Gold Leaves and Crisp Air

Fall for Leadville and Twin Lakes

There’s nothing quite like fall in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. The sun is warm, and the nearby summits are white with the season’s first snow. The Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway offers stunning views of surrounding peaks, especially from Twin Lakes west over 12,095′ Independence Pass. Hiking and biking trails are quieter, too, making fall an excellent time to explore the mountains.

Discover our 7 fun things to do in fall. And check out some great fall photos (below). Share your pics with us, for a chance to be featured! Please follow @VisitLeadville Instagram and tag #Leadville or #TwinLakesColorado.

Camp Hale

Camp Hale, Leadville, CO

        Now a popular spot for fishing, mountain biking, and hiking, Camp Hale holds special importance for two reasons. It is the World War II training site of American ski troops who broke through German lines high in the Italian mountains and freed northern Italy, sustaining some of the largest United States casualties in the war. In later years, these veteran ski ...

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        Cemetery, Ghost, and Safari Tours

        700 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-1418  |  Website >

              Take a walk back in time and learn about Leadville’s amazing history. The Delaware Hotel, the town’s beautifully restored and last remaining Victorian hotel, offers a series of guided, narrated Leadville Safari tours from June through September. Local historian Roger Pretti, the author of Lost Between Heaven and Leadville: Specters, Spooks and Shades of the Departed in a Colorado Silver Camp, ...

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              Downtown Leadville

              809 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-3900  |  Website >

                    Stroll Leadville’s main street, and you’ll be surrounded by ornate architecture, colorful storefronts, and local businesses set in original Victorian buildings. Unlike other Colorado mining towns, Leadville still looks much as it did in years past, with local merchants lining the streets of historic Harrison Avenue and a down-to-earth, local vibe. National Historic Landmark District In fact, 70 square blocks of ...

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                    East Side Mining District

                          Leadville’s East Side Mining District means above-treeline views of nearby mountains, miles of roads and trails, and the intrigue of mining ruins. Roam this area with wheels or on foot, and you’ll find old mining headframes peeking through the trees, timber ore houses on hillsides, and tall stacks of tailings, the crushed rock that once yielded precious metals. There's Gold (and ...

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                          Fall Sports

                                Fall is a great time to visit Leadville and Twin Lakes, when the aspen are golden, the days are warm, the nights are cool, and the trails are quiet. Care to leaf peep while playing outside? Autumn color usually peaks mid- to late September in this part of Colorado. Biking Boating Camping Fishing Golfing Hiking & Running Horseback Riding Hunting Off-Roading ...

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                                Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin

                                912 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-0487  |  Website >

                                      Come see us for the 2022 summer season, starting in late spring! Discover two of Leadville's earliest houses for a glimpse of life in a booming silver-mining town. The Dexter Cabin and Healy House feature lavish Victorian furniture, including objects belonging to Horace and Augusta Tabor, and a beautiful Victorian garden. Healy House August R. Meyer's 1878 Greek Revival clapboard house ...

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                                      Leadville ATV & e-Bike Rentals

                                      1 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 427-0588  |  Website >

                                            Take a tour through the amazing scenery Leadville has to offer. From the many abandoned mines to the top of Mosquito Pass at 13,186’! We begin our tours at 1 Harrison Avenue in Leadville Colorado. Right across from where the Leadville Gold Rush began in 1859 at California Gulch. We tour down dirt roads to explore some of the many abandoned ...

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                                            Interlaken Resort

                                                  Journey to a now-abandoned resort on the shores of Twin Lakes, called Interlaken, that you can only reach by trail or boat. At this National Historic Site maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, you can roam around the original buildings, set amidst pine trees and sage, including the two-story Interlaken Hotel built in 1879 and a state-of-the-art octagonal outhouse. You ...

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                                                  Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center

                                                        Stop by the Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center when you get to town! Chat with friendly ambassadors to learn what to see and do. We can't wait to welcome you! See us at 809 Harrison Avenue, on the north end of downtown Leadville. Winter Hours: Monday - Wednesday, Closed Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a....

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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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                                                              Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

                                                              326 East 7th Street, Leadville, CO  |  (866) 386-3936  |  Website >

                                                                    Ride the Leadville scenic train, and step back in time to when mining and railroading were a large part of Leadville’s economy. This trip takes you high into an alpine environment with spectacular views of Colorado's highest peaks, wildflowers, and sometimes even wildlife. Old Rail Route High into the Wilderness Journey from Leadville’s depot, built in 1896, to the Continental Divide ...

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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. Find local bike rentals! 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 ...

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                                                                          Mt. Massive Golf Course

                                                                          Rd 5, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-2176  |  Website >

                                                                                Now open for the summer 2021 season. For Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, check out our winter trails. Mt. Massive Golf Course is a nine-hole public course near Leadville, Colorado. Set in the open spaces of the Arkansas River Valley near the river's headwaters, ringed by the tallest mountains in the state, surrounded by ranchland and forest, it has a truly ...

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                                                                                      Explore the museums in Leadville, Colorado, to learn about mining, life in an 1880s silver mining boomtown, and the lives of Jewish pioneers. Most Leadville museums are open late spring through early fall, with the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum open year 'round....

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                                                                                      Route of the Silver Kings

                                                                                      809 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-3900

                                                                                            Take a driving tour through the 20-square-mile historic mining district surrounding Leadville, on dirt roads. Most are passable in cars. The Route of the Silver King tour has 14 stops, including mines, power plants, ghost towns, and mining camps. For the route, see page 29 of the Leadville/Lake County Heritage Guide. You can pick up a printed guide at the Herald ...

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                                                                                            Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Cookhouse & Sleep Yurts

                                                                                            Ski Cooper, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-1750  |  Website >

                                                                                                  Summer season:  June 24-Oct. 3, 2021. Please check our Facebook page for the most current updates. The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Cookhouse & Sleep Yurts has become one of Colorado's premier winter and summer destinations, offering the finest: Exquisite backcountry dining Overnight lodging, with ski-in/hike-in sleep yurts Cross-country skiing Mountain biking Summer & Winter Tennessee Pass Cookhouse A mile-long ski, snowshoe, ...

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                                                                                                  Twin Lakes Visitor Center

                                                                                                  Twin Lakes, CO, USA

                                                                                                        To enhance your visit to Twin Lakes, stop by the Red Rooster Visitor Center, located on the south side of Highway 82 and County Road 26, in the heart of Twin Lakes, CO. From here, you can start a self-guided walking tour of Twin Lakes. You can also visit the Twin Lakes website to learn more about the history, businesses, and ...

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                                                                                                        Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours

                                                                                                        5585-5591 CO-82, Twin Lakes, CO 81251  |  866-936-3654  |  Website >

                                                                                                              Come see us for the 2022 summer season, starting in late spring! Feel like an explorer while crossing Twin Lakes in a pontoon boat bound for Interlaken, a ghost resort on the lakes’ far shore that can only be reached by boat or by foot. On this narrated two-hour tour, enjoy the sparkling water and warm sun on some of Colorado's ...

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