The discovery of gold in 1859 brought thousands of prospectors to South Park. Unwelcome latecomers pushed west and established a new mining camp called “Fair Play.” After several prosperous years, Fairplay became the county seat in 1867.
Today, Fairplay is the center of commerce for Park County, with a thriving business community and vibrant local arts. The many lodging, dining and retail options reflect the unique character of this quaint mountain town. Surrounded by majestic peaks and pastoral beauty, Fairplay calls out to artists of all media, many of whom have made Fairplay home.
True to its quaint mountain character, Fairplay hosts a variety of fun and colorful events, such as the signature Burro Days race, the Bead & Fiber Show, the free summer concert series and the one-of-a-kind South Park Arts Celebration. This four-day plein air celebration of nature, history, and art, capitalizes on the unusual abundance of scenic and historic sites that make South Park , including Fairplay, so captivating.
In winter, Fairplay is an outdoor enthusiast paradise. Embraced by the Mosquito Mountain Range and minutes to world-class skiing, boarders and skiers alike can explore pristine backcountry or groomed resort trails. Diverse and interesting ice climbing terrain welcomes beginners and challenges experts. Additionally, snowmobiling and snowshoeing provide travel access to remote back-bowls and rolling terrain. Hunters thrive on a nearly year-round season as do anglers with fly-fishing in summer and ice-fishing in winter. Named as the “Fly-Fishing Capital of Colorado” anglers can expect to experience a thrill a minute. Fairplay is home to the award-winning Fairplay Beach where one can cast a line, pan for gold, even camp overnight – all less than a minute from Main Street and historic Front Street where dining, wine-tasting, local art galleries, South Park City Museum and shopping entice.
Summer comes alive with bright wildflowers, lush meadows and snow-capped mountain peaks. Outdoor adventures abound from mellow strolls through the forest to challenging climbs. Beginner trails to extreme single track call out to mountain bikers of all levels. Rock climbers and hikers can summit a myriad of 14,000-foot peaks. Take a horseback ride, ATV or off-road vehicle along 100-year-old mining trails. In Town, a custom skate park puts even a seasoned skater to the test.