At an elevation of 10,152 feet, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in North America. Leadville is located 38 miles south on Highway 24, part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway. Just 15 minutes from Leadville at the eastern gateway to Independence Pass, Twin Lakes is the largest glacial lake in Colorado. The two areas are known for their authentic, small-town atmosphere;year round outdoor recreation and historical treasures.
With an average of 310 days of sunshine a year, the state's highest fourteeners-Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert-and almost 35,000 acres of Wilderness Area, Leadville and Twin Lakes feature incredible opportunities for outdoor high-country recreation: mountain climbing, fishing, camping, golfing, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, four-wheeling and biking.
Seventy Square blocks of downtown Leadville has been designated as a National Historic Landmark of Victorian Architecture, including six museums, historical walking and driving tours: and the Leadville Colorado & Southern, the highest railroad in the West.
Leadville features a charming selection of specialty shops, restaurants, galleries and coffee shops, along with lodging options ranging from elegant Victorian hotels, inns and B&Bs to lodges, cabins, campsites and vacation rentals. At the historic Twin Lakes village, also a National Historic District, travelers will find B&Bs, cabins lodges, cafes, gift shops and art galleries