This is a lovely church; a must see. It was built in 1874, in the Carpenter Gothic style. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church is open during daylight hours, no fee.
The museum brings back to life the feel of an early Colorado mining town. 35 buildings were restored to their original forms and brought together in this museum. Some stand on their original sites and others were brought in from ghost towns in the area. All buildings have been filled with period articles. Open 9-5 daily. $6.50 admission.
You've seen South Park on television, but did you know that in reality this area was a gold mining area. The steam was searched for gold and the rocks are piled high along the side of the stream. The good news is that there is still gold left for the small time prospector with a gold pan.
You came all that way to see what South Park looks like, why not just drive down stream and cross over the small bridge at the edge of town. Park and start panning. This is a good spot. As long as you stay near the bridge you won't be jumping on any claims. In fact, sometimes a local will come out and give you advice.
To pan for gold, you need a pan. Check the shops in town. It is best to use one with riffles olong the side. You can see mine in the picture. As you roll the gravel around in a circular motion that gold will settle because it is very heavy. You will begin to let the upper gravel slosh out of the pan. Don't be in a hurry.
You may have to pick some of the bigger rocks out by hand.
When you get to where you can see black sand, you must go slower. The gold will be just underneath the black sand. Now you are jiggling and rotating slowly. The gold will begin to appear. Pick it out and keep panning. There will be more.
Once in awhile look up and enjoy those beautiful snow capped peaks.
Good luck. I hope you find your Eureka.
490 Hwy 285, Fairplay, Colorado, 80440, United States
Good for: Solo
242 Silverheels Dr, Fairplay, CO 80440
796 Valley Of The Sun Dr, Fairplay, CO 80440
523 Front St, Fairplay, CO 80440
Just as the other advisor wrote this is the best restaurant in town. We spend a lot of time in Fairplay and this is the one restaurant we ALWAYS make sure we get to eat at. It has moved across the street and south about a 1/2 block from where they used to be located at. They are a little bit bigger now, so it is a little easier to get a table. If you go on a weekend, try to hit off-eating hours, so you don't have to wait too long. We are vegetarians, and were VERY surprised to find such an amazing restaurant in our small town of Fairplay.
Favorite Dish: It's not on the menu--but my favorite dish is the Tortillini Carbonara--but since I'm a vegetarian I ask them to substitute tofu for the ham/bacon--and I add some tomato sauce on the side to spice it up a bit. My husband loves their ravioli. Sunday brunch is also excellent!
The thing that stands out most about The Front Street Cafe, when you're looking for a place for lunch, is it looks like it might be the ONLY place you feel like you want to walk into. While there are a number of cute shops, places to eat look few and far between. And the ones that do exist look like you might not want to venture in. But the Cafe was a HUGE surprise.
The menu offers some interesting choices and the prices are very reasonable.
Favorite Dish: My daughter had a cheese burger and it was maybe the best burger she'd ever had. (I had a bite and I would say I agree!)
I had a ABLT, avocado bacon lettuce and tomato, and it was really good. A side of Greek style pasta salad was included.
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upon viewing the people in the bar it was apparent that due to the lack of equal males and females the following was observed. divorce rate is high and well it may be your turn this week or eve or mine or whoever. shame as the town seems pleasant. the bar obviously condones marital relationship problems with the customers. sad.
Dress Code: obviously none
we came to Fairplay on the wrong weekend i guess.... since we're not bikers and all. the place was swarming with lady bikers!!! they were EVERYWHERE. it was still a nice little town though, and we went camping nearby. i think there is a yearly ladies biker thing in July, so unless you want to be wading your way through harleys all weekend, watch out. :-)