Nestled on the shores of picturesque Dillon Reservoir, one of the most beautiful places on earth, Frisco is the gateway to western Colorado. With roads that are perfectly maintained year-round, getting to Frisco and its nearby resorts is as easy in winter as summer, and is only 75 miles from Denver itself. Heavenly Times Hot Tubs & Billiards is in love with Frisco, and once you visit it, you’ll understand why.
When people think of Frisco, usually images of world-class skiing come to mind. But did you know that Frisco Adventure Park is a summertime paradise, offering more activities than you can probably fit into one vacation? It’s open to the public from Memorial Day to Halloween, weather permitting.
The park offers outstanding free bike and skate parks and miles of brilliant, beautiful lakeside trails and paths. But one of the most entertaining attractions is the amazing (and free) Peak One Disc Golf course, completely renovated in time for the 2016 summer season. If you haven’t tried disc golf, it should definitely be on your list!
Then, in the evening, you can top off your adventures with the Two Below Zero Wagon Rides. These sojourns begin with a ride in a hay wagon pulled by a team of draft mules to an 1800s-style camp site, where there are games like horse shoes, cowboy golf, and western-style ropin’. The end is topped off with an all-included BBQ fixed western style, and closes with a fantastic Wild West Show, before the wagon ride back.
Things to Do
From Frisco it’s a hop, skip, and jump to three of the best ski resorts in the state: Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and Keystone. While Copper Mountain is the closest, none are more than 8-10 miles from Frisco.
And don’t forget the famous Frisco Colorado Barbeque Challenge – founded in 1993, this annual event is the largest barbecue competition in Colorado. They donate proceeds to charities, and have so far raised well over ##CURRENCY_SYMBOL##500,000, so every rib you eat helps someone in need and all while enjoying national-level barbeque!
Right outside of Frisco, along the banks of Dillon Reservoir, you’ll find the High Country Activities park, which is open year-round. If you’re driving in from the Denver Airport, you’ll pass it on your way into Frisco. In the summer there are train rides, a huge zip line, Jeep tours, horsebacking, lake fun, and more. Winter has its own entertainment, though — you’ll find dog sledding, Snow Cat Tours, tubing, and snowmobile rentals, and a lot more.
In town there are plenty of things to do, as well. A historic museum showcasing Frisco’s mining heritage with a fun Kids Zone (complete with an amazing model train kids can run, a replica of mining-era Frisco).
Dillon Reservoir lay just off Frisco’s starboard bow, and has some of the best lake fishing in Colorado. The Marina offers a number of different kinds of boat rentals and tours, as well as a full range of boating services. Summer fun was never wetter!
For the adults, you may have heard of Colorado’s relaxed laws that have led to a whole different kind of tourism, and Frisco has one of the best shops supporting this uniquely Colorado style of tourism…
Or, take the kids to see how straw cowboy hats used to be made at the Diane Harty Millinery, which uses period tools and machines to make both historic and modern classics.
For the family, of course, there’s great shopping in Frisco. Besides a WalMart for all your everyday needs, Frisco has many beautiful boutique/specialty shops, many offering unique and irreplaceable treasures locally crafted by true artisans.
Food & Lodging
Frisco offers all the usual assortment of both recognizable and locally-owned restaurants catering to visitors and locals alike.
One of the better places is the family-friendly Backcountry Brewery & Restaurant. They offer artisan brews crafted on site, and can tell you just the right kind of beer for any meal on the menu! The food is excellent, with big portions since you’re sure to work up an appetite during your Frisco adventures.
Want something different? Food should be an adventure, too! Check out Himalayan Cuisine’s authentic Indian and Nepalese food. The Lost Cajun is in town if you have a craving for genuine Louisiana Cajun cuisine.
Probably the best-kept secret in Frisco is Food Hedz World Cafe. Don’t let the weird name fool you. The head chef and owner truly is a recognized chef — voted Chef of the Year by both the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association and the Colorado Mountain College culinary school, and won Zagat’s #1 rating three years in a row during his decade as Executive Chef at the Keystone Ranch. You’re in for a treat, as the locals can tell you.