SUMMER

Wildflowers and warm sun

Be in Your Element This Summer

Summer in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, is the best time to explore. Beat the heat with our cool temps. Whether you trek into the backcountry, peer into a mine, attend a festival, or relax beside a burbling stream, you’ll discover how great it feels to be in your element.

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. The Visitor Center is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p....

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        Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival

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

              Friday & Saturday, June 21-22, 2019 Join us for America's Highest BBQ Competition, at 10,152'! The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce is excited to host a family-friendly, fun-filled weekend of tasting fresh BBQ prepared by some of the country's best pitmasters, sipping fine local micro brews, and listening to live music. A car show and performances at the Tabor Opera House ...

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              Camp Hale

                    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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                                      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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                                            International Leadville Pack Burro Race

                                                  Burro races are part of the Leadville Boom Days festival, held the first weekend of August each year. Team with a burro to run 21- or 15-mile loops into the mining district and mountains east of Leadville. This race is the second leg of the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation’s Triple Crown....

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                                                  July 4th in Leadville

                                                  Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461

                                                        July 4, 2019 Celebrate Independence Day with small-town charm. North America's highest-elevation town marks July 4th with a Firecracker 5k Run at 8:30 a.m. and a rousing parade at 10 a.m. along historic Harrison Avenue! Extend your holiday by coming to Leadville early or staying late! Hike, bike, fish, ride the train, and drive the scenic byways. Visit eight museums ...

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                                                        Leadville Boom Days

                                                        Leadville, CO, United States Website >

                                                              Aug. 2-4, 2019 Leadville Boom Days, which takes place the first weekend in August, is a three-day celebration of this mining town's 1880s gold and silver rush heritage. Burro-and-runner teams race through the mountains, miners crack rock by hand, a parade rolls down the avenue for nearly an hour, wild West gunfights break out, and ladies and gentlemen in Victorian costumes ...

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                                                              Passport to Leadville History

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

                                                                    Love history? Hit paydirt with the Passport to Leadville History! See eight museums for one low price. This combination ticket is on sale mid-May and is good through Labor Day for one visit to each of these eight museums: Heritage Museum Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin Matchless Mine National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum Tabor Home Tabor Opera House Temple Israel ...

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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 Race Series

                                                                          316 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461 Website >

                                                                                The Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series began in 1983 with just 45 runners making the epic 100-mile trek through rugged Rocky Mountain terrain. Today, the world-renowned series stretches from New York to California and hosts thousands of racers on foot and in the saddle. Year after year, endurance athletes from all over the world test their grit, guts and determination ...

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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. 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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                                                                                            Museums

                                                                                                  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  |  Website >

                                                                                                        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 12 stops, including mines, power plants, ghost towns, and mining camps. Maps are available at the Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue in Leadville. For the route, download a Heritage Guide or pick up ...

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                                                                                                        Summer Sports

                                                                                                              Summer sports near Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, mean adventuring without the heat. Enjoy a backdrop of blue-sky mornings, cool breezes, and wondrous wildflowers as you splash, roll, stroll, roar, or more through breathtaking scenery. Summer in the high country is short. Make sure you catch it! Biking Boating Camping Fishing Golfing Hiking & Running Horseback Riding Hunting Off-Roading Paddling Racing ...

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                                                                                                              Tabor Opera House

                                                                                                              Tabor Opera House, Harrison Avenue, Leadville  |  (719) 486-8409  |  Website >

                                                                                                                    The Tabor Opera House is the only Colorado site in a national competition to win $150,000 in historic preservation funding! Please learn more and VOTE TABOR up to 5 times/day, each day through Oct. 26, 2018! *** Experience the splendor of this majestic opera house, once billed as the finest theatre between St. Louis and San Francisco. Silver baron Horace Tabor, ...

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                                                                                                                    Tennessee Pass

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

                                                                                                                          The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Cookhouse & Sleep Yurts has become one of Colorado's premier winter and summer destinations, offering the finest in cross-country skiing and mountain biking, exquisite backcountry dining, and the coziest of overnight accommodations with ski-in/hike-in sleep yurts. Tennessee Pass Nordic Center Overlooking the stunning Sawatch Mountains, our spacious Nordic center is your gateway to all-day winter fun. ...

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