Places to Visit: Leadville Colorado

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Leadville Colorado

Three hours northwest of Crested Butte, Leadville Colorado is a step back in time to the bygone Western era so authentic you'll duck into a main street watering hole at high noon.

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  • Leadville is located about three hours northwest of Crested Butte on US Highway 24.
  • Several gas, grocery and gear stores and lodging options make Leadville a great basecamp for exploring the Sawatch Range and Arkansas River.
  • Once Colorado's richest town, Leadville possesses a wealth of mining-era history...and spooky specters.

Overview

“Great Living at 10,200 feet,” Leadville CO once attracted such Western luminaries as Doc Holliday and “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown. Today, its classic main street is loaded with restaurants, antique, outdoor, art and coffee shops.

Location

Leadville Colorado, and its historic Harrison Avenue, is one mile south of the Highway 24 and 91 intersection.

Services/Amenities

Leadville boasts many home-cooking restaurants, authentic mountain bars and several antique, outdoor and coffee shops. Leadville lodging options include some serviceable motels and charming B&Bs.

Activities

Gateway to the jagged Sawatch Range and trout-filled Arkansas River, Leadville is an adventure mecca offering rafting, skiing, hiking, fishing and off-roading galore.

Attractions

Annual events like big-air ski joring and the Mile High Film Festival and the historic mining museum draw steady crowds. Keep your eyes peeled for the town's most notorious residents – ghosts that have reportedly haunted the town since the mining era. And if you have time, swing into the National Mining Hall of Fame.

Getting Here

From Crested Butte, take Highway 135 out of town to the Highway 50 junction. Head east on 50 to the 285 intersection where you'll continue north to Highway 24, which leads right into downtown Leadville. Total trip time is about three hours in good weather.

Along the way on Highway 50, step out on Monarch Pass for a hike, ski or gondola ride. The views are unforgettable, especially in fall when the Aspen leaves turn gold.