Only about 30 miles south of Summit County, Leadville Colorado is a step back in time to the bygone Western era so authentic you'll be cautiously scanning main street at high noon.
- Leadville is located about 30 miles south of the Summit County town Frisco along 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.
“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.
Leadville Colorado, and its historic Harrison Avenue, is one mile south of the Highways 24 and 91 intersection.
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.
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.
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.
From Summit County, take Interstate 70 west to the Copper Mountain/Leadville Highway 91 exit 195. Continue south on 91 for about 23 miles.
Along the way, cast a worm into Brown Trout-filled Clinton Reservoir and drive, hike or snowshoe up Mayflower Gulch to the base of a stunning mountain amphitheater. Both stops are north of Fremont Pass on the left side of the highway.