WELCOME TO FAIRPLAY
Since 2015, The Human Potential Running Series has made its summer home in Fairplay Colorado. Whether you’re joining us for the South Park Trail Marathon & Half in June, the Silverheels 100 or Last Call 50 in July, or the Sheep Mountain Endurance Runs in August; this page is designed to help you better plan and navigate the Fairplay area come race weekend.
About Fairplay: During the early days of the 1859 Colorado Gold Rush many unwelcome “Latecomers” were looking for a place to call home and stake their claims. The town was named by settlers who were upset by the generous mining claims given to the earliest prospectors, most notably in places like Leadville, and promised a more equitable system for its residents. Fairplay is the largest town in the high country grasslands basin known as South Park. The population of permanent residents hovers around 700, with an influx of seasonal residents returning to the region each summer. The Town of Fairplay, is the visual basis for the Town of South Park, in the television series South Park.
The Burro Days festival is held on the last weekend of July and is hosted by the Town. The event celebrates the town’s mining heritage. The main feature of the festival is a 29-mile burro race over rough terrain and approximately 3,000-ft elevation gain from downtown Fairplay to the 13,000-ft summit of Mosquito Pass. Teams consist of one person and one burro. The Fairplay event is the World Championship of Burro Racing, an ultra-marathon and the longest burro race in the state. For many years (in the 1960s and early 1970s) the Burro race took place from Leadville to Fairplay, or vice versa, crossing over Mosquito Pass. This followed the route that Father John Lewis Dyer of the Methodist Episcopal Church used for circuit riding and for carrying mail. With time, the rivalry between the two cities ended this cooperative endeavor. The annual event attracts more than 10,000 visitors to the town on festival weekend.
Campgrounds with Reservations:
Town of Fairplay Beach (contact Town)
Middlefork RV Resort
Four Mile USFS Campground (Ideal for South Park & Sheep Mountain)
Horseshoe USFS Campground (Ideal for South Park & Sheep Mountain)
THINGS TO DO
OTHER TOWNS OF INTEREST TO THE NORTH
Alma, CO and its world Famous Al-Mart is just 5 miles (7 min) north on Colorado Highway 9
Breckenridge, CO is just 22 miles (34 min) north on Colorado Highway 9
Frisco, CO is just 30 miles (45 min) north on Colorado Highway 9
Dillon/Silverthorne is just 35 miles (51 min) north on Colorado Highway 9
OTHER TOWN OF INTEREST TO THE SOUTH
Buena Vista, CO is just 35 miles (40 min) south on US Highway 285