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Leadville National Fish Hatchery, Leadville
(4.8/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
Leadville National Fish Hatchery established in 1889 west of Leadville, Colorado is one of 70 hatcheries in the National Fish Hatchery System. It is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It lies within the Mount Massive Wilderness, most of whose area lies within San Isabel National Forest and is managed by the United States Forest Service.Leadville National Fish Hatchery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
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  • Had a great time feeding the "BIG" fish in the show pond and touring the hatchery facility. Picnic tables make it an ideal place to spend great time outside with the familyQ 
  • We enjoyed seeing all the different life stages of the fish. Feeding them was fun. The grandkids would have loved seeing all the fish and feeding them. Good stop for families with kids. 
  • We stopped when the office was closed, but you can still view the tanks and feed the fish. Kids enjoyed it. 
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  • This was the first time I have ever seen a hatchery, and this was pretty awesome. The information available was very good, and being able to feed the fish and see them up close in their different stages of development was very interesting and educational. The grounds overall were very clean and well maintained, and the hiking trail that went around to the other ponds has easy to read signs and was easy to follow. Got to learn about not only the fish, but the pants and flowers that were in the area on the way to see the fish.
  • Beautiful historic 1890s building houses the hatchery and a small display about green cutthroat trout and hatching process (7:30-3:30, turn the knob all the way). You can feed the fish out front with 25ยข and take a decent, relaxing hike - there's about 5 from moderately-easy to hard (the Nature Trail is easiest, about 1.2 mi though it has some steep spots). It's worth a $1 for the trail guide to keep you oriented. I spent a couple hours here. Would be good for kids.
  • Such a great afternoon for the kids. My three year old really loved feeding the fish and then hiking the one mile loop nature trail. The trail is full of informative signs about the flora and fauna.
  • The kids loved seeing and feeding all the fish. Beautiful place!
  • Really cool if you have kids. I wouldn't drive all the way to Leadville just for this, but it's a great little pit stop if you're passing through or need to kill an hour before another adventure. Bring quarters for the fish food machine!