Why Lake County?
Perhaps you’ve heard of our neighbors: Vail, Breckenridge, Aspen and Salida? How about Leadville and Twin Lakes?
Leadville Twin Lakes is located in a high mountain valley near the junction of US Hwy 24 & State Hwy 91. At an elevation of 10,152 feet, it is the highest incorporated city in the country. The closest airports are Aspen, Denver International, and Colorado Springs.
Our town began as a silver, gold, and lead mining community and was incorporated in 1878. Most of the buildings in the 70-square block Leadville National Historic Landmark District were built between 1880 and 1905. The Leadville area boasts exceptional scenery, crisp mountain air, and pleasant summer temperatures.
Leadville is one of the main gateways to recreation in the 1,109,782 acre San Isabel National Forest and is the northern gateway to the 148-mile long Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. Colorado's highest peak, 14,433 foot Mount Elbert, is 9 miles south via U.S. Hwy 24. The town is the perfect home base for exploring the northern sections of the San Isabel National Forest and nearby Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake recreation areas.
Our history as a wild-west mining town, where people like Doc Holiday fought his last gun battle, mined more silver than any other in Colorado. We didn’t have a thriving tourist economy until recently, when we started to be known for things like the tallest mountains in the state, gold-medal trout fishing waters and our 100-mile-long endurance running and biking races. As the highest incorporated city in North America, we’re not for everyone, but for the right people, this might just be heaven.