History & Recreation

East Side Mining District Roads

Co Rd 1, Leadville, CO 80461

        An intriguing network of county roads threads through Leadville's East Side Mining District. As you explore these dirt roads, you'll pass 1880s headframes, wooden ore houses, and maybe even rail tracks heading into a hillside. To the west are incredible views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, the state's two highest peaks. To the east looms the Mosquito Range and the ...

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        Leadville National Fish Hatchery

        2846 Highway 300, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-0189  |  Website >

            Watch fish swish at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, built in 1889 and the nation’s second-oldest federal hatchery. Tours, Trails, and Picnics For a close-up view of the fish production process, take a self-guided tour through this brownstone building, with tanks of fish inside and out. Tours are available by appointment to organized groups. Walk the hatchery’s scenic one-mile nature trail ...

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            Mineral Belt Trail

            Mineral Belt Trail, U.S. 24, Leadville Website >

                On Leadville’s famous Mineral Belt Trail, you can see the tops of the towering Sawatch mountains and remnants of 1880s silver mines, all on a paved, 11.6 mile loop around town. Did you know the Guggenheims made their fortune in Leadville? See the headframe where they struck the motherlode, original cribbing and pools from the mining days, and unobstructed views ...

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