Summit County is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, just over the Continental Divide. Approximately one and a half hours west of Denver, Summit County encompasses 599 square miles. Within the county, there are four major ski resorts , five golf courses, gold medal fishing, two recreational lakes, and six incorporated towns. nearly 3,000,000 visitors come to Summit County each year to enjoy the world class ski resorts and the outdoor activities that the breathtaking Rocky Mountains have to offer.
The ski resorts of Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone are surrounded by the incorporated towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma, and Silverthorne. With over 19,000 year-round residents, Summit County Government provides a variety of services such as snowplowing, motor vehicle registration, transportation, public nursing and social services. The Summit Stage, a public service provided for free by Summit County Government to visitors and residents, offers year-round transportation between the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne and the four ski resorts. The towns of Fairplay and Alma in neighboring Park County also offer housing, shopping, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing opportunities.