Don’t Let the Rains Get You Down!
Posted by: admin July 16th, 2014
The weather in the high country can be unpredictable to say the least. But, one thing that is pretty much a constant each summer is monsoon season. Typically occurring mid-July through mid-August, heavy rains, thunder and lightning can be expected each afternoon in Summit County, but don’t let your stay at our Frisco bed & breakfast be affected by this natural phenomenon – you just need to plan your day accordingly.
A healthy monsoon season helps to keep mountainsides moist and green, marinas operating on comfortable lake levels and the chance of wildfires at a minimum. Even with all of the snow that we received over the winter months, most people do not know that summer rains account for much of Colorado’s precipitation during the year. Caused by southerly winds that bring moisture up from the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, rains typically dry out as we head into the fall months.
So, what do you do with all of this information? Well, monsoon season (and heavy winter snowpack) has helped Dillon Reservoir reach 99% of its capacity, up by 4% over this time last year, and 2% over its historic median capacity. And, just a short walk from our Frisco bed & breakfast, the Dillon Reservoir and Dillon Marina are great places to spend your pre-monsoon days. Plan an early start to your days and be off the water by noontime. Most storms will blow in after that. While the storms are often very short lived (one to two hours), they can sometimes last into the evening hours, but typically reside by nightfall.
World-class sailing, boat rentals, fishing or just relaxing in the morning sun are a few of the activities to partake in at the Dillon Reservoir. You might even get lucky with a fast-rolling storm, so plan to take shelter at Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar while enjoying a frosty microbrew and some fresh lunch from the lakeside grill.
If hiking is your thing, there are many popular, challenging and beautifully rugged areas to explore around our Frisco bed & breakfast. Some favorites are Rainbow Lake, North Ten Mile, the Rec Path to Breckenridge or Dillon and Meadow Creek/Lilly Pad. But, again, remember to get an early start and be below treeline by noontime. Monsoon season rains can come with heavy rains, thunder and of course, lightning.
If the rains do last through the afternoon, and you don’t have a problem getting a little wet, there are plenty of other “non-active” things to do near our Frisco bed & breakfast. Historic Walking Tours and the Historic Park and Museum are great ways to get a glimpse of the history and experience that the first settlers lived in Frisco during the 1800s. Other monsoon-related activities may include visiting Frisco’s library, go window shopping on Main Street, check out the glass blowing demonstrations at Gatherhouse and take the free Summit Stage transportation system to see the rest of Summit County.
So, as you can see, visiting our Frisco bed & breakfast during monsoon season can be just as rewarding as any other time of year! In fact, our deluxe rooms and cottages, coupled with our breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d’ouvres, can set you up perfectly for a relaxing and enjoyable day without ever leaving the confines of our Summit County lodging.