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Dillon Reservoir
Dillon Reservoir

Known as “Colorado’s Playground,” Summit County includes the charming and inviting towns of Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Loveland – encompassing a little over 600 square miles in central Colorado. About 1 ½ hours west of Denver along I-70, Breckenridge is technically the county seat and the most popular town in the area, with about 3,500 of the county’s 28,000 residents.

Having said that, all five towns offer incredible craft breweries and restaurants, shopping and plenty of other attractions worth spending a chunk of your summer in Summit County. A free countywide bus service stops at shopping centers, resorts and medical centers, and Breckenridge Free Ride is a city transportation service that will give you free rides around town.

Summit County is a treasure trove for outdoor enthusiasts, with four major ski resorts (Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin), that turn into awesome summer adventure areas as the weather gets warmer. About 80% of the land in Summit County is federal public land, giving you endless opportunities for outdoor recreation like hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing and kayaking. Don’t forget about Lake Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir, which provide ample space for many watersports.

Summit County also offers plenty of cultural and educational opportunities, including historical sites, to art and music festivals and summer farmer’s markets. If you’re more into relaxation, there are plenty of spas, theatre, music, and serene surroundings relax. Shop at some of the best stores in the mountains, take a spirited tour, puff some prime cannabis – all in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

What to Do

  • Frisco Adventure Park

    Make this your base camp for outdoor activities. The bike park has terrain for every skill level- from beginner to expert with slope-style jump trails, a dirt jump park and a pump track for little tykes. Miles of hiking and mountain biking trails meander along the mountainside with a skate park and a disc golf course. You can camp here or just chill out in the 4,000 square foot day lodge. All the facilities are free.

  • Alpenglow Adventures Train Tours

    Get your mellow on and cruise on one of Alpenglow's amazing train tours. You don’t have to do anything but take in the views for 3, 5, 8 or 12-hour adventures around the Rocky Mountain wilderness. They’ll pick you up and return you to your door at most locations in Summit County. You won’t be stuck on the train all day, either. Each tour has a collection of special highlights at stops throughout the tours. Try one of the Georgetown Loop’s special events like the Wine & Cheese Train, the Beer & Brat Train or the Speakeasy Series. Check the website for dates, prices and more information.

  • Brews, Booze and Buds Tour

    There are several Summit County Brewery Tours, but this one is special. Just bring your driver’s license, state ID or Passport, and you’re off to grown-up play land. You’ll get to sample every tasty beer at Frisco Brewery – both the standard and seasonal offerings – then get a pint of your favorite included with the tour. Sing some karaoke in the tour van on the way to the world’s highest distillery, Breckenridge Distillery, before enjoying plenty of free bourbon and vodka samples. Then, it’s back to Frisco to explore the sweet leaf treats available as budtenders answer all your questions, plus get 10% off any purchase. Sound crazy expensive? You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is! Choose from four tour times, with the first one starting at 11:45 am and the last ending at 10:30 pm.

  • The O2 Lounge

    Breckenridge and the other Summit County mountaintop resorts are at high elevations, and visitors not accustomed to the elevation can succumb to altitude sickness more easily than you may think. Altitude sickness is caused by the blood not getting enough oxygen due to the thinner air at high altitudes. Symptoms can include fatigue, nausea, headache and shortness of breath. Spare yourself that uncomfortable experience by stopping by the O2 oxygen bar for a 15, 30 or 45 minute sessions in a comfortable lounge atmosphere with music, TV, comfy couches, snacks and a variety of hot and cold beverages.

  • Adventure Center at Keystone Lake

    Want to cool off? Lakeside Village in Keystone can help you get wet any way you want. Rent kayaks, canoes, SUP boards or a paddleboat, then jump off and swim! Let your inner child out playing arcade games, beanbag toss or a game of giant checkers. Don’t forget to visit the tree house and playground at Decatur Field next door.

  • Spas

    You’ll find any and every kind of spa service in Summit County. Mani/pedis, soothing massages, facials, detoxes, body wraps – even sensory-free float therapy. (Try some sinsemilla with the latter for a trippy experience!)

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Where to Buy Marijuana


Although Breckenridge has always been in the forefront regarding support for overall marijuana laws (both recreational and medical), all four shops have been pushed slightly north of the resort/downtown on Airport Road.

  • Alpenglow Botanicals (Breckenridge, CO)

    Summit County locals, who also happen to own the only grow operation left in Breckenridge, started Alpenglow Botanicals. Their comfortable shop offers more than 30 strains that are grown in smaller batches, ensuring that their customers get premium cannabis each and every time.

  • Breckenridge Organic Therapy (Breckenridge, CO)

    Breckenridge Organic Therapy is another locally owned dispensary that prides itself on quality bud and great customer service. Although on the smaller size, this shop is known in town for providing great prices for many pain management solutions.

  • Organix (Breckenridge, CO)

    Organix is the only Breckenridge location to provide both recreational and medical marijuana to its customers. The shop is very open with beautiful wood floors, which paves the way for a continued positive experience with high-end bud and helpful budtenders. Check out one of their 20 available shelf strains.

Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain & Loveland Ski Resort

There are no dispensaries in close proximity to these resorts, however a quick drive to Silverthorne/Dillon or Frisco (toward Breckenridge) will let you choose between five great options.

  • High Country Healing (Silverthorne, CO)

    With 3 other mountain locations, this recreational and medical dispensary knows what they’re doing. Often praised for their passionate and kind staff, you’ll find over 50 quality strains and store hours that consistently stay open from 9am – 10pm.

  • Alpenglow (Dillon, CO)

    This is Alpenglow’s second location in Summit County. As with their other location, this team prides themselves on a one of a kind “Farm to Flame” experience, meaning everything is locally grown at 9,600 feet above sea level and is exclusive to their two shops.

  • Tumbleweed (Frisco, CO)

    Formerly the site of Herbal Bliss, Tumbleweed has opened their latest shop in the heart of Frisco. Conveniently located off I-70, Tumbleweed is a great stop before adventuring off into the mountains. 


  • Dillon Farmers’ Market

    Gather another kind of green from 9 am to 2 pm on Fridays. This delightful open-air market supplies plenty of fresh produce, flowers, specialty foods, artisans, jewelers, textiles and more. More than 90 vendors make this one of the best markets in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Outlets at Silverthorne

    Stroll along the scenic Blue River through three distinctive shopping villages, each with color-coded roofs – Blue, Red and Green. Get 30-70% off all your favorite brand names, from Columbia to Coach, and pick up a VIP savings card at the welcome center in the Green Village for even more discounts at over 50 stores. There are even student, teacher and senior discounts. At those rates, you could get a summer vacation wardrobe for close to free!

  • Breckenridge Creative Arts

    Explore your artsy side with this collection of studios, performance spaces, galleries, historic landmarks, art cafes and just about any other artistic venue. A wide variety of art mediums and styles are represented, including beading, painting, textiles, printmaking, glasswork, metal smithing, ceramics and so much more. Take classes, attend workshops and special events, or just wander through the decorative plazas and sculpture gardens as you enjoy the beautiful weather surrounded by wonderful art. It’s heaven for your hidden artiste.

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Where to Eat

  • Hearthstone Restaurant

    Find something to celebrate and take a night to dine in high style at this top-notch Victorian-themed restaurant in Breckenridge. Prepare to immerse all your senses in pure deliciousness, because everything here is the best, from the naturally raised beef and game to sustainably caught seafood, and it’s artfully prepared. Choose from almost 200 wines from around the world, and indulge in a decadent dessert. Try the cake & shake: a 4-layer carrot cake (yum) and a Breckenridge Distillery bourbon-vanilla milkshake (double yum!) It’s a little pricey, but it won’t break the bank and it’s worth the splurge. If you’re on a strict budget, you can still get a taste of fine dining at happy hour 4-6 pm in the lounge or on the deck. $5 small plates will satisfy munchies, $3.50 Colorado microbrews will help keep you cool, and $7 cocktails or $9 martinis can make the views even better.

  • Café ProFusion

    This place is small with only seven tables, but the food is really good and it’s probably the best place you can go if you have any kind of food allergies or strict diet. All the food is gluten-free, and there are many vegan and vegetarian options to choose from. The Indian-themed dishes are deliciously spiced, prices are good and the wine list is great.

  • Sunshine Cafe

    A great place to get your grub on after the morning wake and bake, this place serves breakfast and lunch from 7 am to 3 pm. Get fueled up for the day with a hearty breakfast or take a break from your activities and grab a grass-fed, all natural, hormone-free burger for lunch. Take a tip and build your own burger special on Tuesdays.


  • The Bakers’ Brewery

    It's not the kind of baked you might be thinking about, but it’s still pretty good (and you can do that other kind before you go here). This is baked as in fresh bread for killer sandwiches to accompany their great beer selection. Check out one of the weekly events at this Silverthorne pub like Trivia Night, Open Mic, $2 Tuesdays and happy hour starting at 2 pm every day.

  • Absinthe Bar

    This Breckenridge spot "Where adults choose to chill," is open until 11 pm downstairs in the Swiss Haven restaurant. They serve up real absinthe from all over the world, along with Belgian beers and appetizers. Go and get your Hemingway on.

  • Jake’s Dive Bar

    A little Breckenridge hole in the wall with tons of character, $2 bills covering the wall, and a dog named Mad Max. This is where you want to go to throw back some beers in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Watch a game, sing some karaoke, dance or drink at great prices until 2 am.

  • Motherloaded Tavern

    This Copper Canyon joint has weekly events like open mic, trivia on Tuesdays, karaoke and solo musicians during happy hour Thursday thru Sunday and live bands Friday and Saturday nights until 2 am.

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