Summer Activities

Don't forget to bring sunscreen and canned oxygen!

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 Photo by Holly Mandarich

Hiking

If you're looking for a long or short hike, Leadville has it. There are so many trailheads close to Leadville. Easier hikes include Turquoise Lake Trail, Native Lake Trail, or Mineral Belt Trail. If you want to become a true Coloradan though, you can hike a 14er (14,000 ft mountain) like Mt. Massive, Mt. Sherman, or the highest peak in CO - Mt. Evans. 

Downtown Leadville

The cutest little mining town. It's kept all its charm from the Gold Rush days but also has new, modern restaurants and shops with everything you'll need during your stay with us.

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Running

These races will take your breath away. Because of Leadville's elevation, these races are some of the hardest in the country, but you'll get some great views of the Rockies with these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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 Photo by Chris Henry 

Mountain Biking

Another way to explore the Rockies is Mountain Biking. Going on a self guided tour in the mountains is one of the best ways to explore and adventure through the land. The Mineral Belt Trail is a 12.5 mile paved loop that wanders through Leadville’s Historic Mining District.

Boom Days

Boom Days is a Colorado Mountain Festival and a celebration of the Old West. There are gunslingers, burro races (CO's state summer sport), contests of mining skills, and over 100 booths. Experience Leadville in all its glory with three days of food, art, craft, and activities that everyone will enjoy.

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Fish Hatchery

The second oldest federally operated National Fish Hatchery in the country. This was made to increase the depleting fish supply for inland waters. The hatchery grounds occupy 3,072 acres of clean, cold water that creates the perfect environment for growing trout.

Tabor Opera House

The Tabor Opera House renovation is a $10 million dollar project that should be done by the end of 2021. This building was deemed a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and will soon be the cultural and community center of Leadville.

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Golf

Colorado's Highest golf course with the prettiest view of the mountains. Mt. Massive Golf Course is open to the public and is located near the Arkansas River headwaters.

Railroads

Scenic rides through the Rocky Mountains with views of all the highest peaks, wildflowers, and aspen groves and you'll learn about Leadville's history. This is the perfect trip in the summer or fall.

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Museums

Learn about Leadville's amazing history in our 8 museums (that's more museums per capita than anywhere else in CO). You can explore historic homes or learn about the mining history.

Zip Lining
 

Zipline at the Top of the Rockies, only a 10-minute drive from Leadville, and is open all seasons! Enjoy a two-hour prospect tour or enjoy zip lining in the middle of a train tour!

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UTV+ Dirt Bike Tours

Guided tours through trails in 4-seated UTVs or dirt bikes through Leadville's terrain.

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Horseback Riding

Go on a Horseback Riding trip through the Rockies at tap into your inner rancher. You'll have incredible mountain views (of course) and pass old mines and logging sites, you could even ride to the top of Mt. Zion!

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 Photo by Holly Mandriarich

Canoes, Kayaks + Paddleboards

Experience the fresh, clean mountain water from a canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or even a fishing trip!

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 Photo by Taylor Grote

Fly Fishing

Walk/wade fly fishing in the Arkansas River. You're likely to find some wild brown trout, but the smaller streams support a healthy population of wild browns and brook trout and you can find cutthroat trout in the high alpine lakes in the area.

Rafting

What's a CO trip without whitewater rafting? Travel to Breckenridge or Frisco, just an hour outside of Leadville to experience this amazing adventure

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