Park County is a peaceful rural area located south of Summit County. Although Park County is not as developed as Summit County, the solitude found here appeals to many residents and the amenities are available after a short drive. Park County real estate is also less expensive but still close to the resorts, so homeowners get more property for their money.
Alma and Fairplay are the more populated towns in Park County, and residents enjoy a laid-back atmosphere. Named after a local storekeeper’s daughter, Alma became home to many miners working nearby and eventually developed into an agricultural community. Fairplay was aptly named to give gold prospectors an equal chance to stake a claim. Both towns still preserve their rich heritage and certain areas give residents the feeling of stepping back in time.
Other communities in the region, such as Hartsel, Como and Jefferson, provide a gathering place for many of the ranchers and farmers who resided in the county. Wildlife areas include Eleven Mile State Park, Spinney Mountain State Park, Pike National Forest, Roosevelt National Forest and Lost Creek Wilderness. The mountainous terrain is perfect for numerous recreational activities including fishing, biking, hiking, hunting and camping. A world-class skate park gives skateboarders and in-line skaters a great place to practice their jumps and turns.
The communities of Park County host many special events that celebrate the local history, music and arts as well as support numerous charities and organizations. These annual events include Burro Days, World Championship Pack Burro Race, the Festival in the Clouds, Blues, Subarus & BBQ, Silverheels Ball, South Park Music Tour, Fairplay Bead Swap & Show, Ed Snell Memorial 10K Run, 4th of July Celebration, Thai on One, Ladies Run, Bayou Salado Mountain Man Rendezvous and Hartsel Days.
Park County has a history that dates back to the mid-1800s. South Park City in Fairplay is an authentic Colorado mining town restored to its former glory. The Hand Hotel Bed & Breakfast, located in Fairplay, offers guests small town hospitality and rooms named after the early personalities found in the region. Park County is served by Park County School District RE-2, and students receive excellent educational opportunities that provide them with a strong foundation for the future.
Park County real estate is more affordable compared to properties in Summit County and many residents take advantage of this market since all of the same amenities are located nearby. Whether you are looking for a luxurious mountain chateau or rustic log cabin, Park County offers an abundance of options including single family homes, historic homes and land. Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate can help you find the right property for you in Alma, Fairplay or other Park County communities. Their experienced real estate agents are ready to assist you.