There are countless outdoor activities in Summit County for all ages and activity levels. It might be overwhelming, leaving you feeling like you can’t get it all in during your time here. Don’t rely on a travel blogger to give you this information. Our staff lives and works here in Summit. When our own family and friends visit, we want to show them the best our mountains have to offer and here are our Top 10 Summit County summer activities for 2021.
- Summit Water Taxi: A hidden gem activity that you may not even hear about. Board the Summit Water Taxi at either the Frisco or Dillon Marina. Make a one-way or round trip across the beautiful blue waters of Lake Dillon.
- Vail Pass Bike Shuttle: The most beautiful stretch of rec path in the county is one that almost any ability level can enjoy. A shuttle will take your group and the bikes to the summit of Vail Pass. From there it’s an easy 14-mile ride almost entirely downhill, a gentle decent that allows riders to enjoy the incredible views and stop for perfect photo ops.
- Gondola Rides: The gondolas are open in both Breckenridge and Keystone. The Breckenridge Gondola is free. The Keystone Gondola is $33 for adults and $20 for children. Both offer beautiful views, but the Keystone Gondola offers a more panoramic scene when it reaches the top of Dercum Mountain at 11,640 feet.
- Sapphire Point: The most scenic overlook in Summit County is easily accessible, even to those who want to see it from a wheelchair or other non-motorized support. The overlook faces west across Lake Dillon toward the Ten Mile Range. Be sure to take a bag of sunflower seeds! The Sapphire Point residents will demand to be fed! Sapphire Point is on our Easy Hikes list, but truly is more of a stroll than a hike.
- Isak the Troll: Too huge and lovable to be missed! Isak the Troll sits at the end of the Trollstigen Trail in Breckenridge at the far upper left corner of the ice rink parking lot. The trail is short and sweet and easily accessible for almost anyone.
- SUP, kayak or canoe on Lake Dillon: Rent your choice of watercraft (including pontoon boats) at either the Frisco or Dillon Marina. The cost is affordable and the experience is priceless.
- Main Street Shopping: Both Breckenridge and Frisco have world-class Main Streets with one-of-a-kind shops, casual and fine dining, photo ops and beautiful mountain backdrops. While Breckenridge has a longer Main Street and a larger number of businesses, Frisco’s Main Street is easier to access with fewer crowds. Visit both if time allows.
- Scenic Drives and Overlooks: From Breckenridge, go east on Boreas Pass Rd and drive up as far as you’d like to go- in the summer you can drive all the way to Fairplay. Boreas Pass starts near the ice rink in Breckenridge where you’ll also find the High Line Railroad Park (fun for all ages with photo ops galore). Drive just a bit further down Boreas Pass and find the outdoor Sawmill museum. As you climb further up Baldy Mountain on Boreas Pass, you’ll come upon some beautiful overlooks of the town of Breckenridge and the Ten Mile Range. The higher up, the better the views. Find even more relics and learn about Breckenridge mining history with the interpretive signs.
- Picnic on the Blue: Pack your own or get takeout from one of the many restaurants in Summit County and find a quiet spot along the Blue River. There are numerous picnic tables and giant boulders that make great spots for a family picnic while enjoying the soothing sounds of the Blue River.
- Rafting: Just look at the photos and you’ll see huge smiles on everyone’s faces. Choose a mild float trip or a thrilling white water adventure. The guides at Performance Tours will take care of your group every splash of the way.
Our staff is always happy to any questions and share tips about Summit County with our guests. We want our guests to feel like they have a friend in town. Book one of our properties for your Summit County stay today or give us a call at (970) 968-8005.