Who needs snow? Why summer is the perfect time to visit Colorado


I am midway along Main Street in Fairplay when it dawns on me that something is awry. It is not, however, that this small town in central Colorado, which has long been the real-life basis for the irreverent cartoon series South Park, is bereft of foul-mouthed fictional children; that there is no expletive-spitting Cartman, no regenerating Kenny dying in an act of black comedy at the end of one episode and reappearing magically at the start of the next. It is that, more mundanely, there is no snow. 

Yes, the distant ridge line is dusted white. But otherwise, Fairplay – and its on-screen perma-winter – has sold out to summer, its residents ambling between its diners and its garage forecourts in…

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