The Leadville Loppet held its first race back in 2003. The race was conceived by a few volunteers and an event management class ran by Paul Rauske of Colorado Mountain College. The initial focus of the race was to showcase the newly dedicated Mineral Belt Trail and to utilize the race as a fundraising opportunity. With the unveiling of Leadville’s newest jewel, it was understood that it would be of the utmost importance to have funds available to help care for the trail. Learn how to donate.
The Leadville Loppet has evolved as not only a fundraiser for the trail, but also as a way to introduce our visitors to the wonderful trail systems that we have. In addition to the Mineral Belt Trail, Colorado Mountain College also has a great trail network throughout the campus, with a distance of around 15km.
Come visit these trails year round, as you will find that there are many ways to enjoy them.
Mineral Belt Trail Info
The Mineral Belt Trail is an 11.6 mile all-season non-motorized ADA accessible route with numerous trailheads and access points. Approximately six miles of this trail meanders through the historic Leadville Mining District. It offers unsurpassed views of the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges.
Dedicated on July 29, 2000, this trail loops the city of Leadville, traveling through aspen groves, conifer forests, wildflower meadows and open vista sage parks.
The trail is designed for bicycles, walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, in-line skaters and long-boarders. Wintertime enthusiasts will find the trail snowcat-groomed, affording freestyle and classic Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and winter biking.