Heeney | SummitDaily.com


A good test to separate the true Summit County locals from the wannabes is to ask them about Heeney. The true local can tell you what it is, how to get there and, more importantly, why you’d want to go in the first place.

Summit County’s smallest, sleepiest town isn’t found nestled on the shores of Dillon Reservoir or high up in the hills with Montezuma. It lies at the lowest, northern end of the county on the shores of Green Mountain Reservoir. With a permanent population of around 70 people, Heeney is often the forgotten town of Summit County.

Heeney used to have an annual festival ” the Tick Festival ” but that petered out after post-Sept. 11 security issues at the Green Mountain dam meant residents weren’t allowed to hold the town party at its base. But for the outdoor enthusiast, there’s still plenty to do in Heeney.

The reservoir, unlike Dillon Reservoir, allows swimming and waterskiing. So Heeney is a common destination for water sports aficionados, whether they be windsurfers, jetskiers or crazy cliff-jumpers.

The town is a popular destination for fishermen and hunters, as well. From the banks of the reservoir, Heeney provides easy access to the water (the town has a marina) and plenty of trails leading to prime hunting grounds in the Gore Range and Eagles Nest Wilderness. Hunters also find the town’s lodging establishments comfortable for longer stays.

Currently, the town is building a new fire station and community center, which is expected to be the center of Heeney goings-on. The building will provide space for potlucks, dances and parties. It will also house the equipment needed to protect the town from fire.

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