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Leadville News – September 12

Autumn Aspen Autobahn: Twin Lakes Side

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An annual Autumn pilgrimage, the Praying Angel has returned in her golden glory at Twin Lakes, for a limited engagement. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

This time of year, it’s known as the Autumn Aspen Autobahn, as Colorado Highway 82 heading over Independence Pass becomes flooded with tourists – and locals alike, from both sides of the mountain – looking to take in that incredible autumn drive. For many, it will be the last cruise of the season, before the snow shuts down the pass until next spring. So if you have plans to take a cruise through Twin Lakes to enjoy the fall colors, here are some helpful Leadville Today travel tips about southern Lake County.

One of autumn’s most beloved Twin Lakes features is The Praying Angel. This magnificent arbor display, kneels proudly throughout an aspen groove, across the way at Twin Lakes Reservoir. And this time of year, the golden leaves really make her shine. The best place to view this unique mountain-scape is at the Praying Angel Fishing Access Spot. Turn off Highway 82 at the Red Rooster entrance, look for the “Boat Tours” sign. There’s plenty of parking, so that you can safely enjoy this special sight, away from the busy highway. 

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Peace, love and beans can be found at the new VW Bus Java Stop in Twin Lakes across from the visitor’s center on Highway 82. It’s open on weekends through the season.

If you’ve traveled through the village of Twin Lakes lately, you probably noticed the sunshine yellow VW Bus parked along the highway with the big, bold COFFEE sign in its front window. While self-explanatory to most folks, this new mobile java machine will be serving it up hot and fresh on the weekends through the end of the year, according to owner Bob Dalzell. And next summer he hopes to be be grinding up those beans all season! Stop in for your road-weary jolt to get you up over the pass or take in the fall colors in the village.

Did you know that there’s a mechanic in Twin Lakes for all those motorized toys and tools-of-the-trade you’ve been driving around all summer? Started in January of this year, Balltown Mini Motors is located on the corner of Highways 82 and 24, at 160 East State Hwy 82. Owned and operated by JR Fearneyhough, the business specializes in sales and service of utility task vehicle (UTVs) at a reasonable price.

These days, the average price of a brand new utility task vehicle UTV can cost between $10,000 and $40,000.  Balltown Mini Motors offer an option that’s budget friendly. From the John Deere Gator and Kawasaki Mule to other types of mini trucks and more, they have it all.

And when you have trouble with your rig, take it to a mechanic who has more than 30 years of experience in the profession. They also have interest in your old unit, for purchase or trade.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, whether you’re hunting, fishing or just out recreating in the beautiful outdoors, don’t let your trip to the Rocky Mountain get stalled by an unexpected brake down.  Call Balltown Mini Motors, LLC, by phone 719-917-8121 or email: balltownminimotors@gmail.com.


If you’re looking to satisfy those hunger pangs while out taking in the fall colors, stop in to The Twin Lakes Inn which continues to serve up tasty meals through September, open nightly for dinner and lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

According to General Manager Andy Walk, The Inn will continue to take lodging reservation past September, with the restaurant remaining open to accommodate lodging guests, as well as dining guests WITH RESERVATIONS. While the upgraded septic system will allow the establishment to offer more services beyond their busy summer season, the management is taking a  reserved approach heading into the off-season. In other words, reservations are strongly recommended. That said, they already have some Christmas parties lined up!

At your service is the dedicated staff of the Twin Lakes Inn (left to right): Server Steph, Bartender Jim, General Manager Andy Wald, Chef Chris, Chef Jeremy. Photo: Leadville Today.

And finally, news from The Friends of Twin Lakes.

  • Movie Night has been moved to Thursday this week, so be sure to catch the next show tomorrow, September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Schoolhouse.  Please bring your own beverage and snack as Denise Hagerty, a retired professor and screenwriter who formerly taught “Film as Literature,” leads movie-goers through “Dead Man,” a non-traditional western (almost a kind of spiritual western) starring Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Mitchum and many other excellent actors. The group will explore and dissect the movie’s depiction of the “settling” of the frontier, Native Americans’ “noble savage” myth, and transformations involved in life and death.
  • The Friends of Twin Lakes will have their next Member Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. in the schoolhouse, 231 Lang Street. U.S. Forest Service Leadville/Salida District Ranger Jim Pitts will be our guest speaker.  The Friends have asked attendees to submit questions to Ranger Pitts before Friday, Sept. 21 for the Saturday meeting. 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Fire Mitigation and Chipping Program Updtae. Join the new Wildland-Urban Interface Mitigation Specialist Carrie Howard as she updates residents on fire mitigation assessments and details of the upcoming chipping program where they will use grant funds to cover 1/2 of the cost.

So there’s some news from the Twin Lakes side of Independence Pass. See you on the Autumn Aspen Autobahn! And seriously, slow down and enjoy the fall colors!

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Photo opportunties abound on the #AutumnAspenAutobahn, like the old windmill and barn setting off Highway 82 en route to Independence Pass. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Leadville News – July 27

Keeping Things Spinning in Twin Lakes

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The Leadville Stage Race will take place this weekend July 27-29. Saturday’s leg of the race will begin and end at the Twin Lakes Dam. Photo: Leadville Race Series Facebook Page.

This weekend the southern portal of Lake County will see an increase in cycling activity as the Leadville Stage Race is planned for July 27-29. This Leadville Race Series event takes the course of the historic Leadville Trail 100 MTB and spreads it over three days. Saturday, July 28 should see the biggest impact to the Twin Lakes area, with the second stage beginning and ending at the Twin Lakes Dam, while sandwiching the Columbine Mine challenge in between. More details on schedule of events for the Leadville Stage Race can be found HERE.

So, welcome, to the racers, crew and the families that support you. While you’re down in Twin Lakes, please consider supporting the following small businesses! These are the folks that help keep things spinning in the southern part of Lake County.

Support a Local Artist in Twin Lakes

The Shooting Star Gallery is located a block west from the Twin Lakes General Store. It is a co-op of Twin Lakes artists and includes the works of more than 15 area artists work done in a variety of mediums including wood, bronze, clay, stone, paper, paint, soap, glass, and fiber.  Visitors to the gallery can expect a broad range of items offered, from handmade jewelry, wood carvings, stained glass, hand-knit hats, and so much more. Shooting Star Art Gallery work.jpg

And for all those visiting LT100 racers, this is a great place to pick up that special gift for your LT100 crew – from lovely paintings of the surrounding beauty of Twin Lakes, to handcrafted wares, there’s something for everyone on your list as a reminder of your race. Please support #twinlakesartists.

The Shooting Star Gallery is open every summer, mid May to mid October. Their hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. If the lights are on or the door is open, stop in.

The Shooting Star Gallery is located at 6531 CO Highway 82, Twin Lakes, CO 81251. You can connect with them on their website or the Shooting Star Gallery Facebook Page

Lunch on the Go in Twin Lakes

Punky’s Mobile Trailer doubled the Twin Lakes dining options when they first threw open the window on their mobile food trailer and turned on the neon OPEN sign a few years ago. 


Punky’s Mobile Trailer is serving up some tasty treats for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. You can find them in front of the Shooting Star Gallery off Highway 82 in the village of Twin Lakes. Photo: Punky’s Facebook Page.

Since then, this mobile food trailer is a hot spot for hikers and fishermen. And on any summer weekend the line stacks up quickly as Independence Pass travelers pull off for some tasty treats.

Diners can count on some old-fashioned burgers, smoked pulled-pork plates, Reubens, and all loaded up with a hearty pile of ribbon fries, with a variety of cold drinks to wash it all down! Take it on-the-road, or pull off and find a shady picnic table in the front yard of the Shooting Star Gallery where the food trailer can be found parked in front of at 6571 Highway 82.

“We’ve been crazy busy all summer!” the crew reported to Leadville Today. No doubt, because it really is good food!

Punky’s Mobile Trailer is open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Foodies can connect with them on the Punky’s Facebook Page or by phone at  (303) 204-7363.

A Ticket to Ride on Twin Lakes

Visitors should definitely consider taking a ride with Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tour. These scenic, narrated tours of Twin Lakes include both the upper and lower glacially formed lakes, as well as the historic Interlaken resort, established in the late 1800’s as a getaway for wealthy mining tycoons. The views can’t be beat and you’ll learn plenty about the geology of the area, wildlife, history, and even some Twin Lakes folklore.

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The Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours can be found at the Red Rooster Boat Ramp at Twin Lakes. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

This boat tour runs from June through September and they’ve seen good crowds so far this season, reported owner Lexie Palmore, who runs the boating operation with her husband Jim. 

“It’s been hot,” she added. Readers should also know that when supporting this Twin Lakes business they also indirectly support the contributions of a local artist. Lexie is responsible for a few of the wonderful murals located in downtown Leadville. So that’s just another good reason to get out on the water!

Plus you can ride confidently knowing that both Jim and Lexie are licensed Coast Guard captains and have secured a special permit with the U.S. Forest Service to run their tours.

The Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours depart daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and other times, by reservation. Their mobile ticket office can be found at the Red Rooster Board Ramp with the U.S. flag flying. The turnoff from Highway 82 is at the White Star Campground, look for their sign! More details can be found on their website, by email at artboat@wildblue.net, or by phone at (903) 930-1568.

So that’s a wrap for this installment of the Leadville Today Twin Lakes update series. Stay tuned there’s more to come! Or better yet, go see it for yourself!Visit Twin Lakes