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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  • The Leadville National Fish Hatchery is great for more than just the historic fish hatchery. They have many great hiking and cross country skiing trails accessible from their parking lot. You can even...  more »
  • We toured this fish hatchery primarily because a friend was working there and wanted us to see it. It is historically interesting as it was established in 1889 and is the second oldest in the US. It s...  more »
  • The inside of the hatchery does not have a lot to see. However, there are fish runs and feeding pond on the outside of the grounds. Be sure to bring your quarters to you can get food to feed this fish...  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!

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