7 Fun Things to Do In Leadville in the Fall

        Fall is a quiet season in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, after the summer vacationers and before the snow-lovers. Trails and restaurants are calm, and lodging rates are lower for shoulder season. If you need more reasons to visit, here are seven things you can do on a fun fall mountain escape:

        1) Explore Uncrowded Trails

        In the fall, the trails near Leadville and Twin Lakes offer a peaceful wilderness escape. Come enjoy the quiet and the welcoming weather for biking and hiking, and even have the off-road adventures to yourself. Fall in Leadville means everything from warm, sunny days to snowy peaks. While it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast, fall often offers some of the best hiking and biking weather of the year. Nov. 17 is National Take a Hike Day, a wonderful time to explore!

        2) Ride the Scenic Train

        Sit back, relax, and enjoy majestic alpine scenery from the comfort of the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad! Trains run weekends through Nov. 1, 2020.

        3) See a Ghost Town

        To visit the ghosts of yesteryear, head to the East Side Mining District just above Leadville. There you’ll find the remains of Leadville’s silver mining boom days, from looming headframes to creaky ore houses that once bustled with miners. Drive up Toledo Street to California Gulch, and just to the north of where the Mineral Belt Trail crosses the road, you can read about the spooky happenings in nearby mines. Decide for yourself if the stories are true! Download a Heritage Guide to learn more about the area’s history.

        4) Celebrate Halloween

        A town full of 120-year-old Victorian buildings offers a great ambiance for Halloween! Check the Pumpkin Patch and Oktoberfest at FREIGHT Leadville on Saturday, Oct. 24. Take a stroll through Leadville’s historic Evergreen Cemetery…if you dare.

        5) Bag a Big One

        Fall means hunting season, and the wilderness surrounding Leadville and Twin Lakes make for excellent hunting. Ride horseback into a pack camp or go on a guided hunt with Halfmoon Packing and Outfitting. Hone your skills at Leadville’s public shooting range. See Colorado Parks & Wildlife for info on hunting seasons, licenses, and more.

        6) Tour Unique Museums

        Explore Leadville’s unique museums to see crystals and gems, walk through life-size mine replicas, tour an 1879 opera house, and marvel at a frontier synagogue. The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is open year ’round. Temple Israel is open until late October (and by appointment year ’round), with fascinating insights about pioneer Jewish life. The Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin lets you experience daily life in the Silver Rush days. It is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

        7) Visit Downtown Leadville

        Roam the 70-block National Historic District in downtown Leadville. Browse unique shops. Dine in delicious restaurants. Have a drink in an old-time saloon. And walk to the three museums open in the fall of 2020. Step back in time, in our Victorian-era buildings.

        No matter what you do, you’re sure to fall in love with Leadville in the autumn. Book your stay today!

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