How Familiar Are You with Lake County?

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Get to Know Our County

If you’re relocating to the Leadville area, chances are you’re looking to learn more about what’s available around this old mining town of ours. Here’s some info about local schools, restaurants, shops, programs, and more to help you get acquainted with Lake County.


The Lake County School District is rural, small, surrounded by the highest peaks in Colorado, and dedicated to providing students with engaging learning opportunities.

The district includes an early childhood education center, a K-2 Expeditionary Learning school, a 3-6 Expeditionary Learning school, and a 7-12 high school housed in a brand-new $26 million building.

A group of seated students dressed in purple graduation gowns and caps

The district is also a huge fan of the color purple.

Colorado Mountain College offers over 40 degree and certificate programs. The college has a student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1, and is within an hour’s drive of world-class resorts like Vail, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge. And it’s even closer to the local slopes — Ski Cooper!

This is the place to forget the complications of city life and embrace open space and miles of opportunity. At CMC Leadville, you don’t have to choose between your education and the great outdoors.

Filmstrip of six photos: Two men standing next to a creek with mountains in the background; A white male teacher holding a paper and gesturing; A scenic view of mountains with woods and buildings in the foreground; Two people working on the tread of a snowcat; Evergreen trees with branches loaded with snow; A person posing with arm outstretched with a scene of fog in the background

Outdoor educational schools

Colorado Outward Bound | The positive outcomes our students experience – whether they are middle and high school age, college age, or adults – manifest in the form of increased self-confidence, awareness, and respect for the interdependence of individuals, and a desire to make a positive difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

High Mountain Institute | As an academic school and a wilderness programs provider, a fully accredited independent school, HMI brings high school juniors and seniors from all over the world to their campus in Leadville, Colorado for a single semester of place-based academics and wilderness expeditions. In this environment, students can connect with their best self and become more engaged learners, community members, and citizens.

Restaurants and shops

Restaurants | Leadville and Twin Lakes offer a lovely array of dining options including lovely pizza, lovely steakhouse fare, lovely Mexican food, and lots of other such loveliness. One thing’s for sure, my lovely; you ain’t gonna starve here.

Shops | Take a stroll downtown to find unique gifts, cozy sweatshirts, and essential outdoor equipment. Or, rent a bike to take a spin around town!

A street scene of downtown brick buildings with a background of evergreen trees
Activities and programs

Get Outdoors Leadville | Connecting the youth and families of Lake County to the outdoors to inspire dreams, foster stewardship, build leadership, and strengthen community.

Full Circle of Lake County | Providing opportunities, skills, and caring relationships to help Lake County become a place where children make healthy choices, families thrive, and the community is united.

Leadville Community Movie Night | Keep an eye out for year-round family-friendly film viewings downtown and outside in our local park!

Leadville Community Market | Operates in the summer season, but has a great selection of local baked goods, fresh produce, and other handmade items.


For more information, visit Leadville Twin Lakes.

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Heather Lindh