Welcome to Leadville

Today, Leadville may feel slightly abandoned, but there’s adventure to be had in these hills. You can climb the two tallest peaks in Colorado, run a 100-mile race, mountain bike for 24 hours straight, cross-country ski to a gourmet meal or simply hop on a historic train to glimpse wildflowers. Well, what are you waiting for?

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$99 Water Sports

Browns Canyon Arkansas Full-Day River Rafting Adventure

The Arkansas River drops over 5,000 feet over its first 125 miles from its headwaters in Leadville, Colorado through the pink granite walls of Browns Canyon, into the 1,000 foot shadows of the famous Royal Gorge. Halfway through your adventure you will partake in a deli style lunch along the banks of the Arkansas River. Knowledgeable and friendly guides will inform you of the local fauna and flora of the section and point out sites to see along the journey through the canyon. This spectacular river valley boasts views of the 14,000-foot Collegiate and Sangre de Cristo Mountain ranges. It continues through the snowy peaks of the Sawatch Range through Big Horn Sheep Canyon to the finale of the Royal Gorge near Canon City.

$125 Water Sports

Arkansas River Full-Day Rafting Experience with Guide

Situated in the heart of the Rockies, the Arkansas River threads its way through a whitewater alpine paradise in the center of Colorado. Below is the Arkansas headwaters in Leadville, Colorado at 11,000 feet. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly guides will run the Numbers 1-10 rapids with you, a stretch of the river which is truly home to world class challenges of class IV rapids, running solid thrills from top to bottom. You'll then move downstream through the Narrows, a technical class III-IV stretch ending in Buena Vista. Minimum age is 18 and participants must be in good health with paddling skills. A deli style lunch is included during a peaceful break on the banks of the Arkansas River.

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