Summit County: Places to Explore


  • Arapahoe Basin

    Arapahoe Basin was the first ski area to be built in Summit County. It has changed—but not too much—since its construction in the 1940s, and most of A-Basin's dedicated skiers like it that way. It's America's... Read more

  • Breckenridge

    Breckenridge was founded in 1859, when gold was discovered in the surrounding hills. For the next several decades the town's fortunes rose and fell as its lodes of gold and silver were discovered and exhausted... Read more

  • Copper Mountain

    Once little more than a series of strip malls, Copper Mountain is now a thriving resort with a bustling base. The resort's heart is a pedestrian-only village anchored by Burning Stones Plaza, which is... Read more

  • Dillon

    Dillon can't seem to sit still. Founded in 1883 as a stagecoach stop and trading post for men working in the mines, Dillon has had to pack up and move three times since. It was first relocated to be closer... Read more

  • Frisco

    Keep going past the hodgepodge of strip malls near the interstate and you'll find that low-key Frisco has a downtown district trimmed with restored B&Bs. The town is removed from the ski lifts, but... Read more

  • Keystone

    One of the region's most laid-back destinations, Keystone is understandably popular with families, and as the state's only large resort to offer seasonal night skiing (with lifts running until 8 pm), has... Read more

  • Leadville

    Sitting in the mountains at 10,152 feet, Leadville is America's highest incorporated city. The 70 square blocks of Victorian architecture and adjacent mining district hint at its past as a rich silver-mining... Read more