Things to do in Summit County Colorado

Breckenridge | Keystone | Copper | Silverthorne | Dillon | Frisco

What to Know: Summit County

Summit County, Colorado is a treasure trove for skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts.

There are 4 major Colorado ski resorts here: Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin. Plus, two reservoirs: Lake Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir.

This Rocky Mountain destination draws vacation visitors for year-round outdoor activities.

Summit County is an hour and a half drive from Denver International Airport, making these Colorado ski resorts the most convenient for a day trip.

However, if you want to escape fully to the heart of Colorado’s ski country Check out things to do in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, and Keystone. These towns have a huge selection of vacation amenities. Hotels range from basic rooms to luxurious slopeside, and ski-in condos, there’s no shortage of quality ski resorts and services like rentals, tuning, ski storage, and ski delivery.

80% of the land in Summit County is public land. Therefore, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are limitless.

Curious about indoor activities? Summit County CO also boasts an endless bounty of unique boutiques for a memorable souvenirs, and lots of family-friendly activities like Escape Rooms and Vaudeville shows.

Summit County also offers incredible cultural and educational draws as well. There are nationally-registered historic sites, year-round festivals, professional competitions, outdoor concerts and major destination events like the Breckenridge Music Festival. And top it all off with a great selection of restaurants!

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Things to do in Summit County


Dinosaurs, ziplining, brew tours -- oh my! There is so much to do when exploring ski country no matter the season.

Food & Drink

Feeling a bit peckish? Grab a quick bite to eat to-die-for cookies or slow down and enjoy a gourmet meal, all in the same town.


Leisurely stroll in and out of all kinds of unique shops. From t-shirt shops to beautiful art galleries, you're sure to find something.


Do you have the need, the need for… well cool equipment? Rent everything from ski gear  to paddle boards and more.

Adults Only

Colorado is home to some amazing breweries, distilleries, and dispensaries. Find your perfect pairing for a great evening out.

Are you a business owner in Summit County? Learn how you can be listed online and in our seasonal guidebooks.

What to do in Summit County In Summer

While Summit County is famous for its Colorado ski resorts, summer might be even better. Summer activities in Summit County include hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding.

Cast a fly on a serene, crystal river or climb on a raft and experience the colorado river rapids. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker on a whitewater trip or a sightseer on a relaxing float, you won’t be disappointed.

Next, rent a SUP and learn to stand-up paddle board on Lake Dillon. Cyclists can rent a mountain bike and explore the incredible singletrack nearby, but if you’re more of a cruiser, rent a comfort bike and do the paved bike trail from Frisco to Vail Pass.

What to do in Summit County in Winter

Skiing is not the only game in winter. Summit County winter activities include snowmobiling, ice climbing, snowcat tours, and so much more. Unique vacation experiences like a sleigh ride or dog sled tour are popular for all ages and abilities. They’re also a great way to see the winter scenery!

And on a day when it’s a little too cold, warm up at one of the local distilleries, restaurants, or boutiques. And don’t leave the kids out, try an escape room or make your own souvenir from pottery.

Enjoy all that winter in Summit County has to offer on your next trip by creating lifelong memories of your Colorado winter vacation.