by Tracy Block

Now that the snow is finally on its way out (we hope), it’s time for summer fun in the sun! Summit County provides more than breathtaking mountain views, however. Did you know the quaint town of Frisco is just 6 miles from Copper? If you’re interested in a weekend away, or more than just a quick trip, block out the time for a day at Copper Mountain, as well as a day at Frisco! Not sure how to craft your itineraries? Trust in us to guide you to all the best activities and excursions through which to navigate during these warmer months!

Day 1: Copper Mountain

If you’ve never visited Copper in the summertime, we’re sorry to say, you’re missing out! There is so much to do if you are ready to get outside. Your action-packed itinerary can entail:

1. Picking up your pass(es) – Depending on if you want to bike, hike, golf or catch some amusement-style excitement, you can grab your pass online, or onsite, at Camp Hale, all summer long. (Prices range, based on the pass of your choice).

2. Going for a long bike ride – If you don’t have a bicycle of your own, you can rent a Scott ride from Copper all week long. You can opt for the bike haul, which offers easy, intermediate or advanced terrain, hit the 78-mile Copper Triangle, or bike from the top of Vail Pass – all the way down to Copper.

Man mountain biking at Copper

3. Indulging in a round of golf – Copper Creek Golf Course is summoning you to its 18 holes. Can’t find a buddy to join you for some swings and putts? Grab the kids, instead! You can lock in a season pass, with or without a golf cart, starting at $579 (or score a four-pack for just $199).

4. Riding the coaster – The Rocky Mountain Coaster allows you to glide through the greenery of the forest, while you get your fix of fresh air. Located near the American Flyer lift, tickets start at $20 per ride. Children ride free with a paid adult ticket!

A father and son riding the Rocky Mountain Coaster

5. Dipping into West Lake – You can get your adrenaline rush while ziplining through the sky. Then, you can rent a boat or a hydrobike and take a refreshing ride on the iconic West Lake.

6. Go Kart racing and bungee trampolining – If you’re seeking something fast and furious, hit up the Go Kart track! Then, go the vertical distance with a quad power jump session.

7. Ripping it up in the WreckTangle – If you’re a regular ninja, challenge yourself at the Woodward WreckTangle. The obstacle course allows open sessions (with others participating), timed sessions (where you can have a solo go) and competitions (where teams run through the course against each other). Note that you must be at least 5 years old and between 40 and 250 pounds to get into this wreckage. Passes range from $13 to $249.

8. Enjoying happy hour and live music – With so many options for happy hour (think Downhill Duke’s, Ten Mile Tavern, Mulligan’s and the Beer Garden), you can get your fill, and then some. Once you’ve got a good buzz going, take in some tunes via the Copper Live series!

Concert goers enjoying Copper Live concert

9. Relaxing by the campfire – In town on a Saturday? Now through September 1, you can roast marshmallows, dance to live guitar and view fireworks over West Lake beginning at 7 p.m.

10. Staying for the night – Got the itch to stay the night? Check out the current lodging offers through Copper, so you can land the best lodging deal for your overnight getaway.


Day 2: Frisco

After your day at Copper, make your way east on I-70, and take the 10-minute drive to the Town of Frisco. Although intimate in size, the views are vast, and there is a quite a plethora to do! A daylong trip to Frisco can look a little something like:

1. Enjoying time out on water at the Frisco Bay Marina – With an elevation totaling more than 9,000 feet, you’ll have to catch your breath, thanks to thin air and the panoramic views of Lake Dillon, too. You can canoe or kayak, stand-up paddleboard or sail the waters, depending on your preference. If it’s fishing you fancy, you can rent a boat and some poles, or employ the help of a guided tour to reel in the catch of the day!

Frisco Marina

Courtesy of the Town of Frisco

2. Trying out the new skate park – From dawn to dusk, you can work on your sweet moves at the brand-new 28,000-square-foot Frisco Skate Park, located inside Frisco Adventure Park. The new addition caters to beginner, intermediate and advanced rides.

A child in Frisco's Skate Park

Courtesy of the Town of Frisco

3. Going for a gorgeous hike – Within Frisco proper, you can access six hiking points, ranked ‘easy,’ ‘moderate,’ ‘more difficult’ and ‘most difficult.’ Whether you’re seeking a non-challenging stroll or a heart-pumping adventure, there’s something for everyone! You can also access other trails and forks from several of these starting points. Hikes to bookmark include: Rainbow Lake, Peaks Trail, Lily Pad Lake (from Meadow Creek Trailhead), North Ten Mile, Mount Royal and Masontown and Miners Creek Road.

4. Catching a concert – Whether taking advantage of a free show at the Concert in the Park summer series at Frisco Historic Park, or jamming out at the nearby Dillon Amphitheater (just outside of Frisco), music showcases are scheduled now through September.

Guitarist at Frisco's Concert in the Park

Courtesy of the Town of Frisco

5. Trying your hand at disc golf – Also located in the Frisco Adventure Park is this 18-hole course with stunning peaks surrounding. Open to the public and free-of-charge, you can purchase disks at the Park and around town, if needed.

6. Taking a free historic tour – Embark on a self-guided journey through Frisco history. Learn about the Ute and trappers who settled here, as well as the mining and railroad industries. 

7. Getting your thrills from rafting – River rafting is just a short trip from Frisco. You can access the Upper and Lower Blue River, Eagle River, Clear Creek, Arkansas River and the famed Colorado River. Contact KODI Rafting, Performance Tours, Paddle Colorado and The Adventure Company for rates and rafting trips. Make sure you take the time to determine your ideal class of rafting, beforehand.

Click here for more information on how to explore Frisco this summer!

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