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Summer in Summit County

Summer in Summit County, Colorado

Welcome to Summer in Summit County and one of  ‘Colorado’s Favorite Playgrounds!’ Blessed with a central location in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Summit County encompasses the inviting towns of Keystone, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain, Heeney, and Breckenridge.

Summit County Summertime

Our historic towns have much to offer for all ages during the summer months. Celebrate the history of these National Historic Districts and stroll down our Main Streets while enjoying the one-of-a-kind architecture, unique shopping, and dining options.

Summer in Summit County Standouts

Find many unique lodging opportunities for romantic getaways, family vacations, and weekend adventures with friends. Summit County has many options to suit any family, group, couple, or individual.

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All Aboard!

All Aboard!

All Aboard – it’s that time

Welcome to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad! We’re glad you’ve chosen to visit. Whether you are new to experiencing this legendary railroad or have been a returning guest for years, we look forward to offering you the best in year-round historic train adventures presented today as they were in 1882! We invite you to hop aboard and relive the “Golden Age” on our railroad, which was voted “#1 Best Scenic Train in North America “ by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 & 2022, “Best Historic Railroad of the West” 2021-23 by TrueWest Magazine Readers, and “Best Train Experience in the West” in 2016 by Sunset Magazine. Order a FREE All-Aboard Guide.


Our family has dedicated decades to preserving the history surrounding this national treasure, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This railroad is designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service and an American Society of Civil Engineering Landmark.

When is the best time to visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad? Any time of the year!

During the winter, we offer exclusive round-trip train adventures deep into the heart of the San Juan National Forest to Cascade Canyon as well as the premier holiday family event train, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train ride.

If you’re visiting in the springtime, your train excursion may feature incredible waterfalls during the spring thaw season as you journey to Cascade Canyon.

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All Aboard in the Summer

Summer is high season at the D&S with daily full day Durango to Silverton excursions May through October departing from Durango. We also offer daily 5-hour excursions on the Cascade Canyon Express seven days a week during the high season. These rail journeys also depart from the Durango Depot and travel to Cascade Canyon and are a perfect highlight reel of spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas for those with limited time.

Autumn offers you a unique way to experience peak leaf season from the comfort of the D&S train. Connect with family and friends as you explore the Rocky Mountains by historic railway. Sit back and allow yourself to be transported through a riot of blazing fall colors featuring the spectacular golden glow of aspens.

However you choose to relax and connect on the D&S train, and whatever adventure awaits you, we hope you have an inspiring journey where you create wonderful life-long memories!

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Cañon City royal gorge bridge

Cañon City

Travel to Cañon City, Colorado

Tucked into the folds and bluffs of the Arkansas Valley in south central Colorado, Cañon City boasts the nickname of “The Climate Capital of Colorado” due to the mild climate. The relaxed pace of the region’s quaint small towns, spectacular scenery, year-round outdoor activities, The Royal Gorge Park & Bridge, and The Arkansas River, which flows through the region, make this the perfect vacation destination. Request a FREE Vacation Guide.

Favorite Things to Do in the Royal Gorge Region

  • Royal Gorge Bridge and Park – a must-see and do experience. Cross America’s highest suspension bridge and participate in the other features offered at the park.
  • Whitewater rafting through the Royal Gorge Canyon – a very popular way to see and experience all the wonders of the Royal Gorge Canyon and the Arkansas River.
  • Jeep Tours – The Royal Gorge Region is an amazing place to travel through. Featuring a high alpine desert landscape and a plethora of off-road routes.
  • Royal Gorge Scenic Train – climb onboard the original transcontinental passenger train from the early 1900s.
  • The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – voted “Best Front Range Tasting Room” by Colorado Vine. The wine-tasting room is open daily.
  • Mountain Biking & Hiking – are understated activities but many exceptional miles of trails await.

Cañon City Downtown Canon City

About Canon City and Regional Attractions

Family fun starts with a memorable ride on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, one of the most scenic train rides in the world. The historic tracks follow the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge Canyon, with views of the bridge from below. The whole family will enjoy exploring the unique rock formations and historic dinosaur sites. Leisure seekers will delight in the one-of-a-kind galleries, renowned antiquing, wine tasting, golfing, and fishing.

Cañon City is home to The Royal Gorge, which has a width of 50 feet at the base of the gorge and a few hundred feet at its top, with a depth of 1,200 feet; the 10-mile-long canyon is a stunning natural wonder. 1929, one of the world’s highest suspension bridges was built over the Grand Gorge. The Royal Gorge Bridge has a quarter-mile long span and hangs 1,053 feet above the gorge. The bridge is one of Colorado’s most popular attractions.

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Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain, Co. – More Than a World-Class Ski Resort

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209 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain, CO 80443

While Copper is best known as a world-class ski area and snowboard park, guests also enjoy the resort’s intimate, pedestrian-only villages, which offer restaurants, family-friendly activities, shopping, and comfortable lodging, all within walking distance to the lifts.  Copper Mountain is conveniently located just 75 miles west of Denver in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and offers nearby access to snowmobile tours, dog-sledding, and shopping just six miles away in Frisco.  Copper’s naturally-divided terrain provides the perfect place to learn or hone your skiing or riding skills.  With over 140 trails, 23 lifts, 2,465 acres of skiable terrain, and a mountain peak height of 12,313, Copper Mountain is a local’s favorite on a powder day or any day.

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Copper Mountain

Summer Time at the Ski Area

Nestled in the White River National Forest, Copper Mountain ski resort transforms into a summer vacation playground for the whole family. Popular attractions include:

The Rocky Mountain Coaster – Cruise through the forest on a tracked coaster. 5,800 feet long in fact and maxes out at 25 miles per hour. The longest North American alpine coaster. Something you don’t want to miss.

Copper Creek Golf – Experience golfing with the stunning Ten Mile Range backdrop. Outstanding service and prices that will keep you coming back. Season passes are available.

Mountain Biking at the Resort – A mountain biking paradise. From long rides into the Rockies to some of the best lift-service single track in Colorado. A Bike Haul is offered for those seeking more of a downhill adventure. Check out the cross country trails near Copper Mountain Resort. These trails provide access to spectacular trails throughout Summit County.

Popular Cross-Country Mountain Bike Trails:

  • Wheeler Trail – 10.3-mile point to point
    A classic alpine single track with several miles over 12,000 feet. It’s popular to start from the McCullough Road trailhead and end at Copper Mountain. Enjoy amazing views of Quandary Peak and Gorge Range along the way.
  • Colorado Trail – Copper Mountain to Searle Pass – 19.3 miles round trip
    Start right at the base of Copper Mountain and top out at 12,044 feet. Best during late summer when all the high-elevation snow has melted. Climb through alpine meadows with expansive views.
  • Friso 20 Loop – 19.9-mile loop
    A classic ride that connects Copper with Frisco on a mix of roads and trails. The loop combines sections of the Wheeler Trail, the Colorado Trail, and the Peaks Trail. Giving you a little bit of everything, including 3,000 feet of climbing.

There’s more at Copper Mountain Resort

They have scheduled year-round events such as music, art, or yoga retreats. Fun parks for kids and young adults. An assortment of spas, shopping, and dining. You can surely find a mountain vacation experience to satisfy the whole group.



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Castle Rock Colorado

Castle Rock

Things To Do in Castle Rock

It’s easy to see how Castle Rock got its name when one spies the castle-shaped butte towering high above the town center. The town’s history is also easily visible in the original, well-preserved homes, cafés, and churches throughout the area. Many of these were built using the unusual rhyolite stone that originally attracted the settlers who founded the town in the mid-to-late 18th century. Prior to their arrival, the area was occupied by Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indian tribes. Today, nearly 60,0000 people call Castle Rock home.

With roots in mining and railroads, this affluent town offers an updated taste of the Old West. It boasts a historic downtown area, 265 acres of parks, and 44 miles of trails.  Castle Rock, easily accessible by Interstate 25, is home to the Outlets at Castle Rock (the largest open-air outlet center in the State) and is the seat of Douglas County.  The town encompasses 33 square miles and sits in the East Plum Creek Valley at the base of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 6,202 feet.

With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Castle Rock is a safe and welcoming place to enjoy the brisk Colorado air year round.

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Indoor Activities

Colorado Indoors

Here in Colorado, we are lucky enough to enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year. Combined with our state’s incredible beauty, that means Colorado is comfortably in possession of some great outdoor activity options. But on those days when it’s raining, snowing, or you don’t feel like facing Mother Nature, Colorado also has some fun and exciting indoor attractions as well.

If You’re Looking for Family-Friendly Fun…

Trying to keep the little ones entertained when the weather isn’t being cooperative can be tough, but in Colorado, your options for fun are just as plentiful as if it were a sunny day. For active adventure, try an indoor ski and snowboard park, which can help kids learn to handle themselves on the slopes no matter what the time of year. Some popular ones include Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park in Boulder, and Woodward at Copper Mountain Ski Resort. There’s also the tempting call of indoor amusement parks, like Bananas Fun Park in Grand Junction, or Lollipop Park in Centennial, which has indoor rides like a carousel, teacup ride, and train rides, as well as other fun attractions like a house of mirrors, a bouncy castle, and a snack bar. Look out for indoor swimming pools in your area as well, many of Rec Centers have kid-designated swimming areas and even waterslides.

If You’re Looking to Experience Nature Indoors…

So maybe you’re still trying to get on Mother Nature’s good side, even if you don’t want to be out in her backyard. Colorado has lots of indoor activities that involve nature, and you can check them out next time you’re in the mood. The Botanic Gardens in Denver have a beautiful indoor conservatory filled with tropical plants, winding walkways, and even some critters like frogs and birds. In Westminster, the Butterfly Pavilion is an incredible way to not only learn about butterflies, but also get up close and personal with them. The pavilion even offers low sensory mornings for visitors with special needs who might be overwhelmed by regular admission hours. Another great way to experience nature from the safety of an enclosed building is at the downtown Aquarium, located in Denver, where you can get up close and personal with lots of marine wildlife and learn about their habitats. 

If You’re Looking for Action…

Indoor climbing and bouldering gyms can be found all over the state of Colorado, so no matter where you are and what the weather’s like, there’s an opportunity for you to train on a wide variety of routes of varying skill levels. Being stuck indoors is also no excuse not to be able to practice your moves for the ski slopes, no matter the time of year. SNÖBAHN Indoor Ski + Snowboard Center in Centennial and Woodward at Copper Mountain both offer year round indoor ski and snowboard opportunities, whether you’re looking for lessons or just need to tune up your skills before the temperature drops and the resorts open for the season. Indoor ice complexes offer a great opportunity to go ice skating or play hockey year round, and indoor swimming pools mean you can break out that bikini no matter the weather. At Spin City in Grand Junction, you can roller skate with friends or family to a loud and fun soundtrack. Looking for even more of a thrill? Try indoor skydiving at iFLY Denver, where you’ll float and soar on a column of pressurized air, or indoor go-kart racing at Unser Racing. For some all ages fun that will bring you back to your childhood (and most likely leave you breathless), check out Jump Street, where you’ll find over twenty thousand square feet of wall to wall trampolines.

If You’re Looking to Play Games…

Arcades are definitely a fun way to spend a rainy day or an otherwise boring evening. Grab a craft beer and get nostalgic as you play Pacman or Skeeball at The 1-Up in Denver, or try some new age Virtual Reality games at the VR Arcade in Breckenridge. For a little bit more of a mind workout, grab some friends and sign up for an Escape Room. These challenging puzzles test your ability to work under pressure as you work together to try and escape an enclosed space, and they’re offered all over the state, from Colorado’s biggest cities to some of our smaller mountain towns. Maybe you’re looking for a different type of game: the kind where the stakes are high and the atmosphere is electric. In that case, head on over to one of the many casinos in Colorado to try your luck. 

If You’re Looking for Art and Culture…

There’s no shortage of museums in Colorado. In Denver alone, there’s the Museum of nature and Science, the Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the History Colorado Center, the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and the Forney Museum of Transportation, just to name a few. But there are also great museums all over the Centennial State, and they cover a huge variety of subject matter. In Durango, you’ll find the Durango Cannabis Discovery Center, which details the rise of the cannabis industry in Colorado and around the world, and educates visitors on the production and history of marijuana. In Silverton, the Mining Heritage Museum and 1902 Jail offers an insightful look at the lives of miners during the Colorado Gold Rush. For a different look at history, try the Summit Ski Exhibit in Breckenridge or the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame in Vail to learn about the Rockies as a ski destination and the rise of snow sports in general. And we haven’t even mentioned the art galleries in Colorado, where you can find incredible souvenirs and look at art, ceramics, jewelry, and other amazing visual creations made by both local and nationally recognized artists. Who knows? Looking at all these exhibits and art might even spark some creativity in you, in which case you might want to check out some of the painting and ceramics studios in Colorado, where you can create your own.

If You’re Looking To See How It’s Made…

Some of the incredible products and resources you use every day are made right here in Colorado, and many of those facilities offer tours so you can get a good look at exactly how they do it. Visit the US Mint in Denver to learn about the production of coins and money, or check out the Celestial Seasonings factory in Boulder to learn about how they make their world famous herbal tea. At the Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour in Silverton, you can learn about production from a more historical standpoint, and see how miners searched for gold in the caverns they dug through the mountains. Then, of course, there’s the booze. Colorado is a major destination when it comes to craft beer, and many of the breweries throughout the state offer detailed tours of their brewing facilities. There’s Coors in Golden, which is undoubtedly the largest of Colorado’s breweries, but also other options like New Belgium in Fort Collins, which makes the popular Fat Tire amber ale, and other, smaller breweries which offer tours as well. (Most offer samples of their product, too!) Also make sure to check out some of the distilling operations in Colorado, like Breckenridge Distillery, or Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery, both of which offer great tours.

If You’re Looking to Relax…

Check out some of the amazing spas in Colorado, many of which are conveniently located in resort towns, so if you’re already on vacation and looking for a day away from the cold of the slopes, you’ll have easy access. Treat yourself to a massage, a facial, body scrub, or other treatment to rejuvenate yourself and feel like a whole new you. If you were hoping to check out some of the hot springs in Colorado, then you’re also in luck, because the weather doesn’t need to get you down. There are several indoor hot springs options, like the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, which boasts the largest indoor hot springs in North America. For another unique way to relax, try a float studio, where you’ll float weightless in salt water with complete sensory deprivation to allow your mind to fully relax in a way like no other.

If You’re Looking to Watch a Game…

Colorado happens to be home to several professional sports teams, and some of those teams play indoors. The Denver Nuggets (basketball) regular season usually runs from October through April, and tickets to their games at Pepsi Center are pretty easy to come by. Also playing at Pepsi Center are the Colorado Avalanche, the NHL hockey team, and the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team. But if you’re not in Denver, there’s also plenty of college and regional sporting events that take place indoors. For an exciting way to spend an evening, check the local calendar for events and tournaments, or seek out your area’s local roller derby team.

If You’re Looking to be Entertained…

Catch a live show, whether it’s from the Colorado Symphony or a nationally touring musical theatre production, from one of the many great performing arts centers in Colorado. Colleges, high schools, and community theaters put on some stellar productions throughout the year that won’t break the bank. On a similar note, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out some of the live music opportunities in Colorado; we have tons of great music venues, from dive bars to stadiums, that bring the absolute best in both local talent and internationally-known artists. For something a little more low key, take in a movie at one of Colorado’s theaters, where you can sit back with a big tub of popcorn and watch the latest blockbuster or independent film.

If You’re Looking to Enjoy a Meal or a Drink…

Restaurants in Colorado offer a wide variety of delicious food options. Foodwise, we’re particularly well known for the spicy green chile that is served both as a soup and also smothered over practically everything, as well as for Colorado lamb and bison, but restaurants in the Centennial state are much more diverse than that. You’ll find amazing burgers, steakhouses, seafood, and international offerings on the table, in a variety of environments from casual to fine dining. And make sure you wash that meal down with a fantastic drink. Colorado is an absolute mecca when it comes to craft beer, with more than three hundred individual breweries including four of the top 50 breweries in the country. We’ve also got some prime distilleries, so make sure to add those to your list as well. Relaxing with friends over a flight of beer, or savoring the taste of a mixed drink handcrafted from the best Colorado-made whiskey, is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend an evening, especially when it’s accompanied by a great meal and better company.

So this year when the temperature drops, or in the spring when the rainy season’s got you down, take heart in the fact that your day doesn’t have to be ruined. Colorado has so many great and fun indoor activity options just waiting for you to discover them.

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South Park

South Park, Colorado

Perched high in the Colorado Rockies, South Park Colorado is a microcosm of Western history.  From deep canyons to vast grasslands to snowy peaks and alpine meadows, this compelling basin is home to the nation’s highest incorporated town, gold mines, cattle ranches, and mountain passes.  As one of only 49 National Heritage Areas in the United States, South Park offers a rare glimpse of pioneer life at high altitudes during the settlement of the American West.

This region is a landscape rich with heritage and attracts individuals who value Western authenticity.  Some ranches have been operated for five generations by the same family.  As they have for centuries, residents still depend on the land for their livelihood, recreation, and quality of life.  As other places lose their inherent charm, South Park becomes a more engaging destination.


South Park Heritage

South Park boasts an array of nationally significant artifacts that reflect different aspects of this country’s heritage.  The basin’s high peaks, clear streams, and copious wildlife embody the resources that sustained the native people and attracted settlers west.  Hundreds of historic sites and structures still remain 150 years after the development of early mining, railroading, and ranching at 10,000 feet.  Local events celebrate the lives of early pioneers in this area.  Together, these resources and traditions evoke images of the struggle for prosperity that played out within the ring of mountains that define Colorado’s largest mountain park.

Park County Courthouse

Seven years after Fairplay became the county seat in 1867, the old Park County Courthouse was built of native sandstone in the Italianate style.  Along with the adjacent stone jail, this building witnessed a parade of the famous, the notorious, and the ordinary.  Known as the “hanging court,” decisions made here had a profound impact on Colorado case law.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it now serves as a public library and is one of 12 properties showcased in the Fairplay Historic Walking Tour brochure.

Boreas Pass Section House

Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Boreas Pass Section House was built in 1882 to house railroad workers on the Denver, SP & Pacific Railroad Highline Route between Como and Breckenridge.  Next to the Section House, the 1860s Wagon Cabin was built when this route was a mere wagon trail over the Continental Divide.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these structures now serve as a visitor center and museum during summer and a backcountry ski hut during winter.

More About South Park Colorado

Perhaps you’re curious about the more modern attraction, the cartoon South Park. What does this area of Colorado have to do with the cartoon anyway? One can really only speculate on the subject. Perhaps these two places (one real, the other fictional) have nothing to do with one another. It’s just a mere coincidence that they bear similar names. However, it’s also possible that there’s more to it than mere coincidence. One similarity that stands out is that the historical South Park was outlandish, full of ironies and scandal. This is also true about the cartoon. Learn more about South Park, Fairplay, and Conifer, Colorado. Some interesting connections between them might satisfy your curiosity.

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Highway US 24 Corridor

Transcontinental Highway of 1926 – US 24

U.S. Hwy 24 or Route 24 is one of the original transcontinental highways of 1926. Initially, it started at Pontiac, Michigan in the east and headed west, and terminated at Kansas City, Missouri. Today US 24 runs from Independence Township, Michigan at an intersection with I-75, and terminates at Minturn, Colorado at an intersection with I-70.

When the US highway system was started in 1926, US Route 24 in Colorado was called US 40S. This highway started in Grand Junction and proceeded west along the current I-70 route to Minturn. Then proceeded to the current route to Limon. From Limon, it proceeded to the Kansas border and was called US 40N. The US 40S and US 40N, west and east of Limon respectively received US 24 designation in 1936; however, in 1975 when US 24 was extended west from Kansas City, Missouri. The stretch between Grand Junction and Minturn was decommissioned.

Looking back on the naming and development of US Route 24 and how this transitioned into other major highways is confusing, to say the least; however, it does let us know that US 24 was an important highway in terms of western migration and the development of west/central United States.

Telegraph Road

Dixie Highway in Pontiac, Michigan, and Laskey Road in Toledo, Ohio, denote a section of highway that was known as Telegraph Road. This telling name came about before the highway even existed after the telegraph wires which ultimately ran parallel to the route. US Route 24 was the western edge of Telegraph Road that ran through Detroit. Mark Knopfler of the Dire Straits even wrote the song “Telegraph Road”, which is the story of the development and decay of this highway.


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Palisade, Colorado


Palisade, Colorado

A town in Mesa County, Colorado. Palisade, part of the Grand Junction Metropolitian statistical area, and named for the cliffs near town. Palisade is most famous for delicious peaches and wine vineyards. Although that’s what Palisade is known for, this small town on Colorado’s western slope embodies all of what Colorado is about. Palisade’s nearly central location but lower elevation of 4,728 feet makes it an area with warmer year-round temperatures, a longer growing season, yet close to skiinig and other mountain attractions.

This historical farming community has kept pace with the rest of Colorado. Attractions like rafting, skiing, mountain biking and a variety of farm tours are all right around the corner in Palisade. Colorado National Monument, Tillman Bishop State Wildlife Area, Grand Mesa National Forest, and a variety of parks are all accesible from Palisade.

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