The Summit County Open Space & Trails Department offers paved recreational pathways and natural surface trails for multiple modes of recreation.
Summit County Recreational Pathway System
Summit County Open Space & Trails maintains an attractive and safe paved Recreational Pathway System (Recpath). Over 200,000 riders are on this amenity annually between May through October. With elevations ranging from 8,777 feet to 10,563 feet there is a wide range of skill level rides and the Recpath serves not only as an amenity for commuters but also for training rides and visitors looking for a scenic ride. Riders can not only take a leisurely bike ride along the Dillon Reservoir on a paved separated pathway but they can also take the Recpath, climbing 1500’ over 13 miles to get from the Town of Frisco to the top of Vail Pass. Looking for an easy downhill ride? Get dropped off at Vail Pass and ride the 13 miles downhill through Ten Mile Canyon for a beautiful ride with almost no effort on the user’s part. Over 38 miles of the infrastructure is built and maintained by Summit County Government with an additional 12 miles maintained by the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne; Keystone Resort and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) which connect seamlessly into Summit County's jurisdiction.
User groups on the Recpath include: dog walkers, runners, families with toddlers on strider bikes and in chariots, 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 into a few of the transit stops along with some of the town playgrounds to serve as destination points.
Summit County maintains approximately 38 miles of natural surface trails. Many of these are shared ownership with the Town of Breckenridge and/or United States Forest Service (USFS). In addition, users can find over 280 miles of designated natural surface trails under USFS ownership. Summit County frequently maintains the trailheads and entrances to the large and diverse trail system within the County.