Finding Frisco Discover Colorado's coolest Main Street

  • Must-See And Do In Frisco
  • Butterhorn Bakery
  • Frisco Museum
  • Frisco Adventure Park
  • The Lost Cajun
  • Kemosabe Sushi
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Centrally located to Breckenridge, Keystone, and Vail, Frisco is a quaint Main Street town in its own right; and like many of Colorado’s mountain towns, Frisco’s history is steeped in Native American and mining influences.

The area’s first settlers were the Ute Indians; then, in the early 1800s, fur trappers came to Summit County in search of valuable beaver pelts. 

After the trappers came the miners, and by the mid-1880s, Frisco was bustling with hotels and saloons, two railroads, and 250 permanent residents.  

When the mining boom ended, Frisco all but became a ghost town: By 1930, the population had dwindled to just 18 people. 

Luckily, the town held on until a new boom—the ski industry—began. 

Here’s why you should pay a visit to this little mining town that just won’t quit. 

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Start your day in Frisco with breakfast at Butterhorn Bakery & Café.

It’s small, loud, crowded—there’s usually a wait for more than two people—and worth it.

Dishes like the Eggs Butterhorn (two poached eggs, Canadian bacon, homemade red-pepper sauce, and avocado) and multigrain French toast elevate the simple-yet-sophisticated cuisine from typical greasy-spoon fare.

Now that you’ve fueled up, head over to the Frisco Historic Park & Museum

Pro Tip

Frisco is the perfect side trip if you’re seeking a little more Rocky Mountain flavor that doesn’t require a lift ticket—and it’s still only minutes from the best ski resorts in Colorado.

The park is home to several historic structures ranging from a re-creation of a trapper’s cabin to an authentic one-room schoolhouse. 

You can also learn about the area’s flora and fauna, and civil engineering projects like the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel (just down the road on I-70 East) and Dillon Reservoir, which helps supply the Denver metro area with water.

Nothing says winter like a family sleigh ride, so bundle up and break out the cozy blankets for this fairytale experience. 

Two Below Zero picks you up from the Frisco Nordic Center, where a trusty steed whisks guests away to a cozy mountain hut, complete with hot chocolate and a 20-minute mini-concert by a local musician. 

You’ll love renditions of your favorite Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash tunes.

Want something a little more active? The tubing hill at Frisco Nordic Center and Adventure Park is always a hit with the kiddos.

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Lunchtime in Frisco should entail a trip to The Lost Cajun.

Owner Raymond Griffin operated a fishing lodge in his native Louisiana for 15 years before moving to Colorado, and he knows Creole cooking.

Keep it simple and order one of four types of gumbo: chicken; chicken and sausage; seafood; or vegetarian. 

(Samples are free, so you can make an informed decision.) Follow it up with an order of warm beignets and chicory coffee.

After lunch, take a little time to explore some shopping options and get geared up for the slopes.

For dinner, check out Kemosabe Sushi

Sushi might seem like a counterintuitive choice in the mountains, but the number of chefs flying in fresh fish is growing with demand. 

Choices at Kemosabe like the “Frisco” (smoked trout, avocado, and cream cheese) and the “Curtis-C” (tempura Anaheim peppers topped with yellowtail and cilantro oil) are a welcome and creative Southwest spin on classic sushi dishes.

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