We left Monterose and the Black Canyon to close the distance to Boulder. We drove east, stopped in the artsy town of Salida, visited one of Amanda’s fiber friends, and stopped at our AirBnB in Leadville. We had a room above a cafe, which made for an easy breakfast. Leadville has a fascinating history as a historic mining town. Currently the highest incorporated town at 10,152 ft, it was also the second most populated city after Denver at one time. Leadville became a fantastically wealthy town due to its rich silver deposits, and has an equally rich history of wild west encounters.
The altitude made for some difficult breathing, coming from sea level. We walked around the town, visited some shops, toured some of the surrounding landscape, and visited the Leadville National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. We were tired and slightly dizzy due to the altitude, so we didn’t go too crazy.
The next day, we drove the final leg to Boulder. We settled in, walked the city for a bit. Amanda began her class, and I explored the Flatirons in Chautauqua Park.
Salt Lake to Moab – Part 1
Arches National Park – Part 2
Indian Creek and Petroglyphs – Part 3
Mesa Verde National Park – Part 4
Silverton, Telluride, and the Million Dollar Highway – Part 5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park – Part 6
Leadville and Boulder – Part 7
Eldorado Canyon – Part 8