Get to know Lake County

Leadville’s Rich History

A passing glance at the buildings on Harrison Avenue lets you know that this town’s got some stories to tell! Original inhabitants first struck it rich with gold, silver, and other precious gems and minerals before settling on the name Leadville. Later on, molybdenum was discovered and is still mined at Climax today. In addition to mining, the tourism industry is bustling here these days. No matter what brought you here, you’ll love learning about the fascinating people and events that made Leadville what it is today.

Museums, Tours, and More

You can purchase a Museum Passport at the Chamber of Commerce or Mining Hall of Fame and go exploring! The passport is valid from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and is good for entry at all of these wonderfully historic places: Healy House and Dexter CabinHeritage MuseumNational Mining Hall of Fame and Matchless MineHouse with the EyeTemple IsraelTabor Home; and Tabor Opera House. In addition to the backstage tour, the Opera House offers a full summer season of concerts, shows, and special events. The Museum Passport also gives you discounts on Interlaken Boat Tours at Twin Lakes.

While you’re here, be sure to hop on the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad for a tour of some of the most beautiful scenery that the Rockies have to offer. Daily trips are available from May to October with clever, informative narration from your conductor. Special trips also occur throughout the season, such as BBQ dinners and wildflower hikes.

We have an excellent guide to Lake County’s endless outdoor activities, and when you’re hungry, visit our dining and nightlife page. And don’t miss out on any of the fun and crazy events that take place here!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (719) 486-1930 or visit our contact page.