Leadville Ranger District

Turquoise Lake




810 Front Street
Leadville, CO - 80461

Phone (719) 486-0749
Fax (719) 486-0928


The Leadville Ranger District of the San Isabel National Forest is located in Leadville, Colorado at 10,152 ft. The Ski Cooper Ski Area at Tennessee Pass (Hwy 24) at 10,425 ft is located in the northern part of the district; Fremont Pass (Hwy 91) at 11,300 ft. is the northeastern portion of the district and Headwaters of the Arkansas River; Mosquito Pass (the highest 4WD pass in the U.S.) at 13,186 ft. can be accessed from the eastern portion of the district; and Independence Pass (the highest paved pass in the U.S.) at 12,100 ft. can be accessed from the western part of the district via Hwy 82. The district encompasses 286,000 acres and includes the Mt. Massive Wilderness (27,980 acres), the Holy Cross Wilderness (122,797 acres), the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness (166,938 acres), and the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (43,410 acres). Wilderness single unit management comprises an additional 42,400 acres. The district is host to Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado at 14,433 ft.

All Campgrounds are closed, and will reopen, weather permitting, the Friday before Memorial Day, 2017.

Leadville Ranger District has 10 Fourteener peaks within the District boundary. See the Leadville Ranger District Fourteeners page for more information about the mountains and their standard routes

Leadville Day Hiking and Backpacking trails allow for many opportunities to see the beautiful Colorado landscape. The area is home to many alpine lakes and creeks, along with an abundance of forest animals.

The Leadville Ranger District is also home to an amazing mining history. Visit the Interlaken Historic Resort, or the Vicksburg Mining Camp, to learn more about the Leadville silver rush and the history of its people.


Forest Service Products:

Post/Pole permits are available through the Salida Office.

Fuel Wood permits are on sale now in the Leadville Ranger District until November 15th, 2016.

Holiday Tree permits will go on sale in November, but Leadville and Salida Ranger Districts will take orders in advance by mail. Click on Salida and Leadville Holiday tree permits for more information.


Click here for information on Leadville Ranger District prescribed fires.

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