Have Fun in ‘Colorado’s Playground’

Play, then stay at Mountain River Lodge. We’re just over an hour scenic drive from the acclaimed outdoor recreation area of Summit County, nicknamed ‘Colorado’s Playground.’  Summit County is home to three world-class ski resorts, mountain lakes, Gold Rush history, and year-round alpine activities. Come and play in the winter and summer.  There’s something for everyone.  Our staff will help you find the right activities for you or your group. Please contact us today.

Summit County

Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Summit County encompasses the recreational towns of Breckenridge, Keystone, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne, and Copper Mountain. People come from all over the world to experience a multitude of year-round activities in Summit County.

Winter Activities

During the winter months, Summit County is ‘the’ destination for ski enthusiasts. The world-class ski and snowboarding slopes of Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper annually attract thousands of skiers.  And if racing down an icy mountain isn’t your thing in the winter, no worries, choose from snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, soaking in a hot tub or sipping cocoa around a roaring fire.

Summer Activities

The fun doesn’t stop during the summer months in Summit County. Ski resorts transform into summer playgrounds. Some say it’s their favorite time to visit.  Summit County has a variety of golf courses, miles of biking and hiking trails, scenic lifts and gondola rides, mountain lake kayaking and sailing, horseback riding, zip lining, and alpine slides. Come escape the heat of summer, it’s always cooler in the mountains.

About the Towns in Summit County, Colorado

Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge (locals call the town ‘Breck’) is the largest historically preserved the gold rush town in Colorado, built in 1859.  And yes, home to the famous Breckenridge Ski Resort. Historic Main Street is lined with colorfully painted Victorian-era housing, shops, galleries, and restaurants.  Get the full town history narrative by going to the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance where you’ll find a multitude of town museums and tours.

Frisco, Colorado
A quaint old mining town, that still showcases buildings from the 1880s.  Take an enjoyable shopping stroll down Main Street lined with stores, galleries, and restaurants.  Make sure you visit the Frisco Historic Park and Museum for a one of a kind experiential history lesson.  Then hop over to Frisco Bay Marina to enjoy a lakeside lunch, spectacular mountain lake views, and non-motorized boating fun.

Dillon, Colorado
Located on the shores of Lake Dillon, this small town has a lot to offer. A perfect place to begin your visit is at the Marina Park where there’s a playground for the kids, shaded picnic tables and spectacular views of the lake.  Don’t miss the Friday Farmers Market, Dillon Summer Concert Series, boating at Dillon Lake      Marina, a bike ride or leisurely walk along the lakeshore recreational path.

Keystone, Colorado
Known to have a low-key family atmosphere and home to the popular Keystone Ski Resort. Keystone Resort opened in 1970 with 500 acres and $5 lift tickets. Today it ranks as one of the largest ski areas in Colorado offering terrain for all levels and summer activities abound.

Silverthorne, Colorado
The busy town of Silverthorne is located right off highway 70 and offers travelers a place to stock up on gas, groceries, eat at big chain restaurants, go to a movie theater and shop at the Outlets at Silverthorne. Get off the main commercial drag of Blue River Parkway (Highway 9) and you’ll find lakes, golf courses, and plenty of mountain trails to explore.  A special note for the angler, don’t miss the Blue River, it winds its way through the length of the Town of Silverthorne and is a registered “Gold Medal” water.

Copper Mountain, Colorado
This popular ski resort opened in 1972 and buzzes with family ski activity in the winter. Removed from the other Summit County towns it makes its own fun in the   Center Village where you’ll find concerts, Colorado’s largest climbing wall, boating, biking, zip lining, go-karting, and don’t miss the Rocky Mountain Coaster.

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