Trails (Paved and Natural Surface) & Trailheads

The Summit County Open Space & Trails Department offers miles of paved pathways, natural surface trails, and many trailheads for multiple modes of recreation and access.

Summit County Recreational Pathway System

Summit County Open Space & Trails maintains an extensive paved Recreational Pathway System (Recpath). More than 500,000 cyclists and pedestrians use this amenity each year between May and October. With elevations ranging from 8,777 feet to 10,563 feet, there is a wide range of difficulty levels, with routes suited to a variety of interests and abilities.

Riders can choose from a leisurely bike ride along the Dillon Reservoir to a 1500-foot climb over 13 miles from the Town of Frisco to the top of Vail Pass. More than 38 miles of the pathway is built and maintained by Summit County government, with an additional 17 miles maintained by the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and Keystone Resort. 

User groups on the Recpath include dog walkers, runners, families with strollers, tourists riding to take in the views, professional riders training for an upcoming race, skateboarders and locals commuting to work. This is a multi-use pathway: please respect all users and follow the Recpath Rules and Regulations. The Recpath connects with many resorts, transit stops, trailheads, playgrounds, town centers, schools, parks, playgrounds and other attractions.

Recpath Resources:

Picture of bicylist on Recreational Pathway

Natural Surface Trails & Trailheads

Summit County maintains approximately 30 miles of natural surface trails and 40 miles of dirt roads. Many of these are shared ownership with the Town of Breckenridge and/or U.S. Forest Service. In addition, users can find over 200 miles of hiking trails, 150 mountain biking trails, and 100 miles of off highway vehicle routes in the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest. Summit County maintains over 100 trailheads and portals accessing the large and diverse trail system within the County.

​Trails & Trailhead Resources:

Trail Etiquette 

Please follow trail etiquette when on paved and natural surface trails and be sure to follow use regulations. Please be conscious of what trails motorized and/or mechanized vehicles are prohibited on.
  • Ride on open trails only – respect trail closures including seasonal or short-term closures.
  • Do not pass off the trail, yield to other users.
  • Never ride in designated Wilderness areas, which are closed to bikes.
  • Don’t skid.
  • Don’t ride muddy trails.
  • Don’t ride around water bars – erosion is a trail’s worst enemy.
  • Stay on existing trails.
  • Don’t shortcut switchbacks.
  • “Leave No Trace” (energy bar wrappers, punctured tubes, etc.).