With its stunning Rocky Mountain peaks, from Tenmile Range to Mount Quandary, Colorado is a prime destination for vacationers exploring the great outdoors. Summit County boasts legendary destinations with various activities and is home to four of Colorado's most beloved mountain towns—Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Frisco, and Keystone. Whether you're looking for world-class skiing, summertime fun at Lake Dillion, or a chance to get away from it all, Summit County has what you need.
Ski Summit County: Experience the Best of Colorado with Natural Retreats
Breckenridge, known affectionately by locals as “Breck,” is easily one of the most iconic ski destinations in the heart of Summit County—with good reason. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains with five peaks, 187 trails, and an average annual snowfall of 300 inches, Breckenridge Ski Resort is one of the most renowned ski areas in the world. But that’s not all. This resort also has groomed slopes for a more relaxed experience and bunny hills for beginners.
Places of Interest
Main Street: Known for its relaxed atmosphere, this historic area allows visitors to explore the area's best boutiques and art galleries. Pair meals crafted from locally-sourced ingredients with craft beer at eateries along Main Street.
Iowa Hill Boarding House: Founded as a mining town in 1859, Breckenridge has preserved its past and proudly celebrates it with places like the Iowa Hill Boarding House. Take a leisurely hike on the Iowa Hill Loop to experience an 1800s mine site with well-preserved mining machinery.
Blue River: South of Breckenridge near Hoosier Pass, the northern section of the Blue River has a reputation for “monster-sized” trout. Ideal for anglers searching for a challenge, the running water tests skills as you embark on fly-fishing excursions in the summer and ice-fishing in the winter.
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Experience Copper Mountain
Just 75 miles west of Denver is Copper Mountain, an incredible resort town bursting with year-round adventure and family-friendly fun. Located at one of the highest points of the Rockies in Colorado, Copper Mountain Resort sits at over 12,400 feet and boasts more than 2,400 acres of rolling slopes. With nearly 360-degree views separated by three peaks—Tucker Mountain, Copper Mountain, and Union Peak—this area is known for its naturally divided terrain, making it easy for people of all skill levels to enjoy themselves.
Places of Interest
Village Center: In the heart of Copper Mountain Resort is Center Village—a social mecca filled with restaurants, nightlife, and plenty of year-round activities. Climb one of the largest outdoor climbing walls in Colorado, cool off with bumper boats at West Lake, ride one of North America’s longest alpine coasters, or enjoy après ski drinks at the Ten Mile Tavern.
Indian Hot Springs: For those who prefer a relaxed experience, Indian Hot Springs is less than an hour away and provides a rejuvenating mineral water pool, geo-thermal caves, and more. Enjoy nature’s beauty without having to exert too much energy! For even more pampering, check out luxurious spas and wellness centers like Copper Mountain Spa.
*Note: Indian Hot Springs is clothing optional on certain days in certain areas.
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Frisco is a small, but mighty town. It’s a mere 1.8 square miles long! Affectionately called “Main Street of the Rockies” for its charming downtown trails, Frisco is surrounded by beautiful public lands accented with the picturesque Lake Dillion. Located less than 30-minutes from six of Colorado’s world-class ski resorts—including Copper Mountain (7 minutes), Breckenridge Ski Resort (15 minutes), Loveland Ski Area (20 minutes), Keystone (20 minutes), Arapahoe Basin (24 minutes), and Vail Mountain (30 minutes)—this quaint mountain town is popular with skiers from around the world. Consider this your go-to home base for exploring all that Summit County offers.
Ski Arapahoe Basin
Places of Interest
Frisco Adventure Park: Located amid stunning alpine peaks and forests, Frisco Adventure Park offers something for everyone. Choose from outdoor adventures that include snow tubing, beginner ski/rider hill, skateboarding, disc golf, and miles and miles of hiking and biking trails near White River National Forest. Make your way to Frisco Adventure Park for experiences that will last a lifetime.
Lake Dillion: At the crystalline Lake Dillon, visitors can enjoy world-class fishing, boating, kayaking, and other fun water activities. Hikers will not be left wanting either—nearby Frisco Mountain Trail affords sweeping vistas while offering a challenging summit experience. Frisco is also home to a fantastic selection of restaurants and bars that perfectly round out a day exploring Summit County.
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With its year-round outdoor activities and vibrant mountain town atmosphere, Keystone is an ideal destination for travelers seeking adventure and relaxation in a picturesque setting. Nestled at 9,280 feet above sea level, Keystone Ski Resort is home to two incredible mountain peaks offering terrain for all levels of skiers and boarders, including 3,100 acres of ski terrain spread across three mountains—Dercum Mountain, North Peak, and The Outback—with 140 trails serviced by 20 lifts.
Places of Interest
Nordic Center: Get ready to experience the beauty and adventure of Keystone’s Nordic Center! Nestled among breathtaking snow-capped mountains, Keystone provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for skate-skiing, classic cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. With more than 10 miles of groomed ski trails and nearly 25 miles of backcountry trails throughout the White River National Forest, this Nordic Center is a prime spot for all your winter sports passions.
Keystone Resort Golf Courses: This spectacular 36-hole golf facility in Keystone Resort offers two distinct courses to suit every level. The River Course is an 18-hole championship course designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and presents challenges for golfers of all abilities. The Keystone Ranch course is a par 72 that winds through the magnificent pine forests of the region and provides exciting gameplay.
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The mountains in Summit County offer something that can’t be found anywhere else in Colorado—or the world. Natural Retreats offers a diverse collection of vacation home rentals—including alpine chalets, family lodges, spectacular Victorian homes, and stunning downtown condos/townhomes.
So, grab your skis (or hiking boots) and head off for an unforgettable experience in Colorado's beautiful Summit County. Book with Natural Retreats today!
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