The high-alpine pastoral community of Fairplay Colorado is a wind-swept gateway to jagged mountain ranges, winding trout streams and Colorado's mining past.
- Fairplay is located approximately 20 miles south of Summit County on State Highway 9.
- Flanked by huge mountains and excellent trout streams, Fairplay is popular with the outdoors set.
- Services are minimal and rustic, but Fairplay does have basic lodging, groceries, gas, restaurants and bars.
A historic gold mining town, Fairplay, or “The Real South Park,” is the most populous community on a vast grassland basin. Fairplay, being both rural and close to Summit County, is a combination ranching and bedroom community.
The Town of Fairplay Colorado is located on State Highway 9 about 20 miles south of Summit County.
Fairplay and its sister town, Alma, have eclectic main streets with a smattering of authentic mountain shops, restaurants, general stores and bars.
There are a few motels, guest ranches, rental cabins and ample camping for RVs and tents.
Fairplay CO is a hot bed of outdoor activity with extensive off-roading opportunities and a cluster of 14,000-foot mountains. The basin also offers excellent trout fishing on expansive meadow streams.
Visit 1860s Colorado at The South Park City Museum – a well-preserved collection of 34 buildings filled with over 60,000 mining-era artifacts.
Check out the annual Burro Days festival, which culminates in a 29-mile burro race over 13,000-foot Mosquito Pass.
From Summit County, take State Highway 9 south through Breckenridge for another 20 miles.
En route, check out Quandary Peak, one of the most-climbed "14ers" in Colorado, on the right, north of Hoosier Pass. Quandary's summit offers 360-degree views of three imposing mountain ranges.