Breakfast at Callaway’s Restaurant: Located in the historic Delaware Hotel, Callaway’s Restaurant serves chipped beef on toast with homemade gravy and house-smoked brisket, omelets, Belgian waffles, cinnamon French toast and breakfast burritos with homemade chili, in a charming Victorian setting. Afternoon Tea also available.
Hike or bike the Mineral Belt Trail: This 12.5-miled paved trail circles Leadville with spectacular views, wildflower meadows, aspen groves, conifer forests and historic sites along the way. Bike rentals available for $25 per day, helmet included from Cycles of Life.
Lunch at High Mountain Pies: Colorado pizza at its finest. Choices range from traditional to exotic, including smoked beef, barbecue shrimp and chicken, veggie, gluten free and more, plus delicious salads, ribs and appetizers.
Museum Tours: Leadville is home to seven museums, all included in the Museum Passport. The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and the Healy House and Dexter Cabin should be your first stops; they showcase Leadville’s mining heritage and boomtown legacy.
Dinner at Quincy’s: Quincy’s offers filet mignon Sunday through Thursday for $8.95, and prime rib or sirloin steak Friday and Saturday for $10.95 and $7.95 respectively, served with a baked potato, bread and salad. Don’t be late; the line for dinner starts early!
Route of the Silver Kings or Sunset Hike at Turquoise Lake: The Route of the Silver Kings leads you on a driving tour through the 20-square-mile historic mining district surrounding Leadville, with ghost towns and mining camps. Turqouise Lake is beautiful and serene, a perfect spot to walk off those calories from dinner.
Breakfast at Tennessee Pass Café: The breakfast menu at this cute café includes everything from waffles, biscuits and gravy, and crepes to eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos and omelets.
Play Golf at Mt. Massive Golf Course: At 9,680 feet, Mt. Massive is the highest golf course in North America. This nine-hole public course is ringed by the tallest mountains in the state and surrounded by ranchland and forest, it is in a truly spectacular setting.
Lunch at the Silver Dollar Saloon: This historic Irish saloon has been a Leadville favorite since the 1879. Lunch is served with a heaping helping of Old West atmosphere. Burgers and pub fare.
Scenic Ride on the Leadville Colorado & Southern: Enjoy a two-and-a-half hour journey through the untamed wilderness of the San Isabel National Forest on this historic train. Open and enclosed cars available. ADA-accessible. Well-behaved pets welcome.
Hike to Tennessee Pass Cookhouse for Dinner: Take a refreshing one-mile hike to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and savor an elegant evening of four-course dining in an idyllic backcountry setting. Entrees include elk tenderloin, rack of lamb, sockeye salmon and thai peanut tofu. Reservations required.
Breakfast at Cookies with Altitude: There are so many delicious choices at this bakery it’s tough to choose a favorite. Gluten-free and lower-calorie options are available, along with decadent muffins, pastries and homemade fudge. Order a boxed lunch to go, and don’t forget the cookies.
Hopemore Mine Tour: Take a guided, underground walking tour of this authentic hardrock mine. Descend 600 feet down a vertical shaft and experience what it was like for Colorado miners in the 1800s.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at Twin Lakes: Ringed by Colorado’s tallest Fourteeners, Twin Lakes is the largest glacial lake in the state and one of the most popular spots for photographers. Located 15 minutes south of Leadville at the base of Independence Pass.
Guided Fishing Trip at Twin Lakes with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides. Twin Lakes is home to some of the biggest Mackinaw in the state. Take a half-day guided fishing trip to find some of the best fishing spots and get tips from a pro.
Dinner at The Grill Bar and Cafe: Established in 1965, the Martinez family has been serving authentic New Mexican food here for 47 years. Everything is made to order, with fresh, hand-roasted chiles.
Historic Walking Tour: Most of the buildings in Leadville were built from 1880 – 1905. The seventy-square-block National Historic Landmark District includes the largest opera house west of the Mississippi, the saloon visited by Oscar Wilde, and two historic 1879 churches.
Photos courtesy of Colorado Tourism