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Leadville National Fish Hatchery, Leadville

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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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  • Would like more info on the kiosk outside about how the fish are released, etc but seeing the tanks and feeding the rainbow trout was fantastic.  more »
  • 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  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • The Leadville fish hatchery is a great place to take young kids and adults who like being close to nature. You can actually see, close up, thousands of young trout before they go out into the wild.
  • Cool place for little kids who like fish. A few fun trails to hike
  • 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.
  • 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!