Gratitude at Ten-Two: Thanksgiving Day
Stuffing, Sunshine & Shopping
If there’s snow on the ground in Colorado, you’re likely to find it in Leadville Today! But that’s not saying much for America’s highest city, as the smaller storms that have been rolling through at 10, 152 feet seem to be going as readily as they are coming, leaving little measurable snow in town. So if you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors in Lake County, there’s still plenty of wide-open public space out there, it just looks a lot different this year. No sled hill, no ice rink, no Ski Cooper (Opening Day: Dec 8 – fingers crossed) all of the winter activities that less than a decade ago were traditionally open by the Thanksgiving holiday weekend remain dormant in 2021 due to lack of snow.
What you will find is plenty of bright blue skies, sunshine, and fresh mountain air. In addition, the weekend marks a big push for supporting small businesses by doing your holiday shopping in Leadville Today. The first big holiday week is underway, so here’s the breakdown on what’s open, who’s serving it up, and what’s in the SALE rack when you’re ready to get you’re shopping on in Leadville Today!
If you’re looking for a place to partake in the Thanksgiving Day feast, you have a few options this year in Leadville. Starting at 11 a.m., St. George Church will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Day Meal. Come as you are, all are welcome. St. George Church is located at the corner of W. 4th & Pine Streets in Leadville.
The other Thanksgiving Day feasting option can be found on historic Harrison Avenue. Leadville’s Legendary Silver Dollar Saloon on Thursday, Nov. 22. The downtown eating-and-drinking emporium will express its gratitude to the community with its annual Turkey Day feast. The doors will open at Noon on Thursday, with Eric and the crew serving up the traditional feast of flavors starting at around 1 p.m. Stop by and be grateful!
New this year it’s the return of The Golden Burro’s Thanksgiving offering – but with a very different twist!
“Who says vegans can’t make a fantastic feast?” The Golden Burro writes on their Facebook Page. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to appreciate the amazing variety and versatility of plant-based food. The recently re-vamped eatery under new ownership is offering specials on Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, the 28th. They will also have whole vegan pumpkin, pecan and cherry pies for sale. Celebrate the holiday with The Golden Burro Cafe and Brass Ass Saloon at 10,152 feet. Elevated dining at elevation!
The Holiday Express on the Leadville Train
The first weekend of The Holiday Express ™ at the Leadville Railroad was a big success – and there was even some fresh snow! Make your reservations for this special holiday experience for the entire family! #allaboard for the magic of the Christmas season – with plenty of surprises along the trek! Book today as some of these tours have already #SOLDOUT wwww.leadvillerailroad.com.
November 26 is Black Friday, the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. And if that is on your to-do list this weekend then be sure to include the train’s historic depot and gift shop on your list. It’s clear from the fully stocked shelves that the was no chain supply issue at this Leadville business. During their extended Holiday Express season, the train’s gift shop will also be open for local shopping. So if you’re looking for that special Leadville, Colorado gift or something for the train lover on your list, stop in at 326 E. 7th Street or visit the Leadville train online.
On November 27, Leadville will be celebrating Small Business Saturday in a big way, with lots of specials being found downtown throughout the weekend. From The Rock Hut to the wide variety of offerings at Western Hardware to the new-this-year Elevation Goods, Leadville’s historic Harrison Avenue will be bustling framed by a festive array of downtown holiday window displays!
That’s what Leadville Today has for now, but if you have something to add to the Turkey Day report, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then, be grateful, and appreciate what you DO have. Be thankful and say so! And thank YOU for reading! #HappyThanksgiving.
Holiday Traffic Season Underway
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to expect heavier than normal traffic. for the next few days as people travel for Thanksgiving and begin shopping for the holidays.
State construction and maintenance projects will be suspended by Wednesday afternoon to help minimize traffic impacts.* Projects can resume work, if necessary, late Sunday, with most project restarting work on Monday. The only exception is for emergency operations.
Due to the possibility of snow, motorists heading to the mountains should check road conditions at www.cotrip.org and review weather forecasts before traveling. Please see the link below for safe driving tips during adverse weather.
Thanksgiving traffic at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels typically is lower than other holiday .weekends, especially in 2020 due the pandemic:
In addition to checking cotrip.org, drivers can get the latest information on the status of the state’s roadways by calling 511. Specific information regarding Interstate 70 is available at: www.GoI70.com. CDOT winter driving tips is available HERE.
Next Week: Glenwood Canyon Stops
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will oversee necessary helicopter and rockfall removal operations along Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2. Work will begin next week and will not take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The safety-critical operation is required to remove rocks and other material from rockfall fencing above and next to I-70. The material is from summer 2021 debris flows in the canyon. During the project, crews will also repair fencing and other rockfall prevention barriers damaged by the flows, including eight existing rockfall fences on the north slope in Glenwood Canyon. Work commencing next week is contingent on the weather forecast.
Holiday Tree Permits Available
Many families regard a road trip to cut down a fresh Christmas tree in the high country over the Thanksgiving weekend as a holiday tradition. And judging from the number of trees strapped to the rooftops of cars headed out of town on Tuesday, Nov. 23 one thing was clear – the Tannenbaum harvest season is underway in Leadville Today!
Christmas tree permits on the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands are available to purchase online through Recreation.gov. Permits for the Leadville, Salida, San Carlos, South Park and South Platte Ranger Districts are on sale now. Permits for the Pikes Peak Ranger District are available via the same site beginning November 26, 2021.
“Selecting and cutting a tree is a fantastic way for families and friends to engage with the forest,” said Deputy Forest and Grassland Supervisor Jim Pitts. “It is a great way to make holiday memories together while improving forest health by removing trees from densely-populated stands.”
Visitors can purchase a Christmas Tree permit at the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands site on Recreation.gov by either logging in or setting up their Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Permits for the San Carlos, Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts are $10 per tree and $20 per tree on the South Park, South Platte and Pikes Peak Ranger Districts, plus a nominal Recreation.gov transaction fee.
In addition to permits, the site contains details about designated cutting areas as well as maps and tips for selecting and cutting trees. It is important for guests to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to buying, as permits are only valid on the district for which they were purchased. Permits are also not transferable, nor may they be extended from one year to the next.
Visitors should have printed permits with them and follow all stipulations as well as recommended procedures when cutting Christmas trees. Additionally, weather conditions can change quickly so it is important to be prepared by dressing in warm layers and bringing a paper map, as cell service may be spotty or unavailable in areas of the forest.
Reid Armstrong, public affairs specialist for the forests, urges tree-cutters to thoroughly research dates, rules and locations in advance.
“Know before you go,” Armstrong said. “Make sure you’ve got snow tires and a shovel and a sled and warm clothes, (and) you’re ready to go slog through the snow. Armstrong also recommends downloading forest service maps from the Avenza app. Last year, some people cut down trees on landscaped private property.
“You can download the maps, and even if you don’t have cell service, it will geo-locate you so you know exactly where you are with GPS,” Armstrong said. “It will do that with forest service visitor use maps, which you do have to pay for. The forest service motor vehicle maps are free.”
For more information about the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands, please visit their website.
O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum! It’s time to get that Christmas tree in Leadville Today but Know The Rules before you head out!
Christmas Pines Smell Divine
Every November, the Leadville Lions Club heads to the Climax Mine to harvest the trees from their property, a tradition dating back decades. Once the trucks and trailers are loaded with the perfect Tannenbaum selections, the club sets up their Christmas tree lot in the parking area at Centennial Real Estate at Poplar and E.11th Streets.
The trees range in price and can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week until they are gone. If the real estate office is not open, simply slip your check in the mail slot, as instructed. The sale of these Christmas trees supports the many programs put on by the local Lions club, including the Fourth of July Fireworks, the High School Career Fair, the flag program for Harrison Avenue and many more. If it gets done in Leadville, then the Lions Club is usually behind it! ROAR!