Explore Leadville & Twin Lakes, Two Genuinely Historic Mountain Towns

Come to Leadville and Twin Lakes, and discover two genuinely historic mountain towns. Located off the beaten path and full of rich history, they give a glimpse into Colorado's past and offer many things to do.

By: Leadville/Twin Lakes
Updated: February 22, 2024

Visit the Museums

Tour these museums to learn more about mining and Leadville’s intriguing history:

  • Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin: See how wealthy miners experienced Leadville during the silver-boom days.
  • Heritage Museum: Discover Leadville memorabilia and fascinating facts about the mining town.
  • House with the Eye: Experience day-to-day life of upper-middle-class Leadville residents in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum: Learn about Leadville's mining history, see a world-class gem-and-mineral collection, walk through life-sized mine replicas and much more.
  • Tabor Home: Tour the home of mining magnate Horace Tabor and his first wife, Augusta.
  • Temple Israel: Learn about early Leadville's Jewish life and residents, the synagogue and life in a mining town during the 1880s and 1890s.

Shop Local

Browse the shops in downtown Leadville for antiques, clothes, art, books, gifts and more. In Twin Lakes village, discover a local art gallery and a general store from 1879 that's now full of modern-day souvenirs and supplies.

Enjoy Scenic Drives

All roads to Leadville and Twin Lakes are part of the Top of the Rockies scenic byway. See miles and miles of mountaintops atop Independence Pass, between Twin Lakes and Aspen. Make the twisting drive to the pass at 12,095 feet, and you’ll know why they call it the top of the Rockies.

Ride the Train

The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad takes you high into alpine wilderness with stunning mountain views. Check out the special tours like wildflower rides, barbeque specials and fall-photo weekends. Reserve a booth in the new heated lounge car or book a leg of your trip in the engine or caboose — or combine your ride with a zipline or whitewater-rafting tour.

Take a History Tour

  • Matchless Mine: Hear the riches-to-rags story of the Tabors, peer down the shaft of the mine that fueled the Tabor fortune and see the cabin where Baby Doe Tabor lived out her years.
  • Leadville Safari, Cemetery and Ghost Tours: Roam downtown Leadville's Evergreen Cemetery and hear fascinating stories of past residents.
  • Tabor Opera House: See pieces from one of the finest collections of historical stage scenery in North America, which date to 1879 and were discovered at the opera house in 2020.

Take a Historic Walking Tour

Grab a map for a walking tour of Leadville’s National Historic Landmark District and marvel at its late 1800s Victorian architecture. The historic walking tour of Twin Lakes Village takes you to an old schoolhouse, dance hall, hotel and more.

The Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center or the Twin Lakes Red Rooster Visitor Center offer maps, which are also available online.

Follow the Route of the Silver Kings

On the Route of the Silver Kings, discover mining treasures. Tour Leadville’s East Side Mining District by car, or rent a mountain bike or hike these quiet country roads past original mining equipment from the late 1800s.

Eat & Drink

Fill your belly with delicious food and drink. Choose from American fare, locals’-favorite pizza, tasty Mexican food, Cuban coffee and sandwiches, Chinese food and more. Dine or sip on a rooftop with mountain and town views, a sunny sidewalk table, a historic diner or saloon, or a renovated Victorian-era building.

Attend a Concert of Play

See the events calendar for Leadville and Twin Lakes happenings year-round.

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