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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Leadville’s Museums: See all seven museums with a 2017 museum passport.
- 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.
- 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’.
- Golf: North America’s highest golf course is open for the season! Find a tee time at Mt. Massive Golf Course.
- New Exhibit and Events at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum: See the new summer schedule.
- Local Races: Bike or run a race, at lengths from 5K to 100 miles. See this year’s packed calendar.
- Hiking: Walk or bike the Mineral Belt Trail, cycle the Timberline Trails, backpack the Colorado Trail, and more. Find nearby hiking trails.
- Climbing: Climb Mt. Elbert or Mt. Massive, Colorado’s highest and second-highest peaks, or another nearby 14er.
- Biking: Pedal the Mineral Belt Trail, cycle the Timberline Trails, encircle Turquoise Lake or climb the passes. Explore local biking trails.
- 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.