Have you ever been to North America’s highest incorporated city? If not, maybe it’s time to visit Leadville, Colorado, one of the best kept secrets of the Rocky Mountains. Once the capital of Colorado, this town is now a historic and scenic treasure located just over 40 miles from Vail. Many locals would agree that this town is full of pleasant surprises around every corner.
In the summer months, Leadville is a great destination for a variety of activities. From spending a day wandering through one of the town’s museums or climbing to the top of the highest peak in Colorado, there is truly something for everyone.
For the outdoorsy, Leadville offers plenty of camping and hiking opportunities. It is also a great place to test your limits with extreme sports such as mountain biking, river rafting, and rock climbing. Some great hiking ideas include hiking in the historic mining district, climbing Colorado’s highest peak, Mt. Elbert, and hiking around the stunning Turquoise Lake. If you’re looking for a beautiful place to spend the night in the wilderness, Leadville has plenty of camping options near the town. After a long day of outdoor activities, you may want to relax at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, .
If you’re more inclined to learn about Colorado history indoors, you may choose to spend your day exploring any of Leadville’s many museums or taking a tour. Magic city production tours, railroad (wildflower and dinner sunset rides), Healy House, National Mining Hall & Museum, Tabor Opera House
Throughout the summer, Leadville hosts many exciting events; Boom Days, and the Leadville Race Series.
We are thrilled to announce that longtime local resident and real estate broker Nancy Burton has joined its team. She will work out of the Gateway’s office in the Sitzmark building in Vail Village.
Burton became a full-time Realtor in 2010 and gained experience representing the Vail Board of Realtors on the Government Affairs Committee of the Colorado Association of Realtors for two years. Within the real estate industry, Burton achieved the designation of Certified Negotiating Expert and is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate.
Along with her experience in real estate, Burton has an a record of success in public affairs and fund-raising, where she represented non-profit and corporate interests. Burton is also active in the community, serving on the Western Regional Committee of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, on the Board of Directors for the Vail Symposium, and as a volunteer for the Interfaith Community Center, Betty Ford Gardens and Habitat for Humanity.
Gateway Land and Development has locations in the Sitzmark Building in Vail Village as well as in the Riverwalk at Edwards. For more information, call Burton, 970-343-2869 or go towww.GatewayToVail.com.
Step back in time to the Colorado of 100 years ago on this 72 acre property at the base of Cordillera in Squaw Creek. Red Draw Ranch is the perfect Colorado retreat for those looking for both privacy and proximity to skiing and the conveniences of Edwards.
As you enter the ranch through the massive, custom wood gate, you find yourself in a picturesque scene that is home to three trout filled ponds, connected by a series of beautiful streams and waterfalls. The property also offers irrigated and fenced pastures, a fenced perimeter, and tasteful sculptures.
Red Draw Ranch is complete with two separate residences. The first is a charming and historic 150 year old log cabin. It has been fully restored and bautifully furnished. A few highlights of this 1 bedroom/1 bath antique cabin include a wood-burning stove, wrap around deck, and a large patio with a sunken fire pit. The second residence offers over 2,240 square feet of luxury living space. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home is situated above a 5-car garage and workshop and comes complete with spectacular finishes, vaulted ceilings, and top of the line appliances.
Utilities include a domestic water well, water treatment plant, electrical and sewer tap rights. The ranch has extensive registered water rights which include an augmentation plan as well as a dry-draft hydrant for fire protection
The Vail Valley hosts weekly farmer’s markets in three different locations throughout the summer. Edwards, Vail, and Minturn each put on a great market every weekend from June through September/October. Make a day of shopping, music, art, food and more! Vendors bring the freshest Colorado-grown produce and local restaurants also have booths to offer some of the valley’s greatest food and drinks. In addition, jewelers, artists, and clothing vendors from all over Colorado offer great shopping opportunities.
The markets are a great family activity or an excellent way to spend a few hours enjoying the outdoors. Also, be sure to bring your pooch; the markets are pet friendly and there are even some dog treat vendors to cater to them.
The Edwards market is the best if you’re looking for a smaller, less crowded option. The main focus of this market is farm and food products. It is located in Edwards Corner and parking is easy and convenient.
The Minturn Market is larger and is located in the small community of Minturn. Parking slightly more difficult for this market, but there are directions to two different lots on the website. The market hosts over 100 vendors throughout the summer as well as live music.
The largest Vail Valley Market is the Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show. This market stretches throughout most of the village. Park in the Village parking structure, or if that’s full in the Lionshead parking structure. Not only does the Vail Market offer great food and shopping, but you can also enjoy local creativity at several art booths.
The Vail Valley is the home of some of the world’s best hiking.
Booth Falls/Booth Lake
One great trail is Booth Falls, located just a few miles from Vail Village in East Vail. This 4.2 mile hike leads to a gorgeous 60-foot waterfall and offers excellent mountain views. An additional 2 miles past the falls lies Booth Lake. This hike is a bit strenuous because of the elevation gain, but there are plenty of opportunities to stop and rest while taking in the scenery. It is best to get an early start, especially on weekends, as the trail can get busy by midday.
Another great trail is up on Shrine Pass, on top of Vail Pass. This hike is great if you’re looking for wildflowers, which have been especially beautiful this year! Also, enjoy great views of Mount of the Holy Cross as you hike. If you follow the trail for 12 miles, you will end up in Redcliff, a remote and historic mountain town. Be sure that you go later in the summer season if you hope to reach Redcliff, however, as snow lingers and may make it impossible to venture far enough.
One of the most popular hikes near the Valley is Hanging Lake. This trail is located about 60 miles west of Vail. The hike itself is only about 2.4 miles round trip and leads up to a small lake with spectacularly clear water and amazing canyon views. One drawback to this hike is that it is often very crowded. Be sure to get an early start and if possible, go on a weekday.
Despite the crowds and the hour drive, the end result is well worth it. Once you have enjoyed the lake for a while, continue up a few minutes more to Spouting Rock where a small waterfall comes out of a hole in the canyon wall. From here, you can look down on the lake and enjoy a picnic lunch if you choose.
This trail is located up in Beaver Creek and starts at the right of the main Beaver Creek chairlift, Centennial Express. It’s a 3 mile, moderate climb up to the lake. The lake has some great fishing and small “beaches”, perfect for a picnic lunch. Hikers often spot beavers, deer, and other wildlife so be sure to bring a camera! This hike is generally accessible from May through October.
This upcoming winter, Vail and Beaver Creek are to host The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This is a very prestigious event and the 2015 championships will mark the 4th time they have been held in the US (three of which have been in Vail/Beaver Creek). The event will gather the world’s most impressive ski racing talent, second only to the Olympics.
Watch as the world’s best ski racers take on Beaver Creek’s world-famous Redtail course with speeds often exceeding 80 mph! With five different racing events (downhill, super-g, super combined, giant slalom, and slalom) there is sure to be excitement all around. Also, be sure to head over to Vail Village for opening and closing ceremonies as well as medal ceremonies.
This event is scheduled from February 2-15, 2015. For more information and to see the race schedule and plan your trip, go here.
Fierce competition and excitement come to the Vail Valley August 23, 2014 with Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The last Time Trial that was hosted in Vail, the winner was decided by a fraction of a second and this year promises to be exciting competition as well. The time trial starts in Vail and then bikers proceed to climb up Vail Pass, a steep incline of at least three miles. Come out and cheer on the athletes as they start at the Solaris Plaza and make their way through Vail Village. Be sure to get there early to get a good spot to watch! If you please, you can also bike up to a less crowded portion of the race before it starts to get a prime viewing spot. For more information on the Cycling Challenge in Vail, click here for the link.
Hot Summer Nights is Vail’s summer concert series that brings a wide range of genres to the recently remodeled stage at Ford Amphitheater. Taking place Tuesday nights throughout the summer, this is a family friendly event and is a great time for people of all ages! And best of all, it’s FREE! The lineup for 2014 includes some big names such as Rusted Root, Lukas Nelson, and Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident.
Depending on the band, you may want to get there early to get good seats. In case of inclement weather, there is covered seating. Usually, however, the weather is great and it’s a good idea to bring a blanket and some food and sit on the lawn to make for an excellent concert experience! Be sure to leave any drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) at home as they check bags upon entry. There are beverages and concessions for sale inside the venue.
It’s definitely worth coming early to stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens to see the conservation of some of the most beautiful and unique high elevation plants and flowers. Kids can play at Ford Park, one of the valley’s biggest playgrounds.
Just listed in the prestigious neighborhood of Highland Meadows, in West Vail, this rare 4 bedroom, 4 bath home is set on a private, exquisite 1 acre aspen laden home site at the end of a cul-de=sac against Forest Service. The home boasts a huge gourmet kitchen with Caeserstone quartz counter tops, a large eat-in island, and beautiful appliances. The living room and master suite both open to the mountainside and large stone patio with a hot tub. There are designer touches throughout the home from white oak floors to reclaimed barn wood beams and walls, to stunning iron railings to unique light fixtures and chandeliers. No detail has been overlooked. The guest suites and junior master are one-of-a kind and perfect for children and guests. The lower level of the home features an additional living area, perfect for entertaining the younger generation. The home offers an over sized two car garage and a mud / laundry room equipped with lockers to hold ski clothes and hiking gear. This is a home not to be missed! Offered partially furnished for $2,695,000. For more information on this home or other homes in Vail, please give Betsy Randall a call: (970) 401-3011. Please visit our website: www.gatewaytovail.com