Summit county is a mountain-high year-round playground, within easy driving distance of Denver. We head up here in the summertime because the scenery is wonderful, whether you go hiking to (or toward) the top of 14ers, mountain biking, biking on paths that climb and descend hundreds of feet between towns, skiing, golfing, fishing or rafting.
The main towns are Breckenridge, Frisco and Dillon, but there’s always lots of activity in the tiny village at the base of Keystone Resort. The majority of visitors love lots of activities that use – or abuse – their bodies. If you prefer more sedentary pursuits, there are lots of entertaining weekend festivals and cultural events, especially in the summer and fall. In the winter, you can ski at Keystone Resort, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge or Arapahoe Basin, which is perched on the Continental Divide.
If you want to see what Breckenridge and the surrounding Summit County is like during every season, view some of these videos. Different ones show skiing in the winter to exploring the surrounding mountains, and activities during the 4th of July and other festivals in the summer.
If you want to explore Summit County in two or three days, these itineraries have specific suggestions.
Caveat on driving time: both summer and winter weekends. Summit County is a straight shot from Denver up I-70 and through the Eisenhower tunnel. You get off at the Silverthorne, Frisco, or Copper Mountain exits. Denverites who love to ski in the winter, or escape city heat in the summer, head to the high country so the traffic early morning and late afternoon on weekends can be terrible. If you have a choice, head to the high country on a weekday. If not, either go very early or mid-morning. Return mid-afternoon or – as savvy Front Range folks often do – stay up high for dinner.
many high-traffic weekends there is a 13-mile toll lane between Empire and the
tunnels just past Idaho Springs. Fees vary according to the amount of traffic
and whether you have a transponder or not. For details visit I-70 Mountain Express Lane.
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