Here are many features of the Leadville / Twin Lakes area that will be of interest to anyone wishing to relocate. You will also want to visit our real estate sponsors.
Totally awesome! Whether you are looking to the City of Leadville, the Village of Twin Lakes or the rural areas of Lake County, you will find the area to have incomparable vistas. Colorados two highest peaks, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, which are snowcapped year-round, are visible from almost everywhere in the county. Leadville, Colorado sits in a high mountain valley at the lofty elevation of 10,430 feet and while the mountains are visible, the town is not smothered in the mountains. All of the major roads in the county have been designed as part of our nations scenic and historic byway system. Take a look at our photo album!
Everyone thinks that living in a mountain community with snow on the ground for 8-9 months must be difficult. Truth is, it’s different but not difficult. The Leadville/Twin Lakes Colorado area sees about 310 days of sunshine each year. Snow does come early--generally on the ground to stay by October 31 and doesn’t completely leave until early to mid-May--totaling about 250 inches each season. Most of the snowfall occurs in the evening hours giving way to a beautiful morning!
Summer is gorgeous with peak wildflower season occurring around the 4th of July. Summer temperatures seldom reach 80 degrees and very few buildings have any type of air conditioning! Starting in early September, the golden colors of the turning Aspen trees abound and reach their peak toward the end of the month....September and October are two of the prettiest months in the area. Our mountain air is always fresh and crisp--no pollution of any type here!
No, the town never gets snowed in. In fact, about 50% of our population drives “over the mountain” to either Vail or Breckenridge to work each day. Therefore, our roads are exceptionally well-maintained year-round. As long as you don’t decide to get out in the middle of a snow storm (which generally occur in the evening), getting around is not a problem....even for “flatlanders”. And, even though Leadville is North America’s highest incorporated city and surrounded by mountains, the highways are not the hair-pin turn, white-knuckle experience that you might expect.
Leadville and Twin Lakes Colorado are mountain communities whose people treasure their quality of life. Over 75% of the county is public land offering a wide-variety of outdoor recreation year-round. Leadville is a National Historic Landmark District and Twin Lakes is a National Historic Site. Leadvilles district is 70 square blocks including an active downtown district containing over 50 historic structures. Twin Lakes is a very quaint village, complete to dirt street, near the actual lakes of Twin Lakes.
Tourism is a major contributor to the local economy, however the area strives to maintain its real town atmosphere. Yes, there are a few t-shirt shops, however the pharmacist owns and operates the drug store on the main street and the only barber in town is just down the street from the drug store. The townsfolk welcome visitors and newcomers openly, however the town has not been redesigned to be a glitzy, tourist town. You can be as involved or as alone as you wish.
Community events are plentiful...ranging from the extreme sporting events like the Leadville Trail 100 Race Across the Sky Ultramarathon to North Americas highest marathon, the Mosquito Marathon...to the annual Boom Day Celebration featuring pack burro races and mining events... to the Old Fashioned Christmas and Victorian Home Tour.
Twin Lakes, Colorado is 25 miles southwest of Leadville. Leadville is 103 miles southwest of Denver (1-1/2 hour driving time). While both communities are rural in nature, Leadville offers most services...grocery stores, gas stations, hospital, college, etc. Access to Interstate 70 is 24 miles north of Leadville. Vail and Breckenridge are approximately a 45 minute drive. Buena Vista, to the south, is 35 miles from Leadville. In the summer, Twin Lakes is less than an hour from Aspen over the beautiful Independence Pass (closed in winter).
With most of the land in the county being public, recreational opportunities abound both winter and summer. Hiking, fishing, mountain biking, climbing, camping, four-wheeling, alpine and snowcat skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, and rafting....anything you wish to do outdoors is available within the county. And, so far, its not crowded! Ski Cooper, just 10 miles northwest of Leadville, Colorado, is known for being a great family ski hill.
From antiques to car tires, most items are locally available. But, if you think you absolutely must have a “mall fix” , one of the state’s largest outlet malls is a short 35 minute drive away in Silverthorne. Wal-Mart (bite your tongue!) is about 30 minutes away in Frisco or a little over an hour away in Salida. Denver is close enough that driving down in the morning and returning the same day is routine.
Leadville and Twin Lakes Colorado both offer unique shops for leisurely browsing. Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen all offer upscale shopping opportunities.
Take a quick look at our calendar of events.....national folk artist Jim Salestrom on the Healy House lawn for July 4th, the Cowboy Poetry Gathering on the Courthouse Lawn, the Crystal Comedy Company live melodrama in the Old Church Performing Arts Center, Baby Doe one-woman drama, pipe bands for the St. Patricks Practice Parade...the list is endless. And, if you arent busy enough in Leadville, the Betty Ford Amphitheater and all the international programming in the Vail Valley is just 45 minutes away and Denver is only 1-1/2 hours!
Leadville, Colorado is home to the nationally recognized, School of the 21st Century, The Center offering outstanding daycare for extended hours. Lake County Independent School District is the K-12 system operating a elementary school (grades 1-3); Intermediate School (grades 4-8) and High School (grades 9-12). Colorado Mountain College, a nine-county community college district, has a residential campus in Leadville offering internationally recognized programming. The High Mountain Institute offers a “Rocky Mountain Semester” for high school juniors seeking personal and community growth through interaction with the natural world. Lake County is also home to the largest Colorado Outward Bound Campus.
Businesses start in or relocate to the area because of the quality of life available here. Most businesses are small and owner-operated. The area is ideal for tele-commuters who desire the slower pace of a smaller community.
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