Vail Ski Resort

Vail Ski Resort Colorado
April 6, 2012

Vail Ski Resort offers 5,289 acres of skiing on 10 bowls on Vail Mountain and gladed terrain the adjacent Blue Sky Basin. It’s the largest ski area in the United States.

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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail
December 15, 2011

Staff writer The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are snuggled in the Gerald R. Ford Park (named for the only president who worked as a ranger for the National Park Service, in Yellowstone Park). Because the gardens are inside the Gerald R. Ford Park, they were named for the former First Lady. The park is the highest botanical garden in the world, at 8,200 feet. Longtime Vail residents Marty Jones and…

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Leadville historic tours

Tabor Opera House Leadville
December 13, 2011

Staff writer Several of Leadville’s historic sites offer tours, including the Tabor Home, the Tabor Opera House, the Healy House and Dexter Cabin, the Heritage Museum in the former Carnegie Library, and the Matchless Mine. A map with a walking tour of historic Leadville also is available form the Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center. Details Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center 809 Harrison Ave. Leadville, Colorado 80461 (719) 486-3900 Website

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Mineral Belt Trail

Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail in Leadville
December 13, 2011

Staff writer The Mineral Belt Trail covers 11.6 miles, including six miles through the historic Leadville Mining District on Fryer, Fairview, Carbonate, Iron and Rock hills, where pioneering prospectors working in harsh conditions at high altitude discovered the silver deposits that produced millions of dollars worth of ore in the late 1800s. The alignment parallels California Gulch, the site of Leadville’s first gold strike, and offers views of the Sawatch…

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National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville
December 13, 2011

Staff writer The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum features displays about the history of mining in Leadville and across the United States, hundreds of specimens of gold and silver, ores and minerals, and a walk-through replica of an underground hardrock mine. The specimens include the Quartz Wall from the Idarado Mine near Telluride and a 23-ounce piece of native gold from the Little Jonny Mine near Leadville. The…

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Leadville

Downtown Leadville
December 13, 2011

Leadville is, first and foremost, a mining town, from the silver that created it in the 1880s to the gold, lead, zinc, copper, and molybdenum that have sustained it.

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Leadville history

Victorian home in Leadville
December 13, 2011

A silver boom that began in 1877 made Leadville into a large, rich city. The silver crash hit hard, but the city recovered with gold and lead.

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Mountain City Historic Park

Lace House in Black Hawk
November 9, 2011

Staff writer As its historic roots began to erode, Black Hawk created a collection of 12 historic Victorian and Gothic buildings called Mountain City Historic Park (Mountain City was the original name given the strand of miner’s camps along the canyon). The block-long park is free and open to strollers. Plans are for the buildings to be put to use for shops and restaurants. Most notable of the collection is…

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Central City cemeteries

Central City cemetery
November 9, 2011

Staff writer A stroll through the quiet of the three cemeteries west of Central City – City Cemetery, Catholic Cemetery and Knights of Pythias Cemetery – offers a time-softened view of personal tragedy dating back to the 1800s. To reach the cemeteries, head west on Eureka Street, which becomes County Road 3 or Upper Apex Road. Park where the road forks, and the City Cemetery is to the east, the…

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