Visiting Small Town America ~ Leadville, Colorado

This is a view through the window of an old miner’s cabin.  We climbed via four-wheeler.

A couple of years ago  I was talked into going to Colorado, Leadville, to be exact, on a “girls” trip.  My aunts, my mom, my sister, and my Cuzzin’ Gina, make great attempts to get together at least once a year.  Since we are a bit spread out, it takes some real effort to pull this together.  I do believe that Cuzzin’ Gina can talk me into about anything.  Because the next thing I knew, I was on an airplane (and I really HATE flying!) just a couple of weeks after an unexpected knee surgery and in route to Leadville.  We flew out of Oklahoma City and soon but it seemed like forever landed in Denver, Colorado.  From there we drove on UP to the two-mile high village of Leadville.  It was mid-October and it wasn’t long into our journey before the snow began to fall. The beauty was breath-taking.We arrived at our temporary abode, Cooper Mountain Home.  A quaint two-story mountain home that made you feel right at home.  I think the owner, Curt Cooper, had a lot to do with that feeling too, though.Cooper Mountain Home, “Second Trip” pic ~Golden Burro Cafe, aka Brass Ass….yep…they even have the t-shirt! Wonderful Food!

If you adjust to the lack of oxygen, as I never quite seemed to do you can enjoy walking the downtown area where we found unique shops and some great food and coffee/sweet shops!  The history in this mining town of Leadville is very intriguing and the locals are genuinely happy to share stories AND maybe even embellish a little?!  They definitely make you feel at home. We loved the no smoking ordinance of Colorado!Drive just a few miles, and you are shopping in Vail, Colorado.Since hubby had never been to Colorado, we went together last August. This time via car. We left the triple digit heat of Oklahoma and the next morning woke up to temps in the thirties. Can you say REFRESHING! It did take me about half a day to overcome the oxygen deprivation, but once I got a handle on that, our delightful host and friend, Curt, took us to explore new places.  Leadville simply does not disappoint!

Beautiful Leadville, from the four-wheeler ~Trout at the Hatchery~Bears and their bird friends hang out at the local dump. (and the locals bring their tourist friends to view them….there was quite a crowd gathered! ZOOM lens highly recommended!)This mountain is the morning view from Curt’s  Mountain Home…..I cannot imagine waking up to this every single morning.  It never did seem real! (remember ~ I live in Oklahoma!)

Thanks for allowing me to share a little about our experience in Leadville, Colorado! ( I have 500 more pics if you’d like to see more!  ;))  This post barely touches on all there is to see and do in the area. (like SKI COOPER, if you are so inclined) So if you are looking for a relaxing getaway, literally away from it all (no Wal-Mart, no Sonic)….you might wanna think about this place~ ♥ We are sure glad we did.  Both times! (and fyi ~ if you are interested in renting Cooper Mountain Home, let me know and I’ll get you the contact info ~ and NO ~ I am not part owner! 😉 )

Have a great weekend, people!  I’m off to celebrate my son’s college graduation (MBA! Woo-hoo!), but I will be back again SOON! Be Nice to each other! ♥

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16 Responses to Visiting Small Town America ~ Leadville, Colorado

  1. Jeannette Wynne says:

    Looks like a great place to visit! There are so many beautiful places right here in America that so many people never get to see. Thanks for sharing yours with us! Have fun celebrating your son’s accomplishment!!

  2. That was nice, thanks for sharing. My husband has been to Vail, skiing…
    Congrats to your son on the MBA 🙂

    • Vail is beautiful and if a person likes to shop…it is unlimited! Oh…and yes, there is skiing! 😉 Appreciate the congrats for our youngest. We are excited for him! ♥ (no book yet ;( maybe Monday!)

  3. renae says:

    Explore America…..this is a great place to start! Oxygen…..PLEASE!!!

  4. Dottie says:

    Thanks again Paula…..makes me want to go back there!! It is really soooo beautiful and peaceful!! Almost like going back in time. Congratulations on your son’s accomplishments!! Enjoy the graduation!! Looking forward to your next adventure!! 😀

  5. julie b says:

    Love Colorado…love it that the girlies all get together…BTW Copper Mtn is where we got Jarod 😉

  6. I just love Colorado, my youngest sister lives there.. and I so love it there… she lives in Colorado Springs and one visit she and I did a LOT of hiking in the Garden of the Gods… it is SO BEAUTIFUL there.. Pikes Peak always around you and the gorgeous stone formations. It’s a beautiful place for sure. But I have to say as beautiful as Colorado is, I love the lush, green, seasons of Ohio. So many beautiful places to visit, but there’s still no place like home to me.

    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photo’s Paula.. they are so awesome!

  7. Hi Paula. Loved these pics. Wwe plan to visit Vail this year, and we will certainly get over to the Golden Burro. Do you have any other must-do recommendations?

    • Vail is awesome! Leadville….the dump in the evening if you want to see the bears. Lots of cute antique shops. Close to The Golden Burro is the old hotel. It has great shops inside. South of Leadville (probably an hour or more) is Salida, Co….we fell in love with this town, too. Did not plan on it, but ended up spending half a day in the downtown area. I will be posting some of those pics soon. You are going to have so much fun!

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