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Check out the routes for the Collegiate peaks. They are ALL within driving distance of Leadville/Buena Vista.
Actually, come to think of it, every 14er in the state is within driving distance of Leadville if you have the time, since you didn't specify how much time/distance.
If you are not too conserned about camping at the trailhead proper of a 14er and are thinking more in the lines of a base camp to drive in and out of each day before/after each hike:
On the way up the dirt road while driving toward Missouri TH along Clear Creek you will find many camp sites high above the 3 fairly deep gorges of the creek. Know that you may see whitewater kayakers camping in the area, depending on flows in the creek. I may be one of them. You could also camp on the up-river side of Clear creek reservoir if you like the big group site thing with porta-potties.
Upstream of BV along the arkansas river you will find Railroad Bridge campground (no trains use the rails these days)(pay site) and the next few miles farther upstream offer multiple free sites next to the river. These sites have great views of the peaks in the immediate area. You WILL see rafts/kayaks floating by as well. One again, I may be one of them.
"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." (Edward Abbey)
Another question is the type of rental car? If you have a regular sedan, some of the 14er trailhead access roads may violate the rental contract as being "off-road". A completely paved trailhead access is Mt. Yale and thats not too long of a hike for warmup 14er, though there is a fair amount of rock scrambling on top. The fore-mentioned Halfmoon is a pretty tame gravel road. Elbert is also fairly moderate and favorite being 2nd highest peak in the lower 48.
In August many people are training fro the Leadville 100 run and bike races and occupy the short term housing.
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