Cruising Elevation: Leadville & Twin Lakes

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At 10,152 feet, Leadville the United States' highest incorporated city — and those peaks are packed with history. Take a few mining tours, drive to the sky on the Alpine Loop scenic byway and soak in the history of this mining town and it's beautiful neighbor, Twin Lakes.

Sustainability Activity
Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Insider's Tip
Stay the Trail

When riding OHVs through the Alpine Loop, make sure you follow Colorado's off-roading motto of "Stay the Trail."

Day
1
Activity
Tour Leadville's National Historic Landmark District

In this colorful district, see buildings built between 1880 and 1905, including the largest opera house west of the Mississippi, the saloon visited by Oscar Wilde, and two historic 1879 churches.

Lunch
Buchi Cafe Cubano Leadville
At Buchi, passion is the most important ingredient, and we hope to bring you a memorable Cuban Cafe experience with every bite (and sip).
Activity
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

What would it be like to work in a mine, blasting rock in narrow passageways deep underground? Find out at the National Mining Hall of Fame &…

Dinner
Quincy's

Quincys Tavern offers a simplistic menu that features a quality meal at an affordable price.

Activity
Top of the Rockies - Scenic and Historic Byway
Designated a National Scenic Byway in 1998.
Lodging
Rodeway Inn - Leadville
Book a room at our AAA-approved Super 8 Leadville CO hotel off Highway 24 and enjoy easy access to five of the most popular area ski resorts.
Day
2
Breakfast
City on a Hill Coffee & Espresso

We are located in the green brick building in the center of downtown Leadville, just south of the traffic light. The shop is a warm place to relax…

Activity
Leadville Railroad

Spectacular railroad trip in the Rocky Mountains. Incredible views of Colorado's two highest peaks, colorful wildflowers and majestic aspen groves…

Lunch
Two Mile Brewing Company

Flagship brews, seasonal taps, snacks and sammies keep Leadville beer lovers satiated at America's highest altitude brewery.

Activity
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin

Discover Leadville's finest Victorian homes for a glimpse of Western life in a booming silver-mining camp. Healy House is a restoration of August…

Dinner
Casa Sanchez
Excellent service and excellent Mexican food. Tortilla soup, natural margaritas and seafood burrito are crowd favorites.
Activity
Historic Tabor Opera House

Dig into the fascinating past, present, and future of this iconic opera house. Learn about the Tabor’s 140+ year history, the big plans for its…

Lodging
Rodeway Inn - Leadville
Book a room at our AAA-approved Super 8 Leadville CO hotel off Highway 24 and enjoy easy access to five of the most popular area ski resorts.
Day
3
Insider's Tip
Head South to Twin Lakes

Make the 25-minute drive to the town of Twin Lakes. Resting in the shadow of Colorado’s tallest peak (Mount Elbert), Twin Lakes also lies adjacent to the state's two largest glacial lakes along the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway.

Breakfast
The Twin Lakes Inn

The Twin Lakes Inn in historic Twin Lakes Colorado has served guests since 1879. Recently renovated, history and charm still live in its timbers…

Activity
Colorado Fly Fishing Guides

Leadville's premier walk/wade fly fishing outfitter.  Offering 2 hour, half day, and full day rates.  All abilities welcome. Come experience fly…

Insider's Tip
Make Your Way Back to Leadville

Now that you've explored tiny and charming Twin Lakes, head back to Leadville for lunch and a mine tour.

Lunch
High Mountain Pies
We, the High Mountain Pies Culinary Team, are dedicated in our quest to broadcast our fresh and delicious pizza to the hungry world via our…
Activity
Matchless Mine

This is a historic silver mine associated with the Tabor family 1879-1935. Guided or self-guided tours of the hoist house, headframe, powder…

Dinner
Tree Line Kitchen

Open at 4:30 pm every day. Enjoy the highest rooftop patio in the country.

Activity
Silver Dollar Saloon
Established in 1879 The Silverdollar is the second oldest saloon in Colorado. With its original tile floor and its custom made bar with original…
Lodging
Rodeway Inn - Leadville
Book a room at our AAA-approved Super 8 Leadville CO hotel off Highway 24 and enjoy easy access to five of the most popular area ski resorts.