12 Great Reasons to Visit Leadville This Summer

        Summer is underway in North America’s highest-elevation town. Explore these top 12 reasons to visit Leadville, and plan your trip today.

        1. Cultural Events at the Tabor Opera House: Concerts, plays, comedy, ballet, and more in the Tabor Opera House’s first season under Leadville ownership, plus revamped tours six days a week. See the 2017 schedule.
        2. Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad: Special train rides to see wildflowers, eat BBQ, raft-and-ride and zipline-and-ride are planned for summer. Buy a train ticket.
        3. Leadville’s Museums: See all seven museums with a 2017 museum passport.
        4. Fishing in Gold Medal Waters: Spring fishing is underway on the Arkansas River, Twin Lakes, and Turquoise Lake, and the road around Turquoise Lake is open for summer. Check out the latest fishing report.
        5. Independence Pass: This jaw-dropping pass is open only from Memorial Day weekend to mid-fall. Take the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway to an eagle-eye view at 12,095’.
        6. Golf: North America’s highest golf course is open for the season! Find a tee time at Mt. Massive Golf Course.
        7. New Exhibit and Events at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum: See the new summer schedule.
        8. Local Races: Bike or run a race, at lengths from 5K to 100 miles. See this year’s packed calendar.
        9. Hiking: Walk or bike the Mineral Belt Trail, cycle the Timberline Trails, backpack the Colorado Trail, and more. Find nearby hiking trails.
        10. Climbing: Climb Mt. Elbert or Mt. Massive, Colorado’s highest and second-highest peaks, or another nearby 14er.
        11. Biking: Pedal the Mineral Belt Trail, cycle the Timberline Trails, encircle Turquoise Lake or climb the passes. Explore local biking trails.
        12. Leadville Boom Days: The first weekend in August, join in as Leadville celebrates its mining heritage with burro races, mining competitions, a Victorian mosey, a parade, and more.