Leadville is located approximately 3-4 hours north of Reno, in Washoe county, Nevada. It is in the remote wilderness and precautionary measures should be taken if attempting to access this area.
There is a saying around these parts that this is "where the pavement ends, and the wild west begins"...
The drive takes you through numerous landscapes saturated with history. You drive along rivers, past cliffs, dried lake beds, some canyons with the roads winding along and sometimes crossing a creek. Yes, there are some seasonal water crossings, but also a few crossings that have tunnels for them going under the road.
Although this place has many great views and things to look at, Be Careful While Driving, especially at night... Cattle roam free and sometimes like to stand in the road. Trust me, you do Not want to hit a cow. Also, the dirt road conditions are subject to change, as well as there being some decent curves that might catch speedy drivers off guard... This place is a long ways from getting any help and should be respected as such.
This is a zoomed in view of visible Leadville from the main road
There really isn't much of the town left to see. I saw pictures in a book of the remains from the 1960's, and they greatly differ from what I saw recently, about 50 years later, nearly 90 years since the town's abandonment.
There are two sections with structures and mines; I would call them the "upper" and "lower" sections.
In the upper section, I believe there used to be quite a few buildings. Now, there is only evidence of 3-4 structures. One of them is still standing, and seems like the sturdiest thing in the area, although that's not saying much. There are two other collapsed buildings, one of them larger than the the others. I also noticed a stone foundation or retaining wall which I assumed was for another structure.
In addition to these structures, I saw part of a cement pad near one of the mine entrances. This mine entrance is boarded up and caved in, and has some nasty looking water coming from it.
There are also some of what I call "test scrapes" around the area, where I assume they basically scraped up the dirt to see if they could find more minerals.
Here is a panoramic shot from the end of the tailing piles looking back at the main part of the upper section of Leadville.
From this upper section, there are a couple roads that take you deeper into the hillsides... One of them is visible in the above picture, and runs up into the canyon that this upper section rests in. If you take this road, you get to the top of a hill where there is some sort of monument or marker (it looks like it says "USLM - 208"), and a couple other mine shafts, now filled in. Pretty good view from up here too.