Summit County lies in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, just a short trip from Denver. The home of Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain ski areas, Summit County draws countless visitors during both the winter, for its world class skiing opportunities and snowshoeing trails in the area, and the summer, for its access to the rugged beauty of Colorado's national parks. Visitors come here to hike, fish, mountain bike, and explore. They also come for the lure of the famous mineral waters, and to learn more about the story of the United States' westward expansion through visits to museums and historic ghost towns.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Summit County:
-Go on a white water rafting adventure: White water rafting is an exciting and very popular way to experience the natural landscape along the Blue, Arkansas, and Colorado Rivers.
-Spend the day fly fishing: Summit County offers some of the best fly fishing experiences in the country. A guided excursion can take you to the best locations, allow you to rent all of the equipment you need, and accommodate any level of experience.
-Visit the hot springs: Hot springs, sulfur springs, and steam caves abound in Colorado. Feel the healing powers of a mineral water soak, as restorative and relaxing as any spa.
-Go skiing and snowboarding: Loveland and the Arapahoe Basin provide some of the best snowshoeing trails and most beautiful ski runs you'll find anywhere.
-Visit a ghost town: Get a firsthand look at some of the towns that sprang up during the gold rush and then went bust and were utterly abandoned.
-Horseback riding: Experience a trail ride or genuine cattle roundup. There's no better way to explore the landscape of the Wild West than on horseback.
There are plenty of places to stay in Summit County during every season of the year. It's easy to book a vacation rental that will meet all your needs, whether you're going on a ski vacation with friends or a family adventure with young children. For your stay, book an apartment or condo in town or rent a cozy cabin in the mountains.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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