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…