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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…

Climbing with Altitude: Leadville’s Climbing Areas

Colorado is the Rocky Mountain state. So, it should come as no surprise that it’s home to some of the nation’s best rock climbing. With varying surfaces that include limestone,…

Take a Tour to Learn More About Leadville’s History

Congress designated Leadville a National Historic Landmark in 1966, protecting a 70-square-block district that consists of 50 buildings dating back to 1870. Leadville’s historic district is home to such notable…

The Dexter Cabin and Healy House Museum

In 1878, August R. Meyer, a prominent mining engineer, built a two-story, Greek Revival home for his bride, Emma. Little did he know his nine-bedroom house, situated on a hill…

Catch Amazing Views from the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway

The 1860s-mining boom changed the face of Colorado as high-country mining towns spread like wildfire. Today, the Top of the Rockies scenic byway connects these historic towns while providing drives…

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…

Hike a Colorado Fourteener for the View of a Lifetime

Colorado is famous for its awe-inspiring, scenic views. Nowhere are these views more stunning than atop a 14,000-foot mountain. Something amazing happens to the mind and the heart at this…

Visit Horace Tabor’s Greatest Feat: The Tabor Opera House

No expense was spared when Horace Tabor built Leadville’s iconic opera house in 1879 for the hefty price tag of $40,000, making it one of the costliest structures in Colorado…

Drive Along High-Mountain Roads for the Ultimate Scenic Tour

Want a more casual, leisurely Colorado experience? Jump into your car and head out for a scenic drive. Colorado’s web of picturesque roads climbs mountain passes, cruises through valleys, and…

Bike For Miles Along High Mountain Roads

It’s no secret Coloradans are passionate about biking. For many, two-wheeled fun means hitting roads and paths the moment the snow has melted. With Colorado’s endless blue skies and 300…

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…

Doc Holliday After the OK Corral

John Henry “Doc” Holliday was a dentist who suffered from tuberculosis. He moved to Tombstone, Arizona for its dry climate. There, he became a fierce gambler, befriended Wyatt Earp, and…

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….

Many Famous Faces Passed Through Leadville

During its peak, Leadville was the second largest city in Colorado with 30,000 residents. Compared with today’s population of 2,600, it’s amazing to think about the sheer number of people…

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Ice Fishing in Leadville

Fishing season doesn’t have to end when the lakes freeze over. For some, this is the best time of year to fish. Imagine, it’s just you, the shanty, the winter…

The Many Mines of Leadville

So much of Leadville’s fame, fortunes, and tragedies stem from its prolific gold and silver strikes. Its economic ebbs and flows mirrored mining activities and its current popularity as a…

The Leadville Heritage Museum and Gallery

Leadville’s well-recognized and historic red brick building wasn’t always the Heritage Museum and Gallery. Built in 1904, it was originally the city’s first library, a building famously funded by Andrew…

It’s Always a Good Time in Leadville

Leadville celebrates its history, environment, and love of a good old party through several annual festivals and events. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is. If it’s snowing…

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…

A Time Line of Leadville’s History

Leadville has a vast history rooted in mining and the outdoors. Following are key events that have occurred since gold was first discovered in 1860. 1860 – Abe Lee Discovers…

Art, Dining, Breweries Oh My!

After a day of playing outside or exploring the relics of Leadville’s past, it’s time to relax by perusing galleries, getting a bite to eat, or enjoying a pint of…

The Evergreen Cemetery: A Record of Leadville’s Past

The Evergreen Cemetery was established in 1879 after Leadville’s original cemetery was deemed unsuitable. It’s still used today and is divided into sections where members of various organizations and families…

The Hopemore Underground Mine Tour

Experience life as a miner with the Hopemore Underground Mine Tour, one of the last mine tours available in Colorado. Owner, and former underground mine worker, Bob Calder, takes visitors…

Disc Golf: Your Newest Passion

When all it takes is a disc to get started, disc golf has become a very popular sport for people of all ages and abilities. With close to 200 courses…