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Fairplay is located in central Colorado at an elevation of 9,896 feet, about 85 miles southwest of Denver and 85 miles west-northwest of Colorado Springs. The town lies within South Park, which is a broad valley that covers over 900 square miles and is surrounded by the Mosquito and Park Mountain Ranges. The scenic portion of Highway 285, which runs through the Pike National Forest between Poncha Springs and Morrison passes through the town of Fairplay. The closest commercial airports are Aspen, Denver International and Colorado Springs. The community of Fairplay was named by gold prospectors who settled here in 1859 when they were driven from nearby Tarryall by miners who had staked more claims than they could work. In Fair Play every man would have an equal chance to stake a claim - thus the name of the town was born. History buffs of the old west and gold mining towns will enjoy visiting the South Park City Museum in Fairplay. Created in 1959, the museum represents a Colorado mining town between the years 1870 and 1900, and is open from May through October. Fairplay also offers a Walking Tour of its' historic downtown area. Dozens of pristine lakes and streams in the area offer great fishing and boating. Hiking, biking, mountain and ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are also available in the Fairplay area.

Surrounding areas: Alma, Colorado (5.2 mi), Leadville, Colorado (15.7 mi), Breckenridge, Colorado (17.9 mi), Hartsel, Colorado (17.9 mi), Copper Mountain, Colorado (20.9 mi), Twin Lakes, Colorado (22.9 mi), Frisco, Colorado (24.7 mi)

Fairplay Vacation Rentals

Fairplay Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
American Safari RanchFairplay, CO (719) 836-2431
Delaware Hotel700 Harrison AveLeadville, CO15.6 mi.(719) 486-1418
Leadville Inn - Super 81128 U S Hwy 24Leadville, CO15.6 mi.(719) 486-3637
Leadville Inn25 Jacktown PLLeadville, CO15.6 mi.(719) 486-3637
Columbine Inn & Suites2019 N PoplarLeadville, CO15.7 mi.(719) 486-5650
Woods Manor Condominiums0290 Broken Lance DrBreckenridge, CO17.1 mi.(970) 453-6906
The Lodge And Spa At Breckenridge112 Overlook DrBreckenridge, CO17.3 mi.(800) 736-1607
Village At Breckenridge Resort655 ColumbineBreckenridge, CO17.4 mi.(970) 453-3100
Allaire Timbers Inn9511 Hwy 9Breckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-7530
Beaver Run Resort BLDG 4Breckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-6000
Breckenridge Hilton550 VLG RdBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-4500
Little Mountain LodgeBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-1969
Mountain Thunder Lodge50 Mtn Thunder DrBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 547-5650
River Mountain Lodge100 S ParkBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-4711
Village At Breckenridge Resort405 S ParkBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-3100
Village At Breckenridge Resort535 S ParkBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-3100
Village At Breckenridge Resort605 S ParkBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-3100
Wedgewood Lodge Townhomes535 Four O'clock RdBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-1800
Alpine InnFrisco, CO24.7 mi.(970) 668-3122
Galena Street Mountain Inn106 Galena StFrisco, CO24.9 mi.(800) 248-9138
Hotel Frisco Colorado308 Main StFrisco, CO24.9 mi.(970) 668-5009
Ramada Limited990 Lakepoint DrFrisco, CO25.7 mi.(970) 668-8783
Arapahoe Lodge Condominiums0091 Riv Run Rd Slot K19Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-4283
Arapahoe Motel22859 Us Hwy 6Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 513-9009
Argentine Condominiums Keystone Resort0175 Argentine CTKeystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-2316
Black Bear Condominiums Keystone Resort0129 Riv Run RdKeystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-4283
Buffalo/dakota Condominiums100 & 150 Dercum SQKeystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-4283
Buffalo/dakota CondominiumsKeystone, CO25.9 mi.(888) 222-9298
Cabins In The Pines Condominiums300 Tennis CLB RdKeystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-2316
Cabins In The Pines CondominiumsKeystone, CO25.9 mi.(888) 222-9298
Chateax D Monte Condominiums1201 1203 1207 SCR 8Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 468-4372
Cinnamon Ridge Building 223062 US Hwy 6Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 468-9137
Cinnamon Ridge Buildings 3 (a-b)23064 US Hwy 6Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 468-6291
Cinnamon Ridge Buildings A-b23058 US Hwy 6Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 468-6291
Cinnamon Ridge Condominiums23060 Hwy 6Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 468-6291
Edgewater Condominiums Keystone Resort0167 Argentine CTKeystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-2316
Flying Dutchman Condominiums0100 SCR165 19371977 SCR 4Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-4511
Gateway23110 US Hwy 6Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Hidden River Lodge22714 US Hwy 6Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-4573
Homestead Condominiums21716 - 21756 Hwy 6Keystone, CO25.9 mi.(970) 496-3813
Bed & Breakfast
Evans House Bed & BreakfastBreckenridge, CO17.9 mi.(970) 453-5509

Fairplay Weather & Climate

Central Colorado has a more complex climate than most states in the United States. Even places a few miles apart can experience entirely different weather depending on the topography of the area. The valleys are classified as a semi-arid, continental climate, which becomes a mountain or alpine climate at higher elevations. Humid microclimates may also exist in some places. Abundant sunshine and low humidity is typical in all areas. Summers are mild to warm, and thunderstorms can cause a sudden drop in temperature. Winters are cold and snowy, especially in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. Solar radiation penetrates the thin atmosphere high in the mountains, which results in very pleasant temperatures during the winter. This is why skiers are often pictured in very light clothing, even though they're surrounded by snow.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 24°F 0°F 2.04 in. -
February 28°F 2°F 1.75 in. -
March 33°F 6°F 2.35 in. -
April 38°F 12°F 2.38 in. -
May 47°F 23°F 2.10 in. -
June 58°F 33°F 1.13 in. -
July 64°F 38°F 2.24 in. -
August 62°F 37°F 2.09 in. -
September 56°F 30°F 1.49 in. -
October 45°F 21°F 1.42 in. -
November 32°F 8°F 1.96 in. -
December 26°F 2°F 1.84 in. -

Fairplay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Centennial airport (APA) located about 66 miles east of Fairplay in Denver, Colorado, the Jeffco airport (BJC) located approximately 66 miles northeast of Fairplay in Denver, Colorado, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located roughly 69 miles southwest of Fairplay in Gunnison, Colorado, and finally the City Of Colorado Springs Municipal airport (COS) located around 75 miles southeast of Fairplay in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Fairplay Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fish 'n Farm at Heritage SquareGoldenCO55.5 mi.
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO59.8 mi.
Lakeside Amusement ParkDenverCO64.9 mi.
Six Flags Elitch GardensDenverCO64.9 mi.
Mile High Flea MarketHendersonCO74.8 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO68.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Mount Massive Golf CourseLeadvilleCO15.5 mi.
Breckenridge Golf ClubBreckenridgeCO17.7 mi.
Collegiate Peaks Golf CourseBuena VistaCO27.5 mi.
Raven Golf Club at Three PeaksSilverthorneCO28.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO15.6 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO17.9 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO34.9 mi.
VailVailCO34.9 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO37.0 mi.
AspenAspenCO43.7 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO43.7 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO43.7 mi.
TiehackAspenCO43.7 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO47.8 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO58.3 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO74.1 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO90.2 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO97.6 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO114.5 mi.
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource CenterWoodland ParkCO53.1 mi.(History)
Monarch Art GalleryVictorCO58.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO64.9 mi.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO68.9 mi.
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO100.7 mi.

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