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Fairplay and South Park City, Colorado
Yes, there really is a South Park!

Fairplay and South Park City are located 21 miles north of Antero Junction on U.S. Hwy 285 at an elevation of 9,958 feet. The scenic portion of Hwy 285, which runs through Pike National Forest between Poncha Springs and Morrison passes through town. Main routes into the area are U.S. Hwy 24, U.S. Hwy 285, and State Hwy 9. Nearest commercial airports are Aspen, Denver International and Colorado Springs.

Fairplay was named by gold prospectors who settled it in 1859 when they were driven from nearby Tarryall by miners who had staked more claims than they could work. In "Fair Play" every man would have an equal chance to stake a claim. Visitors aware of the town's gold-mining roots will find it impossible to miss the remains of the industry that mark the surrounding country side. Anyone interested in the history of the old west and western mining should visit the South Park City Museum in Fairplay.

 

South Park Pottery in Fairplay, Colorado




Fairplay and South Park City, Colorado Attractions

Boreas Pass Train Day
The 3rd Saturday in August, historic sites open from Como to Breckenridge over  Boreas Pass. Sponsored by the South Park Ranger District and South Park National Heritage Area. For more inforomation, call the South Park Ranger District @ 719-836-2031.

Annual Burro Days
An annual event in Fairplay, Colorado since 1948, Burro Days celebrates the role of the burro in mining days of old. Always the last full weekend in July.

Pike National Forest
Fairplay is the headquarters for the South Park Ranger District of the 1,105,704-acre Pike National Forest. The forest has many developed campgrounds, and ample opportunities for fishing, mountain biking, hiking, winter sports, and much more. The Pike National Forests has many scenic areas, interesting sites, and things to do while visiting the area. Horseback, snowmobile, mountain bike, jeep, and other tours are available from local vendors and outfitters.

Park County Heritage Resource Area
Website dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Park County area. Good maps and trip recommendations.

South Park City Museum
South Park City contains 34 authentic buildings filled with over 60,000 artifacts of frontier boomtown life. Buildings include a newspaper office, gold mill, drugstore, saloon, assay office and general store. A narrow gauge train stands at the depot.  The museum is located at the corner of 4th and Front Street.  (719) 836-2387

South Park Summerfest
South Park Summer Festival, will be a series of outdoor concerts located in the Mountains of Colorado.  This is a very unique venue, were you can have unlimited fun, without all the restrictions. Don't have to worry about Noise ordinances, curfews, and all that silly stuff.  Located six miles before Fairplay, and 20 miles South of Breckenridge.  Only a short drive from Denver. A wide range of bands, diverse in genres, experience, and sounds.  Mixed with the open air environment, everything sounds great and makes an unforgettable experience. (719) 836-0600



South Park Chamber of Commerce: The South Park Chamber of Commerce serves the town of Fairplay and surrounding area. They are an excellent source for information regarding the community and will provide assistance in planning your visit to the area.







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