Back to top

Explore Serene Park County: Fairplay, Bailey & Lake George

Explore Serene Park County: Fairplay, Bailey & Lake George
3 days

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.

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. 

Day 1
Activity

Staunton State Park

Website

Staunton is Colorado's newest state park, offering breathtaking views, rich Colorado history, diverse plant and wildlife, rock climbing and several miles of trails for hiking, biking and... Read More

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

Website

Serving as much local Colorado as we can get, Continental Sausage, Elevation Ketchup, Merf's Mustard, Rocky Mountain Soda Company, local meat and produce. Made-from-scratch seasonal kitchen, all... Read More

Activity

Aspen Peak Cellars

Website

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

Buck Snort Saloon

Website

Nestled at 7,040 feet in the Denver foothills, the Buck Snort is legendary as a cozy, Old West family restaurant and bar. A must-see for any out-of-town visitor. Read More
Activity

Riverbend Eatery

Website

Enjoy our hand-tossed pizza or signature burgers and enjoy a cold one on our patio. We strive to make amazing fresh food that you will want to come back for time after time. Read More

Insider's Tip

A Little Nightcap: Riverbend is the perfect spot to wind down the day with dessert and a cocktail.
Lodging

Lynwood Park

Website

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

Day 2
Breakfast

The Shaggy Sheep

Website

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
Activity

Hike Limber Grove Trail

Website

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

Silver Scoop Creamery

Website

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 City Museum

Website

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

Read More
Dinner

Millonzi Delicatessen & Restaurant

Website

Full Service Bar with Flat screen, Affordable Wine List. Fun Casual atmosphere, Large outdoor deck overlooks the Mosquito Range, Mediterranean & Italian Style menu. Mostly Organic & Local~... Read More

Activity

South Park Brewing

Website

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.

Read More
Lodging

The Fairplay-Valiton Hotel

Website

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

Website

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

11 Mile Marina

Website

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

Read More
Activity

Explore More of the Area

Website

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.

Insider's Tip

Plan to Picnic: Have your lunch in the Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area.
Dinner

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

Website

Mountain River Lodge is the ideal stop for the evening. Their scenic patio awaits grilling enthusiasts for alfresco dining, providing gas and charcoal grills and a fully stocked food-prep area. Once you're done savoring dinner, gather round to fire roast some s'mores before grabbing a room at the lodge for the night.
Lodging

Mountain River Lodge

Website

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