Regardless of the season, Leadville offers visitors a plethora of things to do and see. Surrounded by 13,000 and 14,000-foot mountains and situated at the headwaters of the Arkansas River, at 10,152 feet Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States. Colorado's two highest mountains, Mt. Elbert (14,433 ft.) and Mt. Massive (14,421 ft.) dominate the western horizon and the Mosquito Range to the east of the city is crowned by another 14er, Mt. Sherman (14,036 ft.). The city is also surrounded by more than a million acres of national forests and public lands making it a recreation Mecca.
Once a booming mining camp, Leadville is one of the last, preserved mining towns in the state and has more original turn-of-the-century buildings and houses than any other mountain community. There is no shortage of heritage tourism opportunities here. Leadville also has more museums and historical sites per capita than nearly any other city in Colorado.
No matter what interests you, you are sure to find many reasons to visit Leadville again and again.