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Cross Country Skiing on the Mineral Belt Trail

January 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about mining in Leadville while cross country skiing the Mineral Belt Trail.  We will ski the east side of the loop. This is the historical mining district and the trail is fairly flat and very scenic. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail has spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains as it journeys among pine and aspen trees. The guided trip will be just over 3 miles roundtrip, with historical talks along the way.  The program will last between 1 ½ – 2 hours. Participants can continue further on their own, or return with the group.  This program is recommended for participants over 8 years old.

The Trail helps to chronicle the rags to riches stories of such notable figures from Colorado’s history as Horace and Baby Doe Tabor, Meyer Guggenheim, Charles Boettcher, David May, Father John Dyer, (Colorado’s “Snowshoe Itinerant”,) and the “Unsinkable Molly Brown”. It also helps tell the story of the building of the “Cloud City”, whose ornate Victorian architecture once housed the entrepreneurs, gamblers, miners, outlaws, and “ladies of the evening” of Colorado lore.​

Presenter: Loretta McEllhiney, US Forest Service, Colorado Fourteeners Program Manager

Bio: Loretta earned degrees in Kinesiology & Nutrition from Kansas State University. In 1989 she joined the Forest Service and moved to Leadville, where she has put her passion for public lands to work managing the Colorado Fourteeners Program. Loretta’s hobbies include gardening, hiking, Nordic skiing, K9 skijoring with her puppy Sunshine, and swimming. Since 1998, Loretta has been a member of the Mineral Belt Trail Committee and has learned a boundless appreciation for the rich history of her beloved hometown.

Cost: $5 for GARNA members. $10 for non-members

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January 18, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.

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