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Leadville National Fish Hatchery

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Fish Hatchery and a bonus > a Nature Trail

We ending our camping trip with a visit to the National Fish Hatchery. It was very interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Susie K
Littleton, Colorado

Great old building and history, 1889. Staff was friendly as was the pup. Only problem was , they... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2018
Gerry S
Mayfield, NY
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2844 Highway 300, Leadville, CO 80461-9751
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

We ending our camping trip with a visit to the National Fish Hatchery. It was very interesting! Feeding the fish was fun; 25 cents for a few pellets, but it was fun to watch the fish swarm. The bonus for us was that there are...More

Thank Susie K
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Great old building and history, 1889. Staff was friendly as was the pup. Only problem was , they did not have a stamp for the National Wildlife Pass Port book. Worth the visit. Serene, quiet, bucolic, relaxing location.

Thank Gerry S
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We stopped by to visit the historic fish hatchery while driving through leadville and were very impressed with both the architecture and the history. Great little place to stop and decompress.

Thank Whitechris1
Reviewed 20 August 2018

The hatchery is a fun place for kids. You get to see really big fish, there are hiking trails, a playground and you can feed the fisht too.

Thank tdr1960
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

I would only recommend this place if you really have done and seen all you can in the area OR if you have someone with you who is especially passionate about seeing fish up close or learning about how they’re raised for recreational fishing and...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Worth the trip. Beautiful setting with great self guided tour options. Very interesting program. Well signed Nature Trail is also very interesing and informative. Glad we went!

Thank BridgetColorado
Reviewed 12 October 2017

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 access the Colorado Trail if you follow the connecting trails to it....More

Thank Em W
Reviewed 10 September 2017

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 sits at an elevation of close to 10,000...More

Thank CMN14
Reviewed 1 September 2017

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, it's fun!

Thank Mavis J
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Don't expect anything too exciting. After all, it's just a fish hatchery. It's is off the beaten path, and a nice place to relax and wathc the fish swim. Great for families as kids love watching and feeding the fish.

Thank lisajames98
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Annie J
5 July 2018|
Response from BridgetColorado | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is free - the Friends of the National Fish Hatchery do provide a receptacle inside the main building where you can make a donation. Also you can buy a guide brochure for $1.00 and if you want to feed the fish [great... More