Only 1 square mile and over 10,000 feet above sea level, Leadville is a small mountain town in the middle of Colorado. It was settled in the 1850s during the gold rush, but it never became a major settlement because the gold quickly ran out. It was, however, a very successful silver and lead camp, becoming one of the largest and most profitable locations in the world. However, this wealth caused Leadville to earn a reputation of lawlessness and brutality; it was a true gun-slinging, heavy drinking, wild western town. Today, Leadville is a town with many historical sites and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Margaret “Molly Brown, also known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” lived in Leadville and became very wealthy from her family’s involvement in gold mining. She is famous for surviving the sinking of the Titanic, portrayed in the 1997 film by Kathy Bates.
Things to do in Leadville
Explore the Rocky Mountains via train on the highest railroad in North America. The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad slowly winds through valleys and peaks, rewarding travelers with wildlife viewing. A knowledgeable guide narrates the ride, and concessions are available for the journey.
If you are traveling in the winter, be sure to look into ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains. Ski Cooper is easily accessible from Leadville, and this 70-year-old resort has runs for every age and ability level. There are 39 runs, but it works hard to keep from being crowded or pretentious. Enjoy panoramic views of some of Colorado’s highest peaks while skiing some pristine trails.
Take a break between adventure activities and stroll through the Western Hardware Antique Mall. This two-story antiques mall offers everything from Western memorabilia to vintage toys. Located in a restored hardware store, this antique shop is truly a goldmine of history.
Day Trips from Leadville
Take an hour-and-a-half drive to Colorado’s capital city. Denver, dubbed the Mile-High City, is both metropolitan and mountainous. There are many tours available to take travelers to several of Denver’s top attractions in an afternoon. Several major league sports franchises call Denver home, such as the Rockies and the Broncos; if you don’t feel like catching a game, you can take a tour of the stadium! Check out the museums and vibrant restaurant scene as well.
Breckenridge, a world-famous ski town, is less than an hour’s drive from Leadville. Outside of the numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation, Breckenridge has a quaint downtown area and a handful of local breweries.
Pike National Forest offers travelers beautiful hiking and mountaineering just two hours from Leadville. However, you don’t have to be in top hiking shape to enjoy this area’s sweeping mountain views. Take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the summit of Pikes Peak at over 14,000 feet.
Despite Leadville’s small size, there are still nearly 60 vacation rentals to choose from on Tripping.com. Some rentals have hot tubs to relax your muscles after a long day on the slopes!
Transportation in Leadville
Eagle County Airport and Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, both about 60 miles from Leadville, offer scheduled airline services. Travelers who are driving can reach Leadville via U.S. Route 24. Once you arrive, many locations are a short drive away, as Leadville is a geographically small town.
Vacation Rentals in Leadville
Looking for a vacation rental in Leadville? Tripping.com has 108 vacation rental homes available in Leadville. You'll find 0 studios, 28 1-bedroom, 39 2-bedroom and 41 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from €59 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Leadville is €170 while the average price of a weekly rental is €25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Leadville home is €25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 38 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Leadville. In addition to accommodating pets, Leadville rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 90 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 81 have TV and/or cable and 9 have a pool or hot tub.
Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Leadville where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Expedia, and Booking.com. There are 85 HomeAway rentals, 8 Expedia short term rentals and 6 Booking.com vacation rentals.