Hiking & Running

Climb high

Leadville’s hiking trails offer a mellow stroll, a lung-busting summit climb, and everything in between. Whether you choose mild or wild, the area’s alpine lakes, aspen and pine, and lofty peaks guarantee a scenic trek.

The Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail give you easy access to day hikes from camp or overnight backpacking adventures. A hut trip or yurt camping also make for a unique hiking-inspired overnight.

 

Groomed Winter Trails in Leadville

        Snow comes early and stays late in North America's highest city! Conditions are great from late fall well into May. Whether you Nordic ski, snowshoe, fat bike, or snowmobile, you'll love the groomed winter trails in historic Leadville, Colorado. Hit the motherlode! Why Leadville's Trails Are Pure Gold Low Cost: Access nearly 100 miles of trails at a great value! Groomed Regularly ...

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        Climbing 14ers

              For an experience you'll never forget, climb a 14er near Leadville. Start early in the morning and watch the sun rise over the mountains as you climb up through forested slopes and tundra. The higher you go, the better the views as you explore the world above treeline. When you reach the summit, you can see mountain peaks and wilderness for ...

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              Colorado Trail & Continental Divide Trail

                    The Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail run together through most of Lake County, Colorado, from Tennessee Pass to Turquoise Lake, across the lower slopes of Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, around Twin Lakes to Interlaken. From there, the CDT heads up Hope Pass, and the Colorado Trail veers east. Hikers and trail runners can access these trails at multiple ...

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                    Community Threads

                    609 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-4000  |  Website >

                          Open for business! Practicing social distancing protocols. Face coverings required. Community Threads offers a wide range of new and consigned sporting goods, athletic and casual clothing, running shoes, and gifts.  Visit us to pick up an extra layer or to outfit yourself with gear for your favorite sport, all at an affordable price. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 ...

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                          Leadville Outdoors

                          225 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-7392  |  Website >

                                Leadville Outdoors is an independent mountain shop located in historic downtown Leadville, CO. We cater to the backcountry and cross-country skier, trail runner, backpacker, and mountain lover. You can rely on our great selection of quality essentials and an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff. We're happy to dial you in with maps and trail conditions, help you pick the appropriate gear, ...

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                                East Side Mining District Roads

                                Co Rd 1, Leadville, CO 80461

                                      An intriguing network of county roads threads through Leadville's East Side Mining District. As you explore these dirt roads, you'll pass 1880s headframes, wooden ore houses, and maybe even rail tracks heading into a hillside. To the west are incredible views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, the state's two highest peaks. To the east looms the Mosquito Range and the ...

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                                      Hut Trips

                                            Prefer to camp with a roof over your head? For a Colorado classic experience, gather a group of friends for a hut trip you’ll remember forever. The 10th Mountain Division Huts are perfect base camps in summer or winter for backcountry hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing. Or journey to 12,000’ for a night at Weston Pass Hut, sustainable lodging built into the ...

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                                            Interlaken Trail

                                            Colorado Trail, Buena Vista, CO 81211

                                                  The trail to Interlaken leads to a turn-of-the-century ghost resort on the shores of Twin Lakes. Along the way, you'll pass through pine forests, aspen groves, and revel in views across a large blue glacial lake and out to some of the state's highest peaks. When you reach Interlaken, you can wander around the buildings, tour through James Dexter's cupola-topped cabin, ...

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                                                  Leadville National Fish Hatchery

                                                  2846 Highway 300, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-0189  |  Website >

                                                        Watch fish swish at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, built in 1889 and the nation’s second-oldest federal hatchery. Tours, Trails, and Picnics For a close-up view of the fish production process, take a self-guided tour through this brownstone building, with tanks of fish inside and out. Tours are available by appointment to organized groups. Walk the hatchery’s scenic one-mile nature trail ...

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                                                        Mineral Belt Trail

                                                        Mineral Belt Trail, U.S. 24, Leadville Website >

                                                              On Leadville’s famous Mineral Belt Trail, you can see the tops of the towering Sawatch mountains and remnants of 1880s silver mines, all on a paved, 11.6 mile loop around town. Did you know the Guggenheims made their fortune in Leadville? See the headframe where they struck the motherlode, original cribbing and pools from the mining days, and unobstructed views ...

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                                                              Timberline Lake Trail

                                                              Forest Rd 104E, Leadville, CO 80461 Website >

                                                                    This short, scenic trail leads to an alpine lake set beneath a rocky ridge and surrounded by pines. Distance: 4.4 miles Sports: Hiking, Running Directions to Trailhead: From Leadville, follow signs to Turquoise Lake. The trailhead is at the western end of Turquoise Lake, just northwest of the May Queen Campground....

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                                                                    Turquoise Lake Nature Trail

                                                                    County Rd 9C, Leadville, CO 80461 Website >

                                                                          This gentle trail offers a relaxing way to enjoy Turquoise Lake. You’ll stroll from the depths of the forest to the shoreline of Turquoise Lake and everywhere in between. Along the way, you'll see lodgepole pines, dwarf mistletoe, animal inns, and even a prospect pit. Distance: 1.2 miles Sports: Hiking Directions to Trailhead: From the main Turquoise Lake Loop Road, ...

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                                                                          Yurt Camping

                                                                                Discover your inner nomad with a trip to a Colorado yurt. These unique structures make for a new-and-different camping experience. (Surprise: They're warm in winter!) Trek to the high, remote Leadville Backcountry Yurts or spend a night in luxury at the Tennessee Pass sleep yurts for a special adventure. Have a bigger group? Consider a hut trip with room for ...

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                                                                                Mineral Belt Trail – Groomed Winter Trail

                                                                                      Trail Name: Mineral Belt Trail Distance: Loop of 11.6 miles, with numerous access points Elevation Gain: 9,900' - 10,600' Activities: Non-motorized: Nordic ski, skate ski, snowshoe, fat bike, walk Difficulty Rating: Blue Equipment: Rent equipment in downtown Leadville Cost: Free * Conditions: See the latest grooming report. TRAIL MAP Why It’s a Gem This trail loops the city of Leadville, ...

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