308 Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO 80461
High in the Colorado Rockies stands the Tabor Opera House, a grand dame of the Silver Rush. Set in Leadville, Colorado, the highest-elevation city in North America, the Tabor Opera House hosts tours and world-class performances from Memorial Day weekend through September.
This remnant of the wild West—deemed a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation—is going on 150 years old. Yet the decades have taken a toll on the Tabor. Today, a multi-year, $15 million rehabilitation is underway. The effort will revitalize this historic opera house and create a center for diverse arts and culture in the heart of Leadville. In 2022, the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation received the 2022 Endangered Places Progress Award, part of Colorado Preservation Inc.’s annual Dana Crawford & State Honor Awards.
The Tabor Opera House offers a variety of shows in the summer season. The 2022 lineup features a unique immersive performance tour, a family festival, and a blues double-header.
Take a tour in English or Spanish. See pieces from the finest collection of historic stage scenery in North America, discovered in the Tabor’s attic in 2020 and dating to 1888. Sit in the original red velvet Andrews opera chairs. See the stage where John Philip Sousa and Oscar Wilde appeared and magician Harry Houdini disappeared.
Visit Leadville and Twin Lakes for a trip you’ll treasure. Be awed by the majestic beauty of Colorado’s highest peaks and large sparkling glacial lakes. Discover two genuine and historic mountain towns.
Plan some time to roam Leadville's Victorian historic district and the Village of Twin Lakes. Both offer unique shopping, dining, and lodging in historic settings.
The local history is filled with dramatic stories of real people who mined in these frontier mountain towns. During the summer season, Leadville offers eight museums dedicated to mining heritage and history. Find a world-class gem collection, visit a frontier synagogue, and peer down a mine shaft. Tour the Tabor Opera House, built in 1879 in only 100 days, to hear legendary stories, see the performance hall, and visit the Tabor museum.
Leadville and Twin Lakes are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. In summer, enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing, paddling, and boating, and more. You can ride a scenic train or zoom on a zipline. In winter, you can explore nearly 100 miles of affordable groomed trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and snowmobiling. Responsible recreation is a priority, to protect these pristine natural resources.