Leadville CO

Leadville, CO

From RMNP, we headed south to Leadville CO, the highest incorporated city in these United States, and the westernmost point on our journey. It’s two miles above sea level, and the temps dropped into the mid 20’s both nights we were there – our first encounter with sub-freezing temperatures since we left home. We woke up to snow at the higher elevations (above about 12,000 ft):

Snow on the peaks
Snow on the peaks

Not far from Leadville, at the Tennessee Pass, is Ski Cooper, where my friend Bill is the ski school director. Bill is the person who recruited me into the ski teaching business, way back around the turn of the century.

We stopped in to say hello. Bill gave us a grand tour of the ski area then took us on a trip around the surrounding valleys, including the site of Camp Hale where the 10th Mountain Division trained during WWII.

Camp Hale:

We had lunch in Red Cliff, a tiny town in a huge canyon with an incredible bridge:

On the way back, we stopped at Turquiose Lake which featured a great view of Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado (and the 2nd highest in the lower 48 states).

Mt. Elbert

Here are a few more photos of Leadville, Ski Cooper, Camp Hale, Red Cliff and Turquiose Lake.

2 thoughts on “Leadville CO”

  1. Hello, Friends. Sorry I’ve been MIA. This grabbed me because I’m almost finished with Angle of Repose (Stegner), and a huge section is about Leadville. (If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a Great Book.) I’ll need to catch up on the rest of your posts … I’ve been too busy to do any of my blogging — was planning on using rainy days, but as you’ve probably heard, we haven’t had many back here in VT. Can’t wait to see you again!

    1. Hi Jeannie! Sounds like you’re having a great summer. Thanks for the book recommendation – it’s on the list… See you in November!

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