Autumn Activities in Summit County

By Samantha Blair | Monday, October 14, 2019

They say people who live in Summit come for the winters but stay for the summers. But fall is a beautiful (though short) season that visitors and locals all enjoy. Check out some of these fall fun activities in Summit County to embrace the last couple of weeks to play outside before the snow season begins. With a few warm layers, there are leaves to peep, mountains to explore and so much more!

Photo: Everything Summit, Town of Frisco

On the Lake

Rent boats from Dillon Marina or Frisco Bay Marina to cruise Lake Dillon. Note that the marinas’ hours may be shorter, so call in advance. If you’d rather fish than paddle, cast a line and try your hand at catching arctic char, Kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and the brown trout that spawn in October. (Don’t forget your CO fishing license!)

On the Road

Enjoy the Summit County Recreation Path by bike or on foot. You can go all the way around Lake Dillon to see peaks dusted in snow and the remaining foliage glowing gold.

Celebrate a perfect fall day outside with an autumn-inspired beverage at Broken Compass Brewing Company or a warm cup of chai or green chili burrito at Cuppa Joe.

On the Hill

Arapahoe Basin and Keystone Ski Resort are both open if you are ready to click into your bindings and kick off ski season. If not, head up to Boreas Pass, where you can see what’s left of the aspen color. Travel by foot, bike, car or ATV.

Photo: Town of Breckenridge Facebook

Festive Fun

Learn the spooky past of Breckenridge with a Ghostly Tales Tour from Breckenridge Tours. Explore the dark side of the old Western town and hear about the ghosts who still haunt the Summit spot.

Photo: Everything Summit, Breckenridge Tours

Upcoming Event

Don’t miss the Still on the Hill Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival this Saturday, October 19. More than 40 distillers will share their artisan creations. Don’t miss special seminars, bluegrass music and handmade snacks. Purchase tickets here.

See you in Summit!

About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.