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Leadville or Idaho Springs co

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Leadville or Idaho Springs co

What is the better choice to stay?Have about half a day to do stuff then stay overnite.So is Leadville more interesting or Idaho Springs.I know about the casinos nearby but don't think I will have time. Thanks

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1. Re: Leadville or Idaho Springs co

I have always had more fun in Leadville. We like to drive around the mining areas to the east of town and also visit Turquoise Lake.

Idaho Springs has a mine tour and some nice restaurants. Beau Joes Pizza is a favorite restaurant there.

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Both towns are old mining towns and not all that attractive, in my opinion; Idaho Springs is smaller and less scenic with its location in a canyon and I-70 right alongside the narrow city limits. I know many people do like Leadville and the scenery outside there is spectacular, particularly the view of Colorado's highest peak, Mt. Elbert. If you did end up in Idaho Springs, one thing you could do is tour Georgetown, about 20 miles west of Idaho Springs, which has some restored Victorian homes and antique shops.

BTW, I'm not sure I would describe the casinos as quite "nearby." It would be at least a 30 minute somewhat difficult drive and they are mostly slots with a little bit of poker and blackjack only because of the $5.00 max bet allowed per hand.

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I have to disagree about Leadville. There are some beautiful places nearby, Turqouise Lake, Twin Lakes and even the mining areas to the east of town. Mining is the main reason Colorado became a state, so visiting these historic areas helps to learn more about our wonderful state!

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Howdy Jimbo,

What time of year will you be making an appearance?

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5. Re: Leadville or Idaho Springs co

Thanks for all your replys.I am not set in stone on these towns.I am trying to stay somewhat close to Int.70.I will be coming from Glenwood Springs and would like to get somewhat close to Denver so I can check out a few things there.Going south towards Aspen looks like a lot of driving which I am trying to downsize.I know there is great drives around there but I am already going to RMNP and Trail Ridge Rd. So if you have any ideas let me know.Thanks

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Sand Billy Will fly in to Denver Sep.17 leave on the 22th. 1st 2 days are in RMNP. Jimbo

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Howdy Jimbo,

When you come down I-70 east from being out west, turn south at the Minturn Exit on Hwy. 24. This is a really beautifull drive south (designated top of the Rockies Road)

(milebymile.com/main/…Top_of_the_Rockies.html)

through Minturn and past Camp Hale when the aspen trees are turning colors. This should be happening when you come through there. If you decide to stay in Leadville, then there you are, or you can take Hwy. 91 back up to the Interstate. I always come through that area in the same or the week after. I never make reservations and never have a problem finding a room during the week.

Happy trails,

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IMO - after Estes Park and RMNP, Idaho Springs would be a "let down". I wasn't impressed. We stopped there for lunch but didn't stay much longer. We didn't make it to Leadville, but Twin Lakes (which is very close to Leadville) is BEAUTIFUL! I liked Buena Vista too. Like I said, I haven't been to Leadville per say, but if I had to choose between those two, I would probably opt for Leadville bc Idaho Springs just didn't do much for us ! :)

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Thanks for your replys .I checked out route 24 on Google Earth and it looked like a pretty cool drive.And I know all about Estes and RMNP and alot of places would be a letdown after them.Twin Lakes looked beautiful as well on Google Earth.Thanks I guess Leadville will be the choice. Jimbo

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Jimbo - i thought Twin Lakes was absolutely gorgeous !!!! It was such a beautiful place. I told my husband I wouldn't mind coming back and staying there on another trip. The mountains are amazing there. Mt. Elbert is there.

Also, you could go about 15 minutes from Twin Lakes to Buena Vista and they have a neat little company there named High Country Jeep Tours and we did the Mary Muphy Mine tour and really enjoyed it. They take you up on 4x4 jeeps to the Mary Murphy mine (neat scenary and REALLY little rocky dirt road up there). The guide has a great knowledge of the history of the area and it was something I would recommend. I think it is owned by two brothers and they are both hoots ! :) A great half day adventure ! We did the 8 a.m tour and was done by noon.

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