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Summer Activities

Don't forget to bring sunscreen and canned oxygen!


 Photo by Holly Mandarich


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. 


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.


 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.


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.


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.


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!

UTV+ Dirt Bike Tours

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


 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!


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


 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.

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