Make sure to pack water and some snacks to help encourage the kids along the ride. There are several beautiful viewpoints - these are great spots to take a break, get a snack (or eat lunch) and enjoy the views. Bring a mini first aid kit in case there are any falls or accidents.
Unless you are going to bike the whole 11.7 miles, consider how much the kids will be able to do. We had two different cars, so we dropped off the bikes at one point and the dads drove to our ending point and dropped off one of the cars.
During the summer, mountain towns like Leadville can be busy. If possible, do the trail between Tuesday-Thursday to avoid crowds.
We did this mini-adventure toward the end of summer and the weather was beautiful. In fall, the aspen trees and the colors are stunning.
Do you love bike rides, beautiful views and the feeling of the wind blowing through your hair? If so, biking the Mineral Belt Trail in Leadville is a great stop on your Colorado family vacation or weekend day trip. This old mining town is rich in history. Bikers will catch a glimpse of its past throughout the 11.7-mile (19 km) trail. The kids will enjoy seeing the old mines and mining equipment along the way. Once you’re done biking, take in the beautiful views over a picnic, or save up your appetite for the best (in our opinion) pizza in Colorado at High Mountain Pies.