A Summer Tour Through Park County

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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

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

Lunch
Highline Cafe
Nice people, patty melts, burgers, chicken-fried steak, cold brews and more.
Activity
Fish at Tarryall Reservoir

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

Dinner
Grill Dinner at Mountain River Lodge

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

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.

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. 

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…

Day
2
Breakfast
Java Moose

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

Activity
South Park City Museum

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

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 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.

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

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
This historic hotel, established in 1873 but updated with modern amenities, packs a punch of cozy charm.
Day
3
Breakfast
Brown Burro Cafe
We have great breakfast burritos, huevos, omelets, plus much more. Lunch and dinner includes burgers, buffalo, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas,…
Activity
Jefferson Loop Trail

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

Dinner
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
Sunset Hike at Mount Bailey

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

Lodging
Lynwood Park

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,…