Fairplay, Colorado with Zeb the Duck

Taking advantage of warm, sunny winter days, Zeb the Duck heads southwest on US 285.   From Denver, through the mountains, to New Mexico, this road showcases beautiful mountain views and wonderful small towns.    This a favorite road for the wanderings of the Colorado Traveling Ducks.    Today we drove a couple hours to the town of Fairplay.

Welcome to Fairplay, Colorado

Welcome to Fairplay, Colorado

In Denver, we have mile high everything, but Fairplay has 2 mile high stadium.

TWO mile high stadium

TWO mile high stadium

Bet those baseballs really sail.  Gold was discovered in 1859, but later arriving miners objected to the way mining claims were filed, so they moved to a new camp and named it Fair Play.   Now the county seat and center of commerce of Park County, Fairplay has many businesses, restaurants and a vibrant local arts showing.

Even signs reflect Old West with motorcycles

Even signs reflect Old West with motorcycles

Our law enforcement officers are always appreciated, but recently 3 officers were shot and one died in the line of duty in another part of Park County.    We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, appreciate and respect the officers and all they do to keep us safe.   Extra support is always appreciated by those that serve.

Fairplay has businesses that you many not find in every town.

Eric Bear Taxidermy

Eric Bear Taxidermy

This area is brimming with outdoor activities.    You can hunt, fish, hike, pan for gold and camp.   Fairplay is called the “Trout Fishing Capital of Colorado”.    Even a moose statue greets you at Colorado East Bank and Trust.

I like sitting on the moose

I like sitting on the moose

This outdoor paradise, surrounded by the Mosquito Mountain Range, also offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.   Of course, all that activity may result in severe hunger, so head to the Brown Burro.

Brown Burro

Brown Burro

One side, the Cream and Steam, is a coffee shop  and the other side, the Brown Burro Cafe serves very tasty full meals.   In the summer, enjoy the outdoor seating area between the two.   If new clothing is what you want, there’s no better place than The Salt Licking Goat Clothing Company.

The Salt Licking Goat clothing company

The Salt Licking Goat clothing company

For coffee or a morning snack, don’t miss the Java Moose.

Java Moose

Java Moose

Fairplay is in Colorado’s South Park area.   South Park was  great area of Colorado, before the South Park Show.    South Park Community Presbyterian Church has stood here for many years.

South Park Community Presbyterian Church

South Park Community Presbyterian Church

During the summer, visit South Park City, an outdoor museum.   This is a replica of an original western town.   We will be back to visit historic South Park.   Looking down main street, the majestic 14,000 foot mountain peaks are stunning.

Beautiful and peaceful mountain scene

Beautiful and peaceful mountain scene

You have a probably seen the carved wooden bears and other statues.   Now you know where you can purchase your own.

Wood carvings for you? We have one at home.

Wood carvings for you? We have one at home.

Fairplay holds many festivals and concerts during the year.   One of the most well known is Burro Days the last full weekend in July.   We love festivals, and Fairplay has some of the best.   A visit to Fairplay will be fun and will bring a smile to your face.   Visit soon.

South Park, Colorado has cabins

Zeb here.  I just returned from South Park.  Yes, it is a real place in Colorado.  My friend, Dee, has a vacation home there.

Mountain cabin

Mountain cabin

It is an A frame on 10 acres.  There are lots of trees, cool rocks, and lots of space.  So peaceful and beautiful!

We took highway 285 south to South Park from Denver, stopping at a Subway in Conifer.  No restaurants near Dee’s retreat.  Walking around the estate, I sat on dead trees, in the fork of live trees

A duck in a tree

A duck in a tree

and even on huge rocks with great shapes.

Kids make shapes from clouds and I made shapes from rocks.  This looks like a giant iguana head to me.

Iguana rock with aspen in background

Iguana rock with aspen in background

I sat in a bristlecone pine tree.  These are hardy trees, growing near timber line when most other vegetation has given up because of severe climate.  These trees get really old.

Bristlecone Pine with a duck

Bristlecone Pine with a duck

The University of Colorado at Boulder says in Colorado they found a tree 2435 years old.  Many are over 1600 years.  That is old!

Also I found a tepee

Great place

Great place

and a fort made from branches.  Tepee and fort were really strong.

Cool fort and I am there

Cool fort and I am there

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I think Dee should call this place “Many Aspen Mountain Estate”.  There are many pine trees and pine cones make the ground feel spongy, but I believe I saw thousands of aspen trees.  Love the small shimmering aspen leaves.

It was so peaceful and beautiful in the mountains of South Park.  Many Aspen Mountain Estate is about 9200 feet above sea level.

Thin, fresh air and the sun is really intense.  Eating, hiking, talking and laughing are great.  Makes humans relax and have fun.

So peaceful.  So many aspen

So peaceful. So many aspen

Ducks have fun here, too.  We had a wonderful day.  Thanks Dee!