Soak in the High County summer |

Soak in the High County summer

Blue lupine hug the side of highway 9 adjacent to Mount Powell Ranch down on the Lower Blue. A wet spring has allowed wildflowers of many varieties to sprout in the High Country.

Most locals look forward to watching hardy pansies and daffodils push out of thawing ground and discovering delicate wildflowers in an array of colors dotting hiking trails.

Cyclists from near and far start spinning well before the snow melts, and when paths clear, Biking enthusiasts relish in a variety of challenges, from long, smooth trips to daunting, rocky verticals.

Gold medal rivers lure fishermen and women to test their skills at snagging rainbow trout, and the reservoirs draw boaters who want to relax on bodies of water that don’t jam up with crowds like Front Range reservoirs do.

For many decades, Summit County remained fairly sleepy in the summertime; visitors predominately thought of it as a winter destination. But then they discovered the splendor of clear blue skies (except for those occasional afternoon showers, which usually roll in and out in predictable patterns), clean air and cooler weather than the stifling 90 degree days Denver can experience.

Festivals – from art, music, barbecues and sporting events – have come a long way as well. Nearly every town and ski resort schedules free concerts with up-and-coming or favorite acts, and the National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival brings cream-of-the-crop orchestral players to Breckenridge. Art shows throughout the county cater to the visual aesthetic, barbecue challenges to hearty eaters and theater to those who enjoy seeing dramas, musicals and comedies unfold in a lively, intimate setting.

Hardly a weekend passes without some form of entertainment – often the problem is choosing among the many possibilities and trying to fit activities in with the abundance of outings nature offers.

Enjoy your summit in the summer!

Kimberly Nicoletti | Editor

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