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 eight things you can do on a fun fall mountain escape:

        1) Enjoy Great Weather

        Fall in Leadville means everything from warm, sunny days to snowy peaks. While it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before going up high, fall often offers some of the best hiking and biking weather of the year.

        2) Explore Uncrowded Trails

        With kids back in school and football season in full swing, 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. (Nov. 17 is National Take a Hike Day, a wonderful time to explore!)

        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! Bring kids of all ages to the Pumpkin Patch with costumes, games, lunch, and adult beverages (Saturday, Oct. 26). Run or bike for your life at the Haunted Hills Races at Colorado Mountain College Leadville (Sunday, Oct. 27). Enjoy the Halloween Trick or Treat Street and Trick or Treat at the Museum (Thursday, Oct, 31). If you’re a big kid, enjoy a Halloween Hoppy Hour at Periodic Brewing (Thursday, Oct. 31). And visit Leadville’s 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 daily through Oct. 31, and every day but Monday the rest of the winter. Temple Israel is open until Oct. 27 (and by appointment year ’round), with fascinating insights about pioneer Jewish life.

        7) Soak or Swim

        Warm up in the Lake County Aquatic Center’s hot tub and sauna. Bring the whole family to swim laps at our indoor pool and shimmy up the Aqua Climb wall!

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