What is there not to do in Breckenridge? This ski resort town turns into an activity center during the summer: alpine slide, zipline, gold mine, fish, golf, hit the spa, kayak, paddleboard or hit Main Street for food, drinks and shopping. We'll keep you busy Thursday and Friday night, but we hope you'll enjoy a long Labor Day weekend with us in Breck!
Golfing: Enjoy 27 holes of golf in the magnificent setting of the Rocky Mountains at the Breckenridge Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus. Only 20 minutes away you can enjoy four additional world class courses.
Fly Fishing: Learn the art of reading the water, casting, hooking, landing and releasing beautiful Colorado trout. Lessons, gear and guided trips are all available at numerous locations.
Mountain and Road Biking: Hundreds of trails are spread throughout Breckenridge, ranging from peaceful scenic dirt roads to thrilling single tracks winding through aspen and pine forests. Reserve a spot on a guided tour through Breckenridge Sports for a hassle free trip. Packages include everything you need from bike equipment to a professional guide. If you’re just after the downhill thrill, catch a shuttle ride up Vail Pass!
White Water Rafting: Explore Colorado’s beautiful rivers by raft. Great for families and groups; beginner,intermediate, and advanced trips available.
Zipline: Accelerate down the mountain on a thrilling vertical descent, embraced by gravity and momentum with every twist, dive, dip and turn. Through each rounded corner, the mountain expanse unfolds in a blur of trees, rocks and wildlife. The TenMile Flyer at Breckenridge is a whole new way to see the mountain.
Boating: Whether you enjoy sailing, paddling or boating, Lake Dillon is the place for your family or company to get out on the water. This vast reservoir is full of inlets and islands providing majestic mountain views. Guided sailing and boat trips available.
Peak 8 Fun Park: Spend your day at one convenient location, enjoying the alpine slide, scenic chairlift rides, miniature golf, climbing wall, mountain bike tours, bungee trampolines and Colorado’s largest human maze.
4x4 O_ Road and ATV tours: Embrace the Colorado’s backcountry in an open-top o_ road vehicle driven by a professional guide, or rent one yourself. Don’t miss this opportunity to stand on the Continental Divide or tour through ghost towns and historic sites.
Horseback Riding: Let your horse do the walking as you ride the Rocky Mountains. Trail rides range from one to two hours; breakfast rides are also available. The Breckenridge Stables are located only 1.5 miles from town.
Health Spa: After a long day of activities, what could be better than a soothing massage or body treatment? Dozens of Spas are available throughout Breckenridge for your own pampering experience.
Shopping: Spend a day meandering from local shop to shop and experience everything from our spice shop to fine art galleries and boutique clothing stores. Looking for a deal? Head to the Silverthorne Outlet Stores.
Distillery and Brewery Tours: Experience the world’s highest distillery right here in Breckenridge. Take a tour of the distillery or browse through the tasting room on Main Street. For beer enthusiasts, quench your thirst with local craft beers while enjoying personalized tours, private transportation, entertainment and a tasty dinner.
Hiking: Do you like waterfalls, lakes, wildflowers and all the beauty of nature? Then take a hike on one of Summit County’s infinite number of hiking trails.
Gold Mine Tours: Experience the days when people flocked to Colorado to strike it rich. Take yourself back in time hundreds of feet underground into a working mine and re-live a typical day in the life of a miner at the Country Boy Mine.
Historical Walking Tour: Take a look at the Breckenridge Historic District and capture the colorful gold rush days in the oldest continuously inhabited mining town in the United States.
There are really only three things you need to know to complete the top 10 hikes in Breckenridge: start early; bring food and water, and layer your clothing. The rest is a given. Will there be stunning views? Of course. Wildflowers? Yep. Aspen groves? Totally. Will the altitude bother me? Potentially...please follow the tips and suggestions on the "Prep" tab.
Start early because thunderstorms tend to roll in post-lunch, bringing with them lightning, which you don't want to experience unprotected above treeline (or at all); bring lots of food and water because staying hydrated and fed keeps things fun; wear several layers because mountain weather changes in a flash and it can go from an 80-degree sunny day to freezing, so pack accordingly.
TOP 10 HIKES IN BRECK:
1. Hoosier Pass Loop
This three-mile loop delivers an alpine experience without having to huff up to and beyond tree line. Get there: Head south on U.S. 9 from Breckenridge to the top of Hoosier Pass and park at the Continental Divide sign on the right side of the road.
2. Spruce Creek Loop
A popular cross-country ski trail in the winter, the Spruce Creek loop is a gentle four miles of trail through forest that offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Get there: Drive south on U.S. 9 from Breckenridge for about 2.5 miles and turn right onto Spruce Creek Road. Look for a trailhead at about 1.2 miles.
3. Carter Park
You probably won't work up a sweat, but your heart will race at the views as you make your way up the stone steps from Carter Park. You'll see the entire Ten-mile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Get there: This hike heads out of Carter Park, located in downtown Breckenridge, located at 300 S. High St.
4. Sawmill Trail
This cool and shaded out-and-back covers about one and a half miles. The hike follows the stream at the base of the lift to a reservoir. Get there: Head to the Snowflake Lift, near the intersection of Four O'Clock Road and Kings Crown Road.
5. Burro Trail
This trail gives access to a range of hiking options. Either pair it with a separate loop, or follow it out for as long as you wish. You don't need to go far to feel like you've gotten away from everything. Get there: The trail starts at the bottom of the Lehman ski trail at the base of Peak 9 off Village Road in town.
1. Blue Lakes-Monte Cristo Gulch
The trail starts above tree line at 11,748 feet and in 2.5 miles takes you to an historic mining area surrounded by alpine lakes. Be prepared for sublime views. Get there: Drive south on U.S. 9 for eight miles to Blue Lakes Road (No. 850). Turn right and follow the road for 2.2 miles to the parking area just below the dam.
2. McCullough Gulch
This 2.6-mile hike meanders through evergreen forests, past waterfalls, meadows, and wildflowers. In other words, it's a quintessential Colorado Mohawk Lakes hike. Get there: From town head south on U.S. 9 to Blue Lakes Road (No. 850). Turn right and then turn right again onto County road 851. Continue for two miles and park near the water diversion structures. Then walk to the trailhead—a 15- minute walk on a path left of a sign marked: "Private Road, No Admittance."
3. Mohawk Lakes
A perennial favorite (for a reason!), Mohawk Lakes is often referred to as an absolute must do. Here's why: it's a stunning five-mile hike that climbs to gorgeous lakes and historic ruins. It's equal parts challenging and do-able for the entire family. Get there: Head south from town on U.S. 9 to Spruce Creek Road (No. 800). Continue 1.2 miles to the trailhead.
1. Quandary Peak
One of Colorado's 54 14ers (peaks that top out above 14,000 feet), Quandary is a friendly but rigorous hike. Although only six miles, the trail climbs 3,305 feet and will take anywhere from three to nine hours to complete, depending on fitness. Get there: Drive south on U.S. 9 to Blue Lakes Road (no. 850), turn right, and then turn right onto County Road 851 for 0.1 miles to the Quandary Peak trailhead.
2. Wheeler National Recreation Trail
The logistical and athletic effort is well worth it for this long and challenging trail that crosses the Tenmile Range at nearly 12,500 feet. Get there: You'll need two cars to shuttle this long (10 miles) slog. Park one at the trailhead off of County Road 851 south of town. Park the other at the Vail Pass/Tenmile Canyon Bikeway Parking Area