Huck Finn Park Project increases recreation opportunities in Leadville, Colorado

June 24th, 2014

Huck Finn Skatepark 2013

Leadville, Colorado — After several years of brainstorming, fundraising, digging and paving, the Huck Finn Park Project in Leadville is nearing its completion. Skate Leadville broke ground on the project in June 2013 to revamp an existing park, with the primary focus being the addition of a nearly 21,000-square-foot skatepark. Designed by Native Skateparks, the park will include everything from rails and stairs to ledges and bowls, with a variety of features for skaters of all ages and abilities. The design also features plenty of grassy areas and shade trees for spectators and has gone through several rounds of community feedback and revision to best fit the city’s needs.Huck Finn Skatepark landscaping 2014

Huck Finn Skatepark 2014

Volunteers are helping with the landscaping at the new Huck Finn Skatepark in Leadville.

Since the first meeting in 2010, the Huck Finn Park Committee has raised more than $1 million in funding and in-kind services for the project, including a $350,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, $47,000 from The Daniels Fund, $25,000 from the El Pomar Foundation, $30,000 from the Gates Family Foundation, $25,000 from the Coors Foundation, $113,840 from the Department of Local Affairs and a $10,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. The City of Leadville donated $32,500 in Conservation Trust Funds, and the local Elks lodge hosted a fundraiser that brought in $8,000 and contributed $800. Lake County donated $105,000 from Conservation Trust Funds designated for recreation, plus $114,000 in in-kind construction.

In addition to the skatepark, the project also involves repairing two tennis courts and constructing a new park building. After being resurfaced, the tennis courts will also be striped to accommodate younger players based on U.S. Tennis Association guidelines. The park building, which is replacing the old ice rink structure, will include an equipment rental area, restrooms, concessions, a family gathering area and storage space for the Zamboni and mower.

The grand opening is scheduled for July 27; stay tuned for details. More information can be found on the Skate Leadville website.


The Leadville Museum Passport is Back!

June 4th, 2014

Leadville, Colorado — Here’s one of the best deals you’ll find this summer: You can visit seven Leadville museums for just $30 with the Museum Passport. It’s even less for kids ($14 for ages six – 12) and seniors ($25 for ages 62 and better), and it includes discounts at museum gift shops and on tickets for the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad. Plus, it’s good all summer. Here’s the scoop:

From Doc Holliday and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown to Horace, Augusta and “Baby Doe” Tabor, Leadville’s past comes to life in its museums, seven of which are partnering this summer to offer the 2014 Leadville Museum Passport.

This combination ticket is valid from Friday, May 23, 2014, through the month of September for one visit to each of the following: the Heritage Museum, the Tabor Home, the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin, the Tabor Opera House, the Matchless Mine, the Temple Israel Synagogue and Museum and the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

In addition to saving money on admission, the passport provides the convenience of purchasing only one admission ticket, discounts at selected museum gift shops, and the ability to return and visit the museums at different times throughout the summer. It is also transferable. The passport includes a 10 percent discount on scenic train rides on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad.

You can see 10th Mountain Division memorabilia at the Heritage, and relax in the lush gardens at the Healy House. The Tabor Saga can be explored through three museums: the Tabor Home, Horace and Augusta’s first home in Leadville; the Tabor Opera House, built at the height of Tabor’s wealth and power; and the Matchless Mine, where Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor spent the last 30 years of her life and where the tragic story ends.

Leadville’s Temple Israel is unique among restored buildings in the American West. Built in 1884, this frontier synagogue served a surprisingly large and active Jewish community until about 1912. Round out your museum tour with the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, where you’ll find three walk-through mine replicas, a world-class mineral collection and much more. It was granted a charter by Congress, which was signed by President Reagan in 1988, and is the only federally chartered mining museum in the country.

You can also enjoy and learn more about Leadville history with guided tours, a hike or bike ride on the Mineral Belt Trail, at the Camp Hale Memorial and at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery.

The Leadville Museum Passport is available for purchase  through Labor Day weekend, at the participating museums, the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad depot and the Leadville and Lake County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Ave. More information about the passport is available by calling 855-488-1222.

Planning a Family Vacation in Leadville and Twin Lakes this Summer

May 5th, 2014

Leadville Trail Ride cropped horizLeadville, Colorado — Wondering where to spend your vacation this summer? Make Leadville and Twin Lakes your destinations for affordable family fun in the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Here are some ideas to help you plan your itinerary:

Leadville National Fish Hatchery – The hatchery is celebrating its 125th birthday this year on July 26, but it’s fun all year long. It’s the second-oldest federally funded hatchery in America! There’s a one-mile hike on the Evergreen Trail that has signs along the way to identify flora and fauna, plus access to the Colorado Trail. You can tour the hatchery and enjoy the trails free of charge, and the kids will love feeding the fish.

Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad – All aboard for a scenic train ride! The views are beautiful, and you learn a lot about Leadville’s history along the way. There are seats that are covered where you can move inside in case of an afternoon shower. Well-behaved pets allowed. There are special wildflower train rides paired with a picnic lunch at the Healy House Museum on July 19 and 26, and Aug. 2; reserve your seats for these special rides now by calling 1-866-386-3936.Leadville Mineral Belt Trail

Guided tours –  Join local historians and storytellers for guided tours of Leadville, the mining district and the Evergreen Cemetery. Halfmoon Packing is offering trail rides and stagecoach tours as well, including one-hour, half-day and moonlight rides.

Mineral Belt Trail – This is a paved, 11-6-mile trail that loops Leadville, with beautiful views and historic sites along the way. Bring your own bikes or rent them from Cycles of Life at 309 Harrison Avenue.

Museums – There’s a Museum Passport for the summer that includes admission to seven museums, plus discounts at the gift shops and on tickets for the train ride. It costs $30 per adult, $25 per senior and $14 per child. It’s good all summer, so you don’t have to use it all at once. The passport includes the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin, the Heritage Museum, the Tabor Home, the Tabor Opera House Museum, the Temple Israel Synagogue and Museum and the Matchless Mine. You can purchase passports at the Leadville Lake County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Interlaken Boat Tours at Twin Lakes – Enjoy two-hour scenic boat tours on Twin Lakes at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, May through September. The Interlaken Resort was a premier destination in the late 1880s.

Mt. Massive Golf Course – The highest course in North America is laid-back, friendly, affordable and beautifully maintained. Lessons and equipment rentals are available, and Mt. Massive Golf Course welcomes players of all abilities.

Tabor Opera House — This was the largest and grandest opera house west of the Mississippi when it was built in 1879, and you can still enjoy tours and performances today! The summer lineup at the Tabor Opera House includes the Ballet Ariel, the 101st Army Band, the Legacy Quartet, Chris Collins, Paula Poundstone, Jeff Brinkman and the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.

You’ll find plenty of things in Leadville and Twin Lakes to enjoy as a family, so plan to stay for here for a while. Whether you prefer a beautifully restored Victorian hotel, a comfy B&B, a rustic cabin tucked away in the woods, a historic lodge, a motel with all of the modern conveniences, a campsite or a vacation rental that’s suited for groups large or small, we’ve got you covered. Our affordable rates mean that you can stay longer and do more while you’re here, so go ahead and book an extra day or two. Questions? Visit Leadville online or give us a call at 855-488-1222.

It’s Time for a Spring Getaway in Leadville and Twin Lakes

April 8th, 2014

Downtown LeadvilleLeadville, Colorado — It’s pretty quiet in the high country in April and May, which makes it a good time to visit if you’re really wanting to get away from it all. Here are a few ideas for a relaxing getaway in Leadville and Twin Lakes this spring:

April is Leadville History Month — Pick up a book on Leadville history at the Book Mine on Harrison Avenue. Grab a cup o’ joe at Coffee on a Hill to sip while you bone up on the colorful characters who called Leadville home back in the day. (Click Leadville History Month for more ideas.)

Hit the trails — Because of our altitude, we have one of the longest snowshoe and cross-country ski seasons. There’s still a lot of snow to be found up here! The trails can be icy in the mornings or slushy in the afternoons, so be prepared for spring conditions.

Go fishing — 102 miles of the Arkansas River have recently been designated Gold Medal Waters by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. Check fishing reports or give Colorado Fly Fishing Guides a call to find out what’s biting and where. (866-908-7547)

Fishing in LeadvilleCheck out the shops — While away the hours in the shops and antique stores in downtown Leadville. You can find books, maps, souvenirs, clothing, outdoor gear and apparel, gifts, home décor, jewelry, artwork, yarn, pottery, bikes and biking accessories, sporting goods and more. Many locally made options!

Go for a swim or a soak — The Lake County Aquatic Center has an indoor pool with lap lanes, slides, a diving board and a shallow play area, plus a dry sauna and a hot tub. The pool is kept at a toasty 85 degrees and is open seven days a week. Click here for schedule and rates.

Sample the cuisine — Hungry for a sandwich, a steak, a pizza, some ribs, a burrito, some chili, a burger, some chicken, a salad, a cookie, homemade fudge, a breakfast burrito, a muffin, gluten-free goodies, an omelet or some ice cream? Thirsty for a cold beer, a warm drink, a margarita or locally distilled whiskey or moonshine? You’ll find it all here!

Take a walk — Even though we’re located at 10,152 feet above sea level, the sun shines here more than 300 days a year. It will warm you up quickly if you head out for a mid-day walk through downtown, along the shores of Twin Lakes or Turquoise Lakes, or on the Mineral Belt Trail. (Be sure to pack plenty of water and some sunscreen!)

Play a round — Mt. Massive Golf Course, the highest golf course in North America, is scheduled to open May 10. Mother Nature is ultimately in control of this schedule, so check the website or give them a call at 719-486-2176 to make sure it’s open. In the meantime, the course has some wonderful winter trails waiting for you!

Check in, if you must. There’s free wireless internet downtown and at many local businesses, along with cell coverage for the major carriers. Give us a call at 888-455-1222, visit us online, request a free vacation planner or send us an email. We’ll help you start planning today!

April is Leadville History Month

February 27th, 2014

Leadville Downtown Evening 4x6

Leadville, Colorado – Explore one of the West’s most historic towns, where Doc Holliday shot his last man, where Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown met and married J.J. Brown, and where Horace Tabor, the Guggenheims and the Boettchers made their millions. April is Historic Leadville Month, thanks to a Colorado Senate Joint Resolution put forth by the Leadville Assembly, and it’s a great time to come up and check out this authentic Colorado mining town. Read More »