Plan a Spring Adventure SamplerApril 5, 2018
Spring is in the air—and the water and the land. Plan your own adventure sampler for a late spring or early summer getaway to Leadville and Twin Lakes! Shape your ideal trip with fishing, rafting or paddling, mountain biking, hiking, ziplining, and more. Pick two or more to make your own mountain biathlon, triathlon, or enduro race and a trip you’ll remember forever!
In the Air
Ziplining: Until mid-April, and starting again May 15, the Top of the Rockies Zipline gives you wings—or at least the chance to soar above the trees as high as 11,200’, looking out to the tallest and most majestic peaks in Colorado.
Flying: Have your own plane? Fly into the Leadville-Lake County airport, North America’s highest, for a special thrill and a big check on your bucket list.
On the Water
Fish Gold Medal Trout Waters and Pristine Lakes: Catch the fish you wish in Gold Medal Trout Waters. Just outside Leadville, you have easy access to some of Colorado’s best fishing, in the headwaters of the Arkansas River, known for its abundance of wild trout ranging up to 17” long. Or drop your line in high alpine lakes and giant glacial lakes Turquoise and Twin Lakes, which give fish plenty of room to grow.
Raft the Arkansas: Just downstream from Leadville is some of the country’s best whitewater. Experience the melt firsthand on a rollicking rafting trip!
On the Land
Cycle at Elevation: On the roads or the trails, biking near Leadville and Twin Lakes offers spectacular scenery and, at 10,152’, as much (or as little) challenge as you like.
- Road Bike: Bringing the family on your adventure sampler? Try the Mineral Belt Trail, a paved 12-mile loop around town that transitions from a groomed winter fat biking trail to summer status mid-to late spring. Want a challenge? Ride the steep highways over Fremont Pass (open now) or Independence Pass (opens Memorial Day weekend).
- Mountain Bike: If dirt is more your style, come late spring to find flowy singletrack on the Timberline Trails, or explore the East Side Mining District roads to see remains of the area’s rich mining history and unobstructed views of the Sawatch mountain range. These trails usually switch from groomed winter fat biking trails to dirt trails late spring.
Hike to Heights: If you like to hike, there are plenty of trails to choose for your sampler. For a family-oriented adventure trip, journey to Interlaken, a ghost resort on the far shore of Twin Lakes. Or hike the nature trail or an easy loop at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, then gawk at tanks full of fish.
For a lung-busting day with jaw-dropping scenery, climb a 14er. Mt. Elbert (14,433’) is Colorado’s highest peak and is in the backyard of Leadville and Twin Lakes. For an equal challenge and fewer fellow hikers, try Mt. Massive, the second-highest at 14,421’, or other area 14ers like La Plata or Mt. of the Holy Cross.
Mix It Up
Ride the Rails, then Fly or Float: Not into planning? Try a pre-packaged sampler for stellar spring fun. Starting Memorial Day weekend, take a scenic train journey on the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad deep into the San Isabel National Forest, with views of Colorado’s highest peaks. Combine this relaxing ride with a breathtaking flight through the air at 11,200’ on the Top of the Rockies Zipline (starting May 26)—or with wild rafting ride on the Arkansas River (starting June 16)!