Exploring Outside of Breck

Exploring Outside of Breck

Most years, when we come to Breckenridge for Spring Break, we stay in town. Last year we broke protocol and headed over to Keystone Resort for a day of skiing, which was a blast. This year, we’re meeting up with friends and checking out Vail Resort, which should be a lot of fun.

Yesterday, at loose ends, Laima and I took the Little Worker out for a morning of sight-seeing in the other direction, a direction we’d never ventured before. Part of the outing was recognizance for a hoped-for climb of Quandary Peak, one of Colorado’s 14ers and close by to Breck. (That’s not going to happen this year due to weather and other constraints, but is planned for in an ensuing year for sure.)

First stop was Hoosier Pass, atop the Continental Divide. Hoosier Pass’ elevation of 11,542 ft (3,518 meters) makes it the highest point on the TransAmerica Trail, a transcontinental bicycle route that stretches from Yorktown, Virginia to Astoria, Oregon. It also left us even more breathless than usual. That altitude is a lot for us flatlanders!

Up next was Alma, where we stopped in to check out the Al-Mart, a general store chock full of lots of items, useful and not, with a definite cannabis bent. At 10,578 feet (3,224 meters), it is the highest incorporated municipality in the United States (though not the highest city, which is Leadville, CO. It’s a town that has seen better days but has the bones on the main drag to be really attractive if money shows up for whatever reason.

Onward to Fairplay, which is located in South Park at an elevation of 9,953 feet (3,034 meters). South Park? As in? Yup. FairPlay inspired the is the Town of South Park in the TV show South Park, though the characters are based more on residents of Boulder, CO (the creators attended the University of Colorado). Talk about quaint, the majority of the streets in town were paved in 2005. The Burro Days festival is held in town is most notable for a 29-mile burro race over rough terrain and approximately 3,000-ft elevation gain that starts in Fairplay.

If you’re visiting Breck, this is a nice half-day outing that is beautiful visually and has quite a bit of history to boot.

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