Outdoor Adventures

There's something for everyone in any season! Hiking fourteeners, biking, skiing, fishing, ice skating, rafting, snowshoeing, or just going for a stroll to enjoy the fall colors.

Colorado Search and Rescue Association

Colorado Search and Rescue Association

CSAR encourages people to get out and enjoy Colorado’s National Forests, National Parks, Parks and Open Spaces, trails, streams, and slopes. Along with enjoying them, we encourage you to acquire the tools and knowledge for accessing the backcountry as safely and responsibly as possible.

Alpine Ski & Sport

Come visit your local Full Service Ski Shop servicing the Leadville/Lake County area. If you are staying locally, but skiing in Vail or Summit County, no problem, rent your gear at Alpine Ski & Sport to save over 60% off of big resort rental prices! It`s a no brainer - rent from Alpine Ski & Sport and EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE!
Location: 504 Harrison Ave.
Phone: 719-486-2331
Toll Free: 866-908-SKIS (7547)

Alpine Adventures Dogsledding

Alpine Adventures offers unique and exciting hands-on dogsledding tours that are fun for the entire family! Regardless which dogsledding tour option you choose, you are sure to leave with memories that will last a lifetime as well as some new four-legged friends. Dogsledding has grown exponentially in the past few years as one of the most popular outdoor winter activities. The dog-powered tours at Alpine Adventures are certain to be the ride of your life and the highlight of your winter vacation!
Location: 21767 Hwy 24 West
Phone: 719-486-9899

Camp Hale

17 miles N of Leadville on Hwy 24, Camp Hale was established in 1942 to provide winter and mountain warfare training during WWII. The camp was built here because of the setting of a flat valley bottom, surrounded by steep hillsides suitable for training in skiing, rock climbing, and cold weather survival skills. Many ski troopers returned to Colorado after the war and were instrumental in the development of the Colorado ski industry. Today, Camp Hale is a recreation site that can be enjoyed either in hiking boots, or on skis or snowmobiles.
Location: 10th Mtn Division Memorial Hwy
Phone: 719-486-2331

Colorado Fly Fishing Guides

Your genuine small town fly shop and Leadville`s premier guide service for the Upper Arkansas River Valley. We specialize in walk/wade fly fishing trips, and welcome all abilities. Offering 2 Hour Intro, Half Day, and Full Day rates. Anglers can enjoy Twin Lakes, Turquoise Lake, Mt. Elbert Forebay, Crystal Lake, Halfmoon Creek, the Arkansas River, and many smaller lakes and streams.
Location: 504 Harrison Ave.
Phone: 866-908-7547

Cottonwood Hot Springs

Come soak in Colorado`s purest, geothermal, gravity-fed mineral spas. Historically noted for their medicinal and therapeutic value, the springs were used for centuries by the Ute Indians as a spiritual gathering place. Today, people have come from all over the world to soak in the curative waters. Also available are a sauna and spa services. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: 18999 CR 306, Buena Vista
Phone: 719-395-6434

Cycles of Life

Cycles of Life is a full service bike shop located high in the Rocky Mountains. We are situated at 10,152 feet above sea level, and surrounded by mountain peaks ranging from 12,000 to 14,443'. Our service shop specializes in all types of repair, minor and major, including custom bike builds, tune-ups, custom wheel building, suspension and fork overhauls, bike fitting and more with most parts in stock. We sell the brands you love and are dedicated to ensuring that whether you`re new to biking or you`re a pro, that you will be taken well care of!
Location: 309 Harrison Ave.
Phone: 719-486-5533

Dog Park

If you & your four-legged friends are staying at one of our pet-friendly rentals and want a fun place to cut loose off-leash, Leadville has you covered! The park is open from dawn to dusk year round, and they ask that you carefully read all signage and rules before entering the park. More details can be found by visiting the Facebook page below, and don`t forget to bring your doggie bags!
Location: West of Huck Finn Park, 505 W 5th St.

Groomed Winter Trails

Hitting the trails is one of the most popular activities Colorado has to offer, no matter what the season. There are more than 50 miles of free, groomed trails in Lake County, ranging from beginner to expert. Perfect for fat biking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling! Check out this map for details.
Location: Lake County

Gym & Climbing Wall

The Colorado Mountain College has an indoor, 25-foot climbing wall open to the public at scheduled times. Rental equipment and shoes are also available. Times vary based on class schedule, and the gym & wall are located in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center. Call the phone number for the latest schedule to find out when roped climbing, bouldering, and women`s-only hours are.
Location: 901 Highway 24 S
Phone: 719-486-4284

Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting

Halfmoon Packing and Outfitting is a four season wilderness guide and outfitter located in Leadville. Our passion lies in sharing the outdoor lifestyle with our guests. Summer offerings include one hour to all day horseback, wagon, and stagecoach rides, as well as fishing trips. We also offer customized multi-day wilderness pack trips featuring the most spectacular mountain views in the area. These trips are created based on the clients specific desires with options for fishing, riding, and photography.
Location: 1100 East Tennessee Rd
Phone: 719-486-4570

Hiking & Mountain Biking

A perennial favorite in summer months, or to see fall colors! Lake County offers hiking and running trails ranging from easy to advanced, in some of the most scenic spots you can imagine. Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, both reaching more than 14,400`, are the state`s two highest peaks, but don`t forget the Continental Divide or Colorado Trail. For cyclists, a vast network of trails crisscross the county, ranging from extremely challenging to paved, ADA-accessible trails. Visit Cycles of Life, Leadville Outdoors, or the Leadville/Twin Lakes website for more maps & info.

Huck Finn Ice Rink

Located at the end of West Fifth Street, the Huck Finn Ice Rink is open from December to March, weather permitting. At 30,000 square feet, this is one of the largest manmade rinks in Colorado. The facility features skate rentals, a snack bar, warming hut, and a great sound system. Open daily in season from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is just $2.25, skate rentals are $1 for kids and $2 for adults.
Location: West 5th St.
Phone: 970-668-5323

Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad

Join us for a Colorado adventure you will not forget! Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this scenic train trip provides 2 and 1/2 hours of sightseeing, relaxation and a little glimpse back in history. The train travels another 1,000 feet above the headwaters of the Arkansas River Valley. You will travel through pine forests, aspen groves and view high alpine meadows sprinkled with an array of colorful wildflowers in mid summer, so always bring your camera!
Location: 326 East 7th St
Phone: 719-486-3936
Toll Free: 866-386-3936

Leadville National Fish Hatchery

Leadville National Fish Hatchery, established in 1889, is the second oldest Federally operated fish hatchery in existence today. The hatchery grounds occupy 3,072 acres near the city of Leadville. The hatchery welcomes visitors for a closeup view of the fish production process. In addition to the hatchery experience, visitors also have a bounty of nearby recreational opportunities to explore, such as nature trails, picnic areas, and cross-country skiing trails. There`s also access to the Mount Massive Wilderness and the Colorado Trail.
Location: 2846 Highway 300
Phone: (719) 486-0189
Mineral Belt Trail

Mineral Belt Trail

The trail is 11.6 miles through aspen groves, conifer forest, wildflower meadows and open sage parks. The trail is designed for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, in-line skates and, of course, walkers. In the winter it`s groomed for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-biking. Multiple access points throughout town. No charge to use the trail - come up and enjoy the views!
Location: Access points through town
Phone: 719-486-3900

Mt. Massive Golf Course

Nestled in the open spaces of the Arkansas River Valley near the river`s headwaters, ringed by the tallest mountains in the state, and surrounded by ranchland and forest, Mt. Massive Golf Course is in a truly spectacular setting. No buildings crowd the fairways; no interstate noise to jar the senses. At 9,680 feet, it`s the highest golf course in North America. Today, this affordable and friendly course caters to over 20,000 rounds annually, but is never overbooked or hurried. It is conditioned and maintained to a level that rivals the nearby resort courses, but with a much lower price tag. Players of all skill levels will find golf at Mt. Massive a challenging course with small-town charm.
Location: 259 County Road 5
Phone: 719-486-2176

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

The Historic Bath House was established in 1867. Here you may enjoy the soaking pools reaching temperatures up to 105 degrees, and the exercise pool in the 90`s. The Creekside hot spring pools are broken down into natural individual pools ranging in temperatures from 70 to 120 degrees. The upper hot spring pools have a 400 foot water slide. Restaurant, bars, and a spa are also on the premises. Open Mon - Thurs 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Fri - Sun 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Location: 15870 CR 162, Nathrop
Phone: 719-395-2447

Rafting & More with The Adventure Company

At the Adventure Company, we provide our guests with the best whitewater experience in the country. Today we run 25 rafting trips on 4 different rivers from 5 convenient meeting locations, for beginners to hard-core experts. While whitewater rafting still represents the majority of what we do, we now offer a total of 15 activities, including horseback riding, zip lining, inflatable kayaking, mountain biking, jeep & ATV tours, and hot air balloon rides!
Location: 12847 Highway 24, Buena Vista
Toll Free: 800-497-7328

Rod & Gun Club

The trap range is open to the public every Sunday at 11 a.m. and Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Take Hwy 24 a quarter mile S of town, turn S on CR 6 (Gun Club Rd), then W off the hairpin turn. For the pistol and rifle ranges, take Hwy 24 a half mile S of town, left onto Colorado Mountain College Rd, then take your second left. Check the Herald Democrat newspaper for events, shows, and updates.
Location: 100 Gun Club Rd
Phone: 970-406-0129

Ski Cooper | Chicago Ridge

Cooper offers top-notch Colorado skiing, with the absolute best and softest snow surface in the state. We have terrain variety for all abilities, including the finest learning and beginner terrain in the country, up through epic powder, glades, and bumps. We have no lift lines (unless you consider 1-2 minutes a lift line!). We have a ski and ride school that will get you on the snow and having fun or tweak your skills to take you to the next level. We have plenty of tasty food & bev options in the cafeteria, and an Irish Pub for lunch and apres-ski fun. We`re the most authentic Colorado ski resort you`ll find. And guess what? You can afford it. If you want to experience skiing the way it should be, you`ll find your home with the Cooper family.
Location: 232 County Rd 29
Phone: 719-486-1878
Toll Free: 800-707-6114

Sledding at Dutch Henry

Dutch Henry Sledding Hill is perhaps the highest, fastest sledding hill in all of Colorado, and it`s just a one-minute drive south of downtown on Highway 24. If you bring your own sled or tube, the hill is completely free. Tube rentals are available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $7 per hour on Saturdays and Sundays during the winter. Call the Lake County Recreation Department for more information.
Location: Highway 24, Leadville
Phone: 719-486-7484


For a winter adventure, snowmobile in the Rocky Mountains! Zoom through open meadows, rev up snowy slopes, and carve through backcountry bowls at elevations up to 12,000' high. Click the link for more info on companies offering tours, available trails, and more.
Location: Lake County

Tennessee Pass Nordic Center

Overlooking the stunning Sawatch Mountains, our spacious Nordic center is your gateway to all day winter fun! Skis, snowshoes, lessons, coffee bar, beer & wine, soups & sandwiches, a toasty woodstove, and a large sunny deck? Yeah, we`ve got all that! Enjoy over 25 kilometers of set track and wide skate lanes on a groomed trail system that offers ample terrain for every style and ability of skier.
Location: At the base of Ski Cooper
Phone: 719-486-8114

Top of the Rockies Zip Line

Enjoy a scenic ride up to the take-off deck at 11,200 feet above sea level! Experience six separate zip lines, four of which are twins for side-by-side fun, and one is a triple! The 2,500 acre private property is between 10,000 and 12,800 feet high on the Continental Divide. See old gold mines and some of the tallest mountains in North America!
Location: 6492 Highway 91
Phone: 970-668-5323
Toll Free: 800-247-7238

Twin Lakes Canoe & Kayak Adventures

Our canoe, kayak, and standup paddle board rentals let you travel along the peaceful waters around Twin Lakes, CO. Those who are interested in angling can even sign up for fishing tours! You also have the option of arranging group events. Open May through October.
Location: 6451 Hwy 82, Twin Lakes
Phone: 719-251-9961