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Explore Leadville’s Trails the Old Fashioned Way – On Horseback!

Discover Leadville’s high country the way the early settlers did—on horseback. Animal and nature lovers can explore Leadville’s expansive trail system from the comfort of a horse. While local outfitters…

Hit the Slopes in Leadville

As home to 58 mountains that top 14,000 feet, it’s no wonder Colorado is famous for its world-class skiing and snowboarding. With an abundance of soft, powdery snow, sunny, blue…

The Museums of Leadville, Colorado

Leadville has commemorated its rich and wild history through the establishment of eight museums—more museums per capita than any other city in Colorado! With a history steeped in dramatic stories…

Swim Year-Round at the Lake County Aquatic Center

Swimming is a great year-round activity that’s perfect for the whole family. At Leadville’s Lake County Aquatic Center, water stays a warm 85°, making it a great summer and winter…

Sledding for the Young at Heart

When snow has been falling all month and cabin fever has hit its peak, it’s time to grab your sled (or tube) and head to your favorite sledding hill. While…

High Adventure, Off-Road Fun

The quickest route from one town to the other in the Rocky Mountains is often up and over a mountain, which explains why Colorado has so many high mountain passes….

Double the Fun at Twin Lakes

A mere 15 minutes south of Leadville is Twin Lakes, a small town nestled below Independence Pass and under the shadows of Colorado’s tallest mountains. Named for the two glacial…

Ski Cooper: The Locals’ Mountain

Enjoy super soft, all-natural snow at Ski Cooper, Leadville’s hometown mountain. The trees on this historic ski mountain were first cut by Colorado’s 10th Mt. Division, which used Tennessee Pass’s…

Snowmobile Trails Abound at 10,200 Feet

Snowmobiling is one of the most thrilling ways to experience America’s snow-lined backcountry. And Leadville, with its abundance of snow and national forest land, is the quintessential snowmobiling destination. Snowmobile…

Solitude and Serenity Accompany High-Mountain Fishing

Despite being landlocked, Colorado offers hundreds of stunning locations for fishing. With an abundance of snow and subsequent runoff, the Centennial State boasts more than 6,000 miles of streams and…

Turquoise Lake: Leadville’s Sparkling Gem

Five miles west of Leadville sits Turquoise Lake, one of Colorado’s favorite high-altitude recreation destinations. Dammed in the 19th century and named for the rare turquoise deposits found nearby, Turquoise…

Breathtaking Views at Clear Creek Reservoir

Twenty miles south of Leadville is Clear Creek Reservoir, a body of water that’s part of the “Eleven-Mile Reach,” a 500-year-old floodplain that starts at the confluence of the Arkansas…

Skate Away at Huck Finn Ice Rick

This winter, head to Leadville’s Huck Finn Ice Rink, an outdoor skating rink that’s ideal for athletes wanting to switch up their routine, families seeking a fun activity, and kids…

Hundreds of Hikes for All

John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks.” Nowhere is this sentiment truer than in Leadville, where hiking trails veer through alpine forests,…

Boat America’s Best Whitewater

With the arrival of warm springtime temperatures, Colorado’s snow trickles into streams, flows into creeks, and finally joins a mighty river where it becomes whitewater. It’s during this time of…

Pack a Picnic, Toss a Frisbee: Leadville Town Parks

Any sunny day is a perfect day to visit a park. Leadville has several parks where you can bring your kids, play soccer, let your dog loose, or simply take…

The San Isabel National Forest

Because it’s centrally located and has trailheads in 11 counties, Colorado’s San Isabel National Forest is one of the state’s most accessible forests. Lake County’s Leadville Ranger District is right…

Camp Under Colorado’s Brightest Stars

When you feel the need to unplug, to step away from the chaos of everyday life, there’s no better solution than camping. With a campfire before you and the bright…

Fish, Boat, & Play at the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Leadville is located in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, where some of Colorado’s heaviest runoff aggregates into the beginning of the Arkansas River. Also referred to as the Upper Arkansas…

Have Fun and Learn Something New at Leadville’s National Fish Hatchery

Created by Executive Order in 1889 to increase the supply of fish for inland waters, the Leadville National Fish Hatchery is a Leadville mainstay that’s been entertaining families for generations….

The National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum

Located within an 1899 Victorian school building (Leadville’s original high school), the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum has been hailed as “the Smithsonian of the Rockies” and “the…

Three Peaks of Fun at Copper Mountain

Head over Fremont Pass for a great day of skiing at Copper Mountain. Not to be confused with neighboring Ski Cooper, Copper offers 2,465 acres of terrain, 23 lifts, and…

Drive into the Sky on Independence Pass

Just south of Leadville is Independence Pass, which scales the Continental Divide from Twin Lakes to Aspen. While it’s part of the Top of the Rockies scenic byway, it’s also…