Top 5 Reasons Why Frisco Locals Love Summer
Posted by: admin April 24th, 2015
I am sure you’ve heard the old adage, “winter is great in Summit County, but the summer is why people live here.” For anyone but the locals, it can be hard for “outsiders” to understand how anything could be much better than the epic skiing conditions during the winter months. Well, as a local, I can tell you with no doubt that the summer months are the reason why I continue to live in Summit County. Summertime is the reason why I put up with the constant clearing of snow from my driveway and the oft times miserable road conditions. Summer is the bane of my Frisco, Colorado existence. So, with that in mind, here are some clear-cut reasons why the summer season in Frisco is so great.
1. Not-To-Miss-Events in Frisco
We already talked about some of the more popular events in June in a previous blog (Run the Rockies, Frisco’s Rockin’ Dock Party, Frisco BBQ Challenge, & Bacon Burner 6K), so here are some other summer events not to miss.
Frisco’s Free Concerts in the Park Series – Every Thursday Night
Kicking of Thursday, June 25th at 5:30pmthe Free Concerts in the Park Series runs every Thursday evening through August 20th at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum Gazebo. These concerts typically feature some of the best up-and-coming musical acts in the Rockies.
Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of July – July 4th – 5th
Kicking off Saturday, July 4th, Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of July party lasts all weekend with a pancake breakfast, Main Street parade, a great line-up of musical acts, and of course, an amazing display of fireworks over Lake Dillon. For a full schedule of events, click here.
The 2nd Annual Frisco Triathlon – July 18th
The Frisco Triathlon features a myriad of events including, stand-up-paddle boarding, mountain biking and trail running. For more information, click here.
Art on Main Street – August 8th – 9th
Some of the nation’s best artists line Main Street Frisco to display and sell their quality art pieces. For more information, click here.
Run the Rockies Trail Race
The follow up to June’s Run the Rockies, the Trail Race 10k and Half Marathon will meander through the Frisco Peninsula trails. Great for a first time half-marathoner, the race will start and finish at the Frisco Day Lodge. Click here for more information.
Frisco’s Fall Fest – September 12th
This all-day festival is a combination of activities such as a fun run, live music, food, and lumberjack shows as Main Street transforms into and environmental movement that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy dining, shopping and lodging while you take in the amazing colors of Colorado.
Try your hand at climbing one of our many mountains on two wheels. As tough as the incline is, the more rewarding the rush will be with the downhill portion. Here are some great trails in and around Frisco to tackle.
Beginner trail: Peninsula Loop – this is a short, but not well-maintained single track with the beginner trails clearly marked.
Intermediate trail: Wheeler Loop – from Peaks Trailhead in Frisco, follow Peaks Trail to the Breckenridge trailhead. This journey takes you over the Ten Mile Range with many technical sections and a steep downhill.
Expert Trail: - this 13-mile out & back trail starts under the American Flyer Lift at Copper Mountain, crosses Guller Creek, climbs past Janet’s Cabin and to the summit at mile 6.6. You can turn around there or continue to Kokomo Pass before returning back.
Just like anything else in the Rocky Mountains there are multiple levels of hiking difficulty. But, one thing remains the same – there is nothing comparable to stepping into unknown landscapes on your own two feet. Here are some great hiking trails in and around Frisco.
Beginner Trail: Rainbow Lake – this short and sweet (3 miles out-and-back) locals’ favorite trail is part of the Peaks Trail that ultimately goes all the way to Breckenridge if you choose to. You will meander through wetlands, Aspen trees and lodgepole pines until you arrive at Rainbow Lake’s beaver pond.
Intermediate Trail: North Ten Mile Creek Trail – this moderate to more difficult hike traverses two 2-miles to Wilderness Boundary and 3.4 miles to Gore Trail intersection. Multiple opportunities to view beaver ponds, beautiful meadows and snow-capped mountains in the distance are just a few of the benefits of this hike.
Expert Trail: Mount Royal Trail – this 3-mile out-and-back trail is not as easy as it sounds. Don’t be fooled as you cover 1,250 vertical feet in the short two miles to the top of Mount Royal. Spectacular views of Lake Dillon and the Town of Frisco reward those that are able to traverse the summit.
4. Water Sports
When the start starts its massive melt (starting this time of year), “mud season” is officially in effect in the high country. While the idea of mud season may not sound great, it does offer one distinct advantage – white water rafting in Colorado, and Frisco is an excellent starting point for those trips.
Since Frisco is basically in the central part of Colorado, this means that nearby rafting options are plentiful, with four rivers conveniently accessible from our Frisco hotel – the Colorado, Arkansas, Blue, and Clear Creek. There are a multitude of outfitters available for your next trip. Here are a few of our top picks.
Most Convenient: Blue River – perfect for families and groups with varying abilities, a Blue River rafting trip is the most convenient Frisco rafting adventure.
Less Convenient: Clear Creek River – just 45 minutes east of the Frisco Lodge in historic Idaho Springs, the Clear Creek rafting trips typically include options for people of all abilities.
Even Less Convenient (But Awesome): Arkansas River – The Arkansas River is one of the most popular rivers in the world for white water rafting. We say “even less convenient” because to get there you must travel approximately an hour and a half from our Frisco bed & breakfast to get there. But, the rapids on the Arkansas can be mind-blowing to say the least.
Frisco Bay Marina
Located on the shores of the scenic Dillon Reservoir, just a short walk from the Frisco Lodge, the Frisco Bay Marina spans 3,300 acres with 25 miles of shoreline nestled in an awe-inspiring setting that is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks. The marina offers up a plethora of water activities, including boat and paddle sport rentals, a sandy beach and waterside dining. The reservoir also hosts sailing and regattas annually.
Some of the amenities that you might want to take advantage of are; canoe and kayak rentals, stand up paddle board rentals, powerboat and fishing boat rentals, sailboat rentals and lessons, fishing rod rentals, and classic boat tours to name just a few.
Once the ice melts, the Frisco Bay Marina is open until May 17, 2015.
There are three accessible golf courses within driving distance of our Frisco lodging – the Raven Golf Club At Three Peaks, the Breckenridge Golf Club and the Keystone Ranch Golf Course. Whichever you choose for your high country golf excursion, just know that you can typically go a club to a club and a half longer when golfing in the mountains of Colorado than you can at sea level. At over 9,000-feet above sea level, your golf ball will fly further and straighter than at lower elevations because of less air resistance. Check out our previous blog for descriptions of these accessible courses.
So, as you should be able to tell by now, Frisco Colorado is not just a spot for winter enthusiasts. Summertime in this part of the state is truly a spectacular time of year to visit. But, over recent years our little secret has seemed to catch on with tourists as the summer season has become more and more crowded as the years pass. We, here at the Frisco Lodge, advise making reservations for your accommodations sooner than later. You really don’t want to miss out on all of these activities just because you cannot find a place to stay!