Battle Mountain
Battle Mountain’s 5,457 acres contain three very distinct parts: The towering and secluded 4,777-acre mountain property on the east side of US Scenic Byway 24; the 112-acre Gilman parcel with its abandoned former company town at the summit of Battle Mountain Pass and the rolling hills of the 568-acre Bolts Lake area between the Eagle River and Cross Creek on the valley floor.

The Mountain
This secluded parcel is Colorado at its alpine and scenic best, ranging in elevation from 8,050 feet to 10,950 feet with dense Lodgepole pine, spruce and fir forests, open meadows or parks, craggy cliffs and large stands of iconic Colorado aspen that blaze the hillsides in the autumn.

Even in the 1970s when it was owned by a mining company, the mountain property was being eyed for its skiing potential. Vail founder Earl Eaton even drew up some preliminary plans for lifts and trails. Current plans call for a private ski area with several lifts and a designated backcountry skiing area serviced by a fleet of snow cats. Exclusive homesites will abut many of the ski runs for the ultimate in skiing convenience.

From the summit there are fabulous views spanning 60 or more miles that include three designated US Forest Service wilderness areas and a superb vista of spectacular Notch Mountain and 14,005 foot Mount of the Holy Cross, made famous for its snowy cross, by the photos of William Henry Jackson.

The jagged Gore Range and Eagle’s Next Wilderness behind Vail’s Back Bowls stud the northeastern horizon. Far to the west is the expansive and remote Flat Tops Wilderness and to the south, views of the massifs overlooking the historic mining district of Leadville and the high country of the Collegiate Peaks.

Bolts Lake
The Bolts Lake area is just south of Minturn and bisected by the Tigiwon Road, a Forest Service access road used by residents to get to the nearby National Forest. To the East are the spectacular cliffs on the north end of Battle Mountain itself, and to the south is the spectacular Eagle River Canyon thorough Belden. To the west and south is the cascade of Cross Creek as it rushes out of the high country of the nearby Holy Cross Wilderness.

Bolts Lake itself was built by the Bolt brothers at the turn of the century and used for fishing and boating. They cut a channel through solid rock to feed it with a diversion from Cross Creek. Its pure waters created generations of trophy-sized trout. Until its small earthen dam was ordered breached by the State Engineer in 1997, old Bolts Lake existed for more than 90 years and was used as a fishing club by mine officials of the nearby New Jersey Zinc Mine.

In the center of this property will be a true community gathering place – a new Bolts Lake Reservoir -that will be used for all sorts of water sports from non-motorized boating to fishing, skating or just lounging. The lake will be much larger than the original and will impound water enough for the Battle Mountain development and the Town of Minturn.

As an historic mining district, a portion of the Bolts Lake property was used as a repository for mine waste and was cleaned up by the State of Colorado and the EPA in the 1990s. Additional cleanup of a portion of the site will be conducted before development occurs. Portions of the area are being set aside for open space and recreation purposes.

One of the more exciting opportunities being explored, is a partnership with the nearby Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy at nearby Maloit Park. Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn, and other world caliber athletes have coached by that organization.

The Academy and Battle Mountain are exploring the possibility of creating an interconnected Nordic and hiking trail system throughout the properties.
In addition, the Town of Minturn, the VSSA and Battle Mountain are attempting to create a joint-use recreation and training facility for the community and the athletes at the school. Battle Mountain has offered a parcel of property for the facility.

Historic Gilman is home of the abandoned company mining town for the Eagle Mine. A number of Minturn residents were born and spent their formative years there. It had a small bowling alley, medical clinic, a post office and other facilities.
The view from Gilman looking southwest toward the Holy Cross Wilderness is captivating.

Many drivers on Highway 24, or Top of the Rockies, a National Scenic Byway, have stopped by the roadside to marvel at this remnant community that clings to the hillsides and ridgetop at Gilman.
(About the Top of the Rockies)

At the present time, there are no residential development plans for the site. If any additional use for the site were found, a comprehensive and expensive cleanup of the mine waste would have to be conducted first. One element that is being thoroughly explored is using the site for a solar farm.

That energy facility and some hydropower opportunities, could make the Battle Mountain development and portions of the rest of the area nearly energy independent.

Battle Mountain Fact Sheet

5,457 acres in three parcels
1.    Mountain property – 4,777 acres
2.    Bolts Lake – 568 acres
3.    Gilman – 112 acres

Bolts Lake driving distance and time to:
Minturn – 2.7 miles, 4.6    minutes
Vail – 9.1 miles, 12 minutes
Beaver Creek – 10 miles, 13.5 minutes
Edwards – 13.5 miles, 16 minutes

From Mountain Core to:

Minturn – 10.2 miles, 17.5 minutes
Miles to Vail – 16.9 miles, 26 minutes
Miles to Beaver Creek – 17.2 miles, 25.5 minutes
Miles to Edwards – 21 miles, 29 minutes


Mountain – 8,050’ to 10,950’;
Home site elevations 8,500’ to 10,500’
Bolts Lake– 7,990’ to 8,350’