Leadville Travel Guide

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Leadville Things to Do

  • Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin

    On the corner of Harrison Avenue and 10th, the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin stand to reflect the wealth of the era. In 1879, James V. Dexter's, a successful mining investor, lived on this property in a log cabin. This little cabin was actually lavish, filled with collectibles and reflecting the riches of the mining industry. Dexter's Cabin...

  • McCallister Gulch

    This 12.7 mile trail begins at the historic Camp Hale and quickly climbs to 11,900 feet!About 17 miles northwest of Leadville, Colorado on Highway 24, this is one of the numerous trails that begin in the Camp Hale district. Camp Hale was established in 1942 for military severe weather survival and rescue operations. This moderate level...

  • Halfmoon Creek Trail

    Located southwest of Leadville, this trail leads up to an elevation of 12,800 feet, from open plains and numerous creek crossings and ends at the hisotirc Iron Mike Mine.This 9 mile trail is moderate in difficulty, and I suggest a high clearance SUV with low gearing. At the time we passed through, the water level at the creek crossing were...

  • Birdseye Gulch Trail

    Birdseye Gulch is a great optional trail off of Mosquito Pass. We began the trail on Highway 91 north of Leadville, and continued back into Leadville. With the 4-wheel drive officiando Bill Burke as our guide we got all levels of Land Rovers, including stock vehicles, through this 4.4 mile trail with little incident. The trail is narrow and...

  • Hagerman Pass

    Just west of Leadville, Colorado, Hagerman Pass follows the old Colorado Midland Railroad towards Aspen, reaching at its peak 11,925 feet.Hagerman Pass was once a road used to ship over the mountain passes from Leadville to Aspen and Vail. In 1887, James John Hagerman, then president of the Colorado Midland Railroad, decided to build a line...

  • Weston Pass

    Weston Pass, built in 1860, was a stagecoach route until 1881, when the railroad made travel into Leadville easier. This route was used by the native Ute Indians, and was later used by prospectors with gold and silver dreams. The fare to use this toll road from Colorado City to Leadville was $1.50. Today, it is a popular off-road trail, not too...

  • Mosquito Pass

    Mosquito Pass, reaching 13,185 feet, is said to be the highest pass accessible to vehicular travel in Colorado. Once used to haul mining supplies and passengers, this road is now used for off-road use and Burro Races.Mosquito Pass, just east of Leadville, leads over the mountains to Alma. In 1879, it was built as part of the toll road from...

  • The Tabor Opera House

    The Tabor Opera House, once billed the finest theatre between St. Louis and San Francisco, was opened in 1879. The 3-story stone, brick and iron building cost $40,000 to built, making it one of the most costly structures in Colorado history. Leadville, sitting at 10,430 feet above sea level did not have such materials needed for construction. All...

  • Visit the Matchless Mine

    Horace Tabor was the greatest of Colorado's Silver Kings during the "Silver Boom." His precious Matchless Mine is the most famous of all he had investing in.Horace Tabor and his wife, Augusta, owned a general mercantile store in Leadville. Profits from his store allowed Tabor to invest in silver mining operations. In 1878, Tabor "grubstaked" with...

  • Leadville Heritage Museum

    Located inside the old Carnegie Library, the Heritage Museum tells the story of mining in this old town. It also has a replica of the Ice Palace. In the 19th century, during a long, hard winter, this amazing structure was built entirely of ice. Another feature is an exhibit on the US Army's 10th Mountain Division.

  • Explore Downtown Leadville

    See the historic downtown, and have a look at its 19th century Victorian architecture. Leadville has a lot to see, right here. There are a number of small shops and quaint restaurants. And the whole area is very walkable.

  • View of Leadville, Colorado

    This photo of Leadville was taken from the road leading back into town from the Matchless Mine. It's rugged country.

  • The Matchless Mine

    The rest of the story: Horace Tabor's fortunes turned around after his scandalous divorce, and Cogress's repeal of the Sherman Silver Act, which caused silver prices to plummet. Tabor found himself doing manual labor for $3 a day, but he convinced Baby Doe to hold on to the mine, believing that it would make her rich again. In 1935, a destitute...

  • Tabor House

    Horace and Augusta Tabor lived in this home (not in its original location) until 1880 when Horace began a clandestine affair with Elizabeth Bonduel McCourt Doe. Later that year, Tabor divorced his wife and married Baby Doe, (a national scandal) only to find that his divorce from Augusta was not legal. Well - Augusta "took Horace to the cleaners" as...

  • The Tabor Opera House

    New-Englanders Horace and Augusta Tabor came to Leadville after trying dirt-farming in Kansas. Tabor opened a grocery store, became mayor, made millions in silver mining, Colorado's lieutenant governor and was known across the country for "his extravagances". One of his contributions to Leadville was this magnificent opera house, built in 100 days,...

  • The Nursery in the Tabor House

    I don't know if Horace and Augusta actually had any children - all the references to Horace Tabor on the web refer to Horace and Baby Doe. Anyway, the Tabor house does have a child's room.


    ANNUNCIATION CHURCHStarted in 1879, the church was dedicated on New Year’s Day, 1880. The steeple is a masterpiece of intricate carpentry, a web like interweaving of timbers built to last for centuries. The spire is a directional landmark. A great bell weighing 3,026 pounds is called “St. Mary” and was installed in 1885. The prominent “Unsinkable...


    HEALY HOUSE MUSEUM AND DEXTER CABINDexter cabin’s rustic outside belies an inside of embossed wallpaper made to look like fashionable metal patterned walls and ceilings. Although plumbing is outdoors, the indoor bathroom’s tin tub is luxuriously surrounded by rich wood. Dexter imported walnut and oak flooring, alternated to make classy patterns of...


Leadville Hotels

  • Silver King Inn

    2020 North Poplar Street, Leadville, CO, 80461

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Delaware Hotel

    In 1886, William, George and John Callaway, who had established business on Harrison Avenue in...

  • Super 8 Leadville

    1128 Us Highway 24, Leadville, CO 80461

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Leadville Restaurants

  • Great Mexican Themed Restaurant

    Very good mexican food in a busy vibrant restaurant. Fall over worthy margaritas. Friendly staff. Can be very busy at weekends but theres a good bar to wait at for a table and the busyness adds to the atmosphere. The meals are BIG so order with care! Go there, you will not be disappointed. all of them.


    A straightforward US diner/cafe style. Good menu and excellent staff. I had breakfast here nearly every day for 5 weeks so I guess thats a good idea of how much I liked it. It can get busy at the more tourist intensive times but just nice in september. I tried a few other places for lunch/breakfast but for good food at reasonable prices with...

  • Good locally brewed beer

    The closest to a UK pub type place in Leadville and indeed many of the places in the USA I have visited. Good locally brewed beers and most of the staff are very good ..most .Good food with the best mashed potatoes in Leadville.A good bar that you can site/eat/drink at and lots of tables if you want a restaurant experience.Big shame as it shuts too...


Leadville Nightlife

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    by amberrose Written Aug 24, 2002

    be sure to stop in to The silver dollar saloon. Its old time look is wonderfull. And ladies, the bathroom is a must see.
    There a picture on the wall of the bar showing the bar as it stands today, but look closely and you'll see a ghostly man standing there.I was told that he plays the piano from time to time

    Dress Code: it seems in leadville there is no dress code at all. showers optional. the people of this town are wonderfull folks.

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Leadville Warnings and Dangers

  • We heard a number of reports...

    We heard a number of reports about bears on the mountain bike trails. I don't think these ones were friendly like Yogi. Seek local advice before going off the beaten track.

  • With 310 days of sunshine each...

    With 310 days of sunshine each year and summer temperatures seldom over 80 degrees, Leadville is a destination for history, mining and outdoor buffs. Snow remains on the ground from end of October until middle of May with average annual snowfall of 200+ inches. Days may be warm but nights are cool to cold. Bring layers of clothes. Rent a 4-wheel...

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Leadville Off The Beaten Path

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    by JeanCooke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Take a train trip! Visit the surrounding area's old buildings and ghost towns. Best to rent a four wheel drive since back roads are rough, muddy and rocky.

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Leadville Sports & Outdoors

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    by basstbn Written Mar 14, 2003

    I saw signs in town advertising Leadville's municipal golf course as the highest in the US, so drove by to take a look and purchase a souvenir sweater from the club house. From my vantage point, it didn't look like a very interesting course, but I have seen other mountain courses that looked benign, even boring from one viewpoint and have turned out to be monsters after the first couple of holes. I didn't play this course, so can't comment for sure. Having played other courses at a high altitude, I can tell you that you had better hit the ball straight, because your drives will go further out of bounds than at sea level. And sometimes it is difficult to concentrate on the game with such scenery around you!

    Leadville Golf Course
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Leadville Favorites

  • Visit the Matchless mine and...

    Visit the Matchless mine and Downtown Leadville learning the history of Horace, Augusta, and Baby Doe TaborImages courtesy of www.leadville.com

  • gkitzmil's General Tip

    The story of Horace and 'Baby Doe' TaborHorace Tabor was not a miner. Instead he ran a general store in Leadville after arriving from Maine. Horace was married to a woman he met and returned for in Maine named Augusta (strangely from Augusta, Maine). Augusta was reputed to be a great housekeeper and shopkeeper. She was just not all that pretty,...

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