Don't forget to bring sunscreen and canned oxygen!
Photo by Holly Mandarich
If you're looking for a long or short hike, Leadville has it. There are so many trailheads close to Leadville. Easier hikes include Turquoise Lake Trail, Native Lake Trail, or Mineral Belt Trail. If you want to become a true Coloradan though, you can hike a 14er (14,000 ft mountain) like Mt. Massive, Mt. Sherman, or the highest peak in CO - Mt. Evans.
These races will take your breath away. Because of Leadville's elevation, these races are some of the hardest in the country, but you'll get some great views of the Rockies with these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Photo by Chris Henry
Boom Days is a Colorado Mountain Festival and a celebration of the Old West. There are gunslingers, burro races (CO's state summer sport), contests of mining skills, and over 100 booths. Experience Leadville in all its glory with three days of food, art, craft, and activities that everyone will enjoy.
The second oldest federally operated National Fish Hatchery in the country. This was made to increase the depleting fish supply for inland waters. The hatchery grounds occupy 3,072 acres of clean, cold water that creates the perfect environment for growing trout.
Go on a Horseback Riding trip through the Rockies at tap into your inner rancher. You'll have incredible mountain views (of course) and pass old mines and logging sites, you could even ride to the top of Mt. Zion!
Photo by Holly Mandriarich
Photo by Taylor Grote
Walk/wade fly fishing in the Arkansas River. You're likely to find some wild brown trout, but the smaller streams support a healthy population of wild browns and brook trout and you can find cutthroat trout in the high alpine lakes in the area.