Day Trips to Two Colorado Towns: Leadville + Glenwood Springs

Timbers Resorts' four Colorado properties are all within easy reach of two must-see day trip destinations - Leadville and Glenwood Springs.  While staying at One Steamboat Place, The Sebastian- Vail, Dancing Bear Aspen or The Timbers Club, take a short drive  via the scenic Rocky Mountain highways to each of these towns for a mid-trip change of pace.

1. Leadville
lies an hour south of Vail Village, along the winding and mountainous Highway 24. The highway itself is a designated scenic byway, offering jaw-dropping views of steep mountain ravines, running streams and long waterfalls.

You can also spot the ruins of historic Camp Hale -- a military training and ordinance facility active from 1942 to 1965. The area is now part of the White River National Forest.

Leadville itself features an array of Victorian buildings, geological exhibits and unmatched antiquing. Visit the Mining Museum while you're there. The historic footprint of Leadville isn't limited to just the town. A handful of ghost towns -- including the Climax Molybdenum Mine and surviving buildings -- dot the area nearby.

The Leadville summer race series has put this town on the map with its 100-mile mountain bike race, 100-mile running race and variety of other high country competitions.
2. Glenwood Springs is a resort community featuring the largest hot springs in the world. Have a soak or enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this town just over an hour west along Interstate 70. Like other tourist towns in Colorado, you'll find more than enough opportunities for shopping or  dining.

The area hosts a variety of hiking and biking trails, many part of the national "Rails to Trails" effort that converts unused railroad tracks into public pathways. Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy a two-mile day hike up to Hanging Lake. The trail is steep, but relatively short and well-maintained.
Glenwood Caverns, also in Glenwood Springs, is the largest cave open to the public in Colorado. Tours range from easy explorations to "wild cave" tours for dedicated spelunkers. You'll see alien structures that are millions of years old, like King's Row and The Black Grottos. Above ground, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers a discovery center, thrill rides and a laser tag arena.

For information on how to spend your time in Colorado, contact the concierges at any of our properties at,,, or