FRONT STREET: Fairplay

Visiting the whole town of Fairplay is far from a ’20 min’ stop along I-285, but having a picnic along the river and enjoying Front Street certainly is not!

Main street of Fairplay CO Black and White historic photo

view of South Platte River from Front St Fairplay CO

As you enter the town of Fairplay, take a right turn onto Main street.  Look to you left for 8th Street, and turn left.  Follow 8th until it turns into Front Street.picnic bench and flower pot high in mountain area

mining area in mountain town

 

Along Front Street in Fairplay, you’ll find gravel areas to rest your car and trailer.  Front Street runs along the Middle Fork of the South Platte River.  There are picnic areas here, places to use the restroom and quaint restaurants for a quick lunch.  After lunch, enjoy walking the tiny Olde Town and take a peek into historic South Park City.

 

From the Library, there is a ‘Storywalk’ you can take that is free and takes very little time.  Based on the children’s book, PRUNES AND RUPE, there are 18 numbered storyboards around Front Street and Main Street. Upon returning to Front Street the story concludes at the Prunes Monument. The monument is the actual burial spot of Prunes the Burro who lived and worked the mines between 1867-1930 in Fairplay.

Iron statue of a burro by mining cart in mountain town            Storyboard for town walking tour of Fairplay CO Grave site of Prunes the Burro in Fairplay CO

South Park City entrance sign Fairplay CO(If you have a few extra hours, get a $10 ticket  from the Library and see South Park City.  There are 40 buildings and over 600 artifacts to enjoy if you have the time!)

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