Make Frisco your hub when doing scenic drives of the area. By starting in a central location you can view the most of the beauty the mountains have to offer. The following are some popular drives visitors like to do in our area-be sure to watch for wildlife and be respectful of other drivers.
From Frisco, go west on I-70 for 6 miles to the Copper/Leadville exit. This is 91-take 91 past Copper (great place to stop for lunch or do a chair lift ride) on towards Leadville. Just before Leadville, exit 24 towards Minturn. You can detour to Leadville and get some great views of 14,000 foot mountains and enjoy the town’s unique history. Once on 24, you can see the remains of Camp Hale, a military training camp from days gone by. Pass Minturn and turn on to I-70 west which will bring you past Vail back to Summit County and Frisco. Give yourself a good half a day for this drive.
Loveland Pass Loop
From Frisco take I-70 East to the next exit 205 (Silverthorne/Dillon) and exit to the right towards Dillon. This road is HWY 6 which will lead you past Keystone, past A-Basin, to the top of the Continental Divide. This is a great spot to park, take a short walking trail and get some pictures on top of the Divide. From the top, follow the road down Loveland Pass back to I-70. Head West to bring you back to Summit County and Frisco. This drive is less than half a day.
Independence Pass Loop (summer only)
From Frisco, go to I-70 West and exit Copper/Leadville HWY 91. Follow 91 through Leadville to HWY 82. You will see signs for Twin Lakes which is a great picture stopping place. Follow 82 to Aspen by going over Independence Pass. It is a little windy and steep so be sure you are not in a hurry and not afraid of heights! Around Aspen are great views of the Maroon Bells and other mountain peaks. Follow 82 along to I-70 where you will intersect with Glenwood Springs. This is a good place to relax and soak in a natural hot spring. After your soak, drive East an hour and a half back to Summit County and Frisco. This is an all day driving tour after you take in stops for pictures, meals, and hot springs.
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