Colorado BBQ Challenge Getting Here & Getting Around

Know Before You Go

Check out these FAQs in order to get the most out of your BBQ Weekend!


How much does it cost to attend the Colorado BBQ Challenge?

The event is free to attend.  Hogbacks serve as the “currency” of the event.  The reason people purchase ‘Hogback’ tickets is to purchase food, beverages, souvenirs and children activities at the event.

How many tickets should I buy?

One ticket = One dollar.  Vendors and competitors set their own pricing for their own food, so there is no set formula.  However, it’s easy to spend between $15-$20 on a plate of amazing food, a beverage (non-alcoholic and adult available) and a dessert (hello chocolate-covered strawberries and banana skewers).  There are many non-profit organizations, vendors and activities up and down the street to patronize as well, so to avoid the lines – we always encourage people to “round up” when purchasing sheets of Hogbacks.

OK, I want to eat, drink and do fun stuff at this event!  How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are on sale during the event at ticket booths located throughout the event.  Paying with cash tends to go more quickly, but credit and debit cards are accepted.  To beat the lines, pre-purchase your tickets online and pick them up at Will Call at the Information Center the week prior to and throughout the event.  Buy tickets at (search “Colorado BBQ Challenge”) and print your confirmation.  Tickets will be available for purchase in May 2014 for the June 2014 event.

What do I do if I find leftover Hogbacks in my pocket on Saturday evening after the event?

Participating merchants will be accepting Hogbacks through Sunday evening of the event weekend.  Looks for signs that say “Hogbacks Accepted Here” on doors and in windows of participating merchants.

Directions & Parking

Directions From Interstate 70

Take I-70 to exits #201 or #203 and woo hoo!  You’re in Frisco.


Don’t spend unnecessary time driving around side streets trying to find parking.  Take the shuttle!  We HIGHLY encourage those attending our event to park in the Summit Middle School Parking Lot (located at 158 School Road Frisco, CO  80443) and take a shuttle into the event on Main Street.  The shuttle runs all day during the event hours, and will take you directly between your vehicle and the action on Main Street.  Parking is located on the surrounding streets, please be careful not to block a private driveway.  Parking is not allowed on Town right-of-way between 2:00am and 6:00am in the Town of Frisco.

Local Transportation

Summit Stage County Public Bus: or 970-668-0999

Grab a hard copy of the bus schedule at the Frisco Information Center located at the corner of Third Avenue & Main Street.  The Summit Stage bus is fee-free in Summit County.


Pedal your way to BBQ bliss with bicycle racks located at the Frisco Historic Park, Visitor Information Center and other locations around town.  The Recreation Pathway with 88 miles in our county is a great way to get to the BBQ from neighboring towns as well!


Where can I stay?

Official lodging sponsors for the 2014 event are the Baymont Inn & Suites Lake Dillon ($84.99/night) and Mountain Managers Property Management (10% off/3-night minimum/new reservations only).  When you call, be sure to ask specifically for their BBQ rate specials.  Contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-424-1554 or for complete Frisco and Copper Mountain lodging information.



Are pets allowed at the event?

No, pets are not allowed due to food safety concerns for your pet and others. Dogs are allowed at many other Frisco events throughout the year.