access the famed 500‑mile Colorado Trail from Twin Lakes at the Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive trailheads, or near Turquoise Lake.
Take the Road Less Traveled “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that had made all the TAKE A PASS TO THE EXTRAORDINARY: difference.” - Robert Frost Scenic Beauty Time spent enjoying nature is time well spent. If you’re looking for the road less traveled and longing to be inspired by majestic mountains and pristine wilderness, it’s high time you paid us a visit.
S AND RO
Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway – This paved,
115-mile scenic byway is one of just 53 in the nation. While you’re here, take the drive in both directions for two entirely different views! Travelers’ tips: Pull over at historic Camp Hale. The only training site for 10th Mountain Division ski troops during World War II, Camp Hale is an excellent place for watchable wildlife, including fox, deer and elk; U.S. 24 south of Leadville is a good place to spot pronghorn, bighorn sheep, elk and jaw-dropping views of the Collegiate Peaks. Always find a safe spot to pull off the road.
Stay for the weekend, or the week, in Leadville or Twin Lakes as your headquarters to take in all of the sights. The smallest crowds and best deals can be found mid-week. You’re going to want to remember these views and share them with your friends. You’ll take more than one Instagram-worthy picture! Read on for ten not-to-miss attractions, activities and sites, along with some Travelers’ tips for getting the best photos.
Mineral Belt Trail – You can hike, bike, ski and
snowshoe this 11.6-mile, non-motorized trail that loops downtown Leadville and the outlying areas. You’ll be in awe of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountain range views, wildflower meadows, conifer forests and major historical sites. Travelers’ tips: Explore the mining district from this trail, which is paved and ADA-accessible, and ride through California Gulch, which sparked the gold rush.
On the trails — Landscape and wilderness
photography is unrivaled around Leadville and Twin Lakes. Get off the roads and on the trails to find the spots that others might miss. More than 188,000 acres of national forest and Bureau of Land Management land will keep you busy for days! Travelers’ tips: The Timberline Lake Trail is a five‑mile hike that’s suitable for beginners. The Leadville National Fish Hatchery has a one-mile loop, the Evergreen Lakes
Travelers’ tips: If backcountry skiing and snowboarding aren’t for you, take a two-hour tour in the snowcat and take home some amazing photos of a dozen peaks and panoramas from this high-altitude vantage point.
Historic Mining District – The Route of the
Silver Kings leads visitors on a driving tour through the historic mining district surrounding Leadville. This tour of mines, ghost towns and mining camps begins downtown at Monroe St. and Harrison Ave. It takes a few hours to complete by car.
Turquoise Lake – This peaceful mountain lake is
Travelers’ tip: Get some shots at the lake, and then get a birds’-eye view of this pristine blue-water phenomenon on a horseback ride through the San Isabel and White River National Forests.
the Continental Divide as a cozy snowcat takes you to 12,600 feet. The slopes in this backcountry area, roughly the size of Vail’s Back Bowls at 2,600 acres, vary from 3,000 to 10,000 feet in length with vertical drops up to 2,000 feet per run in abundant, all-natural snow. Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours is one of the longest continuously operating backcountry ski touring operations in the world; don’t miss this one-of-a-kind adventure. skicooper.com 10
Independence Pass – This winding mountain road
links Twin Lakes and Aspen during the warmer months, usually from Memorial Day Weekend through October depending on the weather. Paved trails at the summit offer spectacular views.
– No matter the season, this stunning panoramic view is one of the most beautiful and among the most-photographed spots in Colorado. Glacial lakes are ringed by rugged, snow-capped Fourteeners, lush evergreen forests and quaking aspen groves.
Chicago Ridge - Soak in spectacular scenery along
Travelers’ tips: There are many trailheads on the pass. Bring water, snacks, maps and a compass, and dress for altitude that tops out at 12,095 feet above sea level!
a locals’ favorite for fishing, hiking, camping— and even stand up paddle boarding in the summer; for ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing in the winter.
Travelers’ tips: Maps and souvenir booklets are available at the Leadville-Twin Lakes Visitor Center, or try bit.ly/SilverKings.
thunderstorms. Visit 14ers.com or the Leadville Ranger District Office on Highway 24 just south of Leadville to prep for a successful climb. If summiting one of these peaks isn’t for you, photograph them from different angles throughout Lake County.
Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive – At 14,440 and
14, 421 feet respectively, these are the two highest peaks in Colorado. Not only that, but they lay claim as highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains! They provide the stunning backdrop for much of what you’ll see while you’re here, whether you’re driving, strolling through downtown or out on the trails. Travelers’ tips: These “Fourteeners” offer amazing views and challenging hikes. All hikers should be prepared for the high altitude and rapid changes in the weather and start before dawn to avoid summer
Travelers’ tips: Explore the lakes on kayaks or on a guided boat tour to the historic Interlaken Resort, which can also be reached by trail on the south side of the lakes. Picnic on the banks, and then walk the paths through the historic Twin Lakes village.
Just when you think it can’t get any prettier up here, Mother Nature works her magic, and fall makes its way into the high country. Subtle shades of yellow start to appear here and there throughout the lush, green forests. Early snowfall tops off the mountain peaks. With each new day, more yellow appears, then gold, brilliant orange and occasional highlights of deep red. The aspen leaves quake with every breeze, making the mountainsides shimmer with color. The sun shines down from a brilliant, bluebird Colorado sky. Take a deep breath and remember this view forever.
MAP East Side Mining District Groomed Winter Trails
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SIGNATURE EVENTS Fun in four seasons
Leadville Race Series
LeadvilleRaceSeries.com The Leadville Trail 100 races are among the most challenging in the country, featuring steep climbs and serious descents at elevations in excess of 12,000 feet. Events include a trail marathon, heavy half marathon, 50-mile and 100-mile mountain bike and running races, a 10K run and training camps. These events, held from June – August, attract elite athletes from around the world.
LeadvilleBoomDays.com | First full weekend in August This three-day celebration of Leadville’s mining heritage is jam-packed with live music and entertainment, a parade, mining competitions, motorcycle games, vendor fair, rod and gun show, kids’ games and 1880s costume contests. The Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation Races, the second leg of the Pack Burro Triple Crown, top off this one-of-a-kind Colorado weekend on Sunday.
Leadville Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival
LeadvilleSkiJoring.com | First full weekend in March Part Wild West and part extreme sports, ski joring—each horse-and-rider team pulling a skier down a snow-packed road, over jumps, while spearing rings in a timed competition—has been an annual event in Leadville since 1949. You can also watch or participate in Nordic and winter mountain bike races, a paintball biathlon, and other festivities.
Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival
leadvillebbq.com | Fourth weekend in June A fun-filled family weekend with food, live music and brews. This is the world’s highest Kansas City Barbeque Society and Rocky Mountain Barbeque Association sanctioned barbeque competition.
July 4th in Leadville Celebrate Independence Day with small-town charm. North America’s highest‑elevation town marks July 4th with a Firecracker 5k Run, a rousing parade, a community cookout at the Leadville Airport, and fireworks at dusk set against the silhouette of the highest peaks in the Colorado Rockies.
EAT & DRINK
Casa Blanca Restaurant
118 E 2nd St, Leadville
422 Harrison Ave, Leadville
City on a Hill Coffee & Espresso
508 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Cookies with Altitude
717 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Dayton Room and Malamute Saloon
6435 State Highway 82, Twin Lakes
D’Love Gourmet Coffee and Ice Cream 605 Harrison Ave, Leadville
1900 N Poplar St, Leadville
Golden Burro Cafe
710 Harrison Ave, Leadville
1860-1862 Ridge View Dr, Leadville
High Mountain Pies
115 W 4th St, Leadville
Katie O’Rourkes Irish Pub
Ski Cooper, Leadville , USA
313 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Leadville Grill Bar & Cafe
715 Elm St, Leadville
Leadville’s Historic Pasttime Café
315 Harrison Ave, Leadville
311 Harrison Ave, Leadville
4th Street and Harrison Ave, Leadville
O2 by Periodic Brewing
401 Harrison Ave, Leadville
115 E 7th St, Leadville
2017 N Poplar St, Leadville
Punky’s Food Truck
6571 Hwy 82, Twin Lakes
16 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Rico’s Food Truck
4th St. and Harrison Ave, Leadville
Scarlet Tavern & Inn
326 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Ski Cooper Cafeteria
Cooper Loop, Leadville
903 Poplar St, Leadville
Szechuan Taste II
500 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Tennessee Pass Cafe
222 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Tennessee Pass Cookhouse
Cooper Loop, Leadville
618 Harrison Ave, Leadville
615 Harrison Ave, Suite A, Leadville
Wilde’s Green Hour
313 Harrison Ave, Leadville
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THINGS TO DO 2 Mile Hi Ski-Doo Alpine Adventures Dogsledding Alpine Ski & Sport Billâ€™s Rentals Cemetery, Ghost, and Safari Tours Climbing 14ers Colorado Fly Fishing Guides Colorado Parks and Wildlife Cycles of Life Downtown Leadville Walking Tour Dutch Henry Sledding Hill Elk Mountain Adventures Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin
ABUNDANT RECREATION Sunshine, fresh air and mountains as far as the eye can see. Relax with clear, sparkling rivers, streams and lakes for fishing, floating and paddling. Enjoy trails that range from short and easy enough for beginners, to what may well be the most challenging endurance courses in the world. Visit our family-oriented ski resort and golf course that are both best described as friendly, affordable and beautifully maintained. These are just a few of the reasons travelers come from around the globe to play, train and compete in Leadville and Twin Lakes.
Heritage Museum Hopemore Mine Tour Huck Finn Ice Rink Huck Finn Skatepark International Leadville Pack Burro Race Lake County Aquatic Center Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival Leadville Mountain Bike Trails Leadville Museums & Passport Leadville National Fish Hatchery Leadville Outdoors Leadville Race Series Leadville Ranger District Leadville Ski Country Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad Matchless Mine Mineral Belt Trail Mt. Massive Golf Course National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame Route of the Silver Kings Sawatch Guides Ski Cooper Tabor Home Tabor Opera House Temple Israel Tennessee Pass Nordic Center Top of the Rockies Zipline Twin Lakes Canoe & Kayak Adventures Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours White Mountain Snowmobile Tours Winterhawk Dogsled Adventures
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Splash Fishing isn’t the only way to enjoy our clean, cool waters. You can ride the rapids on the Arkansas River, America’s most-popular whitewater rafting river, and book your trip right here in Leadville. Or rent a kayak, canoe or SUP surfboard and row around Turquoise Lake or Twin Lakes. There are guided boat tours to the Interlaken Resort at Twin Lakes. And you can splish and splash at the Lake County Aquatic Center’s indoor pool and water slide, or relax in the hot tub and sauna.
Ski or Ride
The runs are long and the lines are short. The Ski Cooper Chicago Ridge ski area is family-friendly and fun, with lessons for all skill levels, plus equipment rentals and childcare. It’s a community-owned ski area just nine miles from downtown Leadville, offering snowcat skiing on Chicago Ridge in addition to its conventional chairlift runs. Grab a bite to eat or a drink at the lodge and listen to live music on the deck. There are also more than 50+ miles of free, groomed trails for Nordic and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and snow biking in and around Leadville. We’re among the top destinations for winter bike racing in Colorado, with the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series.
Escape...into the backcountry. Hike or ski to a yurt or one of a dozen 10th Mountain Division Huts that are located near Leadville, or pitch a tent in a secluded national forest campsite. With more than 188,000 acres of national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands spread over 368 square miles, it’s not hard to find your own little piece of heaven. Stock up on food and supplies right here in Leadville. Bookend a multi-day backcountry adventure, at its beginning and end, with a stay in a hotel, motel, B&B, condo or vacation rental in Leadville or Twin Lakes—for an ideal combination of roughing it and indulging in the charm and comfort of town. (That shower and hot meal are deluxe after a couple days in the hinterlands!)
Catch…your limit! A 102-mile stretch of the Arkansas River, which has its headwaters in and runs through Lake County, has recently achieved Gold Medal status; that means it’s one of the best trout-fishing spots in the country. Or, cast a line on the shore or from a boat at Turquoise or Twin Lakes, at Hayden or Forebay Reservoirs or any number of smaller high alpine lakes and streams. Try a different spot every day of your stay!
You can soar into town at the Leadville-Lake County Airport, the highest-elevation airport in North America, or soar over the treetops on a zipline. In the winter, pack up the kids and the tubes and come on up for free, family fun soaring and sliding down Dutch Henri Sledding Hill. (Rent tubes on the weekends if you don’t have your own.) Soar around and around at the 30,000-square-foot Leiter Ice Skating Rink, one of the best deals you’ll find.
HIke Lace up the hiking boots and choose your path. There really are trails that are right for everyone, whether you are on a quest to spot wildflowers at a leisurely pace, check a Fourteener off your bucket list or follow the Continental Divide and Colorado Trails, which follow the same route through Lake County.
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Ride Ride on. So many choices! Ride a bike on the roads, on the trails or in the snow, or a horse, a snowmobile, a sled pulled by dogs or an ATV through the San Isabel and White River National Forests. Or ride a motorcycle on winding country roads. Road cyclists love the challenging beauty of Independence Pass and the Turquoise Lake routes. Ride a green, blue or black diamond run at Ski Cooper. You can even sit back, relax and take a ride on a stagecoach or the historic Leadville Railroad.
Play Fore! Mt. Massive Golf Course is the highest course in North America, where a ball flies further! Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and forest, the greens rival those at high-end resorts. You won’t find the attitude or the high prices here, but you will find a peaceful, laid-back course that welcomes players of all ages and abilities. Also find golf cart and club rentals, lessons, a grill and a pro shop. In winter, the greens transform into groomed ski trails, where well-behaved canine companions are welcome to come and enjoy the experience, too. Against the clock or against your fellow athletes, test your mettle here. In addition to the epic Leadville Race Series 100-mile and 50-mile foot and mountain bike races, there are 5ks and 10ks, fun runs, paintball biathlons, triathlons and marathons. Race on skis, snowshoes or snow bikes. Watch skiers pulled by cowboys on horseback race down snow-packed Harrison Avenue during the annual ski joring weekend.
LODGING Stay here so you can play here Make Leadville or Twin Lakes the hub for your mountain getaway. Whether you prefer a comfy B&B, a beautifully restored Victorian hotel, a rustic cabin tucked away in the woods, a historic lodge, a motel with all of the modern conveniences, a campsite or a vacation rental that’s suited for groups large or small, we’ve got you covered. Facilities for meetings and events are also available at Colorado Mountain College Timberline Campus, The National Mining Hall of Fame and Mining Museum, and some hotels and motels. Our affordability makes it possible to stay longer, so go ahead and book an extra day or two. Call today!
Long-term 30-day rentals
RV Parks, Campgrounds
Ask on Pets
Hwy 24 S, Leadville
Aspen Leaf Property Rentals
711 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Black Wolf Lodging
250 Reva Ridge Road, Twin Lakes
3455 Hwy 91, Leadville
Colorado Trail House
127 E 8th St, Leadville
Columbine Inn and Suites
2019 N Poplar St, Leadville
719-486-5650 | 800-954-1110
Continental Divide Cabins, LLC
26465 North Hwy 24, Leadville
700 Harrison Ave, Leadville
719-486-1418 | 800-748-2004
129 West 8th St, Leadville
Grand West Village Resort
99 Grand West Drive, Leadville
719-486-0702 | 800-691-3999
Independence Realty & Property Management
1017 Poplar St, Leadville,
970-688-4342 | 877-604-9088
Leadville Backcountry LLC
Co Rte 2B, Leadville, USA
Leadville Hostel and Inn
500 E 5th St, Leadville
Leadville RV Corral
135 West 2nd Street, Leadville
67 Mt. Hope Dr, Twin Lakes
McGinnis Cottage Inn
809 Spruce Street, Leadville
Mount Elbert Lodge
10764 Hwy 82, Twin Lakes
719-486-0594 | 800-381-4433
Mountain Peaks Motel
1 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Ores and Mine Bed & Breakfast
6285 County Road 10, Twin Lakes
Peri & Eds Mountain Hideaway
201 West 8th St, Leadville
Rocky Mountain Recreation Campgrounds
1128 U.S. Hwy 24, Leadville
719-486-3637 | 877-424-6423
Silver King Inn & Suites
2020 N Poplar St., Leadville
Sugar Loafin’ Campground
2665 County Road 4, Leadville
Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts
Cooper Loop, Leadville, USA
Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association
Various backcountry locations
Timberline Motel & Apartments
216 Harrison Ave, Leadville
Twin Lakes Inn
6435 Hwy 82, Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes Road House Lodge
6411 Hwy 82, Twin Lakes
719-486-9345 | 888-486-4744
Weston Pass Hut
14900 E State Hwy 82, Twin Lakes
Windspirit-Twin Lakes LLC
6559 Hwy 82, Twin Lakes
1535 S. Hwy 24, Granite
719-486-0785 | 800-694-6627
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YOU HAVE FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES. With a down-to-earth, friendly outlook. Visit us for Rocky Mountain beauty, year-round recreation and authentic history in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. We’re affordable, too! So you can stay longer...and do more.
Be in Your Element: Discover the first golden
leaves of autumn, explore the last snow of the season, or soak in the sunniest summers in Colorado— right here in Leadville and Twin Lakes. Whether you’re an adventurer looking for uncrowded slopes or a peak-bagger seeking another 14er to put under your belt, come see how we live life in Leadville, the highest incorporated city in North America, on another level. Do you love historic trains, mining history, Victorian architecture and tales of the Old West? We have that, too. And we’re an affordable escape, so you can stay longer and do more.
Centrally located and closer than you think
You’ll feel a world away from city life, but our four-season destination is just 100 miles from Denver and 130 miles from Colorado Springs. All the highways in Lake County are part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway, one of the most beautiful drives in all of Colorado—if not the country.
Charming Downtown Harrison Avenue and
the streets in downtown Leadville are lined with Victorian architecture, specialty shops, antique stores, restaurants and museums. Check out locally made foods, beer, clothing and artwork. Dining runs the gamut from a quick bite to a relaxing meal.
After dark, sidle up to the bar in an 1880s saloon, dance to live music or take a moonlight stroll through downtown.
Summer With more than 300 days of sunshine
annually, there’s always something here to explore and experience. Summertime in Leadville and Twin Lakes brings a bounty of blooming wildflowers, daytime temperatures in the mid-70s and cool, fresh air at night.
Fall Fall in our mountains turn brilliant shades
of yellow, gold and orange. Check out the turning of the aspen trees during a scenic drive, hike or bike; from our golf course or a historic train; or while casting a line or on horseback.
Winter & Spring What’s winter like? It means
abundant, all-natural snow for downhill skiing and riding, and 100+ miles of free, groomed trails for Nordic skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, snow biking and snowmobiling. Our springtime visitors continue to enjoy the winter trails before the snowmelt. Backcountry skiing is abundant and there are various locations to enjoy it.
Explore Leadville’s National Historic Landmark District, walking tours and moonlight stargazing all year. Come on up! Your Friends in Leadville and Twin Lakes
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