Nestled at the base of Mount Royal at 9,097 feet above sea level, high in the Rocky Mountains, the town of Frisco is often referred to as the “Main Street to the Rockies.” With easy access just off I-70, and a little over an hour’s drive from Denver, Frisco is widely considered Summit County’s base camp.
Founded in 1873 as a mining settlement, part of the rush to develop the West, Frisco started out as a quaint little mining town. The mining boom only lasted until 1918 when The Depression hit most towns hard, but Frisco was one of the few old mining towns to take the licking and keep on ticking. Today, Frisco has blossomed to a current population of just under 2,800 full-time residents with a multitude of modern amenities, but the town has tried hard to stay true to its heritage. The free Historic Park and Museum aims to promote and preserve the Town of Frisco’s heritage for future generations by providing a unique and quality educational museum experience to the community through connecting the past, present and future.
Frisco remained a sleepy old mining town until the ski industry and its three million visitors per year brought a new boom era to the town. Now transformed into a thriving family and tourist community, Frisco’s Main Street is lined with charming boutiques and restaurants, all within a one-mile walking distance. The Frisco Lodge, the town's 1880's stagecoach inn, still offers a Victorian era hotel experience. Complete with over 30 restaurants, bars and nightclubs, the town of Frisco offers ample opportunities for the night owl in you.
Frisco is the crossroads of Summit County’s mountain communities. The town’s central location is ideal for wintertime excursions with its proximity to four world-class ski areas (Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin), and the family-friendly Frisco Adventure Park. With a tubing hill, a beginner ski & ride hill and the Nordic Center offering over 45km of Nordic and snowshoe trails, the adventure park is a nice change of pace for those looking to do something a little different. Round out your high country experience with a scenic or dinner sleigh ride through the majestic Rocky Mountain landscape to give you a taste of the best Colorado has to offer.
The Frisco Adventure Park offers summertime activities as well. Stretch your legs in the bike or skate park, take a break from your day of activity at the 4,000 square foot Frisco Day Lodge, test your skills on the free 18-hole Peak One Disc/Golf Course, spend the night under the Colorado sky at the Peak One Campground located at the Peninsula Recreation Area, or just enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the 25 miles of shoreline around Lake Dillon.
The full service Frisco Bay Marina hosts a variety of warm weather sports on its 3,300 acres, including sailing, power boating, kayaking and canoeing. Its picturesque location is also the perfect spot to enjoy lunch or an evening cocktail by Lake Dillon’s sparkling blue waters.
In typical Summit County fashion, Frisco also plays host to a number of annual summer events. The free Outdoor Concert in the Park series at the Historic Park on Main Street every Thursday during the summer, features some of the hottest up-and-coming musical talent to get you moving to the beat in the mountains. Add the Frisco BBQ Challenge, the Frisco Duathlon, a large-scale Independence Day celebration and the Salomon Run the Rockies, and there is no shortage of things to do.
Frisco is home to the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, the Summit County Library, Summit County Community & Senior Center, the Summit County Department of Transportation and the Summit County School District.
Combining beautiful mountain scenery, small-town atmosphere, a hub of modern amenities and just old fashioned good times for family enjoyment, one can see why Frisco truly is the “Main Street to the Rockies.”