What’s Open in Leadville & Twin Lakes, ColoradoDecember 16, 2020
[Updated April 13, 2021]
Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, are excited to welcome you, safely! Please be aware that face coverings are required in public, indoor spaces in Colorado. Please see what’s open:
Lodging is open. You can spend the night in hotels and motels, vacation rentals, B&Bs, and more. Or camp! Please check directly with lodging to make a reservation.
Restaurants are open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.
Indoor dining is at 50% of capacity, with social distancing requirements and extra space between tables. Enjoy American food, Mexican cuisine, Chinese food, Cuban food, coffee shops and markets, and much more!
Many retail shops are open at 50% of capacity. Be sure to explore downtown Leadville for local art, antiques, handmade furniture, outdoor gear, and much, much more. Please know that face coverings are required inside businesses and facilities, for everyone’s safety.
Learn the story of mining from yesterday to tomorrow, and explore Leadville’s history at three fascinating museums. Face coverings are required inside, along with social distancing, to keep everyone safe. Thank you for following these guidelines!
- Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin – Discover life in the 1880s Silver Rush era. Open Fridays and Saturdays.
- National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum – Explore the wonders found underground, from a world-class gem and mineral collection, to miners’ stories, to the future of mining in space. Open Tuesday – Saturday.
- Temple Israel – Learn about pioneer Jewish life at this frontier synagogue. Open Friday – Monday, and Tuesday – Thursday by appointment.
- Summer Activities – Check out the many summer sports and attractions in Leadville and Twin Lakes!
- Trails – Miles and miles of forest trails and lake shorelines are open. The transition from snow to dirt usually happens in late spring, May to June. Please note that higher elevations melt much more slowly.
- Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake are open for cold-weather fishing and walks on the shores. The Turquoise Lake Matchless boat ramp and the Twin Lakes boat ramp generally open around Memorial Day.
- Backcountry Winter Safety – If you’re heading into the backcountry for spring snow, know before you go! Check out our Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Resources.
- The Twin Lakes Inn & Saloon is open for lunch Thursday to Saturdays and brunch on Sunday until May 21, 2021. The Inn then will open seven days a week.
- All other Twin Lakes businesses are expected to open for summer by Memorial Day weekend.
- Explore the trails around Twin Lakes by foot or by bike.
- Leadville Visitor Center – The Leadville Visitor Center is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (809 Harrison Ave., Leadville)
- Twin Lakes Red Rooster Visitor Center reopens spring 2021.
Face coverings are required in all public, indoor spaces. Thank you for following these guidelines!
Getting to Leadville
All roads into Leadville and Twin Lakes are plowed and accessible throughout the winter. For road conditions during snowstorms, please check Cameras and Road Conditions at COTrip.org.
- Open: Both roads to Leadville, Highways 24 and 91, are open all winter. The eastern end of Highway 82 is open to Twin Lakes and several miles beyond the village.
- Closed: You cannot drive from Twin Lakes to Aspen, over Independence Pass, in winter. While Highway 82 is open to Twin Lakes in winter, it is closed several miles west of Twin Lakes. It reopens by Memorial Day weekend, if weather allows.
All of these roads are part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway. Enjoy the views of majestic mountains!
As of March 4, 2021, Leadville and Twin Lakes are in the Blue Level of Colorado’s Covid-19 precautions. In addition to the precautions listed above, private gatherings are limited to 10 people from 2 or fewer unique households.
See the full Lake County Public Health Order.
In Leadville and Twin Lakes, we’re excited to see you! While you are here, please help care for Coloradans to keep everyone safe. Please know that masks are required inside all public spaces in Colorado. We ask that you have an amazing time while showing our lands and people plenty of love, kindness and respect; we promise to pay it back tenfold.
- 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
Winter Backcountry Safety
If you are planning backcountry activities, be sure to check out our Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Resources. Know before you go!
Please be sure to check current fire restrictions in Lake County. Please always take care with campfires and any ignition source. Help protect our forests and homes!
Come See Us, Safely
We can’t wait to see you, safely! Have a wonderful visit!