Cool in Fairplay

Hike among ancient trees and explore an old gold town southwest of Denver

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Front Street Cafe. WHAT: Rib-sticking comfort food, like 1/2-pound burgers, in a former house painted in wild colors. WHEN: Lunch and dinner Thu-Mon, brunch Sun. HOW MUCH: $$. WHERE: 435 Front St.; 719/836-7031

Silver Scoop Creamery. WHAT: With a pressed-tin ceiling, granite counters, and rich ice cream, the old-timey-looking soda fountain is actually a cleverly renovated gas station, but when you're licking a cone, who cares? WHEN: Daily. WHERE: 456 Front St.; 719/836-3403.


South Park City Museum. WHAT: Stroll boardwalks past 36 Gold Rush-era buildings―including saloons and a schoolhouse―that look as if the occupants just stepped out. WHEN: Daily. HOW MUCH: $6.50, $3 ages 6-12. WHERE: 100 Fourth St.; or 719/836-2387.


Colorado Mountain Hat Co. WHAT: Custom-made hats fashioned from fur felt, beaver, and blends; it's where real cowboys get their hats. WHEN: Daily. WHERE: 491 Front St.; or 719/836-1411. ―Lora J. Finnegan

INFO:  Fairplay is 85 miles southwest of Denver, off U.S. 285; visit or call 719/ 836-4279.


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