Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dillon Water Taxi

In Summit County, everyone's going somewhere: downhill on skis, uphill on a mountain bike, to or from Denver on the highway.

The water taxi, a cheerful little pontoon boat owned and captained by insightful locals, is going to Dillon or Frisco via Dillon Reservoir every day of the week during the summer. But, unlike most skiers, bikers and vehicles on the interstate, they're happy to give people, and their pets, a lift.

The peaceful 360-degree view from the lake, as well as the calming atmosphere out on the water, are unique and make boating stand out among the county's summer recreation options. But most water-bound activities, including sailing, kayaking and boat rentals, tend to eat at least half a day out of well-planned vacations.

By contrast, the water taxi gets its passengers out on the water, while fitting in with other plans. Passengers can hop on one of the 10 or more trips the water taxi makes daily, enjoy a hike in Dillon or shopping and lunch in Frisco and then return on a later voyage.

The 30-minute journey is both relaxing and informative.

Weekend captain CJ Giordano, a year-round resident, pilots the pontoon between tree-lined islands while taking questions and offering insider information on everything from the intricate workings of the lake, which is actually a reservoir and Denver's primary drinking-water supply, to the local landscape, weather, wildlife and history.

The 32-foot boat feels something like a water-bound deck, with its passengers invited to recline in lawn chairs, bring food and drinks aboard and enjoy the surrounding views. The solid little watercraft is never pushed much beyond 10 or 12 miles per hour and is not prone to rocking. On clear days, a pleasant breeze on the reservoir cuts the mid-day heat from the sun, which is two miles closer and often more intense than at sea level.

Visible from the reservoir on the crossing to Dillon are Buffalo Mountain and the distant 14,000-foot peaks of Torreys and Grays as well as Mt. Baldy. On the return trip to Frisco, the taxi cruises toward panoramic vistas of the first eight peaks of the Ten Mile Range.

Crossing between Dillon's marina and Frisco's, the taxi crosses over the old town of Dillon. The town was vacated in the early 1960s when the decision to construct the reservoir was made and now lies beneath 75-80 feet of frigid water, Giordano explains.

The reservoir is now closely monitored and maintained by Denver Water, a utility company. It is central, not only to the city's water supply and Summit County's summer recreation, but also to the regulation of water flows during the spring and summer runoff, which can impact both Breckenridge upstream and Silverthorne downstream.

Fare for a cab ride across Dillon Reservoir is $10 one-way and $19 round-trip for adults. Leashed dogs ride for free and bikes for $1. Owner Mike Russo said many people choose to ride Summit County's carefully maintained recpath between Dillon and Frisco in one direction and load their bikes onto the water taxi for a relaxing return trip.

The boat can also be chartered in the mornings and evenings for private tours of the reservoir.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dillon Dam Road to be Closed for a Month

Projects planned for the Dillon Dam Road will begin Monday. August 1, shutting the road down through Sept. 2.

While Denver Water crews implement safety improvements intended to allow the road to remain open to traffic 24 hours a day, the county will work to rebuild the recpath in places, resurface the road and enlarge Old Dillon Reservoir.

The county projects to improve the recpath and road will cost a total of $450,000.

When the road reopens in September, officials promise drivers will notice significant changes and improvements.

A reconstructed recpath will be finished with brick-red coloring to help differentiate it from the street where it runs adjacent to the road.

“When you're coming from the Frisco side, the first thing people will see is a beautiful new red recreation path alongside the roadway,” assistant county manager Thad Noll said. “That's going to be spectacular. It will have a nice surface on it and it will make the riders safer and the vehicles safer.”

The road itself, which has suffered the normal wear and tear of Summit County winters, will also be resurfaced where it runs alongside the recpath near the campgrounds.

County officials also promise a bigger Old Dillon Reservoir out of the project, which will hold a surplus water supply for Dillon, Silverthorne and Summit County when needed. (Old Dillon Dam is located between the Dam Road and I-70 and is not visible from the road.)

Security enhancements

The Dillon Dam security taskforce, a coalition of Denver Water and local government and safety officials, is behind the other set of projects to be completed next month, which, they say will enhance security on the road and allow traffic access 24 hours a day.

The project includes a new guard shack and roundabout at each end of the roadway, as well as some improved lighting. Dam guards have been working out of their vehicles over the past several years since additional security measures were implemented.

“The security buildings will be very good looking and will look like somebody really thought about what was going in there,” Noll said.

Traffic will be able to pass through the site without interruption from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. when the work is complete, but drivers will experience minimal delays when crossing the road at night, officials stated.

Access to the campgrounds in Frisco will not be impacted by the work, Noll said, though there will be occasional closures on the recreation path.

“Bicycle and pedestrian access will remain open for most of the time, but will need to be closed for a few days early in the projects to allow for a deep trench to be cut across the road and recpath,” Noll said in an email. He said the county would keep the public informed of those occasional closures using the SC Alert system.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Listing in Frisco - Priced to Sell Now

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Monday, July 25, 2011

New Hotel for Breckenridge?

Following a recent developer proposal for a 125-room branded hotel and conference space to be built in the F-Lot just off Main Street in Breckenridge, town council members put out a request for other hotel proposals for the site.

“We want to make sure that the council understands every possible alternative to maximize the value of the assets we have in town,” Councilman Mike Dudick said. “We owe it to the taxpayers to make sure that if we're going to do a deal, that we get the best deal possible.”

The council's request yielded two additional proposals, both bigger than the first, according to town documents.

A proposal submitted by Jack Wolfe of Wolfe & Company includes plans for a five-story150-room luxury hotel, a bar, 46 multi-family residence units for sale and a parking garage with 380 public spaces and 150 hotel spaces.

“This is really a tremendous setting,” Wolfe said of Breckenridge. “F-Lot is literally the doughnut hole of Breckenridge, the center of Breck, and we really don't have that grand hotel or town-center hotel.”

Wolfe said that was what he aimed to envision in his proposal.

Ascent Resort Partners joined forces with Hunn Consulting Group and O'Bryan Partnership architects to put forward a proposal for a branded 243-key hotel with a restaurant and bar, 40 residential units for sale and a parking structure holding 382 public spaces and 169 spaces reserved for the development, according to town documents.

Maryland-based builder Triumph Development came forward at a town council meeting in May with the initial proposal for a branded hotel, likely a Mariott. The developer called the project a public-private partnership, asking that the town make the land and density for the hotel available free of charge because the hotel would bring additional guests, beds and sales tax revenue to town.

Having a major name hotel, like Mariott, in Breckenridge would attract an entirely new brand-loyal customer base to the community, Triumph principal Steve Virostek told the council in May.

The Triumph proposal suggests harmonizing the hotel property with the nearby town-owned Riverwalk Center as well.

To date, the town council has offered little reaction on the idea of a hotel on the F-Lot property or Triumph's request for a donation of the land and density, although, they did express concerns at the council meeting in May that a new hotel might compete with existing restaurant and lodging businesses.

“It's not something we're going to pull the trigger on until the seven of us, along with staff, talk extensively about this,” Breckenridge Mayor John Warner told the Summit Daily in May.

The next opportunity the council will have to do that will likely be at their Aug. 9 meeting when developers may be given time for brief presentations of their concepts.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Highway 9 South of Breckenridge Floods

Water fed by recent rain and heavy runoff is cascading over Highway 9 on in Blue River, but Colorado Department of Transportation officials say they won't be able to address the problem until water levels recede.

The flooding over the highway is approximately an inch deep during the day and rises to up to 4 inches at night, according to CDOT officials who say the problem is likely caused by blocked culverts that normally allow the water to pass beneath the road.

“There's nothing we can do right now,” CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson said Wednesday. “It's low enough that we can keep the road open, but until the water level goes down we can't get in on those pipes.”

But, for Blue River residents and officials, a wait-and-see approach isn't comforting.

“It sort of cuts our town in two, because it's the only route to the southernmost part of Blue River,” town roads manager Nick Doperalski said.

Officials are concerned the situation might turn into another Coyne Valley Road, wiping out the roadway completely and forcing residents south of the break to find what will inevitably be a much longer route around the problem.

Mayor Lindsay Backas said at a town board meeting this week that CDOT would recommend people travel all the way down to Buena Vista to circumnavigate a closure on Hwy 9, but acknowledged that most people would actually use the Boreas Pass route, which is considerably shorter.

“Everybody's initial fear was that it was going to wash away like Coyne Valley, but CDOT said they were going to be watching it,” Backas said. “If the road holds they (said they) probably wouldn't do anything this year, because it's really not in their budget. It's a little scary, I think, for people that go through there, but it seems to be safe.”

Repairs of any kind will likely cause the road to be closed for some period of time, forcing drivers to take much longer routes around the problem, according to Backas. She said fixing the culverts, which appear to be blocked, would take several hours, while repairing the road should it wash away could take more than a week.

In the long term, Blue River is considering constructing alternative routes to the south end of town around the highway, but those plans are at least a few years out, officials said.

“In our long-term planning, we're looking at a second or even third alternative route where we can connect our roads around the highway,” Doperalski said. “But that's a long time out, and we're looking at budget constraints as well.”

For now, drivers in the area are encouraged to use extreme caution and to cross the submerged stretch of highway very slowly.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Old Breckenridge Building Center Coming Down

Demolition work on the old Breckenridge Building Center office on the corner of Main and French streets in Breckenridge has begun, with a new residential housing development eventually planned for the site.

The new complex, expected to be built in the next several years, will include 21 market-rate duplex and single-family units and possibly two workforce units and a single-family residence. Remaining land parcels at the site will be left as public and private open space.

The Town of Breckenridge has been eager to see the old building, described in recent planning commission documents as “heavily disturbed and re-graded with few improvements or vegetation,” removed this year, as it is out of place with Breckenridge's historic and carefully maintained Main Street. The former BBC building and an abandoned lumberyard currently occupy the site.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Maybe, just maybe Interstate 70 will get some Improvements

An environmental assessment of a potentially $105 million project to widen one or both bores of the Twin Tunnels just east of Idaho Springs is now in the early stages, following the work of a “visioning task force” earlier this year.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials said if all goes smoothly crews could start work on the project as early as spring or summer 2013.

“Taxpayers want to see something done,” CDOT mountain corridor manager Jim Bemelen said. “We've been studying a long time.”

A team of experts convened in February to determine possible solutions for the Twin Tunnels recommended an estimated $55 million plan to widen the eastbound bore from two to three lanes.

But with extra money potentially available, some CDOT officials are hoping to double the project's cost and scope to widen both tunnels to three lanes.

“If we're out there anyway, we've got the tunneling expert out there, we've got a detour set up … (we) might want to consider adding the westbound bore,” Bemelen said of the suggestion made to the transportation commission that will ultimately decide on the scope of the project.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Swan Mountain Road Bike Path Complete

SAPPHIRE POINT — Under blue skies and sunshine Friday morning, some 40 people from various public agencies, private groups and bike clubs stood atop Swan Mountain, snacking on cookies and lemonade and gazing at a red ribbon and, beyond it, a very long-awaited bike path.

County commissioners and others close to the $4.6 million dollar process of constructing a bike path between Summit Cove and Farmer's Korner cut the ribbon in a short ceremony Friday morning and officially opened the last section of the path cyclists have waited nearly 10 years to see completed.

Officials called the project, which was finished $8 million short of initial projections and was funded with help from a number of private and public entities, a testament to Summit County's ability to collaborate.

“(This is) one more example of how well we all work together and how we all get along,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said at the ceremony. “It's not like this everywhere. It's a special place.”

Crews began working on the last leg of a bike path, which now completely circles Dillon Reservoir, in May. The path runs separate from the street for a short stretch near Sapphire Point and rejoins Swan Mountain Road as a roadside bike lane down to Farmer's Korner. Planning for a bike path that would go over Swan Mountain began in 2003, when initial estimates put the total cost close to $12 million. The county began tackling the project slowly, laying down the 1.7 mile Lowry section in 2007. In late 2009 they tried to take up the project again, but work was stalled by snow. The Sapphire section was finally completed in July of 2010, followed closely by the .8-mile stretch at Summit Cove completed the same year.

“It was a lot of hard work and people working creatively together to make all of the sections come together,” County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said just before the ribbon was cut. “It takes not just a village. This project took an entire state.”

The path was constructed with contributions from the towns of Breckenridge and Frisco, subsidies from county government, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Parks and even Great Outdoors Colorado, the organization that distributes money from the Colorado Lottery — a representative of which called Summit County's “one of the best trail systems in Colorado.”

Though maybe one of the best in the state, Summit County's trail system is not finished, speakers at the ceremony promised.

County officials said they plan to put down a 1.5-mile path near the Conoco gas station at Copper Mountain, which will cross to the other side of the river to enhance biker safety up to Highway 91. CDOT is expected to make shoulder improvements to Hwy. 91 for the safety of cyclists this summer as well.

Officials also talked about working with Park County to construct a bike path over Hoosier Pass and with Leadville on a safe and complete path over Fremont Pass.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Silverthorne Flood Worries Subside

After a week of heavy rain and high water, inflows to the Dillon Reservoir are beginning to drop off to less alarming levels, Denver Water announced Thursday, allowing Silverthorne residents to breathe a sigh of relief.

“We've been fortunate not to experience any significant flooding problems in Silverthorne with the higher flows we've seen over the last week,” Silverthorne spokesman Ryan Hyland said in an email. “We are pleased to see the Dillon Reservoir inflows dropping and we're hopeful that we will soon see flows in the Blue coming down.”

Despite the decline in water levels, a National Weather Service flood advisory remains in effect on the Blue River in central Summit County through 1 p.m. today.

Denver Water officials reported water flowing into the reservoir dropped to just over 1,950 cubic feet of water per second (cfs) from the nearly 2,200 cubic feet per second dumping into the lake early this week.

The reservoir is now less than a foot from its capacity, and when it fills completely Denver Water will have to release as much water out of the reservoir as is flowing into it.

The utility company has kept outflows at just under 1,900 cfs — slightly more than the lower Blue River's 1,800 cfs capacity — this week in an attempt to avoid releasing heavier flows downstream when the reservoir fills.

With Thursday's waning inflows, it looks like they may have succeeded.

“If the inflow continues to decline, we should soon feel comfortable reducing the outflow to the Blue River,” Denver Water raw water supply manager Bob Steger said in an email Thursday.

But with scattered thunderstorms in the forecast through the weekend, the situation remains tentative for Silverthorne.

“Although Denver Water may soon be able to reduce the inflow into the Blue, the flows will still be fast and high for quite some time,” Hyland said.

Summit County is facing a 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms today, according to the National Weather Service, and the same forecast continues throughout the weekend, with rain possible between noon and midnight Saturday and Sunday. High temperatures could approach 80 degrees both days.

Dillon Reservoir isn't the only Colorado reservoir filling up quickly this year. Carter Lake, a Bureau of Reclamation reservoir near Berthoud, is also completely full ahead of schedule, and Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins is expected to reach capacity in less than two weeks, according to information reported by the Loveland Reporter Herald.

The two lakes are filling with Western Slope snow melt, carried east by a system of pipes, tunnels and rivers to Larimer County.

The lakes haven't been this full in seven years, according to the Reporter Herald.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Silverthorne Still Safe from Flooding

SILVERTHORNE — Overnight, water has flooded the banks of the Blue River in Silverthorne, swamping bike paths in some areas and creeping closer to the yards of houses along the water.

The Town of Silverthorne closed the river between 6th Street and the dam to recreational users except for kyaks Saturday as enough water to exceed the Blue River's 1,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) capacity was released from the Dillon Reservoir to avoid a more dire flooding situation in the next week or two.

There have not been any problems in town and it does not currently appear that Denver Water will be forced to raise downstream water levels any higher, according to Silverthorne chief of police Mark Hanschmidt,

“We're just keeping a watchful eye on the river, that's the most important thing,” he said. “The community awareness is pretty high, so I feel good about that.”

He said the town's primary concern now is keeping bridges clear and keeping people away from the swift water.

Water levels are expected to reach their highest point at night, when Straight and Willow creeks, tributaries of the Blue River, reach their peaks between 10 p.m. and midnight. Silverthorne is working with Denver Water to ensure the utility reduces the water released from the reservoir during those hours.

“They want to make sure they're doing the right thing and not flooding people out,” Hanschmidt said. “So they're going to back the outflow out of the reservoir a little bit to take into consideration the increased flows from Straight Creek and Willow Creek. Everybody's safety is No. 1.”

Denver Water made the decision Friday to begin releasing more water from the reservoir, in order to keep levels as low as possible while runoff and this week's rain water flow into the lake at an alarming 2,500 cfs. When the reservoir hits capacity, which could happen in the next week, the utility will have to release exactly as much water out of the reservoir and down into Silverthorne as is flowing into it.

Saturday, Denver Water allowed water levels flowing into the lower Blue River to hit 1,900 cfs, on par with 1995, when unlucky spring weather patterns resulted in a fast snow melt and similar flooding concerns to this year's. In 1995, the act now, stay dry later strategy worked. County and town officials are hoping the same will be true this year.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Possible Silverthorne Flooding

A rainy week in Summit County may bring on the flooding local officials have been waiting for and trying to avoid.

In the wake of a week of thunderstorms, Denver Water is preparing to release enough water from Dillon Reservoir downstream today to overflow the banks of the Blue River in Silverthorne.

“With all the rain we've been having it's causing some extra problems,” assistant county manager Thad Noll said. “It also causes snow to melt faster. That's the double whammy of rain.”

Denver Water has kept reservoir levels low all season, anticipating high runoff levels after record snowfall last winter, but heavy rain this week has increased inflows to the lake, raising water levels and leaving Denver Water and Silverthorne with a tough choice: release slightly more water than the Blue River can handle now and buy some time keeping the reservoir levels as low as possible, or keep controlling the outflow from the lake and be faced with a lot more water coming downstream when the reservoir finally fills.

The Blue River, downstream from the dam, can officially handle about 1,800 cubic feet of water per second (cfs). But current inflows to the reservoir are exceeding 2,400 cfs and once the reservoir fills completely, that is exactly how much water will have to be released downstream.

“Once the reservoir fills, then water in equals water out,” Noll said. “So sometimes raising (outflows) a little higher than 1,800 might be the better option.”

To keep reservoir levels as low as possible and put off the reality of so much water flooding the Blue River in the coming weeks, Denver Water expects to increase outflows to 1,900 cfs today.

“If (they) don't raise it, Silverthorne could have a problem later on,” Noll said.

Citizens and businesses in Silverthorne, particularly those along the Blue River should be prepared, officials stated in a Friday-night release, for high water over the next few weeks.

Denver Water has taken similar precautionary measures before, raising outflows as high as 1,902 cfs in 1995 when inflows peaked at more than 3,400 cfs.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Second Phase of the Valley Brook Attainable Housing Moving Forward

The Town of Breckenridge is pressing forward with the second phase of the Valley Brook attainable housing neighborhood while increased its subsidy of four of the 20 homes making them Housing and Urban Development (HUD) low-income units.

“There is a lot of demand for HUD low income and (we got) very favorable pricing for the construction,” Breckenridge spokeswoman Kim DiLallo said. “It's going to be better for the town's finances in the long run.”

The town council also considered the importance of avoiding competition with Wellington homes on the market in a slightly higher price range when deciding to convert the units to HUD low income. The competition of government-subsidized housing with fair-market units is a common complaint from local real estate professionals.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Lowe's Home Improvement Store for Silverthorne?

After roughly 18 months of planning, permitting and coordination, ground has been broken in Silverthorne for a Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, though controversy still looms in the background with a citizens' lawsuit yet to play out.

After the original lawsuit — essentially a dispute over a zoning technicality — was dismissed April 19 by District Court Judge Karen Romeo, Lowe's officials closed on purchasing the old Vista Subaru building and its land along Buffalo Mountain Drive at the gateway to Wildernest for nearly $4 million. In May, company officials and contractors met with the Town of Silverthorne to coordinate road construction with building construction.

Since then, attorney Rob Waterman has refiled his case against the town, now with 23 plaintiffs instead of four. The goal, he said, is to establish standing — or, prove these residents' property values and quality of life are directly and negatively impacted by the big box's presence — and move onto the argument about Silverthorne's zoning classification for the store.

Town manager Kevin Batchelder said he and the town council are disappointed about the case being refiled.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Art and Wildflower Celebration

Art and Wildflower Celebration - July 7 - 10

Celebrating art, nature and outdoor recreation with something for everyone; featuring plein air painting and art show, guided wildflower hiking and biking, art workshops and demonstrations, and more.

Where: Arts District of Breckenridge & Edwin Carter Museum.

For more information please call: 970-453-3875

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Must Love Dogs!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6 - Must Love Dogs!

Children will learn about Steven Huneck and George Rodrigue who have made themselves famous with their dog-inspired paintings and prints. Children will create their own dog paintings and prints. A live dog model will be provided!

Where: Fuqua Livery Stable

Time: 2 - 4 p.m.

Cost: $25, includes all materials

More information: 970-453-3364

Monday, July 04, 2011

Arapahoe Basin Closes for the Season - Finally!

ARAPAHOE BASIN — About 4,000 skiers and snowboarders got in one last day on the slopes on Independence Day, the last day of the season at Colorado's Arapahoe Basin ski resort.

Resort spokeswoman Kimberly Trembearth says it's the latest the resort has closed since 1997, when it kept running till Aug. 10.

In 2003, the resort stayed open till July 2. It usually stays open until early June.

Arapahoe Basin is known for opening early and closing late because of its elevation, which captures snow sooner and holds onto it longer than many other resorts. The resort's high point is 13,050 feet above sea level.

Arapahoe Basin's website says it averages 350 inches of snow a year. The resort also uses snow-making equipment.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Joint Upper Blue Master Plan Update

An update to the Joint Upper Blue Master Plan, a intergovernmental agreement guiding all planning matters in the Upper Blue Basin, was approved Thursday after months of negotiation among local governments and planners.

The master plan, first adopted in 1997, provides broad guidance for planners from the county and towns of Breckenridge and Blue River as well as the Upper Blue Planning Commission on development issues with the goal of preserving the basin's natural resources and community character.

“This plan is proof that jurisdictions can work together toward a common goal in the best interest of all three communities,” Breckenridge Councilman Jeffrey Bergeron stated in a town release. “It will protect the interests of the citizens in the Upper Blue Basin for years to come, helping to guide the amount and type of development we will see in the basin in the future, as well as goals toward transportation and transit, open space and trails, water protection, affordable workforce housing and so on.”

The sweeping intergovernmental agreement was due for a revision, officials said, that would bring it up to date with current conditions, concerns and build-out estimates in the valley.

Like the original document, which froze the basin's development potential — measured in density units — the updated draft seeks ways to reduce the current potential build out of the basin in an effort to preserve community character and quality of life.

Final approval of the updated master plan was not easily won, as the parties involved struggled with how to resolve some issues, including ways of mitigating the impacts of affordable housing, one of the few exceptions to the document's freeze on the creation of new development space.

“It is an important plan for the area as it identifies what the community will look like in 10 or 20 years,” Joint Upper Blue update committee and former Upper Blue planning commissioner Robin Theobald stated in the release.

The Upper Blue Basin includes unincorporated Summit County from Farmer's Korner to the Hoosier Pass summit as well as parts of the towns of Breckenridge and Blue River. The master plan serves as a guiding document for planning and development in the basin, used by the Upper Blue Planning Commission, the Summit Board of County Commissioners and the planning commissions and governments of Blue River and Breckenridge as a reference for planning decisions.

Friday, July 01, 2011

A Full Slate for the Fourth in Summit County



3-10 p.m. — Extreme Ink Festival at Summit Blvd and Marina Road, rides and carnival games for all ages


10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Extreme Ink Festival at Summit Blvd and Marina Road, rides and carnival games for all ages

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 3rd Annual Downtown Frisco Art Fair on July 4th Weekend, 304 Main Street

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Founders Day, Frisco Historic Park — This fun-filled day at the park will have activities for the young and old alike as well as refreshments and ice cream for sale with proceeds benefiting the Summit County Preschool.

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Donkey rides, face painting, sidewalk chalk art and gold panning at the historic park

11 a.m. to noon — Entertainment, The Legendary Ladies at the historic park

Noon to 1 p.m. — Entertainment, Summit Concert Band at the historic park

1–1:45 p.m. — Entertainment, The National Repertory Orchestra at the historic park

2–2:45 p.m. — Entertainment, The Legendary Ladies at the historic park

3 p.m. — Entertainment, Luv Brothers at the historic park


10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Extreme Ink Festival at Summit Blvd and Marina Road, rides and carnival games for all ages

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 3rd Annual Downtown Frisco Art Fair on July 4th Weekend, 304 Main Street


8 a.m. — Pancake Breakfast — 3rd Avenue and Granite, benefits team Summit

9-11 a.m. — Kids Fishing Derby — Meadow Creek Park (Kids must bring poles)

10-11 a.m. — Summit Concert Band at the Frisco Historic Park

11 a.m. to noon — Timberline Toppers at Frisco Main Street

12:30 p.m. — Fourth of July Parade on Main Street from Madison to 6th Ave.

1:30-3:30 p.m. — Money Shot at the historic park gazebo

7-9 p.m. — Opie Gone Bad at the Frisco Bay Marina

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks over Frisco Bay Marina. Fireworks are choreographed to patriotic music and simulcast on Krystal 93 (93.9 or streaming on



10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Farmers Market On Buffalo Street

7-9 p.m. — Friday Night Concert at the Amphitheatre featuring the Nacho Men


10-11:30 a.m. — Saturday Morning Adventures, Tales from the Past: A perspective on the Dillon Cemetery, meet at Marina Park by the concession stand at the amphitheatre

4-9:45 p.m. — Never Forget Our Soldiers: An Evening of Tribute featuring United States Air Force Academy Band & Randall McKinnon, at the amphitheatre


7-9 p.m. — Doo Wop Denny's Rockin Oldies Show, island shirt night, at the ampitheatre


10 a.m. — National Repertory Orchestra, Dillon Amphitheatre. Start your Fourth with this fabulous NRO show. Come early as seats fill fast.

11 a.m. — BOCCE tournament registration, play starts at 12:30 p.m., at Dillon Town Park. Play as either a team or an individual.

Noon — Children's bike decorating and parade, town park. Decorations supplied with participation awards for everyone and top honors for the best of the best.

Noon — Apple pie eating contest, town park

Noon — Watermelon eating contest, town park

Noon — Children's crafts, town park, supplies provided.

Noon — Meet Zinnia the police horse and Sgt. Kipple, town park. Collect Zinnia's trading cards and learn about the important work of a police horse.

3 p.m. — Boat parade on Lake Dillon, Marina Park. Cheer on decorated boats as they compete for top honors in the annual boat parade. (Best seats near Crow's Nest.)

7 p.m. — USO Show: Reveille 3, Dillon Amphitheatre. Step back in time to an era of swing music and GI's! This original show is inspired by and pays tribute to the 1940s and WWII through the music made popular by the Andrews Sisters.

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks display, Marina Park. Enjoy spectacular fireworks over Frisco Bay, Lake Dillon (time approximate).



10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Arts District Grand Celebration at the Corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Ave. Open studios, artist demonstrations, make and take art projects for children, music, dancing and more. This is a grand celebration for the arts.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 28th Breckenridge July Art Festival, at Main Street Station, free admission. Features more than 80 juried artists from around the country.

7:30 p.m. — NRO Concert “Music of Hollywood,” at the Riverwalk Center. Corigliano - Red Violin, Broughton – Themes from Silverado, Conti – “Gonna Fly” from Rocky, Williams – Jaws, Herman – Psycho, Badlet, arr. Rickets – Pirates of the Caribbean and Gershwin – An American in Paris.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 28th Breckenridge July Art Festival, at Main Street Station, free admission. Features more than 80 juried artists from around the country.


7 a.m. — Independence Day 10K Trail Run. This scenic 10k trail running race offers up some of the best views in the Breckenridge area, while finishing just in time to catch the Main Street parade and other festivities. Register at or call (970) 453-1734.

9 a.m. — Fourth of July Garden Party. Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum. Watch the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade in style from the best view on Main Street. Cost $15/$40/$75 reservations required. Call 970.453.9767 for more information.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 28th Breckenridge July Art Festival, at Main Street Station, free admission. Features more than 80 juried artists from around the country.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington (C.J. Mueller): Following the parade in the Blue River Plaza.

12:30-2:30 p.m. — Kids' Water Fight on Main Street. Kids can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Dept. in an old time water fight. Free.

12:30-3 p.m. — Viper ‘Show and Shine' - Vipers will be parked on Main Street allowing spectators to view the cars.

2 p.m. — Rusted Root at the Riverwalk Center.

8:30-9:30 p.m. — Fire dancing show by Cosmic Fire Dance, Main Street by the Welcome Center.

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks display, downtown Breck, it will be most visible from the Riverwalk Center lawn, the Blue River Plaza and Main Street National Repertory Orchestra patriotic concert will be simulcast in the Blue River Plaza at the same time.



10-10:40 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — The Red Cape — Keystone Children Theatre, Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre.

7 p.m. — Comedy Night featuring Guy Seidel and Marcus, Warren Station at Keystone in Keystone's River Run Village.


3:30 p.m. — River Run Rocks, River Run center. Free concert featuring Five 13 & The Six Million Dollar Band.

9 p.m. Fireworks following the River Run Rocks concerts.


8 a.m. — Kid's fishing derby, Lakeside Village. Registration at 8 a.m., fishing at 9 a.m. for kids 13 & under.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — KidsFest, River Run Village. Enjoy a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painter, balloon artist, crafts, games, mascots Olivia and Oliver, spin art, kids' show, bounce houses and more.

9 p.m. — Fireworks

Copper Mountain


5 p.m. — Jeremy Dion at Green Fariy


8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — SPORTS Expo at the Pavilion lawn

9 a.m. — 10K race

10 a.m. — Kids' Primp My Ride Decorating at West Lake. Decorate your bike, skateboard or roller skates with recycled and reused decorating supplies.

11 a.m. — Kid Powered Parade led by the Copper Mountain Fire Department

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Copper's Conscious Carnival — Solar bubble tower, cosmic fire, poi spinning, juggling, giant mural, hula hoop workshops, face painting and kids' story telling.

Noon — Kids' Mini-Marathon (1/3 mile ages 3-10yrs)

Noon — Free Family Concert — The Salteens

1 p.m. — Big wheel rally, kids and adults

4-6 p.m. — Spin Cycle with DJ Laundry on West Lake

6-8 p.m. — Free concert on Burning Stones Plaza main stage, The Salteens

8-9 p.m. — Spin Cycle with DJ Laundry on West Lake

9 p.m. — Fireworks


9 a.m. — 1/2 marathon race start

9:15 a.m. — Copper 5k Start

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Live music with Jeremy Dion at Incline Bar & Grill