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LeadvilleUnited States of America

A former gold and silver mining town, this mountain settlement has well-preserved Victorian architecture and celebrates its boom days with an annual festival. 

Few places in Colorado can boast of as colorful a history as the high-altitude town of Leadville, often touted as “The Two Mile High City.” Discover late 19th-century architecture in the historic district, view the old mines and venture beyond the town borders to discover abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, from skiing to biking and hiking.

The town was first settled in the 1860s when gold was discovered nearby. Though the gold reserves soon ran dry, it wasn’t the end for Leadville, as silver deposits were soon discovered here.

Ask locals to tell you the story of the famous American prospector Horace Austin Warner Tabor, or “Haw” Tabor as he would come to be known. He made his fortune investing in silver mining. Though famous for being the so-called “Silver King of Leadville,” Tabor also earned notoriety for leaving his first wife and marrying a much younger woman, a story that inspired Douglas Moore’s opera The Ballad of Baby Doe. Find out more about local mining history at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

Stroll around Leadville’s streets, 70 square blocks of which are designated a national historic landmark district. Look for landmark buildings from the Victorian era including the Delaware Hotel and the Tabor Opera House, which was built by the famous mining magnate “Haw” Tabor and offers tours as well as shows. For an even more evocative taste of the Old West, time your visit to coincide with the annual Leadville Boom Days, a festival featuring gunslinging, burro races and mining skills competitions as well as food and craft booths.

Leadville also offers plenty of adventurous activities. Ride the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad or drive along the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway to enjoy spectacular vistas of the Rocky Mountains. For more active pursuits, try hiking around or boating on the glacial waters of Twin Lakes or in winter, skiing at Cooper ski resort.

Find Leadville near the base of two of Colorado’s tallest peaks: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive. While the town itself is walkable, a car is recommended to reach nearby attractions.

Top Hotels in Leadville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rodeway Inn
Rodeway Inn
2 out of 5
1128 US Highway 24, Leadville, CO
The price is $86 per night

Situated in the mountains, this motel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad and 12 mi (19.4 km) from Ski Cooper. Mount Elbert and Interlaken ...

3.3/5 (846 reviews)

"This is a good place to stay in Leadville. Clean and reasonable. I would suggest asking for a room away from the highway, too noisy otherwise."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Rodeway Inn
Delaware Hotel
Delaware Hotel
2.5 out of 5
700 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO
The price is $134 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad and 10.4 mi (16.7 km) from Ski Cooper. Mount Elbert and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (413 reviews)

"It was very nice overall. We loved the ambiance the rooms were quiet even with construction going on. The staff is very nice"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Delaware Hotel
Tiny House Leadville
Tiny House Leadville
4 out of 5
135 West 2nd Street, Leadville, CO
The price is $78 per night

Situated in Leadville, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad and 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from Ski Cooper. Mount Elbert and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (21 reviews)

"Cute place. Convenient location. Would stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Tiny House Leadville

Popular places to visit in Leadville

Twin Lakes
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Twin Lakes

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Twin Lakes during your travels in Leadville. Discover the area's mountain views and seek out the hiking trails.

Tabor Opera House
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Tabor Opera House

4/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy a performance at Tabor Opera House, a theater with a story to tell in Leadville. Discover the area's mountain views and seek out the hiking trails.

Breckenridge Ski Resort
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Breckenridge Ski Resort

4.5/5(856 reviews)

A ski resort that impresses visitors with five breathtaking peaks, a huge variety of slopes and fantastic modern facilities. Nearby is a charming Victorian-era town.

Vail Ski Resort
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Vail Ski Resort

4.5/5(796 reviews)

Ask any traveler to name the perfect winter destination, and the Vail Ski Resort will likely be at the top of his or her list.

Keystone Ski Resort
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Keystone Ski Resort

4.5/5(491 reviews)

Take advantage of excellent night skiing opportunities as well as a range of challenging runs at this popular resort.

Aspen Mountain
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Aspen Mountain

4.5/5(444 reviews)

At the heart of Colorado's skiing district lies a maze of challenging runs, many of which double as summer hiking trails.

Top things to do in Leadville

Top of the Rockies Prospector Zip Line Adventure
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Top of the Rockies Prospector Zip Line Adventure

$125
Per adult
Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
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Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge

$115
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Breckenridge
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Breckenridge

$250
Per adult
Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt: Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt
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Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt: Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt

$20
Per adult
Aspen Scavenger Hunt: Get An “Altitude” Adjustment
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Aspen Scavenger Hunt: Get An “Altitude” Adjustment

$20
Per adult
Private Car Service from Vail or Beaver Creek to Denver Int'l Airport (DEN)
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Private Car Service from Vail or Beaver Creek to Denver Int'l Airport (DEN)

$469
Per adult

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