Mineral Belt Trail

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The Mineral Belt Trail does a loop through the historical mining town of Leadville. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail offers spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains, while it loops among conifer forests, aspen groves and meadows. The trail has access to the Leadville National Historic Landmark District and Leadville Mining District. The entire trail is ADA accessible.

The trail occupies the right-of-way of three rail lines that served Leadville at the turn of the 20th century. Interpretive signs and markers along the way chronicle the stories of notable figures who got rich off the mine spoils. You'll also learn about the building of Leadville (a.k.a. "Cloud City").

In winter, the Mineral Belt Trail is groomed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter biking. Those not up for the making the tour via non-motorized means, a van provides access in September and is a popular sight-seeing excursion for seniors.

Parking and Trail Access

You'll find a dirt parking lot off US 24 west of College Road and another smaller one slightly farther west. You can also park in town where the trail crosses W. 6th St. On street parking is available around 11th St. and near the public library.


MBT Clockwise direction

   July, 2016 by adsaxs

We were visiting the area and decided to check out this trail. We parked at the large, gravel parking lot located on Highway 24 just west of College Road (N39.239.50 W106.30437). The parking lot is located at MM0. The trail is about 12 miles long. Trailhead ...read more

Mineral trail

   June, 2016 by ianlafarge

Great ride! Preferred the clockwise loop over counterclockwise but both were great. Not many on the trail midmorning on a Sunday. Amazing views. Worth the drive read more

One of the coolest trails I have ever been on.

   June, 2015 by ebduda

All the history of the mining belt region of is right there. The path is very smooth asphalt and in very good condition. The views on this trail are simply aswesome as you have views the the two largest peaks in Colorado. We have a second home at Copper ...read more