Current Seasonal Events
Winter Events - February 2017
LEADVILLE LOPPET - When: Sunday, February 12, 2017. Where: Colorado Mountain College, Timberline Campus, 901 Hwy. 91 South, Leadville. Register today! Join us for the 2017 Leadville Loppet and explore the Mineral Belt Trail! This fun race and trail fundraiser is open to Freestyle (skate) and Classic Skiing in the 10k, 22k, and 44k. Bring family and friends for our popular 5K Costume Party Fun Race/Tour. Everyone is welcome! And bring the little ones for our 1K Kids Fun Race. No charge and everyone "wins" a lollipop!
44k start 9:15 a.m. – return approximately noon-1:30 p.m.
22k start time 9:45 a.m. – return approximately 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
10k start time 10:00 a.m. – return approximately 10:30 a.m. -noon
5k start time 10:15 a.m. and 1k kid’s fun race start time 10:30 a.m.
FILM AND Q&A: THE LAST RIDGE: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION -When: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7 p.m. Limited seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Where: Lake County Public Library, Amax Room, 1115 Harrison Avenue, Leadville. During World War II, Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division gave new meaning to the phrase “uphill battle” as they embarked on a true mission impossible. This one-hour documentary, The Last Ridge: The Inspiring Story of the 10th Mountain Division, recounts their remarkable history, beginning with its earliest days as a legendary WWII alpine fighting force training at Camp Hale near Leadville, Colorado.
The story of 10th’s claim to fame begins with the Germans entrenched in Italy’s heavily fortified mountaintops, effectively blocking the Allied advance towards Germany. After losing 15,000 soldiers trying to capture this critical high ground, Army brass called up the 10th Mountain Division. The rest is history: how the 10th turned the tide for the Allies in Italy, revolutionized winter mountain warfare abroad, transformed winter sports at home, and inspired generations of soldiers.
Narrated by National Public Radio’s Scott Simon, The Last Ridge takes an active history approach to breakthrough to a younger generation. This showing is followed by Q & A with 10th Mountain vets and the filmmaker.
WINE AT THE MINE - When: Friday, February 17, 2017, Where: National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, 120 W. 9th St., Leadville, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Join us for this annual wine tasting event in the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
Bid in a silent auction, tap your toes to music, and tour through the exhibits while sipping on wine and nibbling hors d'oeuvres. You can also take home a souvenir wine glass.
Winter Events - March 2017
2Fer Tuesdays at Ski Cooper - When: Tuesday, March 01, 2016. Grab a friend and get up to Ski Cooper for 2Fer Tuesdays, when you get two adult lift tickets for the price of one!
$30 Thursdays at Ski Cooper - When: Thursday, March 03, 2016 Through March 31, 2016. Buy an Adult Lift ticket for only $30 at Ski Cooper! Hit the slopes, and then sit back and enjoy après-ski appetizers with live music in Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub!$30 Thursdays at Ski Cooper .
Skijoring - When: Friday, March 03, 2016 through Sunday, March 05, 2016. Horses and riders thundering down a snowy street with a skier sailing behind, spearing rings—that's ski joring! Join us for this annual fun and funky festival.
Tennessee Pass Cookhouse 5k/10k – Colorado State Snowshoe Championships
When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 ,10 a.m. Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at Ski Cooper, 9 miles north of Leadville on Hwy 24
Cost: Pre-registration: $20 / Day of race: $25
Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series - Mineral Belt Mayhem - When: When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 . An 11-mile loop on Leadville’s legendary Mineral Belt Trail at night! Start and finish on Harrison Ave. during Leadville’s Crystal Carnival Weekend.Registration: 4 p.m., at Cycles of Life, 309 Harrison Ave. Race Start: 6 p.m. Details at Cloud City Wheelers.
The History of Climax - When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Lake County Library
2017 Winter Mountain Bike Series - Great Divide Grinder at Monarch Mountain
When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
23715 U.S. 50, Salida, CO 81201 (map)
For more info on course and times, call 719-486-5533 or check the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series Facebook page.
This race is entering our series for the first time this year. Come on down and race in the morning, and finish your legs off skiing for the rest of the day. It's gonna be awesome!
Spring Events - April 2017
$30 Thursday at Ski Cooper - When: Thursday, April 07, 2017. Buy an Adult Lift ticket for only $30 at Ski Cooper!
Father Dryer Postal Route Ski Race and Backcountry Weekend - When: Friday, April 07, 2017 .
North America's highest ski race, plus fun events for the whole family!
Friday, April 7:
2-5 p.m. - Check in and gear check at Leadville Outdoors, 225 Harrison Ave., Leadville
5 p.m. - Dinner - Location TBA
6 p.m. - Pre-race meeting - Location TBA
6:30 p.m. - Speaker and Slideshow
Saturday, April 8:
5 a.m. - Race start - Location TBA
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Demos and Clinics - TBA
8:30 a.m. - Guided Cross Country Tour in Leadville's Mining District - Free
10 a.m. - Guided Family Cross Country Tour in Leadville's Mining District - Free
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Spectator activities and festivities
5 p.m. - After party - Location TBA - Food and beer!
Sunday, April 9:
7 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Intro to Ski Mountaineering - $150
Guided Snowshoe and AT/Tele Ski Tours and Intro to Mountaineering - Location and time TBA
The Father Dyer Postal Route is a ski mountaineering team race in the Mosquito Range just east of Leadville. Named after John Lewis Dyer who crossed this range on skis as a minister and postal carrier to the mining camps in Alma and Leadville, this race is the highest backcountry course in North America. It takes racers up three peaks over 12,000', including Centennial 13er Dyer Mountain (13,855’), and involves three demanding backcountry ski lines. The course is roughly 25 miles long and includes approximately 6,500' of vertical gain (and loss).
Leadville History Month Celebration - When: Friday, April 22, 2016 through Saturday, April 23, 2016 Learn about Leadville's history, learn to play faro, and celebrate the opening of the new 1880's Brass Ass Saloon.
Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series - East Sde Epic- When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Close out the 2016 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series with this tour of Leadville's historic mining district!
Registration: 8 a.m., at Cycles of Life, 309 Harrison Ave. Race Start: 10 a.m., at 700 East 8th St.
Spring Events - May 2017
Ride for the Pass - When: May 20,2017. The Ride for the Pass is a recreational ride and road bike race up Highway 82 toward Independence Pass that allows riders to enjoy this beautiful Scenic Byway BEFORE it is opened to cars for the season. The Ride benefits the Independence Pass Foundations restoration work on the Pass.For more information, contact Dina Belmonte, Ride Coordinator, 970.379.1222, [email protected] Starts in Aspen.
Seasonal Museums and Independence Pass Open for Summer - When: May 26, 2017, May 30, 2017. Most of our seasonal museums open between mid-May and Memorial Day weekend. Independence Pass, which connects Twin Lakes and Aspen, typically opens the Thursday before Memorial Day.
The Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad Train- When: May 27, 2017 Train Rides begin for the Season!
The 6th Annual Fallen Heroes Run- When: Sunday, May 28. It will take place before the service, starting in Summit County on Sunday morning. The motorcycles and riders will assemble at the Summit County Elks Lodge at 1321 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with the group departing to at 11:45, weather permitting. The ride will travel along Fallen Heroes Highway, aka Highway 91 over Fremont Pass and into Leadville Evergreen Cemetery A donation of $10 a bike will be accepted with all proceeds going to Lake County Veterans Memorial.
The 2017 Lake County Memorial Day Services- When: Sunday, May 28, rather than the traditional Memorial Day Monday to accommodate those traveling to the event and to encourage more people to attend. So mark the calendars for May 28 for the annual event held at the Lake County Veterans Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville at 1 p.m.
Summer Events - June 2017
Turquoise Lake 20k- When: June 3th, 2017. The race offers unparalleled mountain views as you run clockwise around scenic Turquoise Lake. All Proceeds benefit Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame.
Fish Hatchery 5K- When: June 4th, 2017. The run or walk takes place at the Historic Leadville National Fish Hatchery! It features a scenic cross country style course that winds through sub-alpine forests on dirt road and trail near Evergreen Lakes and Lower Rock Creek.
Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half- When: June 17, 2017. Run through the historic mining district’s challenging old mining roads and trails, and hit a high of 13,185 feet at Mosquito Pass during the Leadville Trail 100 Marathon -Leadville Trail Marathon or Heavy Half Marathon.
Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival- When: June 23, 2017 through Saturday, June 24, 2017.
The weekend will bring the sweet smell of BBQ and the taste of fine micro brews to this historic mining community nestled high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This is a KCBS sanctioned BBQ event and a "cup" event for the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association. Some of the best pit masters in the country will be competing for a $10,152 prize purse and the rights to our "Top of the Mountain" award. Come on up to the high country and enjoy some of the best BBQ and brews in the mountains. Live music and a family-fun zone will complete your experience in Leadville.
Leadville Trail 100 Run Training Camp - CO When: June 23-26, 2017. Open to all runners, this camp offers an introduction to the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance and is the perfect training tool for this year’s race. Seasoned veterans provide a great education as you cover the LT100 Run course over a three-day period.
Leadville Trail 100 MTB Training Camp- When: June 29, 2017 through July 1st, 2017. Dramatically increase your chances of capturing that coveted LT100 MTB belt buckle by attending the 2017 Leadville Trail 100 MTB Training Camp. Camp participants will ride, dine and socialize with a host of experienced buckle-sporting guides, including six-time LT100 MTB champion Dave Wiens, 23-time finisher Todd Murray and 14-time finisher Roxanne Hall.
Summer Events - July 2017
Firecracker 5K- When: 8:30 am, July 4th, 2017. Celebrate the 4th in good old Leadville, North America's highest incorporated city! Bring the family and friends and beat the heat above 10,000'. Walk or run the 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) course that starts and finishes in downtown Leadville. Run the race, watch the parade, and win a prize in the post race raffle.
Leadville Independence Day Celebration- When: 10:00 am, July 4. Leadville Independence Day Celebration. Join us for an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration with a parade, Firecracker 5K, BBQs and fireworks!
Devil's Tail BBQ Train Ride- When: 6:00 pm, July 8, 2017. The Devils Tail BBQ Special, features an evening train ride.
2017 Silver King & Silver Queen- When: July 8 (MTB) & July 9 (Run). One race not enough for you? Try two days of exhilarating challenges. First, spend Saturday riding the Blueprint for Athletes Silver Rush 50 MTB, and follow it up on Sunday with the Blueprint for Athletes Silver Rush 50 Run.
Leadville Race Series Silver Rush 50 Run-When: July 9, 2017. Take on 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200 feet and reaches 12,000 feet on four separate occasions at the Blueprint for Athletes Silver Rush 50 Run. It will leave your lungs burning, heart pounding and eyes completely amazed — while also preparing you for the pinnacle Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance.
The Wild Flower Special Train- When: 10:00 am, July 22 , July 29, and August 5, 2017. See the alpine flowers at their peak, splashing the mountain world with vibrant color! Join our experienced tour guides for a 20 minute hike through pine forests, aspen groves and open meadows. View a multitude of varieties of wildflowers at the water tower. Some flowers sighted include Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and wild strawberries. You may find anything from our "local" deer to a mushroom in a wet marsh. Remember hiking shoes, a water bottle and camera. The train ride will depart at 10:00 am and arrive back at the depot at 1:00 pm. This hike is for people of all capabilities and interests please call for more information (1-866-386-3936).
Leadville Race Series Silver Rush 50 MTB- When: July 18, 2016 through July 19, 2016. Need a nice challenge? Then forget this one. It’s nasty. Cut the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 MTB in half, remove all the easy parts, throw in technical descents, burning lungs and wild animals and you'll have a good understanding of what you’re about to get into.
The Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race- When July 28-30, 2017. It takes the course of the historic Leadville Trail 100 MTB and spreads it over three exciting days. Riders get the chance to win daily prizes and maybe even wear the leader’s jersey on days two and three.
Summer Events - August 2017*
Leadville Boom Days- When: August 4, 2017 through August, 6 2017. Leadville Boom Days is a Colorado Mountain Festival and historical celebration of the Old West, with gunslingers, burro races, contests of mining skill, and a street fair with over 100 food and craft booths. It is always the first full weekend in August. Come join us for three days of fun, food, arts and crafts, and activities for the whole family!
The Wild Flower Special Train- When: 10:00 am, August 5, 2017. See the alpine flowers at their peak, splashing the mountain world with vibrant color! Join our experienced tour guides for a 20 minute hike through pine forests, aspen groves and open meadows. View a multitude of varieties of wildflowers at the water tower. Some flowers sighted include Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and wild strawberries. You may find anything from our "local" deer to a mushroom in a wet marsh. Remember hiking shoes, a water bottle and camera. The train ride will depart at 10:00 am and arrive back at the depot at 1:00 pm. This hike is for people of all capabilities and interests please call for more information (1-866-386-3936).
Leadville Race Series Trail 10K Run -When: 12:00 am Sunday, August 13, 2017. Held the weekend of the historic Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 MTB, the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville 10K Run is the shortest run in the series, but covers the first and last 3.1 miles of the infamous Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance.
Leadville Race Series Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race-When: August 12, 2017 through August 13, 2017.The legendary "Race Across The Sky" 100-mile MTB race is where it all started back in 1983. This is it. The race where legends are created and limits are tested. One hundred miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain — from elevations of 9,200 to 12,600 feet. You will give the mountain respect, and earn respect from all.
Leadville Race Series Trail 100 Run-When: August 18, 2017 through August 20, 2017. The legendary "Race Across The Sky" 100-mile run is where it all started back in 1983. This is it. The race where legends are created and limits are tested. One hundred miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain — from elevations of 9,200 to 12,600 feet. You will give the mountain respect, and earn respect from all.
Fall Events - September 2017
The Stork Curve-Climax BBQ Special Train Ride-When:Departing the depot at 4:30 pm, September 2, 2017. The Stork Curve-Climax BBQ Special, features an evening train ride.
Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce OKTOBERFEST-When: September 23, 2017
More info coming soon!
Fall Photo Weekends on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad-When: September 16th, 17th, 23rd, 4th 30th and October 1st. Departing the depot at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Cost: Only our normal rates to ride the train!
This tour goes all the way up our line, an additional mile and a half, allowing you to see the sweeping vistas of the Arkansas River Valley. This train ride is 3 hours long. Reservations are required, please book in advance. Get that special shot framed by Colorado's autumn beauty, make sure to bring your camera and your jacket!
Fall Events - October 2017
Fall Photo Weekends on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad-When: September 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 30th and October 1st. Departing the depot at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Cost: Only our normal rates to ride the train! This tour goes all the way up our line, an additional mile and a half, allowing you to see the sweeping vistas of the Arkansas River Valley. This train ride is 3 hours long. Reservations are required, please book in advance. Get that special shot framed by Colorado's autumn beauty, make sure to bring your camera and your jacket!
Trick or Treat Street- When: 5-8 pm, October 31, 2017. Leadville's annual Trick or Treat Street is expanding once again this year! Trick or Treating will begin on Harrison Avenue at 4:30 PM, Followed by Trick or Treating on "Trick or Treat Street," West 7th Street.
Fall Events - November 2017* TBA