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Trail Highlight: Sawmill Trail

Located right beside the Snowflake Lift, this short 1.5 mile hike is great for the little ones. This low elevation trail has a running stream winding alongside all the way to the end destination. At the end you will find a small natural reservoir where you can fish, canoe and play!

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Top of the Rockies Zip Line

Zip-Line-July-20-2013-Train-Riders-and-Flyers-Over-the-Train-DSC_1421Fly side by side with your favorite family member over the beautiful Rocky Mountains with Top of the Rockies Zip Line! There is something for everyone with a two hour zip line tour or a four hour rails and zip combo.

When conditions allow, the monster truck shuttles groups up the steep winding trail to a yurt where hot chocolate, water, snacks and amazing views await you.  To get down take one of the six exhilarating zip lines!  The Leadville Train may even be cruising underneath you as you zip through the air!

If you would like to spend a greater part of your day exploring, the rails and zip combo is for you! The Leadville Train travels north along the Arkansas River Valley rising 1,000 feet off the valley floor providing spectacular views of Freemont Pass and the two tallest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive and Mt Elbert.  The historic train ride concludes with a delicious lunch followed by an afternoon zip line adventure.

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Trail Highlight: Iowa Hill

Looking for a hike that is entertaining for all ages? Check the Iowa Hill Trail. This 1.2 miles trail is full of action from start to finish. If you are lucky, you may even run into a moose friend along the way. Every few feet you will find old mining equipment and historical signage. There is a gain in elevation, so make sure to bring some water. If you are looking for a little longer hike add on a visit to the nearby Country Boy Mine.

The trailhead is located off Airport Road. You will see the Iowa Hill Trailhead sign from the road and will turn onto a dirt road to find parking.

 

Independence Day Mountain Style

photo courtesy of  www.georgetown-colorado.org

Georgetown, Colorado – photo courtesy of www.georgetown-colorado.org

Since July 4, 1776 we have been celebrating the Independence of America. While this holiday may not have started out with food, fun and fireworks, but it is now an American favorite. Summit County takes pride in having some of the best 4th of July celebrations around. Below are four options that won’t leave you disappointed.

Georgetown: You most likely have driven by this little town without giving much thought to swinging on in. For the 4th, that would be a mistake. Georgetown hosts a morning main street parade, bucket birgades in the afternoon and a 1950s band with fireworks over Guanella Pass in the evening. This small town will take you back to in time to celebrate an important day in American history. For more information visit  http://www.georgetown-colorado.org/content/4th-july-celebration-clear-creek-county

Leadville, Colorado - photo courtesy of leadvilletwinlakes.com

Leadville, Colorado – photo courtesy of leadvilletwinlakes.com

Leadville: If you are looking to get away from the crowds while still enjoying the beauty of the mountains then a Leadville Independence Day may be for you. Leadville will be hosting and old-fashioned 4th of July with a Firecracker 5k, aircraft and classics car display, free music, BBQ and fireworks.  For more information visit http://blog.visitleadvilleco.com/celebrate-july-4th-and-escape-the-heat-in-leadville/

Frisco: Looking for a full day of celebration? Head on over to Frisco for their 8:00am pancake breakfast to start your Independence Day.  Follow that up with the Kids Fishing Derby Contest, Main Street Parade and free concert. From there make your way over to the Marina and get settled in for an amazing fireworks show. There is nothing quite like watching the colorful reflections of fireworks shooting over a moonlit lake. For more information visit http://www.townoffrisco.com/play/frisco-4th-of-july/general-info/

photo courtsey of www.townoffrisco.com

Frisco, Colorado – photo courtesy of www.townoffrisco.com

Breckenridge: Last but by no means least, is the Breckenridge Independence Day celebration. This jam packed day full of bike races, parades, water fights, concerts and fireworks has a little bit of something for everyone. This family friendly parade starts off with the Firecracker 50 riders heading out for the 50 mile bike race. Don’t forget to wear your swimsuit because after the parade the Red, White and Blue Fire Department hosts a kids water fight on Main Street. If you are wanting a little more of a relaxing 4th of July then check out the National Repertory Orchestra: 4th of July Patriotic Concert at the Riverwalk Center. Fireworks will begin at 9:45 over the gondola parking with the stunning ten mile backdrop lot for all to enjoy.  For more information visit http://www.gobreck.com/events/fourth-of-july#horizontalTabEvents2

 

 

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Trail Highlight: Flume Loop

This 6.5 mile trail system is located in the Highlands residential area. It consists of lower, middle and upper flume singletrack trails. This ride is great for all bike riding levels, but there are a few steep loose climbs that can be a bit difficult for beginners. The loops is a well marked loop and can be ridden in either direction.

Parking: There isn’t a trailhead parking lot, but you can park across the road at the Recreation Center. For detailed directions go here.

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Trail Highlight: Peaks Trail

The Peaks Trail is an extremely well known trail in Breckenridge. Located at up Ski Hill Road right beside Grand Lodge on Peak 7 you will find biking and hiking for all. This 15.6 miles trail stretches from Breckenridge to Frisco. There are uphills, technical sections and some easy flat sections. You can do the whole trail or just go out for a shorter hike. Either route will provide great views, good activity and maybe even some wildlife spotting.