Thrill Seekers Guide to Summit County

By Samantha Blair | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

When people come to Summit County they can expect, well, summits! Endless mountains and peaks to enjoy by foot, bike, skis, split board, snowmobile, snowshoes … you get the point. In between seasons? Need some guidance? Prefer water to land? Summit offers exciting indoor and outdoor activities for every taste and age. Here are a few suggestions.

Photo: Everything Summit, Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting

On the Hill

For thrill-seekers looking for the tour de Summit County, I would suggest first exploring the beautiful, maintained and accessible slope sides of the great ski mountains and resorts. Each with its own personality, the resorts in Summit County offer thrilling adventures appropriate for a wide range of athletes and visitors throughout the seasons. 

Copper Mountain Ski Resort, 209 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain

Keystone Ski Resort, 21996 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone

Breckenridge Ski Resort, 1599 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge

Arapahoe Basin, 28194 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone

On the Water

Dillon Marina

150 Marina Drive, Dillon

Frisco Bay Marina

267 Marina Road, Frisco

Head to either Dillon Marina or Frisco Bay Marina on either side of Lake Dillon for all kinds of family-friendly fun. Whether you enjoy paddle sports, power boating or high-altitude sailing in the summer, or ice fishing or ice kiting in the winter, the marinas offer an array of activities to explore Lake Dillon's 25 miles of mountain-surrounded shoreline. Boats, slips and storage are for rent. Offers and activities may vary by marina. Call in advance.

Kodi Rafting

908 N. Summit Boulevard, Frisco

Kodi Rafting guides raft trips on six of Colorado’s most beautiful rivers. Offering full-day, half-day and multi-day adventures both on rafts and paddleboards, Kodi guides May through September.  Book your next trip in the Breeze ski rental shop on Summit Boulevard in Frisco.

Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting

23910 US Highway 285, Buena Vista

Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting has riverfront property and a private put-in in Buena Vista. Noah's Ark launches daily trips through Browns Canyon (Colorado's #1 stretch of whitewater) from early May until late August. They also offer guided hiking trips and an aerial zipline course.

 Photo: Everything Summit, Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting

Front Country 

Several spots around the county offer adventure parks with something thrilling for every age and adrenaline threshold.

Photo: Everything Summit, Town of Frisco

Breckenridge Summer Fun Park

1599 County Road 3, Breckenridge

The Breck Summer Fun Park at the base of Peak 8 offers chairlift-serviced mountain biking and hiking, a zipline, an alpine coaster, a super slide, a trampoline, a climbing wall and more.

The Lakeside Adventure Center

22101 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone

The Lakeside Adventure Center in Keystone’s Lakeside Village operates in both the summer and winter. Enjoy lake boat rentals in the summer and ice skating or hockey in the winter on the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink in North America.

Frisco Adventure Park

621 Recreation Way, Frisco

Just a few minutes from downtown Frisco, you can access miles of single-track bike trails, a free bike and skate park and a disc golf course right on the shore of Lake Dillon. In winter, enjoy tubing, a Nordic Center, a beginner ski hill and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

The Barn at Woodward

505 Copper Road, Copper Mountain

Woodward is an action-sports training facility located at Copper Mountain. Learn new tricks inside the Barn to prepare for sending it big outside. The Barn hosts trampolines, an indoor and outdoor skate park and ramps into a giant foam pit. Staff can assist with coaching and intro sessions. Whether you’re training for snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX or mountain biking or you just like launching your body in the air, the Barn is the perfect spot for maximum thrills even when the weather isn’t cooperating.

All-Season Guided Thrills


Colorado Adventure Guides

100 South Ridge Street, #203, Breckenridge

Colorado Adventure Guides offers both summer and winter adventures. From guided hikes, mountain bike trips and rock climbing to backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and winter peak ascents, CAG can take kids, adults, visitors and locals out for a thrill-seeking day.

Photo: Everything Summit, Colorado Adventure Guides

Nova Guides

(866) 275-7869

Nova Guides offers year-round adventures in Summit County. Head out for a half- or full-day snowmobile, ATV or Jeep tour or rent your own vehicle for a day of self-exploration. Nova Guides also offers snowcat tours in a heated 13-passenger cat. Trips include door-to-door transportation. Call or book online.

Check out other adventure sports offerings in the county!

Need some gear for your next adventure?

Carvers Ski and Bike Shop

203 N. Main Street, Breckenridge

Rents: skis, snowboards, mountain, road and fat bikes, snowshoes, and outerwear and clothing.

Services: expert local knowledge, rentals, tuning, repair, retail and more.

Photo: Everything Summit, Carvers Ski and Bike Shop

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.