Camping Guide to Leadville & Twin Lakes, COJuly 23, 2020
[Updated August 20, 2020]
In this summer of social distancing, camping in Leadville and Twin Lakes is a popular getaway. As Colorado continues in the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phase, we share this guide to help you plan your own camping trip.
Where to Camp
Explore the campgrounds near Leadville and Twin Lakes, or book a hut for your family. While huts usually allow you to share the experience with other parties, this year is different. Weston Pass Hut lets you book the entire hut and is using enhanced cleaning protocols. The 10th Mountain Division Huts this year offer only single-party reservations and have reduced the minimum booking reservation size from 16 to 12.
You can also camp in a yurt. The rustic Leadville Backcountry Yurts are set high in the Mosquito Range. The Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts provide a more luxurious experience complete with optional room service, and you hike a mile through the forest to reach them. Dispersed camping is allowed in the area, but please be prepared for record numbers of campers, and arrive early to find a spot. Please note there is no camping, and no parking on beaches, on the Southeast side of the dam at Twin Lakes. U.S. Forest Service signs are posted in this area.
Our dark skies are a great place to see meteor showers, and the Milky Way. Check out the timing of upcoming celestial events.
A statewide fire ban is now in effect, and no open flames are allowed in Colorado. Please check the current fire restrictions for details. Campfires are never allowed on the beaches on the Southeast side of the Twin Lakes dam.
Where to Eat
As you pass through our genuine mountain towns, stop in and grab a bite to eat. Order up pizza, Mexican favorites, American food, and more. Check out our restaurants, with takeout and dine-in options. Pick up some brewed-in-Leadville beers from our two brewpubs, Periodic Brewing and the brand-new Two Mile Brewing Co., for your campfire fun.
Gear and Supplies
Outdoor Equipment Rentals
Will a bike, canoe, or standup paddleboard make your camping trip complete? These local businesses can help!
You’ll find the highest outdoors fun in Leadville and Twin Lakes. See where to hike, bike, and fish. Take a boat tour across Twin Lakes to Interlaken resort. Ride the Leadville train. Fly on the Top of the Rockies zipline. Play golf at North America’s highest course, where your ball flies farther in the thin air. Hone your fishing skills with a fly fishing guide.
Ride horseback or take a stagecoach ride. Rent a UTV for off-road fun. Bring a skateboard and check out the Leadville skatepark. For a stroll in the cool Rocky Mountain summer, do a self-guided historic walking tour of downtown Leadville or Twin Lakes village or a guided cemetery, ghost, or safari tour in Leadville.
Rainy Day Activities
Sitting out a rainy Colorado afternoon? Head to museums in Leadville. Open this summer are the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin, Matchless Mine and Baby Doe Tabor’s cabin, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Tabor Opera House tours (by online advance reservation), and Temple Israel.
Then go shopping in Leadville and Twin Lakes for local art, antiques, clothing, souvenirs, and much more.
Come See Us, Safely
For everyone’s safety, please follow these guidelines:
- Space: Keep a Ski’s Length Apart
- Mask: Cover Up, Like in the Wild West (Face coverings are required in all public, indoor spaces in Colorado)
- Clean: Practice Clean Habits
- Stay: Remain at Home When You’re Sick
- Know: Look Before You Leave for the Latest Info
Leadville, Twin Lakes, and all of Lake County is under a fire ban, and campfires are currently prohibited.
We look forward to welcoming you to Leadville and Twin Lakes!