Sweet Summit Summer – 10 Awesome Things to Do
There is some debate in Summit over the best time of year. When ski trails give way to epic mountain biking, and the melting snow reveals hiking trails and world class golf courses, and the time comes for rafting and starry camping trips, the fly fisherman come out….you get the idea. Summer is just as exciting as the glorious pillows of Winter’s fresh white powder. Colorado brings us 300 days of luscious sunshine a year, and Summit never stops bringing the adventure. Here are some local and family friendly favorites.
AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN SUMMIT IN THE SUMMER
Or River Floating, or kayak; there are plenty of options based your group’s preferences. Several great adventure tour companies provide all the equipment you need to get going, and amazing local guides who can show you a great time and keep you safe. Options are available all summer long on the Arkansas, Eagle, and Blue Rivers.
Every type of biker can find a haven in Summit. There are miles of paved bike trails for the road bikers and cruisers, and world class downhill biking at Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain. Many more trails open for bikers who like to earn their turns. With plenty of places to rent full gear, Summit is a mecca for bikers of all kinds.
Summit is a golfer’s oasis with some incredible courses located within easy driving distance. From Breckenridge Golf Club’s Jack Nichlaus-designed 27-hole-course to Keystone’s TWO breathtaking courses, Copper Creek (the highest championship golf course in North America) and Mount Massive. Don’t miss the Raven at Three Peaks, one of the best courses in the country, and if you haven’t gotten your fill, just out of Summit is the gorgeous and unique Vail Golf Club.
Bonus: Disc Golf
Great fun in the sun for everyone, free, BYOB (and frisbees), and dog-friendly, check out the counties two top disc courses the Peak One and Lake Dillon Disc Golf Courses offer great views and outdoor fun. Copper Mountain has a course on the mountain as well.
With thousands of acres of National Forest, Summit has some of the best hiking, backpacking, and camping anywhere. Check out the REI Hiking Project for details on trails that are available.
There are many different options in Summit County for ATV and off road vehicle rental as well and guided tours. Most rental places will provide helmets, your first tank of gas plus a map of the area. If you head out alone, check maps and conditions, and be respectful of hikers, bikers, and wildlife.
There’s nothing more relaxing than a sunny day on the river. If you have your own gear, make sure you have a Colorado fishing licence and ask a local shop to point you toward a good spot. They’re are a ton of fun, knowledgeable (obsessed) guides ready to take you to the monster trout.
Go back in time with this family friendly summer activity. Explore mining history by taking a guided tour of one of the Summit’s first placer, or surface mines. View the inside of a miner’s cabin, feel the original hydraulic mining equipment and even learn to pan for gold at the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Kid’s can learn about mining at Keystone’s Kidtopia gold panning as well.
ZIP-LINING AND ALPINE COASTERS
Need more adrenaline? Copper Mountain boasts Zip-lining and the brand new Rocky Mountain Coaster, Breckenridge has the Gold Runner Coaster, an alpine slide, and a climbing wall to keep you going.
Seeing mountain trails from horseback is awesome and great for the whole family. Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge all have stables where you can find horses, gear, and guides, and several local outfitters also offer gear and trips.
FRISCO ADVENTURE PARK
Frisco’s awesome adventure park features and incredible bike park and a newly completed skate park (both free), a free disc golf course, wagon rides, a day lodge and a ball field. Hiking and biking trails weave around the park and there is a campground and miles of lake shoreline to enjoy.