Every day is a great day to be in Leadville. However, some days are spectacular! Check out some of the fun events that take place here in America’s highest city…
Winter Bike Series — Fatbike race series beginning in January every year. Races include the Tennessee Pass Night Jam, Mineral Belt Mayhem, East Side Epic, and more. $20 per race benefits the Cloud City Wheelers, the local bike club.
Leadville Loppet — Freestyle and classic ski race held on the Mineral Belt Trail every February. As of the 2018 event, it is an American Birkebeiner qualifier.
Skijoring and Crystal Carnival Weekend — A Leadville tradition since 1949. The main event is skijoring, which involves skiing the length of main street behind a galloping horse while hitting jumps and nabbing rings off the sidelines. It’s about as nuts as it sounds. Other Crystal Carnival events include the Nordic Knockout Sprints (also on main street) and the Nordic Paintball Biathlon over at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.
Buena Vista Bike Festival — Century ride on roads between Buena Vista and Leadville. Held every summer. Shorter distances available, but why on earth would you want to cut it short? It’s not like you have to ride uphill or anything.
Leadville BBQ and Brew Festival — The name pretty much says it all. Happens every summer, usually in June. If you have anything against barbecue and/or beer, you should probably steer clear of town on event weekend.
Boom Days — A longstanding multi-day celebration of Leadville’s rowdy old boomtown days. Mining competitions, parade, food, live music, gunslingers, car show, and of course the infamous burro race up to Mosquito Pass and back. Typically happens in early August.
Leadville Race Series — Home to the country’s second-oldest 100-mile footrace, the Leadville Trail 100, a.k.a. the Race Across the Sky. There’s also a 100-mile mountain bike race and several shorter footraces available. Events are distributed throughout the summer with enough time in between for insane people to attempt all of them.