10 Winter Adventures at Leadville & Twin Lakes

If you’re seeking winter adventures at the top of the Rockies, you’ll find outdoorsy treasures at Leadville and Twin Lakes. Here are 10 ways to explore the snowy landscape. Headed into the winter wilderness? Learn backcountry safety tips before you go.

By: Leadville/Twin Lakes
Updated: March 9, 2024

1. Go Dogsledding

Let happy huskies pull you past phenomenal views of forests, lakes and Colorado’s highest peaks.

2. Ski or Ride Cooper

Enjoy the wide-open spaces at this family-friendly ski area. Skip the lift lines and pretense at Ski Cooper to enjoy terrain for all abilities.

3. Go Fat Biking

Leadville's Timberline Trails are made for and groomed by local mountain bikers. Take your fat bike on Perma-Grin to earn smiles from ear to ear.

4. Go Nordic Skiing

Glide along impeccably groomed trails at Mount Massive Golf Course Ski and Snowshoe Trails and revel in some of Colorado’s best mountain views.

5. Go Snowshoeing

Take a snowshoe trek above treeline to a lakeside ghost resort or through Leadville’s historic mining district for stunning panoramas.

6. Go Snow Zipping

Fly above snow-covered trees at 12,800 feet up on the Top of the Rockies Zipline for an exhilarating rush.

7. Go Snowmobiling

Explore around Leadville’s historic mining district and frozen Turquoise Lake on a fast-paced snowmobile tour.

8. Ski to Lunch or Dinner

Nordic ski or snowshoe 1 forested mile to a delicious gourmet meal at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse.

9. Go Ice Skating

Twirl under the warm winter sun or glittering stars at Leadville’s open-air skating rink with all your favorite people.

10. Go Sledding

Slide down the steep and fast Dutch Henry Sledding Hill for a screaming good time.

Trip-Planning Tips

After your adventures, warm up in Leadville's mining and history museumsDine in igloos, by fire pits and in historical Victorian buildings. You can take your pick of great places to stay, too. Escape to a cabin in the woods, a Victorian home in town, a cozy B&B or comfy hotel, motel or hostel.

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