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10 Winter Adventures at Leadville & Twin Lakes

        If you’re seeking winter adventures, you’ll find treasures at Leadville and Twin Lakes. Discover 10 ways to have fun at the top of the Rockies! (📷: @coloradojerseygirl / Instagram) 1) Dogsled Go dogsledding! Let happy huskies pull you past phenomenal views of forests, lakes, and Colorado’s highest peaks. 2) Ski or Ride Cooper Enjoy the wide-open spaces at this family ...

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        What’s New in Leadville & Twin Lakes, Colorado

              With many new businesses opening in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, local entrepreneurs are showing their grit. Despite the pandemic, new shops and services have launched and new owners have put new twists on long-standing local businesses. Originally published in the spring, this list continues to grow. See what’s new in town since your last visit! You’ll get a warm welcome ...

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              7 Sweet Spots for Fall Colors Near Leadville & Twin Lakes

                    Leaves are changing color in Leadville, Colorado, with gold on the mountains. 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 Bright yellow aspen light up the mountainsides behind Twin Lakes, large blue glacial lakes. Mt. Elbert and Mt. ...

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                    Dogs of Leadville & Twin Lakes

                          In honor of National Dog Day, we'd like to share these photos of pups enjoying their time in Leadville & Twin Lakes, Colorado. Come see us and bring your furry friend! Take your doggo on a hike, to Twin Lakes or Turquoise Lake, on a Leadville Railroad ride, and much more! (Pup on train: 📷: @best.buddy.photography ...

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                          Top 10 Reasons to Visit Leadville and Twin Lakes, CO, this Fall

                                Leaves change first in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. At elevations around 10,000’, the aspen usually peak mid- to late September, surrounding scenic drives, hikes, bike rides, and train rides with golden leaves. Here are some of our favorite reasons to visit Leadville and Twin Lakes this fall! 📷: @browneyedgirlsnaps 1. National Scenic and Historic Byway – Autumn Roads All roads ...

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                                Aug. 6-7: Block Party, Train Rides & Film Fest!

                                      Local Women Leaders Throw Leadville Block Party Venezuelan bassist Gonzalo Teppa, a two-time Latin Grammy Nominee for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Latin Jazz Album,” will perform on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, for the Leadville Block Party / PbBP. This women-led event will welcome live music back to downtown Leadville, Colo. Part of 7th Street near its intersection with ...

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                                      End of Summer: Dining In, Museums & More

                                            Have a great end-of-summer experience at Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. Everything is reopened in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! Here's a quick roundup of things you may have missed last year--and can still catch this summer--here at the top of the Rockies. Museums To round out your vacation, or catch some culture on a rainy afternoon, check out Leadville’s many ...

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                                            6 Ways to Keep Leadville & Twin Lakes Beautiful

                                                  Love Leadville and Twin Lakes? You can help preserve its majestic natural beauty for years to come! We’ve shared our favorite "top of the Rockies" sustainable travel tips here, because the actions that are good for our lakes and forests can also give you a more rewarding time in the great outdoors! Follow these tips for a fun and safe visit—and ...

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                                                  Explore Two Genuine & Historic Mountain Towns

                                                        Come to Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, and discover two genuine and historic mountain towns. Off the beaten path and full of rich history, they give a glimpse into the Colorado of days gone by. Explore the many things to do! Visit the Museums Tour these museums to learn more about mining and Leadville's intriguing history: Healy House Museum and Dexter ...

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                                                        Outdoor Summer Fun in Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                                              This summer, discover the many outdoor adventures waiting in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. Enjoy the highest outdoors fun at the top of the Rockies! Zipline Soar high above the Arkansas River valley with views of Colorado’s highest peaks. It’s the only place in the world you can zipline across a train! Bike Go biking! Explore the family-friendly Mineral Belt Trail, a ...

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                                                              Camping Guide to Leadville & Twin Lakes, CO

                                                                    Ready for a night under the stars? This guide to camping in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, can help you make the most of your trip. Where to Camp >>Campgrounds: Explore the campgrounds near Leadville and Twin Lakes, Some are by reservation only, and some are first-come, first served. >>Huts: Book a hut for your family. While huts usually allow you ...

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                                                                    Plan an Adventure Sampler

                                                                          Spring is coming soon to the top of the Rockies. Plan your own adventure sampler for a late spring or early summer getaway to Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. Choose from these great options, for a trip you'll treasure forever!  (📷: Bike Leadville by @gilly.swimbikerun) Go Fishing Catch the fish you wish in Gold Medal Trout Waters. Just outside ...

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                                                                          Join Ski & Fat Bike Races – Here or at Home

                                                                                This winter, you can still participate in two iconic Leadville Nordic ski and fat bike races! They offer a fun way to get outside and enjoy the fresh winter air. If you can't come to Leadville, you can still participate from home. When you join the races, you’ll be helping build and maintain area trails. Help support the Leadville trails you ...

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                                                                                Romantic Fun in Leadville, Colorado

                                                                                      There's plenty of romantic fun in winter in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! Check out these ideas for snowy fun, yurt adventures, sweet treats and flowers, and cozy places to dine and stay. Thinking long term? You can even hold your wedding here! Play in the Snow Together Play in fresh winter snow at Leadville and Twin Lakes! Check out these ...

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                                                                                      8 Great Reasons You’ll Dig Leadville & Twin Lakes History

                                                                                            If you'd like to learn more about Colorado's past, explore Leadville and Twin Lakes history this winter! 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 don't ski, ...

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                                                                                            Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety: Know Before You Go

                                                                                                  If you head into the Colorado backcountry this winter, please be sure you’re prepared. Did you know that search and rescue calls at Leadville and Twin Lakes were up 300% in summer 2020? And that many were from visitors? Lake County search and rescue teams are preparing for an active winter. Thanks to Covid-19, many new outdoor-lovers are expected to explore ...

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                                                                                                  What’s Open in Leadville & Twin Lakes, Colorado

                                                                                                        [Updated June 10, 2021] Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, are excited to welcome you, safely! Please see what's open: Lodging 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 & Bars Restaurants are open for dine-in at 100% capacity, with 6′ ...

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                                                                                                        Holiday Shopping in Town & Online

                                                                                                              This year, you can shop from your favorite Leadville and Twin Lakes stores from the comfort of your home! The Share the Love Online Holiday Marketplace is open now until noon on Dec. 23, 2020. Shop goods and gift certificates from local artists, shops, attractions, and nonprofits. You are sure to find unique gifts that your friends and family will love. Pick ...

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                                                                                                              Enjoy a Real Winter in North America’s Highest City

                                                                                                                    [Updated Jan. 5 2020] Snow and real winter have come to Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! At 10,152’, North America’s highest-elevation city offers snow from early season through late spring. Check out our outdoor activities—all naturally socially distanced. Plus great museums and restaurants to warm you up! Ski Cooper's Wide-Open Spaces Ski Cooper, a ski “resort” without the pretense, is open ...

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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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                                                                                                                          Meet Leadville’s National Museum to Mining

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                                                                                                                                Did you know that Leadville, Colorado, is home to a national museum? The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is perched in North America's highest-elevation town. Visitors often say they are surprised by the depth of this unsung museum, which tells the past, present, and future of the nation's mining. There, you can learn about mining through geology, science, historic ...

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                                                                                                                                2021 Travel Guide to Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                                                                                                                      [Updated June 10, 2021] Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, is open for business. We are taking precautions to ensure you have a safe and healthy trip. Please use this 2021 Travel Guide to know what to expect. Then plan your visit! 📷: Twin Lakes by @shel8y on Instagram What’s Open Indoors Lodging, shops, and many fun things to do are open. ...

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                                                                                                                                      Ghosts of Leadville, Colorado

                                                                                                                                            In the ghostly spirit of Halloween, check out these stories of past Leadville souls. Many still make their presence known in this Colorado mining town. They float and creak in 1880s Victorian buildings and abandoned mines. Read these tales with a shiver. Then make plans to visit the sites where spine-chilling events took place. Mineral Belt Trail Bike, walk, or cross-country ...

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                                                                                                                                            Fall for Leadville’s Museums!

                                                                                                                                                  This fall, be sure to visit the museums in Leadville, Colorado! They offer a great way to learn more about Leadville, named a Best Historic Small Town by USA Today in 2020, and the mining that built it. Imagine yourself living in a fancy home during the Silver Rush days. Or crawling through narrow passageways underground. Or attending a pioneer synagogue. ...

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                                                                                                                                                  2020 Travel: Visit the Other Interlaken, at Twin Lakes

                                                                                                                                                        If you're looking for a version of Switzerland without the flight, visit the other Interlaken. No passport is needed when you travel to Twin Lakes, Colorado, and nearby Leadville! Colorado's Lake County has glacial lakes, trains, boats, and immense peaks like the Swiss Interlaken, plus a taste of the wild west. You can hike, bike, fish, snowshoe, nordic ski, camp, and ...

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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) Explore Uncrowded Trails In the fall, the trails ...

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                                                                                                                                                              5 Reasons to Visit Us This Year

                                                                                                                                                                    [Updated Oct. 28, 2020] Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, are open! And we can’t wait to see you again. Here are five reasons this is the perfect place to visit this year. 1) Our elevated beauty brings joy. Spectacular views abound at North America’s highest-elevation city. Refresh your body and soul with our uplifting, wide open views. All roads into Leadville ...

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                                                                                                                                                                    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 June 2, 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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                                                                                                                                                                                      Ski Cooper Opens New Advanced Runs

                                                                                                                                                                                            [Updated Dec. 1, 2020] Ski Cooper opened new double black diamond ski runs in early 2020! 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: ...

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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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        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 outdoor fun this New Year's! Ski Cooper To celebrate the holidays, bring the whole family to Ski Cooper! It's known for its laid-back, family-friendly vibe and affordable prices. Don't miss the 19 new double black ...

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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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. Spring is the best of both worlds. Want to sneak in ...

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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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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