Climax Mine. Photo: Ken Lund
Despite its hilarious sounding name, Climax is basically a ghost town, located just northwest of Leadville toward Copper Mountain. Except there’s nothing remaining except the current active mine, which keeps the town’s undeserted status alive.
All that’s left of the town is the Climax Molybdenum mine, which leads the world in molybdenum technology. At one time it produced 3/4 of the world’s molybdenum, a mineral used in hardening steal.
There are no homes or other commercial businesses in town, only the mine. All of the original remaining houses were moved to Leadville. Learn more about Climax’s history. The “town” was one of the highest at 11,318 feet above sea level.
Welcome Sign – Take your photo next to the welcome sign because it’s funny, right. Woohoo! It says Climax.
Mount Democrat – Part of the Mosquito Range, the trailhead to this popular fourtneener to hike is located by Climax.