Natural Resource Management students measure spring run-off in the high country.

Communications professor teaches in a CMC Leadville classroom.

CMC Leadville campus.

Ski Area Operations instructor and a student inspect a snow groomer.

Winter photo of the Mountainview Residence Hall on the Leadville campus.

A Colorado Mountain College student streches with a yoga pose on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

photo - The CMC Leadville campus at dawn with the Sawatch Mountain Range in the background.

Colorado Mountain College in Leadville

Nestled at the base of Colorado’s highest peaks: a tight-knit college community united by outdoor adventure

It doesn't get more "Colorado" than Leadville. This is the place to forget the complications of city life and embrace open space and miles of opportunity. At Colorado Mountain College Leadville, you don't have to choose between your education and the call of the wild. Our programs are designed to enhance the Colorado mountain lifestyle.

Catch sunrise over the Sawatch Range from your room in the Mountain View Residence Hall, explore miles of campus trails, or plot your next expedition. Enjoy the benefits of living on-campus with a tight community of friends. CMC Leadville provides amenities like access to a lending library of four-season outdoor gear, indoor climbing wall, backyard terrain park, and an 18-hole disc golf course through the pines.

Get inspired at one of the most beautiful mountain campuses in the nation. Your adventure is waiting.

Fast Facts

  • Elevation - 10,200 feet
  • Student/Teacher Ratio - 13:1
  • Transfer-friendly pathways with affordable credits.
  • Only college in the Rocky Mountains offering a Ski Area Operations degree
  • Over 40 degrees & certificate options to choose from.
  • Within 1 hour to world-class resorts Vail, Copper, Breckenridge and more
  • Home to the world-famous Leadville Race Series: Leadville 100 MTB & Trail Run.
  • Outdoor Pursuits Club: gear and CMC-sponsored adventures

The Leadville Student Life

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Meet the CMC Leadville Faculty and Staff


Live on campus and experience mountain life and learning

“The skills necessary to explore every inch of this world.”

- Ryan Edwards, Outdoor Recreation Leadership Graduate

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Up-coming Events

Jan 25
Photo: Roger Coit, Avalanche Science faculty at Colorado Mountain College Leadville, displays avalanche rescue equipment to students. seeking an Avalanche Science Certification

Level 1 Avalanche Safety Training – Salida, CO

January 25, 2019 - January 27, 2019

Cross Country Team

photo: members of the CMC Cross Country Team running on trails near Leadville, CO.

The CMC Cross Country Team competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Based at CMC Leadville, students at other campuses can also participate.

Webcam & Weather

Live Webcam photo from Colorado Mountain College in Leadville.

Check Leadville's current Weather and Webcam!

Timberline Analytical Laboratory

The TAL offers analysis of water, soil, sediment, rock, biological and building material samples for CMC programs and other users.

Housing at Leadville

Learn about the off-campus housing options in Leadville and surrounding area.

Sustainability at Colorado Mountain College

image - screen shot of Building Energy Navigator showing energy usage and costs.In 2009, CMC signed onto the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. The college's current Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Action Plan direct the college to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% every 5 years until carbon neutrality is reached in the year 2050.

Efforts by the CMC Leadville's Green Team include zero-waste graduation events, LED lights, water fill stations, an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station, on-going recycling including e-waste and many other efforts.

Efforts by the CMC Leadville's Green Team include zero-waste graduation events, LED lights, water fill stations throughout campus, an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station, on-going recycling including e-waste and many other efforts.

Tight scheduling of building and classroom use has reduced energy use substantially by setting thermostats to correspond with actual room usage. On campus solar farm provides electricity to New Discovery Academic Center.

Track Energy Use and Spending at CMC Buildings

The Building Energy Navigator tracks energy use and energy spending on an hourly, daily, monthly and yearly basis. The site displays data for 19 CMC buildings including our three residence halls.