10th Mountain Division Huts: Backcountry Sanctuaries

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Last Dec. 31, the crisp air at the trailhead between Leadville and Vail felt invigorating. I had been looking forward to this day since March when I’d first thrown my name into the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association’s lottery system. Because I simply filled out an application and sent in the $25 membership fee, 16 … Read more

Lofty, Laid-Back Leadville

Lofty, Laid-Back Leadville 2

Leadville, at nearly 2 miles above sea level, is one of Colorado’s loftiest living mineral towns. The community of 2,800 sits at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet and lies near the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Opulent Aspen rises 29 Learjet miles to the west. Trendy Breckenridge sits even closer toward the northeast. … Read more

Two-Mile High Leadville: Rich with Mining History

Two-Mile High Leadville: Rich with Mining History 3

Feverish mining activity in the late 1800s put Leadville, Colorado on the map. Its rich mines of lead, gold, silver, and other ores produced billions during its heyday and turned many miners, like Silver King Horace Tabor into millionaires. In 1879, this mining magnate built Leadville the Tabor Opera House, which was once billed as … Read more

Leadville’s Delaware Hotel: History Comes to Life

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At the center of Leadville’s National Historic District, the Victorian-era Delaware Hotel stands as a monument to a different time. A member of the Historic Hotels of the Rockies, the Delaware was built in 1886 during the town’s gold and silver rushes. Today, the hotel is still known as the “Crown Jewel of Leadville,” and … Read more

Winter in Leadville: Crystal Carnival

Leadville, Colorado, celebrates winter during the annual Crystal Carnival March 1-3, 2013, highlighted by the town’s time-honored tradition of ski joring, a unique winter sport combining horses and skiing. Since 1949, Leadville’s streets have been converted to winter racetracks for the annual ski joring competition. Horses and their riders pull skiers along the snow-packed roadways … Read more

Grand West Village Resort: For the Traveler Who Loves Choices

Perched at one of the highest points in the United States, Leadville offers scenic beauty and a bevy of mountain activities.  Offering up fifteen different lodging choices the Grand West Village resort provides the perfect venue for outdoor adventure seekers, couples, small groups, larger groups, and families on their Colorado vacation. For Larger Groups Grand … Read more

High Altitude: Leadville Lodging

There is nothing more perfect for a Colorado vacation then spending a long weekend in a mountain lodge.  This is especially true for those looking to venture out to Leadville as it is one of the premier mountain getaways in the entire country.  For those looking for this kind of adventure there are the Buckeye’s … Read more

Travel to the Top of the World for Leadville Restaurants

Travel to the Top of the World for Leadville Restaurants 8

As North America’s highest incorporated city, Leadville offers a Colorado travel experience that is not to be missed. While you may take some time to get used to the elevation, you will never stop marveling in the beauty of the region and the breathtaking views it offers. A town built on the mining of silver, … Read more

Embrace Mountain Life in Leadville, Colorado

Named as one of the nation’s Top 20 Dream Towns in America by Men’s Journal, Leadville, Colorado is a hidden gem located within driving distance of both Denver and Colorado Springs. It sits along the top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway, offering breathtaking views and refreshing mountain air to those who plan their … Read more