Destination guide

Summit County skiing and outdoor fun

Covered in snowy mountain peaks, Summit County is a popular spot for all sorts of skiers, from family groups to those seeking a challenge. With Summit County vacation rentals in Breckenridge and other lively ski resorts, you can stay just steps from the slope, and enjoy the friendly, unpretentious ski scene in the area. Discover charming small towns set in the mountains, with artisanal shops and cafes, as well as rustic restaurants for apres-ski and socializing. Once the snow melts, enjoy hiking and biking through winding trails, with just as many summer activities to enjoy.

Things to do

Exploring Summit County's mountains and forests

Arapaho National Forest is made up of rolling hills, snow-peaked mountains and vast areas of grassland. During the warmer months, it's a popular spot for hiking, taking you along glacial trails, through prairies and past serene lakes. Stay in a Summit County vacation rental during the spring or summer and you can try mountain biking, horse riding, hunting and fishing, so it's a real outdoorsy destination. Arapaho National Recreation Area is made up of several deep, clear reservoirs with boat jetties, so you can explore by water and enjoy this peaceful part of the forest.

Activities

World-class ski resorts in Summit County

Summit County has a number of ski resorts packed into the area, and a handy ski bus so you can try lots of different trails. Breckenridge is perhaps the best known, with 4 peaks that feature dozens of trails for various abilities, from beginner to black diamond, and terrain parks for snowboarders. The resort also has a lively apres-ski scene, with a downtown area full of cozy bars and restaurants. Nearby Frisco is great for family fun, with an adventure park that's cheap, great for beginners, and has snow tubing lanes for something a little different.

Weather

Summer sun and snowy days in Summit County

Summit County has 4 distinct seasons, with warm summers and cold winters. Ski season runs from mid-November to the end of April, which means chilly days and plenty of snow, with clear, bright days. Spring is a pleasant time to visit, when it's warm and the wildflowers are blooming, although there can be a lot of showers. Visit in July or August and it's warm, in the low 70s, but not too hot, so it's still comfortable enough to hike or horse ride. Fall brings out beautiful colors in the trees, with crisp, cool weather for a classic atmosphere.

Natural features

Explore Summit County mountains and lakes

Much of Summit County is covered in mountains, with small towns nestled in-between and steep winding roads connecting them. Many Summit County vacation rentals are in quiet mountain locations, overlooking the snowy peaks and close to peaceful lakes. To the north of Summit County, there are large areas of dense, evergreen trees which cover the hills and mountains, with hiking trails that take you past waterfalls and rocky pools, allowing you to enjoy the natural landscape of Colorado.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Summit County

The nearest airport is in Vail, CO (EGE-Eagle County Regional), located 42.3 mi (68 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Summit County?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,793 vacation rentals near Summit County. From 1,829 Houses to 139 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Summit County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Summit County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Summit County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Breckenridge: 7,325 vacation rentals
  • Keystone: 6,686 vacation rentals
  • Frisco: 7,765 vacation rentals
  • Copper Mountain: 5,360 vacation rentals
  • Dillon: 7,064 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Summit County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Summit County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Summit County:

  • Breckenridge: 7,325 rentals
  • Keystone: 6,686 rentals
  • Frisco: 7,765 rentals
  • Copper Mountain: 5,360 rentals
  • Dillon: 7,064 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Summit County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Summit County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Copper Mountain Village: 1,562 rentals
  • Peak 9: 7,842 rentals
  • Lake Dillon Marina: 8,619 rentals
  • Four O'Clock: 7,665 rentals
  • Rip's Ride Ski Lift: 7,668 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Summit County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Summit County

Breckenridge
7,325 vacation rentals
Keystone
6,686 vacation rentals
Frisco
7,765 vacation rentals
Copper Mountain
5,360 vacation rentals
Dillon
7,064 vacation rentals
Silverthorne
8,128 vacation rentals
Blue River
3,939 vacation rentals
Montezuma
5,274 vacation rentals
Main Street
5,481 vacation rentals
Wheeler Junction
5,313 vacation rentals
Boulder
659 vacation rentals
Vail
6,908 vacation rentals
Grand Lake
1,113 vacation rentals
Aspen
2,249 vacation rentals
Winter Park
1,932 vacation rentals
Beaver Creek
2,921 vacation rentals
Evergreen
329 vacation rentals
Granby
1,897 vacation rentals
Idaho Springs
1,582 vacation rentals
Avon
3,239 vacation rentals