Hiking at the Leadville Fish Hatchery


With an average of 310 days of sunshine a year, more than 188,000 acres of national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands spread over 368 square miles, and the state’s highest mountains, Lake County, Colorado, features abundant opportunities for year-round, high-country fun. Trail information and maps for both winter and summer recreation are available at the U.S. Forest Service. In addition, the Lake County Recreation Department has programs and events throughout the year.

Warm-weather Recreation

Pleasant summer temperatures and pure mountain air make Leadville and Twin Lakes popular summertime destinations for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. From hiking to top of the horseback ridestate's two highest Fourteeners, biking and high-elevation training and competitions, to horseback riding, camping, fishing, four-wheeling or enjoying the wildlife and wildflowers on a leisurely hike, there’s an activity to suit just about anyone. You'll find plenty to do in town as well, with two National Historic Districts, historical walking and driving tours, museums, shops, and great places to eat and stay. The Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad takes you on a scenic journey through the Arkansas River Valley. Mt Massive Golf is a friendly, affordable course surrounded by forests and ranchland. Stop by and visit the new Leadville Lake County Community Park and Sports Complex, complete with a playground for the kids and the world's highest synthetic turf field.

Fall is especially beautiful in the high country. Click here for 21 reasons to visit Leadville in the fall.

Cold-weather Recreation

Skier with snowballLake County’s abundant snow provides for a vast number of popular winter activities, including snowshoeing, alpine and telemark skiing and riding, Nordic and cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, hut trips and dog sledding. Ski Cooper is one of the best values around, with $47 lift tickets and a "Never Ever Ski Package" for beginners that includes a lesson, equipment rental and an EZ Street Magic Carpet® ticket for just $60. There are many special events as well, including the Leadville Loppet Race, Winter Carnival, snowshoe races, ice fishing competitions and the Winter Mountain Bike Series. Don't miss the annual Ski Joring competition, which takes place the first weekend in March!

Year-round Recreation

Regardless of the weather, there's always something fun to do in Leadville and Twin Lakes. You can enjoy all four seasons on the Mineral Belt Trail, which is perfect for hiking and biking in the warmer months and is groomed for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. For outdoor recreation, Colorado just doesn't get any better than this!