What's there to do in Summer? 


Concerts at Lake Dillon Amphitheater

My personal favorite! In 2018 the town of Dillon completed the long awaited remodel of the Dillon Amphitheater and it is now one of the most beautiful places to see live music in the country. Concerts typically start around 6 or 7 PM allowing a remarkable view of the sun setting behind Buffalo Mountain contrasted by Lake Dillon and your favorite performer. This venue continues to book more prominent performers such as The String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Del Mccoury. While Dillon Amp doesn't yet have the same notability as nearby Red Rocks, it is just as beautiful and significantly more intimate. Not only that but there are free concerts almost every week throughout the Summer. Check the schedule here: https://dillonamphitheater.com/ 

(When you see me at a show, come say hello and I'll buy you a beer!)


My fiancé Shauna and I waiting for String Cheese Incident to begin last week




This one may seem pretty obvious but we have some of the most beautiful hikes in the state for every difficulty. Our very own Quandary Peak is one of Colorado's 54 "14'ers" and is a great starting point for your first of that list. Located 20 minutes south of Breckenridge is the Quandary trailhead, start early and bring lot's of water. For an easier hike, try Rainbow or Lilly Pad Lake. My personal favorite is Mount Royal which towers above Frisco, this is a short but very difficult hike which is great for a cardio workout before house hunting with me or hitting one of our brewerys.


Mount Royal, Frisco. Once you get to the Summit, traverse the ridge to the east for this lookout point.



Did somebody say "brewery"?

Yes! Summit County is home to 9 amazing craft brewers. In Breckenridge you will find Broken Compass brewing which is a great stop on your bike ride from Frisco. Additionally, we have the nationally distributed Breckenridge Brewery and Pub located in it's original Main Street home. My personal favorite is Highside Brewing in Frisco but if you're hungry I highly recommend The Bakers' Brewery in Silverthorne for both delicious food and drinks.


Let's not forget a shoutout to the two distilleries in Summit County, Breckenridge Distillery and the newly opened Rising Sun Distillery.


Check out this massive 3LB plate of Nacho's at Dillon Dam Brewery. I recommend the "Here's your Dam IPA"


Bike down Vail Pass

A fun family activity can be had by shuttling bikes to the top of Vail Pass, from there it's an easy downhill ride back to Frisco on the dedicated recreation pathway. You will cruise by Copper Mountain before winding through 10-Mile Canyon. You will need to park one car with bikes at the top of Vail Pass and one car near Frisco Main Street, or call a local bike shop to enlist their professional bike shuttle drivers. Take a look at the video below from Pioneer Sports.


Boating and water sports on Lake Dillon

The towns of Dillon and Frisco have some geographical advantage for summer fun due to their locations bordering Lake Dillon. Both towns have marinas and a respective tiki bar to go with each. Both marinas have boat rentals ranging from paddle boards and kayaks all the way to a boat for you and your friends. Due to the cold water temperature swimming, wake boarding and water skiing are not allowed on Lake Dillon but Frisco Marina has a great beach where you can get your feet wet!




White Water Rafting

The nearby towns of Buena Vista and Salida offer more rafting options than you can count for a quick day trip. As one of the most popular rafting locations in Colorado you will have your pick of guides and you will be back home in Summit County in time for Dinner. For a more adventurous half-day trip, try the Lower Blue River in Silverthorne with KODI Rafting. If you have young children or just want a tame day on the water opt for the Upper Colorado River.




Fly Fishing

Summit County is all about the Blue River and there are plenty of great spots to cast your line. I'm not a fisherman personally but checkout "The Steps" near the Breckenridge Recreation Center or along the Lower Blue River near the Silverthorne outlet malls. If you want to catch rather than fish, hire a local guide to take you through "Jurassic Park" on a drift boat.



Summer Concerts and Festivals

I already mentioned the great concerts at the Dillon Amphitheater but we can't forget to mention the free concerts every Thursday at the Frisco town park, First Friday of the month in Silverthorne at Rainbow Park, and Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. For events our resorts host a little of everything the Breckenridge Wine Classic, Oktoberfest, and even a Mac and Cheese Festival in Copper Mountain.


One of my favorite events is the Frisco Colorado BBQ Festival but it has recently moved to Copper Mountain. Let's hope to see a big Frisco Festival in the Future. 




Thank you for reading, let me know your favorite Summertime mountain activities.


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Tucker Zimmerman

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Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties

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