The small town of Leadville, Colorado has long been one of the most famous mountain towns in all of Colorado. Leadville has the distinction of being one of the highest incorporated cities in the United States, a fact that the town takes immense pride in. Leadville is over 10,000 feet above sea level, with incredibly fresh alpine air and some stellar views all around.
Leadville initially began as a mining settlement much like many other local towns but was officially founded in 1878. Rich veins of silver and gold brought droves of prospectors and hopeful settlers to Leadville in search of prosperity and soon after, a town developed to provide basic functions for these dedicated miners. Unlike many of the other mining towns, Leadville continues to thrive as a first-rate city in the mountains, while others lay abandoned.
Leadville has a rich history that can only fully be grasped when you rent an RV in town. When you book an RV in Leadville, you are greeted with historical landmarks, stories of old western folk heroes that once lived or worked in town, breathtaking natural beauty, and a myriad of other simple pleasures. Don’t forget to look into one of the town’s many annual events, like the Boom Days Festival, an homage to the town's mining past. This event goes on for three days with awesome food, fun rides, games for kids, and lots of entertainment.
Explore the Outdoors
Leadville is practically encapsulated on all sides by several national forests so it is an inescapable truth that you will be finding some extraordinary nature during your travels. White River National Forest is one of these forests and is named for the White River that passes through it. There are well over two million acres of evergreen trees in the forest as well as some of the tallest mountains in the Rockies. White River National Forest is among the most visited national parks in the country thanks to the many ski and snowboard resorts inside it. Like any national forest, there are plenty of camping grounds to stay at with your Leadville RV rental.
Pike National Forest and San Isabel National Forest also surround the town of Leadville giving you more wilderness to explore when you rent an RV in town. These sprawling wilderness areas encompass millions of acres of land, covering large swaths of the Rocky Mountains. You can go mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, hunting, geocaching, white water rafting, and more when you venture off to these stunning woodland sanctuaries.
Dillon Reservoir north of Leadville is sandwiched between several popular resort towns, like Frisco and Dillon. Aside from the world-class skiing and trendy resort towns, this lake is a fantastic recreation site in its own right. Several campgrounds line the lake allowing guests to rest on the pristine shores for a restful night’s sleep. Fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, and cycling are excellent ways to see the area or explore the lake.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: the Centennial State is spoiled when it comes to national parks, with some of the country’s very best. If you don’t have time to see all of them, Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a gem of a park farther west and deeper into the massive mountain range. The park is named for the peculiar black rock canyon that was slowly carved and eroded over millions of years by the Gunnison River, much like the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The river gorge is truly a sight to behold when you bring your Leadville motorhome rental to camp out at this impressive park.
RV Parks to Visit
You can easily rent an RV in Leadville and finding a place has never been simpler. Leadville RV Corral is a campground with both tent camping and RV camping sites. The park is open year-round and located just minutes from a fabulous fishing lake.
Sugar Loafin’ RV/Campground has just about every type of camping, including spacious campsites for you and your Leadville RV rental by owner. There is a recreation room, a playground, a park store, and more. Molly Brown Campground and Matchless Campground are open to the public and close to town. These campgrounds are found on Lake Turquoise, one of the town’s major attractions. The national forests that surround Leadville hold countless camping sites for you to use if you feel like adventuring to other parts of Colorado, so don’t be afraid to gear up and get out of town.
It is rare for a mountain town to be as impressive as the natural beauty around it but Leadville is a true attraction itself. This peaceful mountain oasis has a storied past, which is reflected in the many antiquated buildings still standing in town to this very day. The Healey House Museum and Dexter Cabin is a lovely place to learn some local facts and see some fantastic architecture in the form of an old mountain cottage. Guests can tour the historic home and its lovely gardens with knowledgeable guides and see original furniture and artifacts.
Tabor Opera House is another unique structure from the olden days of Leadville. The old brick building may appear warn but the insides have been renovated to house a whole host of concerts and live performances in town.
Leadville is, of course, a proud mining town, so you can take several tours down old mine shafts to get a feel for what locals once did for a living while in town. The Hopemore Mine and the Matchless Mine are two of the most popular mines to take guided tours in. Interestingly enough, the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Leadville, solidifying its claim to mining fame. This federally chartered museum is a massive collection of mining artifacts, model train sets, informative displays, and history placards about some of the mining industries' most famous people and inventions.