7 Fun Things to Do In Leadville in the FallSeptember 24, 2019
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) 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! Typical celebrations include a Pumpkin Patch with costumes, games, lunch, and adult beverages and a Haunted Hills running and bike race at Colorado Mountain College Leadville. You can also keep an eye out for trick or treat at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Halloween Hoppy Hour at Periodic Brewing, and more. Or take a stroll through Leadville’s historic Evergreen Cemetery…if you dare. Please check back for 2020 dates.
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 typically is open daily through Oct. 31, and every day but Monday the rest of the winter. Temple Israel is usually open until late October (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!