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A SEASON-BY-SEASON GUIDE OF THINGS TO DO IN BRECKENRIDGE

HIKING

Warm, sunny days mean it’s a perfect time to get outside and explore Breckenridge’s hundreds of miles of trails. With gorgeous views, wildflowers galore, and high alpine lakes, it’s no surprise that hiking is one of the most popular summer activities in Breckenridge. The only challenge is picking the best trail for you. Here are our recommendations for some of the best summer hiking trails in and around Breckenridge, or swing by the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S Main Street to talk to an expert about current trail conditions. Don't forget sun protection, water, extra layers and a lunch for a picnic at the top!

As always, practice Leave No Trace principles while in Breckenridge to help care for Colorado.

BIKING

Not only is Breckenridge a hiker's dream, but it's also a mecca for bikers of all kinds, from road bikers to mountain bikers to cruisers and everything in between. Discover the seemingly endless trails and paths for every level of rider and get ready to take in the views on two wheels. Rent gear or bring your own! All types and sizes of bicycles can be rented at various locations- try self-guided bike tours around town, custom trips, Vail pass excursions, and the famous beer and distillery bike tour.

WHITEWATER RAFTING

Some of the country’s best whitewater rafting is available just a short drive from Breckenridge. The Arkansas River in Central Colorado passes through the iconic Browns Canyon National Monument, and there are also options on the Eagle River near Vail, and of course, the Blue River in Breckenridge. Rafting is available late spring through fall, and there are many options based on scenery preferences, activity level, what type of group you’ll be bringing and how long you want to be on the river. Check out our tips for how to make the most of your whitewater rafting trip!

ZIPPING AND EPIC DISCOVERY

Breckenridge Ski Resort is home to Epic Discovery (formerly known as the Peak 8 Fun Park) during the summer months. Epic Discovery activities include a zipline tour, ropes course, interpretive hiking trail, and rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, roller coaster, alpine slide, scenic chairlift rides, a two-stage zipline, maze, summer tubing, and gemstone panning. Mountain biking, Jeep tours, summer camp, and childcare are also available at the ski resort.

FLY FISHING

Summer Fly Fishing

While you can fly-fish year-round in Breckenridge, there’s nothing like a warm, sunny day on the river. If you have your own gear, just make sure you have a Colorado fishing license, and you're all set! If not, rent some equipment and take a lesson or tour with one of the many local fly-fishing shops around town.

STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING

Stand-up Paddle-boarding is becoming one of the hottest summer activities, and for good reason! Whether it be your daily workout getting your paddle strides deeper or simply relaxing in the sunshine, try paddle-boarding at nearby Lake Dillon or sign up for a SUP (stand-up paddle-board) yoga class in town! Our favorite way to do it? Morning SUP on the Maggie Pond, an early lunch at the Quandary Grille, followed by a stroll around the Breckenridge Sunday Market to check out the unique selection of handcrafted, homegrown and homemade treats and crafts.

GOLF

Take a swing at Breckenridge's 27-hole golf course, one of the few Jack Nicklaus designed municipal golf courses in the world, complete with a driving range, practice putting green and clubhouse. Try to focus on the turf and not the views of the Ten Mile Range and breathtaking, glacier-sculpted Upper Blue River Valley. Plus, your golf ball flies farther and straighter at higher elevations than at lower ones… so give your game a shot at 9,500 feet!

HORSEBACK RIDING

Transport yourself back to the wild West and experience horseback riding in Breckenridge. Choose from rides through Breckenridge’s sprawling trail network (very Last of the Mohicans) or think more Little Home on the Prairie with open range rides north of Breckenridge.

Trail rides are provided through Breckenridge Stables, last 1.5 hours and explore the beautiful scenery between Peaks 9 and 10 on the Ten Mile Range above Breckenridge Ski Resort.

ZIPLINING & EPIC DISCOVERY

Head to Epic Discovery's Alpine Camp for the thrilling expedition zipline tour, or take a short 45-minute drive from Breckenridge to Top of the Rockies Zip Line! Don't miss the chance to see the Rocky Mountains from a bird's eye view and zip through national forests and over creeks and rivers.

SUMMER FESTIVALS & EVENTS

We don't just call ourselves the most social mountain town. We are. And summer brings out the best of it, and us, with annual events—aka excuses to celebrate our rich history, dynamic community, endless creativity, beer and so much more. Because here, we believe beer alone is worth celebrating. Join us as we unite around life's most cheers-worthy moments throughout the summer, including our famous 4th of July Parade and International Festival of the Arts in August. For more unforgettable moments, check out the full events calendar.

LEAF PEEPING

The amazingly colorful foliage in Colorado is brief but beloved. You'll find both locals and visitors making the pilgrimage to see the leaves; as a result, some of the most popular spots can be a bit crowded, but that shouldn't be a deterrent. Though there are plenty of hiking trails in town that take you through the aspens, the most beloved is Boreas Pass. This road is car-accessible, but the best way to enjoy it is to park at the trailhead and walk or bike. The aspens form a tunnel of gold that gilds everything it touches, creating a magical experience.

HIKING

There’s not much hype needed for fall hiking in Breckenridge. It’s simply the most spectacular time to hoof it, whether you’re cruising along a forest road or tackling challenging single-track. Of course, the higher you go, the more impressive the reward—a light show of golds, oranges, reds and yellows we dare you to beat, anywhere.

BIKING

Breckenridge is home to hundreds and hundreds of miles of national forest trails that suit all abilities and levels, from the novice beginner to the most hardcore mountain bikers and everywhere in between. Mountain biking truly is a culture of its own here in Breckenridge, and it’s the perfect mountain activity to try during the summer and fall seasons. If you prefer pavement, you're in luck as well. The Breckenridge Rec Path follows the Blue River through town to neighboring towns and not so neighboring towns. Enjoy the ride as you pedal past mountain vistas, wildflower fields, alpine lakes, and national forest. As always, Breckenridge stands behind the Colorado Tourism Office’s Leave No Trace – Care for Colorado Principles to help maintain the natural beauty of our trails and forests.

FLY FISHING

Fall is one of the best times to go fly fishing in the high country. Rivers see less fisherman, now that school is back in session and summer vacations have ended, creating solitude and kinship with the river. And most importantly, trout are hungry as they fatten up before winter starts to fall. Take advantage of cool temps and hungry fish with a fall fly fishing trip.

HORSEBACK RIDING

Experience falls vibrant colors on a gentle trail ride. Sit back and relax while you gallop past river crossings, beaver ponds and breathtaking panoramic views of the continental divide all while learning about mining history and local plants and animals.

FALL IS FESTIVAL SEASON IN BRECKENRIDGE

Fall in Breckenridge is (rightfully) recognized for tunnels of golden aspens and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the Rocky Mountains. But Oktoberfest isn’t the only festival or event that shines this fall. Check out the top fall festivals in Breckenridge or, see highlights from Breckenridge’s best festivals and summer events.

SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING

Known for its expansive terrain and 30+ feet of annual snowfall, Breckenridge is a riders paradise. It's five peaks of terrain offer everything from easy groomers to above-treeline bowl skiing. Explore more of the mountain with one of Breckenridge Ski & Ride School daily lessons. Lessons are the easiest way to learn new skills, explore new areas of the mountain, and make a few more riding buddies. As a bonus, riders in a lesson can skip the lift lines, ensuring a day filled with on-mountain adventure!

SLEDDING

When it comes to winter activities, tubing and sledding are always a family favorite. A day playing in the snow is a free way to enjoy the outdoors while giving your legs a break from skiing. Grab your toboggan, saucer or any slider or glider of your choice and get ready for a fun day of sledding at the Carter Park Sledding Hill. The sledding hill is free for all to use and is a perfect afternoon activity for kids – and kids at heart.

FAT BIKING

Biking season doesn’t stop in Breckenridge when the snow starts falling. In fact, biking in the wintertime has recently turned into one of the most popular ways to stay active in the winter. The introduction of fat bikes to the world of biking keeps bikers on our trails year-round, enjoying the bountiful amounts of snow that Breckenridge receives year after year.

SNOWMOBILING

The beauty and splendor of the Rocky Mountains first-time opened up to you as you race through miles of backcountry trails around Breckenridge. For the perfect mix of speed, excitement and scenery try this adventure. Whether you’ve never ridden before or you’re an experienced snowmobiler seeking an adrenaline-inspired experience, from rentals to guided tours, there is an option for everyone.

DOGSLEDDING

People have been using dog-powered sleds for more than a thousand years, as far back as the 10th century. Imagine mushing through a forest of beautiful spruce trees while being pulled by Siberian Huskies. Breckenridge offers some of the best dog sledding in Colorado, which is a great way to get out into the backcountry surrounding Breckenridge and enjoy the serene nature of a winter forest.

SNOWSHOEING & CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Snowshoeing in Breckenridge Colorado

Breckenridge’s most wonderful time of the year offers the most stunning scenery for hiking. The snow-covered trees and mountains provide a fantasy playground for hikers and outdoor lovers. Be sure to look at Breckenridge’s winter trail maps before heading out into the wilderness. As always, Breckenridge stands behind the Colorado Tourism Office’s Leave No Trace – Care for Colorado Principles to help maintain the natural beauty of our trails and forests.

SCENIC TOURS

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the snow and take in Breckenridge’s views that won’t leave you out of breath. Enjoy everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer on one of our scenic tours.

HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES

Dash through the snow from the comfort of a sleigh while taking in the mountain views. Scenic Sleigh Rides, Dinner Sleigh Rides are available throughout the winter season.

SCENIC CAT RIDES

Join the Breck Nordic Center's fun-loving staff and its state of the art Prinoth Snowcat designed by Pininfarina in Italy. It features a heated, eight-passenger all-glass cabin so you can experience historic Legend forests in heated comfort with a stop for s'mores and hot chocolate at one of our destination huts.

WINTER AND SPRING EVENTS

Breckenridge is a celebrate everything kinda town. Which means there's always something fun going on. From joining hundreds of Santas in a race down Main Street to crazy parades and world record-breaking attempts, this town knows how to have a good time. Mark your calendar and start making plans to join us for our favorite winter events.

THE TOWN OF BRECKENRIDGE

It's no surprise that Breckenridge is often referred to as the perfect mountain town. It is ideally situated at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort -  ensuring that you never have to choose between visiting the mountain or visiting the Town of Breckenridge.  It's all right here.

So whether you’re looking for a mountain bike meet-up, the best locals’ happy hour, a zipline tour at the ski resort, or want to tap into our vibrant arts and cultural scene, you’re just a short walk away from the best places to eat, shop, explore, relax and make new friends.

ADVENTURES ON MAIN STREET

There are plenty of experiences to take advantage of from Main Street Breckenridge. From hiking trails off Main Street to gondola rides that take you straight to the ski resort and in-town paddle boarding – you don't have to wander far to experience nature.

EXPERIENCE HISTORY, ARTS AND CULTURE

Home to the largest historic district in Colorado, Breckenridge’s rich and colorful history is full of gold finds and mining, exploration and adventure, brothels, saloons, booms and busts. Experience life as a miner by taking a gold mine tour, panning for gold or signing up for a historic tour at one the town’s museums.

Founded in 1859 by a small group of prospectors, the town’s Gold Rush brought droves of settlers seeking their fortunes.  Learn more about Breckenridge’s early days by visiting one of the town’s museums or joining a historic tour.

SHOPPING, DINING, AND NIGHTLIFE

Grab your crew to explore Main Street and discover a unique craft food scene, local boutiques, gear stores, art galleries, and revitalization of locally made art and products. Breckenridge has over 100 restaurants on Main Street providing plenty of options for happy hour, family-friendly dining and gastrological delights.

During the summer months, squeeze every last drop out of summer by dining alfresco. Our sun-soaked patios and deck are the perfect spot to catch up with friends and reminisce about the day's adventure.

Plus, the evenings don't end at dessert. Bars and tastings rooms throughout Breckenridge host daily happy hours, local music, late-night dance parties, and award-winning artists at the Riverwalk Center.

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