LEADVILLE, COLO, May 31, 2022 – After a two-year COVID hiatus, summer’s biggest events have returned to Leadville, Colo., and its close neighbor Twin Lakes. Both mountain towns sit at the heart of Colorado, 100 miles west of Denver, surrounded by the state’s highest peaks and stunning glacial lakes. They offer world-class outdoor recreation, charming downtown storefronts and eateries, attractions showcasing the area’s mining history, and friendly locals. Here are five reasons to leave the house, avoid the crowds, and experience summer fun and genuine mountain culture at the Top of the Rockies.
1. Experience Mining Heritage at Leadville Boom Days
Leadville Boom Days, August 5-7, is a three-day celebration of this mining town’s 1880s silver rush heritage. The festival celebrates the Old West with burro races, contests of mining skill, a parade, car show, and a street fair with over 100 food and craft booths. This festival was canceled for two years due to COVID, and 2022 is the first year it’s back. Free admission.
2. Celebrate the Tabor’s Comeback Season
The historic Tabor Opera House, built in 1879, is bringing events back after a two-year COVID hiatus. The Tabor is offering four great shows this summer. Season tickets are available for $100.
3. Celebrate July 4th with Mountain-Town Charm
Celebrate the 4th of July in North America’s highest incorporated city. Kick off the morning at the Firecracker 5k fun run at 8:30 a.m. Afterwards, enjoy a parade through Leadville’s historic downtown at 12 p.m. Weather conditions permitting, fireworks will light up the majestic mountain town’s sky. During the day, explore historic downtown Leadville and Twin Lakes Village or paddle or boat at Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake. Pick up a delicious lunch in town for a picnic. Hiking, biking or e-biking, fishing, OHV, golfing and ziplining are among the many outdoor activities available for a Fourth with old-fashioned fun. Finish your holiday weekend at FREIGHT, a renovated train depot, for some great music from Birds of Play from 7-9 p.m.
4. Get A Passport to Leadville History
Stop by the Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue in Leadville to pick up a Leadville History Passport, then visit eight local museums showcasing the town’s rich mining history. After you get your passport stamped, return it to the Visitor’s Center to receive a local prize. Museums include:
To help preserve this amazing yet fragile area, the Leadville and Twin Lakes community is asking visitors to please always:
1.) Check the fire ban status in Lake County for Leadville and Twin Lakes.
2.) Take the Adventure By Nature Pledge to show your dedication to responsible visitation.
Photo credit Diana Lange