Special Event Permits

Special Event Permits, Fees, and Schedules

Any event that has 50 or more participants and expects to use county services (i.e., emergency / ambulance services or law enforcement) or expects to impact any county right-of-way is required to submit a Special Event Permit Application. A special event permit allows for the occurrence of an event for a short duration on property that is the county's responsibility. Examples of special events are community fairs, bicycle or Nordic ski races, and art festivals.

The special event permit application and instructions can be found at the bottom of the page under "Permit Resources." Please note that all applications must be submitted a minimum of 45 days prior to an event. 

A Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area (DRReC) Special Use Application is also available for events that will take place on or will travel across DRReC property. DRReC Events Information.



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Explanation of Special Event Permit Fees

Special events impact Summit County facilities, such as the Recpath, natural surface trails and trailheads, as well as displacing or otherwise impacting other users of these facilities. Fees collected cover the costs of staff time administering the permits and help offset the costs and impacts of these events on County resources and facilities. 

As outlined in the Fee Schedule, the special event permit fee is based on three criteria which are all added together for a total permit fee:

 Application Fee: All applicants are required to pay an application fee at time of application to cover staff time associated with initial reviews and referrals.

  • Tier 1: $100.00 if the applicant is a tax exempt local non-profit organization or local government.  
  • Tier 2: $200 for all tax exempt non-profit organizations that did not meet the criteria in Tier 1
  • Tier 3: $300 for all other organizations that do not meet Tier 1 or 2 criteria and are a profitable organization
 Event Fee: This fee is based on the organization and number of participants.

  • Tier 1: $.50 per participant for each entry if the applicant is a tax exempt local non-profit organization or local government
  • Tier 2: $1.00 per participant for each entry if the applicant is a tax exempt non-profit organization that does not meet the criteria in  Tier 1
  • Tier 3: $1.50 per participant for each entry for all organizations that do not meet Tier 1 or 2 criteria and for profit businesses
Additional Fees: Additional Fees are assessed based on the use of County services by the event, and are coordinated with the applicable departments based upon their referral comments. For example, Ambulance may charge a fee for stand-by coverage. If an event requests the closure of a trailhead, parking lot, etc. to the general public, an additional fee of $50 per hour will be charged, not to exceed $400 per day.

2024 Special Events

Below is a list of special events on Summit County trails, roads, and properties during 2024. While event courses are not closed to the public during the event, please be aware of temporary disruptions. For more information and details about each event, please visit the individual event websites. Note: this list will be updated as events are permitted (last updated 5/29/24).


Date  Type of Event Event Location
June 5 Mountain bike SMCS #2: Hungry Hippo Horseshoe Gulch
June 12 Running STRS #3: Horseshoe Gulch Stampede Horseshoe Gulch
June 19 Mountain bike SMCS #3: Tour De French Gulch B&B, French Gulch
June 21-22 Softball Tournament  CABA Softball Tournament Silverthorne Ballfields
June 26 Running STRS #4: B&B Bolt B&B, French Gulch
July 4 Running Independence Day 10k Town of Breckenridge
July 4 Mountain Bike Firecracker 50 Town of Breckenridge
July 12 Ultramarathon Silverheels Trail Run French Gulch, Sally Barber Road, Nightmare of Baldy, True Romance, Boreas Pass Road
July 13 Bike Triple Bypass Keystone, Swan Mountain Rd, Frisco-Vail Recpath
July 17 Mountain Bike SMCS #4: Basin Burnout Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
July 20 - 21 Bike Courage Classic  Keystone, Swan Mountain Rd, Frisco-Vail Recpath
July 22 - 26 Ultramarathon The Summit 200 Countywide
July 24 Running STRS #5: Arapahoe Ascent Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
July 31 Mountain Bike SMCS #5: Peaks Time Trial Peaks Trail
August 3 Bike Copper Triangle Fremont and Vail Recpath
August 5-12 Rummage Sale Summit County Seniors 50+ Rummage Sale Senior Center
August 24 Mountain Bike SMCS #6: Breckenridge Classic French Gulch trails
August 24-25 Disc Golf Pioneer Sports Disc Golf Tournament Dillon Disc Golf Course
August 24-25 Bike Frisco Bay Invitational Frisco Peninsula
September 13-15 Hike, bike, paddle Expedition Colorado Countywide