Places to Visit: Summit County Colorado

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Summit County Colorado

Summit County is a diverse area in western Colorado, situated along the Continental Divide, close to the Rocky Mountains.  It provides excellent recreation, lodgings, real estate, shops, resorts, dining and entertainment throughout its many towns and villages.  In fact, Summit County’s scenery is just one of the many things that draw in millions of visitors each year.

Western Colorado consists of the Continental Divide and the stunning Rocky Mountains.  Summit County is part of this diverse section of the state, offering beauty, entertainment, recreation, adventures and so much more for business and other travellers.  In fact, it is one of the most visited areas of the state.

Visitors to Summit County enjoy a wealth of activities and recreational opportunities throughout the year.  It boasts some fifty-six different hiking trails, offering adventures for all hiking skill levels.  Of these, over thirteen are used throughout the year for horse riding and horse packing tours.  For those who enjoy biking, the county’s country, town and village roads have a lot to offer, but there are also over thirty trails for serious mountain bikers.  Four by four driving is another option for recreation in the county and visitors can choose between nineteen off-road trails.  During the winter, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and Nordic skiing are highly popular with about sixteen carefully groomed trails. 

Accommodations in Summit County can be found throughout its many hamlets, villages and towns.  Rooms and suites offer the basic amenities plus additional services and items, depending on the accommodations, but can include Wi-Fi Internet services, air-conditioning and spectacular views.  However, for those who prefer camping, the county provides twelve main campgrounds, many of which have washrooms, showers, RV hook-ups and picnic and BBQ areas.

One of the best things about Summit County is its transportation system.  Free shuttles buses run to and from towns, villages and hamlets throughout the area and there is also a special airport service that runs to the regional airport in the Yampah Valley and the international airport in Denver.  However, car rental services are available in most major Summit County towns.

Shopping and dining in Summit County is an adventure.  There are hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars throughout the county’s many towns, villages and hamlets, offering a variety of cuisines, microbrews and fine wines from across the county, state, country and world.

Colorado’s Summit County also has numerous visitor centers, located in major towns and resorts.  Many are open from 9pm to 5pm daily, though some are closed on weekends and major holidays.  They provide information and resources for tourists and locals alike with maps, guides, tours and advice.

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