Leadville, CO

About Leadville, Colorado

In Leadville, Colorado everyone is high – even you. At 10,152 feet above sea level, it’s the highest incorporated city in the United States. But that’s not all it’s famous for. The saga of Horace and Baby Doe Tabor, the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” (of Titanic fame), Doc Holliday, Leadville’s reputation as one of the most lawless towns in the American West and many other interesting events and characters over the past 150 years have made Leadville a recurring theme in the history of Western expansion.

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Enjoy Your Vacation in Leadville, Colorado

In Leadville, Colorado everyone is high – even you. At 10,152 feet above sea level, it’s the highest incorporated city in the United States. But that’s not all it’s famous for. The saga of Horace and Baby Doe Tabor, the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” (of Titanic fame), Doc Holliday, Leadville’s reputation as one of the most lawless towns in the American West and many other interesting events and characters over the past 150 years have made Leadville a recurring theme in the history of Western expansion.

These days, the historical significance of Leadville is still a fascinating draw, with sites like the Tabor Opera House, the Matchless Mine and numerous still-functional historical buildings, plus the proximity to the 10th Mountain Division’s Camp Hale Training Grounds offering an unparalleled glimpse into the past. But the magnetism of outdoor recreation is also powerful for vacation visitors. Leadville’s Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake offer fishing, boating and water activities against some of the most gorgeous Rocky Mountain backdrops imaginable. Three wilderness areas, the San Isabel National Forest and its proximity to 14,000+ foot mountains make Leadville a prime Basecamp for hiking, camping and mountain climbing. Leadville’s high elevation makes it a tempting challenge for fitness buffs of all types, and the Leadville 100 Race Series (the “Race Across the Sky”) is famous among elite – or “ultra” – athletes looking to test their merit against mountains, little oxygen and hefty mileage (think 50-100 miles of running and biking.)

Thanks to its physical isolation, challenging living conditions and steady parade of colorful characters throughout its history, Leadville developed a hearty, quirky identity unlike anywhere else. The legacy continues today with destination events like the Crystal Carnival and Ski Joring (which includes horses dragging skiers down Main Street) and Leadville Boom Days (which includes burro racing and other wacky family activities) delighting visitors in search of a unique Colorado vacation experience.

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LEADVILLE TRAIN RIDES

Riding a train is an adventure that takes passengers into history as it makes its way through the Colorado Rockies on a tour of its rich folklore… Read More!

LEADVILLE KIDS ACTIVITIES

From Historic Train rides and Cave Tours to 12 miles of paved bike paths past some of Colorado’s highest peaks, Leadville has family activities for everyone….Read More!

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