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Explore Serene Park County: Fairplay, Bailey & Lake George

The Park County towns of Fairplay, Bailey and Lake George are packed with scenic vistas, meandering streams and placid rivers, historic sites and friendly places to eat and commune with the locals.

A few tips:
• Prime leaf-peeping is in September
• Check restaurant schedules, as some are closed in the winter or during weekdays
• Visit natural areas during the week to get some alone time with nature

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places

The South Park National Heritage Area frequently seeks volunteers to help with their geo-tour maintenance and other projects.

Day 1

activity

Staunton State Park

Staunton is Colorado's newest state park, offering breathtaking views, rich Colorado history, diverse plant and wildlife, rock climbing and several…

Insider's Tip

Hike to Elk Falls

This moderate hike within the park is an excellent route for spotting elk on the way to the waterfalls. Pack plenty of water and energy — it's 10 miles long round trip! Learn more >>

lunch

Coney Island Boardwalk

Serving as much local Colorado as we can get, Continental Sausage, Elevation Ketchup, Merf's Mustard, Rocky Mountain Soda Company, local meat and produce…

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Aspen Peak Cellars

Visit Aspen Peak Cellars for a winery tour and sample our award winning wines at our beautiful tasting room. Whether you enjoy a glass of our handcrafted…

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Aspen Peak Cellars

Visit Aspen Peak Cellars for a winery tour and sample our award winning wines at our beautiful tasting room. Whether you enjoy a glass of our handcrafted…

activity

Bailey Ranch & Saddle Museum

The museum is filled with saddles, Western memorabilia, buggies, antique cars, signs, and much more. For children there is a merry go round, slide,…

Day 2

breakfast

The Shaggy Sheep

Fresh and healthy sandwiches and salads to keep you fueled up and full. Perfect portions for apres ski carnitas, a post-hike burger, or maybe light,…

activity

Hike Limber Grove Trail

This 1.5-mile hike runs beside ancient pine trees gnarled and twisted by mountain livin'.

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lunch

Silver Scoop Creamery

The Silver Scoop offers hand-made sandwiches and homemade pastries as well as a variety of ice cream served in old-fashioned glassware.

activity

South Park City Museum

19th century mining town in 21st century Colorado. Over 40 original buildings and 60,000 artifacts that depict boom town life.

dinner

Millonzi Delicatessen & Restaurant

Full Service Bar with Flat screen, Affordable Wine List. Fun Casual atmosphere, Large outdoor deck overlooks the Mosquito Range, Mediterranean &…

activity

South Park Brewing

We are a brewery and taproom located in Fairplay. We are the only brewery in Park County and offer pub-style food and 10 beers on draft.

lodging

The Fairplay-Valiton Hotel

This historic hotel, established in 1873 but updated with modern amenities, packs a punch of cozy charm.

Day 3

breakfast

Java Moose

World-famous beakfast burritos, pastries, bagels, paninis and more. Kick back and relax in an intimate, casual atmosphere.

activity

11 Mile Marina

Boat and equipment rentals, fishing-guide services and more at Eleven Mile State Park. 

activity

Explore More of the Area

Drive through the stunning Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area. The dirt road used to be a railroad bed and runs under a canopy of large shade trees…

dinner

Grill Out, Snack on S'mores & Tuck In for the Night

Mountain River Lodge is the ideal stop for the evening. Their scenic patio awaits grilling enthusiasts for alfresco dining, providing gas and charcoal…

Insider's Tip

Plan to Picnic

Have your lunch in the Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area.

lodging

Mountain River Lodge

Scenic views overlooking Lake George. Fish the South Platte River or nearby Eleven Mile, Spinny, Tarryall or Antero Reservoirs. Pike National Forest…