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Gear Up for a Groundbreaking Summer in Silverthorne

Published April 18, 2019

Spring is in the air in Silverthorne! As the snowpack begins to melt, bringing new life to our rivers, trails and lakes, we’re looking forward to an exciting summer season.  Whether you’re a newcomer or seasoned resident, here are some tips for how to make the most out of Silverthorne’s outdoor recreation and summer events lineup.

From the gorgeous Blue River Valley to our nearby mountain peaks, Silverthorne is the perfect launch pad to some of the best outdoor recreation in Summit County. Only minutes away from rafting and kayaking, fishing, hunting, singletrack bike trails, and hiking, Silverthorne delivers magnetic natural beauty and limitless adventures.

When it comes to hiking, families will love exploring the Lily Pad Lake trail, boasting easy rolling hills that take you to a beautiful lake tucked amidst the evergreen forest only minutes from downtown. Intermediate hikers will work up a sweat (and earn an inspired view) on nearby Angler Mountain, and adrenaline junkies will want to rise early to summit iconic Buffalo Mountain.

Water bug? Given the amount of snow that fell on Summit County’s peaks this winter, summer 2019 promises to be a wet one. Green Mountain Reservoir and Lake Dillon are popular boating destinations. The Blue River offers gentle stretches for scenic rafting and great fly-fishing, while Gore Canyon’s rapids attract more intrepid boaters. And North Park Pond provides the perfect place for a peaceful day of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

For bikers, whether you seek dirt singletrack, smooth mountain road biking, casual cruising or all of the above, you’ll find it in and around Silverthorne. The 3.5-mile Blue River Trail is a paved path that meanders through the Town of Silverthorne alongside the Blue River and is perfect for families or a relaxed cruise. The Oro Grande Trail offers mountain bikers a rolling four-mile path that provides an excellent introduction to the sport. And road bikers will love the 31-mile round-trip route climbs from Silverthorne to Ute Pass, which offers about 2,000 feet in elevation gain.

It is no exaggeration to say we have it all in Silverthorne. From world-class fishing and golf to a skate park, extensive bird watching, horseback riding, and motorbiking and ATVs, we can’t imagine anyone running out of things to do.

Game On

Pickle … what? If you’re not familiar with pickleball, a popular American sport originated by former Washington Congressman Joel Pritchard in 1965, no worries. It’s easy to pick up, no matter your age. The sport has its roots in badminton but requires less running. It’s played on modified tennis courts, usually in pairs, by players who use solid paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball. Pickup games are held at the Silverthorne Recreation Center and Trent Park.

Fore! The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks is among the best mountain courses in Colorado. The challenging course was designed by Tom Lehman and Hurdzan/Fry and features lush rolling fairways and immaculate greens set amidst pine and aspen forests and snow-capped peaks.

Strike up a game of soccer or take your dog outside to run free at the newly opened Maryland Creek Park. Meet friends or neighbors for a game of disc golf on the new 3,000-foot linear course or take a stroll or bike ride through the vast network of multi-use trails.

First Fridays

The Town of Silverthorne is making the first Friday of every month a reason to get together and celebrate what’s special about this vibrant community. On tap for summer:

June — Cycle Silverthorne: June is Cycle Silverthorne Month, which will kick off with a special bike-friendly First Friday event on the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center Lawn with live music from the Shaky Hand String Band. Look for bike-to happy hours, bike presentations and bike safety demos.

July — Art on The Blue Art Festival: Join the Summit County Arts Council and the Town of Silverthorne for this second-annual art festival, featuring more than 25 Colorado artists along the banks of the Blue River. Start the weekend off right on Friday night with EUFÓRQUESTRA.

August — Party in the Park: August’s First Friday will feature a party in Rainbow Park with live music from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Frisco Funk Collective. Kids activities will include bounce houses, climbing walls and more. Come out and party in the park with your friends and neighbors. 

Bright Lights, Big Shows

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this summer and has announced a high-caliber lineup of shows throughout the summer at Silverthorne’s new 16,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center. The jam-packed 2019 summer season will include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Tell Me on a Sunday,” “Everything Brilliant” by Duncan MacMillan, “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon, and Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ “Mamma Mia!”

For more ideas on how to play this summer in Silverthorne, go to