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Leaf Peeping in Frisco

Leaf Peeping in Frisco
3 days

Crisp, cooler weather, sights of alpine backdrops dusted with golden foliage, and plenty of ways to experience the color-changing beauty, including scenic drives and breathtaking hikes, make Frisco a delightful fall destination. 

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Volunteer some time with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District  to help maintain local trails.

Insider's Tip

Road Conditions:

Before heading out on any scenic drives, check cotrip.org for traffic updates and closures to ensure a smooth trip. 

Day 1
Activity

Top of the Rockies - Scenic and Historic Byway

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Designated a National Scenic Byway in 1998. Read More
Lunch

Picnic Along the Scenic Byway

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Pull off to any of the many scenic spots while on your drive and enjoy a picnic. Frisco has four grocery stores you can pick up food from before you head out for the day: Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Natural Grocers and Walmart.
Activity

Hike Lily Pad Lake

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Follow the Meadow Creek Trail 0.6 miles to the intersection with Lily Pad Lake Trail. Turn right and continue 0.7 miles through pine forest and aspen trees to the beautiful lakes, one of which is covered in lily pads. The moderate hike is 2.6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 760 feet.
Dinner

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Frisco

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When you're thirsty for fun and hungry for some fresh, from-scratch Mexican food right in the heart of Summit County, there's only one place in Frisco that provides the escape you need: The Rio.... Read More

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Brewery Hopping

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Frisco is home to two local breweries, Outer Range Brewery and Highside Brewing. Both breweries have delicious brews and outdoor seating with amazing views!

Insider's Tip

Late-Night Snack: Need some snacks while you drink? Highside has a small menu with flatbreads and other snacks, while Outer Range is located right next to the Mexican restaurant Rio Grande and the Whole Foods Market, so you can grab some eats to bring into the brewery.
Lodging

Ramada Frisco

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Summit County, CO. Clean, comfortable rooms. 5 ski resorts nearby (A-Basin, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail) Mtn biking, hiking and fishing in the summer. Free Continental... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Bread + Salt

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While we are a classical breakfast place, we respect seasonality and influence of fresh ingredients. We use Colorado grown products whenever possible and we have a commitment to creating a... Read More

Insider's Tip

Patio Panoramas: On a sunny day, make sure to sit outside at Bread & Salt to enjoy the views from their patio.
Activity

Vail Pass Bike Shuttle

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Bike 14 miles downhill from the top of Vail Pass back into Frisco! The scenic bike ride is on a paved rec path and is a family friendly ride that is nice for all levels of bikers. There are a plethora of bike rental shops in Frisco, like Pioneer Sports, who will get you suited up for the ride, and offer shuttle services to the top of the pass as well.
Lunch

Mahi's Street Tacos

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The problem with Taco Tuesday is that it only comes once a week. At Copper, you can have tacos every day at Mahi’s which serves up sustainably-caught, healthy, and fresh street tacos. Read More
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Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain

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Cruise through the trees at Copper Mountain on one of the longest Alpine Coasters in North America! This 5,800-foot-long coaster is a thrill ride for the whole family. Make sure the little ones are at least 36 inches tall and 3 years old.
Dinner

Tavern West

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We combine American classics with a fresh, fun flair to reflect our signature style of authentic and sophisticated flavors. Enjoy our happy hour and dinner menu appealing to all tastes and... Read More

Insider's Tip

Stunning Fall Hues: Mid-September is the perfect time to take a scenic drive over Boreas Pass to see the changing colors. Allow two hours to complete the 20-mile drive (winter seasonal closure; includes a dirt road).
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Boreas Pass Historic Auto Tour

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22-mile driving tour which follows the old Denver, South Park and Pacific Railway grade over Boreas Pass. Sign posts along the road correspond to 12 sites that are interpreted in the Boreas Pass... Read More
Lodging

Summit Inn

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The Summit Inn is classic mountain lodge with a bit of nostalgia for the old days of skiing. Enjoy the massive timbers in the lobby and the western motif throughout. Small, warm, unassuming,... Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters

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The smell of roasting coffee fills the air and visitors need only their noses to find us. We are "the spot" for locals and visitors alike to relax and recap with a delicious cup of coffee,... Read More
Activity

Boating at Frisco Bay Marina

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Rent boats from Frisco Bay Marina, located on the shores of Dillon Reservoir — which spans 3,000 acres and boasts 25 miles of shoreline surrounded by majestic mountain peaks. It is a world-class destination for paddle sports, power boating and sailing.
Lunch

Lost Cajun

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Authentic Cajun food in the Rocky Mountains? You better believe it! The Lost Cajun is a small, funky restaurant providing ample Cajun-Creole dishes, Louisiana beers & patio seating. The owner is... Read More

Insider's Tip

Check Out Georgetown: Tour the preserved silver-mining town of Georgetown before rising in elevation to raw alpine wilderness on the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway.
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Guanella Pass Scenic & Historic Byway

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Follows an old wagon trail used by miners traveling between Georgetown and Grant. Gold lured miners and others to the area, but it was silver that brought prosperity to the valley. Today,... Read More

Dinner

Silverheels Bar & Grill

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Silverheels has been a local's favorite since 1988. We specialize in Colorado cuisine, steaks, trout, seafood, burgers, andmore. Our sister restaurant since 2008, Kemosabe Sushi, next door, is at... Read More
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Hike Rainbow Lake

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A family favorite with easy access from downtown. Hike the Peaks Trail 0.75 miles (one way) through wetlands on a boardwalk, aspen trees and lodgepole pines before arriving at Rainbow Lake. The easy 1.5 mile round trip hike has a 463 ft. elevation gain.
Lodging

Alpine Inn Frisco

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The Alpine Inn has just finished its remodel in January 2013! All interiors and exteriors have been renovated.  All guest rooms include all new furnishings and bedding, granite counter tops,... Read More