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8 Fun Things to Do In Leadville in the Fall

        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 eight things you can do on a fun fall mountain escape: 1) Enjoy Great Weather Fall in Leadville means everything ...

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        Explore our New Exhibit: Women at Historic Colorado Mining Sites

              Be sure to catch a new exhibit on women in mining, in Leadville, Colorado. “Human Imprint: Women at Historic Colorado Mining Sites” opens Sept. 30, 2019, at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. This exhibit explores the role of women at Colorado mining towns at the turn of the 19th century. Like prospectors, women were trying to forge better ...

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              Catch the Scenic Train This Fall!

                    The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad has extended its season, with weekend train rides through October. With the leaves turning late this year, this new schedule makes sure you can catch the fall colors by train! Check out these specials: The Pumpkin Patch Express: Great for the entire family, this special ride includes a jack-o-lantern coloring area, face painting, games, and ...

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                    7 Sweet Spots for Fall Colors Near Leadville

                          Leaves are starting to change color in Leadville, Colorado, with hints of gold on the mountains. Fall comes early in North America’s highest city! Make sure you catch the fall colors in the mountains this year. Here are 7 sweet spots where you can see them: 1) Scenic Drive 1: Twin Lakes and Independence Pass: In the fall, bright yellow aspen light ...

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                          Celebrate Labor Day in Leadville & Twin Lakes!

                                Take a Labor Day getaway to Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! Here are some ideas of ways to spend a fun-filled holiday weekend. Things to Do Celebrate the lakes. Eke out another weekend of summer on big blue Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake. Float in a boat, fish from the shore, walk or relax on the beach, or rent a kayak, ...

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                                7 History Tours to Take in Leadville, Colorado

                                      Leadville, Colorado, was one of the West’s wildest silver boomtowns in the late 1800s, and many reminders of its history can still be seen today. Check out these seven kinds of history tours in Leadville and nearby Twin Lakes, Colorado. 1) Downtown Museums Plan a full day to explore Leadville’s many museums—all within walking distance of each other—and learn the area’s ...

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                                      12 Reasons You Can’t Miss Leadville Boom Days

                                            This year marks the 70th running of the burro races at Leadville Boom Days, a three-day festival to celebrate mining heritage in Leadville, Colorado. And this long-standing festival truly has something for everyone! Themed "70 Years of Haulin' Ass," the event kicks off Friday, Aug. 2 and goes through Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. In addition to the best-known events—the burro races, ...

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                                            July 4th Week in Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                                  July 4th is coming, and Leadville, Colorado, has a full week of holiday fun! North America’s highest-elevation town marks July 4th with small-town fun. Dash through a Firecracker 5k Run at 8:30 a.m. Cheer a rousing parade at 10 a.m. along historic Harrison Avenue. Cheer fireworks at dusk with a backdrop of Colorado’s two highest peaks! With July 4th ...

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                                                  7 Things To Do in Twin Lakes this Spring

                                                        When planning a visit to the high country, make sure you head to Twin Lakes, Colorado! Set near the edge of two of Colorado’s largest glacial lakes, this historic village is both picturesque and welcoming. And it's now open for a season of fun! Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway The Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway, also known as Highway ...

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                                                        Tabor Opera House Season Opens May 25

                                                              Vintage-American singer Eilen Jewell will kick off the summer season at the historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado, on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 8 p.m. In a world where pop country music dominates the radio waves, Eilen goes back in time and uncovers a sound that is both warm and familiar, as well as fresh and new. She ...

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                                                              6 Great Ways to Play in Leadville’s Spring Snow

                                                                    Spring snow is still deep and rideable in Leadville, Colorado. And we're often still topped with a layer of freshies! If you'd like to play in fresh snow and warm sunshine, Leadville is just the place. Here are six great ways to play in our abundant spring snow. 1) Snowmobile: Take a snowmobile tour or bring your own sled! Zoom around ...

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                                                                    Get Your Passport to Leadville History

                                                                          If you love Colorado mining history, the Passport to Leadville History is just the ticket for you. Buy a Passport and save $20 on historic tours and museums—plus weeknight discounts at a historic hotel. The Passport is good for the entire 2019 summer season and is transferable to others. Here’s what you get with your Leadville Passport to History! Scenic Train ...

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                                                                          Leadville HIstory Month: Explore the Mineral Belt Trail

                                                                                In honor of Leadville History Month, in April, we’re bringing you a few of the many, many history highlights from the Cloud City’s colorful past. We'll start with the Mineral Belt Trail, a family-friendly 12-mile trail encircling Leadville that showcases both the stunning natural beauty in North America's highest city and its rich mining heritage. In 2019, with our abundant snow, ...

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                                                                                Spring Break in Leadville, Colorado

                                                                                      It’s almost time for spring break, and that means spring snow! Leadville is always an affordable option for a Colorado trip, with extra specials this time of year. Come for skiing, winter mountain biking, backcountry hut and yurt trips, and more! Spring Skiing At Ski Cooper, lift tickets top out at $56, with extra savings this spring. Come for $30 Thursdays ...

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                                                                                      Romantic Fun in Leadville, Colorado

                                                                                            Valentine’s Day is on the way, and there’s no shortage of romantic fun in Leadville, Colorado! Check out February parties, dancing, full moon skiing, couples’ ski deals, romantic meals in yurts, and cozy places to stay. Parties Spirits in the Shaft: A Wine, Beer & Whiskey Tasting Event opens the doors of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum for ...

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                                                                                            Winter Races in Leadville, Colorado

                                                                                                  This winter, race to Leadville, Colorado, to test your mettle in a wide array of winter sports! When the snow flies, you can zip through backcountry alpine touring, fat bike, mushing, and Nordic ski races. Come for the Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby and Leadville’s famed Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend! The nation's highest-elevation city, Leadville is a top spot ...

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                                                                                                  Spend the Holidays in Leadville and Twin Lakes

                                                                                                        The holidays are fast approaching, and so are creative ways to celebrate them. Spend the holidays in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, at the very rooftop of Colorado! Ski under the full moon or take a snowcat to dinner in a yurt, enjoy special theater performances at Twin Lakes, a torchlight ski parade, ski tours with rangers, New Year’s Eve parties, ...

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                                                                                                        Leadville Holiday Parade of Lights Nov. 30

                                                                                                        Tabor Opera House, Leadville, CO

                                                                                                              Light up your holidays with a sparkling Parade of Lights in Leadville, Colorado! The parade floats down Harrison Avenue just after sunset on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, starting at 6 p.m. Afterwards, kids can tell Santa and Mrs. Claus their wishes. Everyone can warm up with hot cocoa and holiday cookies at the Courthouse and enjoy the carols. Downtown shops ...

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                                                                                                              Catch Leadville Winter Activities on Colorado Public Television

                                                                                                                    Get a taste of winter activities in Leadville, Colorado, with special new videos from the Colorado Public Television (Channel 12) Street Level series. In the first episode of this intriguing two-part series, host Juliana Broste will explore the “City in the Clouds,” honor the famed heroes of the 10th Mountain Division, hop on a snowcat for an exciting tour on Chicago ...

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                                                                                                                    FREIGHT: Leadville’s Hip New Event Space

                                                                                                                          If you’re looking for a cool new space to hold a wedding or meeting in Leadville, Colorado, check out FREIGHT, a lovingly restored railroad depot just blocks from the historic downtown that opened this fall. You might get to visit if you attend an event in town, as FREIGHT is quickly becoming a popular venue in the community. An appealing blend ...

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                                                                                                                          Have a Working Vacation You’ll Enjoy – in Leadville

                                                                                                                                Ready for a vacation, but need to keep in touch with the office? Two new amenities in Leadville, Colorado, make a working vacation a little easier. Enjoy a scenic new co-working space and access reliable Internet. When you're off the clock, unplug with a full array of outdoor adventure, historical sites, and jaw-dropping scenery. Work with a View Now you can work ...

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                                                                                                                                Mosquito Pass 4WD Road

                                                                                                                                      Brave the Highway of Frozen Death Leadville, Colorado, is known for extremes, and the four-wheel-drive (4WD) road over Mosquito Pass is no exception. With a high point of 13,185’, it’s the fourth-highest road in Colorado—with mountain weather to boot. Known as "The Highway of Frozen Death," it is open from July through September each year, depending on snowfall. The route requires ...

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                                                                                                                                      10 Reasons to Visit Twin Lakes

                                                                                                                                            If you haven’t been to Twin Lakes, Colorado, add it to your bucket list. These large glacial lakes lie at the foot of Colorado’s highest peaks and offer a wealth of recreation. In addition, the mountain hamlet of Twin Lakes offers intriguing history, delicious food, and charming places to lay your weary head. Whether your taste for adventure is wild or ...

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                                                                                                                                            3 Reasons to Love Spring in the Rockies

                                                                                                                                                  In North America’s highest city, we’re embracing the in-between season, when winter hasn’t quite left and summer hasn’t quite arrived. Come see for yourself why this playful season is a great time to visit Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. 1. You can enjoy winter or summer sports—on the same day. Early spring is the best of both worlds. Want to sneak ...

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                                                                                                                                                  10 Top Ideas for a Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

                                                                                                                                                        For the ultimate summer kickoff, spend Memorial Day weekend a little closer to the sun. Leadville, the highest city in North America, fully opens for the season on this special holiday weekend. Revel in these just-opened-for-summer activities. 1. Camp out. Campgrounds open May 25 for your tent camping and RV fun. Come see the stars in the Rockies. 2. Fish or ...

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                                                                                                                                                        Walk Back in Time in Downtown Leadville

                                                                                                                                                              To wrap up Leadville History Month, let’s share some fun facts about this 1880s silver mining boomtown. Did you know that a popular Harrison Avenue jewelry store once offered one of Queen Isabella’s diamonds for $10,000, way back in 1880? (In that location, you can now buy or rent two-wheeled human-powered machines that let you access the gems of Leadville trails, ...

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                                                                                                                                                              Plan a Spring Adventure Sampler

                                                                                                                                                                    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 ...

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                                                                                                                                                                    Nordic Ski the Leadville Loppet — Now a Birke Qualifier!

                                                                                                                                                                          Calling all Nordic skiers—the 15th Annual Leadville Loppet is on the way, and for the first time ever it’s an American Birkebeiner qualifier! This year also marks the first-ever Summit to Lake Nordic Ski Challenge. Join us Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, for a fun family ski race high in the Rockies that ends with our world-famous blueberry soup. The Loppet runs ...

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                                                                                                                                                                          Sip Wine at the Mine

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                                                                                                                                                                                The evening of Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, join us for Wine at the Mine, a special after-hours event at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM). You can explore the entire museum while sampling tastings from Colorado wineries, breweries, distillers, and distributors—along with bites of culinary delights from local restaurants. Enjoy these 2018 Wine at the Mine highlights: Special ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                Happy 75th Birthday, Ski Cooper!

                                                                                                                                                                                      The 2017-2018 season marked the 75th birthday of Ski Cooper and the winter of 1942-1943, when Cooper Hill first was used for ski training. Ski Cooper’s Younger Days So what happened in Cooper’s first year? The area played an important role in World War II—it served as a training ground for ski troopers who ultimately helped turn the tide of the war. ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      7 Great Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in Leadville

                                                                                                                                                                                            For a 2018 to remember, ring in the New Year in Leadville, North America’s highest-elevation city! Here’s a list of New Year’s events at 10,152’! Dec. 31, 2017 - New Year's Eve Ski Cooper's 75th Birthday Party Ski Cooper is celebrating its 75th year! Start off a season of celebration on New Year’s Eve, with live music from the Trading Fours ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Chop, Chop: Cut Your Own $10 Christmas Tree

                                                                                                                                                                                                  For some Leadville locals, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a journey into the forest to choose and cut their own Christmas tree. You, too, can share in this time-honored tradition. For the low, low cost of $10, you can buy a permit to enter National Forest land in Lake County. Trek in old school—shouldering a saw or ax—and engage your ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  7 Intriguing Facts About Camp Hale

                                                                                                                                                                                                        On Veterans Day, you can honor those who served our country by exploring Camp Hale. Did you know this picturesque valley is where World War II soldiers learned to fight on skis—and where the CIA secretly trained Tibetan fighters? That Camp Hale may soon have a first-of-its-kind historic designation? And that it’s a great place to hike and bike (and soon, snowmobile)? Read ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanksgiving Weekend: Yurts, Trails, and a Shop Small Extravaganza

                                                                                                                                                                                                              For a unique Thanksgiving, head to the hills! Local favorite Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and its luxury sleep yurts open for the season on Thanksgiving day. For a unique holiday experience, Nordic ski, or snowshoe a mile through the pines to a candlelit yurt for a gourmet dinner of turkey and the traditional fixings, or elk, trout, or more tasty entrees. Spend ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              12 Great Reasons to Visit Leadville This Summer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Summer is underway in North America's highest-elevation town. Explore these top 12 reasons to visit Leadville, and plan your trip today. Cultural Events at the Tabor Opera House: Concerts, plays, comedy, ballet, and more in the Tabor Opera House's first season under Leadville ownership, plus revamped tours six days a week. See the 2017 schedule. Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad: Special ...

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