Area Information

Historic Leadville Colorado

Historic Leadville, Colorado is just minutes away. The City is in a natural mountain setting in the center of the Colorado Rockies.

Area Info:

  • Mosquito Pass is the highest drivable pass in the USA.
  • Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway and Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway are both easy day drives from Sugar Loafin’ Campground.
  • 103 miles of Gold Medal fishing waters on the Arkansas River starting approximately 7 miles South of Sugar Loafin’.
  • 6 alpine lakes that are great for fishing, all under 15 minutes, that all can be accessed via paved roads.
  • Hundreds of miles of trails and 4×4 roads.
  • Leadville is ATV friendly, which means that you can ride your ATV or side-by-side on city and county roads by a licensed driver. Ride from the campground and explore the high country.

Area Legends:

Early visitors to this once rip-roaring mining camp of the Old West included Jessie James, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Fortunes were made by such notables as Marshall Field of Chicago, Meyer Guggenheim of the New York Guggenheim fortune, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Baby Doe and Horace Tabor. These are just some of the magical names that form the legends of our past.


When you visit our many museums, you will discover some of Leadville’s unbelievable history. Brick sidewalks add charm to the downtown area which is a fun place to shop. Explore the Route of the Silver Kings—the mining areas that made fortunes and built cities. Visit the web site for more information.

Surrounding Activities:

SUGAR LOAFIN’ is surrounded by lake and stream trout fishing, rock hounding, pine scented forests, jeep trails, clean air, hiking, boating, mountain climbing, blue skies, cool breezes blowing off snowcapped mountain peaks, and the nation’s highest golf course, which, by the way, is our neighbor. We are one mile from Turquoise Lake. Enjoy the scenic drive around the Lake, or the hiking trail that circles the east and north shores. Take a relaxing ride on the highest railroad line in the west. The train leaves the former Colorado & Southern station twice each day during the summer to view the high mountain scenery near Fremont Pass. Horseback rides are close by and offer one hour to overnight trips.

Directions to Mt Elbert and Mt Massive Trailheads:

Map of the Colorado 14ers:

Sugar Loafin' Area Information Links — Area information

Visit these sites for area activities:

Leadville Train