5 Ways to Enjoy Frisco's Summer
Summertime is finally here in Frisco! Yeah, we know it’s after the 4th July at this point, but summer comes late to us at 9,097 feet above sea level. With cool mornings and evenings, and vibrant sunshine in between the dramatic clouds and rainstorms that leave postcard-inspiring rainbows, this short but sweet season comes with endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in a way that feels right for you.
Hiking and Trail Running:
Frisco offers miles of trails for all ages and ability levels that are guaranteed to reward your efforts with stunning views. A sturdy pair of shoes and perhaps some water, snacks, and extra layers, is all it takes to start out from a trailhead right in town, such as Zach’s Stop. From there, you can access the Peaks Trail, Miners Creek, Rainbow Lakes, Masontown, Mt. Royal, and the high peaks of the Tenmile Range! For those who want to stay a little bit lower in elevation, the Peninsula Recreation Area offers miles of new trail, but super popular for its simplicity and family-friendly terrain is the Perimeter Trail, which boasts stunning views of Lake Dillon as your friendly neighborhood mountains tower above.
Photo by Todd Powell
Do you like bikes? We do too! Pavement, dirt, singletrack, and a bike park, we’ve got it all! Frisco is surrounded on three sides by National Forest with miles of purpose-built and maintained trails. The six mile-long Perimeter trail is not just for hiking, it is also a great loop for those who are newer to mountain biking, with plenty of other trail options at the Peninsula Recreation Area for others who may want more saddle time, elevation gain, and variety. The popular Peaks Trail can get you to Breckenridge and back. You can ride this eight mile-long (each way), intermediate trail in either direction, with the option to take the paved recpath back to where you started.
If you want to practice your skills, the Frisco Bike Park, located next to the Frisco Day Lodge in the Frisco Adventure Park, has four different amenities for riders of all ages and abilities: pump track, slopestyle course, dirt jumps and a dual slalom course. The park is open from dawn to dusk in the summer (typically May through early October, weather dependent) and is free to the public.
For those who prefer road riding, the Summit County Recreational Pathway and miles of scenic roads offer plenty of scenic route options in the area from town-to-town, to the high mountain passes. Don’t want to pedal that hard on your vacation? Several Frisco bike shops like Rebel Sports and Pioneer Sports offer rental bikes and shuttles to the top of Vail Pass so riders can enjoy the scenic and gratifying cruise downhill into Frisco without breaking a sweat.
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The Frisco Bay Marina can help you enjoy a day on the beautiful Dillon Reservoir, whether you like to paddle on a board or kayak, or let the motor do the work with our pontoons and fishing boats. Rentals are available seven days a week. The Marina offers plenty of space for those who just want to hang out near the water on the beach, lay on the grass at the Marina Park, or watch their kiddos enjoy the playground. Hungry? The Island Grill at the Marina offers plenty of casual food and drink options.
Frisco Historic Park and Museum:
The Frisco Historic Park and Museum right in town on 2nd Avenue and Main Street offers an active and interactive glimpse of history. You can roam the park and walk into original cabins from the mining days, outfitted with artifacts from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. For a deeper dive, you can take historical walking, hiking, and even biking tours through and around town with trained Museum staff and see the area as it may have been in a bygone era.
Photo by Todd Powell
In addition to the Marina Park and Historic Park, Frisco has several other beautiful, free green spaces to spend a beautiful summer day. Enjoy a picnic, hang out by the river, or play some volleyball at Walter Byron Park. Grill out and sit by a quiet pond at Meadow Creek Park, or take advantage of free tennis ball courts at Pioneer Park.
Summer really is special around Frisco. To find out more information about the best ways to enjoy this amazing time of year, please visit TownOfFrisco.com