Fall Events in Leadville and Twin Lakes

        Autumn is a magical time in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. Think warm days, cool nights, and some of Colorado’s first gold leaves! Check out this roundup of fun things to see and do in fall. Check our calendar for details on these and other great events.

        Be sure to also see 7 great spots for leaf peeping in Leadville and Twin Lakes!

        Planes, Trains, Automobiles

        Fall Fly-In

        Saturday, Sept. 24
        8 – 11 a.m.
        Leadville Airport

        There’s no better way to see fall colors than from the air! A Fall Fly-In at the Leadville Airport welcomes people with private planes to fly in for a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns ($7 adults, $4 children). You can also get a certificate for landing at LXV, North America’s highest airport. Questions? Call 719-486-0307, or email jadamson@co.lake.co.us.

        Top of the Rockies Zipline Leadville CO


        Top of the Rockies Zipline

        Through mid-October

        Leaf peep from high in the sky on the Top of the Rockies Zipline. Or combine your zipline tour with a train ride, for a fall foliage spectacular all day long!

        Leadville Railroad’s Scenic Rides

        • BBQ Special Ride with BBQ, views and brews – Friday, Sept. 9, 2022
        • Fall Photo Weekend Specials – Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. in September

        Enjoy the fall colors and sweeping vistas of the Arkansas River Valley. Reservations are required; please book in advance. Get that special shot framed by Colorado’s autumn beauty. Make sure to bring your camera and your jacket!

        Scenic Drives

        All roads to Leadville and Twin Lakes are along the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway! Come see the gorgeous views, dotted with golden fall colors.

        Leadville’s Irish History

        A Leadville Irish Miners’ Memorial is being built to recognize the Irish community, most of whom were Irish immigrants, buried in unmarked, sunken graves in the Catholic Pauper section of Evergreen Cemetery. Join September events honoring these past members of the Leadville community.

        Leadville’s Celtic Ghosts Walking Tour

        Saturday, Sept. 10 
        10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
        Join a guided tour with Dr. Jim Walsh, a political science professor at University of Colorado Denver, who has made the Catholic Pauper section of Leadville’s Evergreen cemetery his life’s work. He has learned the names, ages, and life information of the more than 1,340 souls buried in that part of the cemetery. This tour is a fundraiser for the Leadville Irish Miners’ Memorial.

        Celebration of Phase 1 Completion of the Leadville Irish Memorial

        Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022
        10 a.m. – Noon
        Evergreen Cemetery

        Celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Leadville Irish Miners’ Memorial. The centerpiece is already in place on the plinth, along with a rock from the Climax mine. The spiral walkways and landscaping around the memorial are currently being developed. Temporary panels on site will show all the names of those who are being commemorated.

        All are welcome to attend the ceremony, and the new Irish Consul General, Micheál Smith, will be there. Guests will have time to wander and explore the unmarked graves.


        Practice Leadville St Patricks Day Parade

        Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Parade

        Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022
        2 p.m.
        Harrison Avenue, Leadville

        It’s never too early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Join us for a parade!

        Local Cuisine for Conservation

        C4 Harvest Dinner To Go

        Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
        5 – 7 p.m.

        Savor a meal made from ingredients produced in Colorado, while supporting the Cloud City Conservation Center (C4)! Pick up your Harvest Dinner To Go from FREIGHT and join us for happy hour. Enjoy your meal at FREIGHT or at home with friends and family.

        Recreation Events


        Tuesday – Thursday, Sept. 6-8, 2022

        This three-day festival celebrates through-hiking and arts. Did you know that Leadville and Twin Lakes are designated as a Continental Divide Trail gateway community? Be sure to check out the trail!

        Mt. Massive Golf Course in Leadville CO

        Sippin’ and Swingin’ Shotgun Golf Competition & Fundraiser

        Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022
        3:30 p.m.
        Mt. Massive Golf Course

        All local golfers are invited to participate in the shotgun golf competition and fundraiser at Mt. Massive Golf Course – Evening Wine Tasting Event & Raffle The event will being with a golf clinic led by award-winning golfer Dano Aldaz and Mike O’Leary. Followed by the four-hole shotgun competition.

        Cultural Events

        The Yak, a Storytelling Event 

        Friday, Sept. 9
        7 – 9 p.m.

        Bark in the Park

        Saturday, Sept. 10
        10 a.m. – Noon
        Leadville Dog Park

        Celebrate Colorado’s dogs! healthcare and training info, friendly canine competitions, and more, with Planned Pethood Leadville.

        Trivia Night

        Friday, Sept. 16
        7 – 9 p.m.

        Tell your story or hear others’ stories! This storytelling event has winners, speed, laughter, and vulnerability and is recorded and aired by KDNK.

        Storyhill Concert

        Saturday, Sept. 24
        7 p.m.
        St. George’s Episcopal Church

        Enjoy tunes from this modern folk duo based in Bozeman, Montana, that brings brotherly harmonies, infectious melodies and smart story songs together in one perfect package.

        “Roll with It” Live Auction

        Saturday, Oct. 1
        6-9 p.m.
        Tabor Opera House

        Enjoy an auction with artwork and donated items from artists and community members, all to benefit Leadville Main Street. Plus drinks, appetizers, and live music!

        “Stories Worth Telling” Film Festival

        Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
        6 p.m.
        Tabor Opera House

        Celebrate Leadville, Twin Lakes, and the region’s artistic community with films focusing on compassion, innovation, adventure, and community. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 9.

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        Leadville Flower Market

        8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
        Blue Vessel Florista

        History Tours

        Cemetery, Mining District, and Downtown Ghost Tours

        Weekends through September
        Delaware Hotel
        More info: Call 719-486-1418 or text 720-530-1235

        Local historian Roger Pretti brings to life Leadville’s mining days and spellbinding stories of miners, dance hall girls, actors, assassins, railroaders, immigrants and more, plus hair-raising stories of Cloud City’s ghosts.

        Passport to Leadville History

        📷: Diana Lange

        Matchless Mine

        Through September
        Noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
        Matchless Mine, on the eastern edge of Leadville

        Hear the Tabors’ fascinating story: a scandalous love triangle and riches to rags. On this guided tour, peer into the mining shaft that made Horace Tabor his wealth and the small cabin where Baby Doe Tabor lived out her days. Self-guided tours are also available.

        Fall at Twin Lakes

        Twin Lakes is one of the best areas around for fall colors! Whether you’re taking a drive up to Independence Pass, hiking or biking an area trail, or watching the golden glow of sunset and leaves behind the lakes, you’ll love autumn at Twin Lakes.

        Twin Lakes Boat Tours

        Daily at 11 a.m. 
        Red Rooster Boat Ramp

        Magnificent scenery, wildlife, history, and folklore await on these narrated tours. You can also tour the historic Interlaken resort, which was established in the late 1800s as a getaway for the wealthy mining tycoons. Please make reservations in advance.

        Shooting Star Gallery

        Visit the gallery for enjoy the talent of our local artists. The end-of summer-sale is on through September.

        Twin Lakes General Store

        Stop in for local maps, outdoor clothing, snacks, wine and beer, books, and much, more more! Check out the sales on weekends until October.

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