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Fairplay, Co. was named by gold prospectors who settled it in 1859 when they were driven from nearby Tarryall by miners who had staked more claims than they could work. In "Fair Play" every man would have an equal chance to stake a claim. Visitors aware of the town's gold-mining roots will find it impossible to miss the remains of the industry that mark the surrounding country side.

If you picture a Gold Rush miner as a grizzled old guy leading a burro, you might still see that today in Fairplay! Especially during its annual World Champion Pack-Burro Races and celebration. There's also an annual Mountain Man Rendezvous, where you can watch re-enactments of Colorado's earliest days.

And speaking of early days, it doesn't get much earlier than this: at the nearby Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area outside of the nearby town of Alma, you'll see trees that were seedlings roughly 2,000 years ago. Twisted and gnarled, these ancient conifers were shaped by the ceaseless winds that blow across the mountaintops.

Map: Fairplay

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: Park

Proximity to other towns: Located 70 miles from Lakewood, 6.1 miles from Alma, 18.4 miles from Breckenridge, 20.3 miles from Leadville, 25.4 miles from Frisco

Population: 678

Elevation: 9950 feet

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