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A Summer Tour Through Park County

A Summer Tour Through Park County
3 days

The Park County towns of Fairplay, Bailey and Lake George are packed with refreshing rivers and reservoirs, pristine hiking trails, historic sites and friendly places to eat and drink.

Sustainability Activity

Lend a Hand:

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

Day 1
Activity

Stand-Up Paddleboard at Eleven Mile Reservoir

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Spend the morning paddling on the surface of one of Colorado's largest reservoirs.
Lunch

Bla Bla Blah Caffe

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Cappuccino and coffee, panini, salads and breakfast items in a warm atmosphere. Read More
Activity

Fish at Tarryall Reservoir

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Cast a line for brown and pike trout in this lake.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Dinner

Grill Dinner at Mountain River Lodge

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Order customized grilling meat and use the commercial gas and charcoal grills and a fully stocked food-prep area to make dinner on the Patio. Afterward, gather around the stunning wood-burning rock fireplace to enjoy and make s'mores together.
Activity

Hike Coyote Ridge Nature Trail at Eleven Mile State Park

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The Coyote Ridge Interpretive Trail is located just off the Coyote Ridge parking lot. The 1.35-mile self-guided nature trail loop winds its way along a low, easily hiked ridge and through several micro-ecosystems found in the hills and meadows.
Lodging

Mountain River Lodge

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Scenic views overlooking Lake George. Fish the South Platte River or nearby Eleven Mile, Spinny, Tarryall or Antero Reservoirs. Pike National Forest is only a 1/4 mile away hiking, biking, horse... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Java Moose

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

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Activity

South Park City Museum

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19th-century mining camp. Forty plus original buildings, many artifacts depict boom town life.

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Lunch

Silver Scoop Creamery

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

South Park Brewing

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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.

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Dinner

Salado

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Discover a twist on Southwest cuisine made with fresh ingredients. We also feature regional craft beers, signature cocktails, and local wines. Read More
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Sunset Hike on Hilltop Mine Trail

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The Hilltop Mine Trail is a 2.6-mile, moderately trafficked out-and-back trail located near Fairplay that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels.
Lodging

The Fairplay-Valiton Hotel

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This historic hotel, established in 1873 but updated with modern amenities, packs a punch of cozy charm. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Dream Stream Cafe & Lounge

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We are situated at the corner of US 285 and HWY 9, conveniently located for fast stops on the way to the ski hill or in to town for fishing or camping. Open 7 days a week, we offer breakfast to... Read More
Activity

Jefferson Loop Trail

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This moderate 5.5-mile trail circles Jefferson Lake. It has several gentle switchbacks that climb to 11,600 feet in elevation.
Lunch

Jefferson Market

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Breakfast, burgers, fudge, tackle and supply shop, and convenience store all wrapped in one. Read More
Activity

Aspen Peak Cellars

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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 wine inside the winery or a bottle along... Read More

Dinner

The Shaggy Sheep

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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, yet filling salad to break up that dreary... Read More
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Sunset Hike at Mount Bailey

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Mount Bailey Trail is a moderate, 0.9-mile out-and-back trail located that features a great forest setting.
Lodging

Lynwood Park

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Our sprawling log lodge is wrapped by a whispering forest and the South Platte River, and a trout pond. Just feet from these waters, our rooms, bunk house, and decks embrace you with calming... Read More