Seasons

Lodging Reopens June 1st in Leadville and Twin Lakes, CO

        Summer is kicking off in the high country, and lodging is reopening in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! As of June 1, 2020, lodging properties may reopen if they’ve received approval from Lake County Public Health Agency. This means that when you stay in Lake County, you can do so with confidence that your room meets careful and thoughtful guidelines for ...

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        Summer of 2020 in Leadville and Twin Lakes

              [Updated May 26, 2020] This summer, things will look a little different in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. We’d like to tell you what to expect—and how you can enjoy Leadville, Twin Lakes, and our miles of forests, mountains, and sparkling waters. Plan to Come See Us, Safely We continue to reopen slowly, within safety guidelines, and are excited to continue ...

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              Summer Road Trip to Twin Lakes!

                    For a great road trip, head to Twin Lakes, Colorado, this spring! Set near the edge of two of Colorado’s largest glacial lakes, this historic village is both picturesque and welcoming. Businesses in Twin Lakes, and the jaw-dropping drive over Independence Pass, re-open by Memorial Day weekend, depending on snow conditions. Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway The Top of the ...

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                    8 Great Ways to Explore History this Winter in Leadville & Twin Lakes

                          If you'd like to learn more about Colorado's past, explore Leadville and Twin Lakes history this winter and spring! Here, links to the past abound. From museums to winter trails to Victorian architecture, you’ll find unique character in our genuine and historic mountain towns. If you're on a ski vacation and need a break from the slopes, or your family  members ...

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                          Ski Cooper Opens New Advanced Runs

                                Ski Cooper has now opened new double black diamond ski runs! Come discover 70 skiable acres of new advanced terrain! New Tennessee Creek Basin Double Black Diamonds Meet some of the new runs: Powder Stache and Solstice: Glades with steep grades Bumpus Rumpus and Swan Song: Two of the area's eight new chutes Maverick and Viper: Cleared runs At the new ...

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                                Fun Things to Do in Winter in Leadville, Colorado

                                      Experience winter in Leadville, Colorado, for a trip you'll never forget. The highest city in North America has the best snow around, plus tons of ways to enjoy it. Watch our Colorado Public Television series to learn just how much there is to do in winter! In Leadville, City in the Clouds, we'll check out the great skiing at Ski Cooper. Discover ...

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                                      5 Ways to Snowshoe Leadville, Colorado

                                            It’s snowing in Leadville, Colorado, and it’s time to play outside. There’s nothing better than strapping on snowshoes and tromping through the fluffy stuff! Here in North America’s highest city, at 10,152', the snow's so great that we were chosen to host the 2020 Dion Snowshoes US National Snowshoe Championships! Whether you’re a seasoned snowshoe racer or it’s your first time ...

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                                            Why Winter in Twin Lakes Is Double the Fun

                                                  This year, come celebrate TWIN-ter in Twin Lakes, Colorado! This tiny historic village has outsized views of Colorado’s largest glacial lakes. The state’s tallest peak, 14,433’ Mt. Elbert, towers overhead. And you’ll get a true small-town feel in Twin Lakes, which claims only 23 full-time residents—counting dogs. Weather is often a bit warmer in Twin Lakes than in nearby Leadville, which ...

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                                                  New Year’s Eve & Holiday Fun

                                                        Start 2020 a little closer to the stars, with fun New Year's celebrations in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! Escape to North America's highest city for New Year's parties, dinners, skiing, and more! New Year's Eve Celebrations Tuesday, Dec. 31 Join a New Year’s Eve celebration at Ski Cooper on Dec. 31, 2019. Check back soon for details! In years past, ...

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                                                        Have a Happy Halloween in Leadville

                                                              Celebrate Halloween in Leadville, Colorado, for a spooky good time! Its storied history is full of miners and outlaws, who are bound to have left some ghosts. Its National Historic Landmark District has 70 blocks of original Victorian homes and businesses, and stories of spirits abound. Plus, you're up on a remote mountaintop for All Hallow's Eve when you stay at ...

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

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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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                                                                                      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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                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                          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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