Nestled at the base of Mount Royal at 9,097 feet above sea level, high in the Rocky Mountains, the town of Frisco is often referred to as the “Main Street to the Rockies.” With easy access just off I-70 and a little over an hour’s drive from Denver, Frisco is widely considered Summit County’s base camp.
Founded in 1873 as a mining settlement, part of the rush to develop the West, Frisco started out as a quaint little mining town. The mining boom only lasted until 1918 when The Depression hit most towns hard, but Frisco was one of the few old mining towns to take the licking and keep on ticking. Today, Frisco has blossomed to a current population of just under 2,800 full-time residents with a multitude of modern amenities, but the town has tried hard to stay true to its heritage. The free Historic Park and Museum aim to promote and preserve the Town of Frisco’s heritage for future generations by providing a unique and quality educational museum experience to the community through connecting the past, present, and future.
Boutiques, great restaurants, and breweries can be found on Main Street Frisco. Frisco remained a sleepy old mining town until the ski industry and its three million visitors per year brought a new boom era to the town. Now transformed into a thriving family and tourist community, Frisco’s Main Street is lined with charming boutiques and restaurants, all within a one-mile walking distance. The Frisco Lodge, the town’s 1880’s stagecoach inn, still offers a Victorian-era hotel experience. Complete with over 30 restaurants and bars, the town of Frisco offers ample opportunities for the night owl in you.
Frisco is small, but mighty. Its year-round population sits below 3,000 full-time residents. About 4,000 residents consider their Frisco residence a second-home. Although the peak seasons see a large increase in guests from across the world, Frisco still retains its quaint, small-town feel.
Family-Friendly. Frisco is home to the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, the Summit County Library, Summit County Community & Senior Center, the Summit County Department of Transportation and the Summit County School District. So, it’s safe to say that Frisco has amenities that strengthen it’s community and are family-friendly. With high performing public and private schooling, reliable in-town transportation, and more than a fair few playgrounds and town parks, there’s a lot that Frisco can offer a family of any size or age.
Simply spend a day in Frisco, and you’ll begin to understand why so many seasonal guests to the area have become seasonal and annual residents. Combining beautiful mountain scenery, small-town atmosphere, a hub of modern amenities and just old fashioned good times for family enjoyment, one can see why Frisco truly is the “Main Street to the Rockies.” The town of Frisco is unique in the fact that its community cares deeply to keep its historic roots alive while still building a modernized hub, and that’s precisely why we love it!