There’s a saying you’ll hear from many of the locals in Breckenridge (or anywhere in the Colorado Rockies, really)- “I came for the winter, but stayed for the summers.” With an average high of around 70 degrees and average low around the 40s, it’s a cool break with little to no humidity. While the sweltering heat is taking over the rest of the United States, the Rocky Mountains stay at a nearly perfect temperature- ideal for outdoor sports, activities and just hanging out by the river or on the patio at some of our favorite restaurants. From adrenaline-inducing adventures to activities that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated, there’s an endless list of Breckenridge summer activities for everyone to enjoy.
Start planning and check out our Breckenridge Summer Packing Guide to make sure you don’t leave anything behind!
Breckenridge Summer Activities
Hit the 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!
Not only is Breckenridge a hiker’s dream, 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 popular beer and distillery bike tour.
Cool off on the Water
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!
When the ice melts, it’s time to grab your reel and waders and head into the rivers and lakes in and around Breckenridge. 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 licence and you’re all set! If not, rent some gear and take a lesson or tour with one of the many local fly-fishing shops around town. One of our favorite spots to fly-fish in the summer is at Lower Mohawk Lake or along the Blue River where you can catch Colorado’s state fish, the native Cutthroat Trout.
- Breckenridge Outfitters: An Orvis-endorsed guide company, Breckenridge Outfitters provides world-class fishing with some of the best guides around. They offer two-hour, half-day, and full-day packages, as well as river and lake float trips. They were also selected as the 2016 Orvis Shop of the Year and have also been awarded Outfitter of the Year four times.
- Mountain Angler: As Breck’s oldest fly fishing guide service, Mountain Angler is sure to provide you with any kind of trout fishing you desire! Offering half and full-day trips as well as float trips. Take a trip for access to five rivers, a dozen smaller streams, three reservoirs with record-breaking fish, and even a few “lunker ponds.”
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.
Boating + Kayaking
Lake Dillon is the closest lake to Breckenridge about 10-15 minutes away. With 25 miles of shoreline, two great marinas and picturesque views, you’re sure to find some summer fun for everyone in your group on the water!
- Frisco Bay Marina: A full-service marina at 9,000 feet providing kayak, canoe and SUP rentals, powerboat and fishing boat rentals, sailboat lessons, rentals and tours, fishing, and a marina park. Located at the south end of Main Street in Frisco, you’re close to local shops and restaurants for post-activity fun. If you don’t want to travel onto the mainland, be sure to enjoy dinner and drinks at the Island Grill right on the water!
- Dillon Marina: Visit the world’s highest deep-water marina! They offer motorized boat rentals, SUP and kayak rentals, sailing school and lake tours. Stop by Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar and enjoy your favorite tropical cocktail while taking in the incredible views, or check out a free concert at the newly renovated Dillon Amphitheater.
Arts and Culture
Breckenridge Arts District
Steeped in culture and heritage, the Breckenridge Arts District provides a unique mix of artistic and creative opportunities for people of all ages and interests. Established in 2014, BreckCreate supports and promotes arts, culture and creative experiences throughout the town. Stop by their buildings on Washington Ave. to tour historical arts facilities, take part in their creative workshops like pottery throwing or woodworking, or attend a live performance or concert.
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is the resident theatre company of the beautiful Breckenridge Theater, a newly renovated 137-seat theater located in the heart of historic downtown Breckenridge. Founded in 1974, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is the oldest year-round theatre company on Colorado’s Western Slope and the longest serving non-profit organization in Summit County. Check out what’s playing now!
Escape Rooms + Virtual Reality
Seek clues, solve unique puzzles, answer questions and work together to try to escape! These all-age friendly Breckenridge-themed rooms consist of stories, decorations and technology to immerse you in a fun game for all. You’ll have 60-minutes to complete each of your adventures! This is a great bonding activity for families, friends, date nights, bachelorette, bachelor or birthday parties, co-workers and teammates.
Once you’ve escaped, head next door to VR Arcade and enter into one of their premium Virtual Reality X Pods and embark on an adventure. Their uniquely designed pods track your every move to give you a safe and contained space to play in VR. With unmatched immersion, image resolution and premium content, you’ll be transported into a realistic new world of immersive experience. Over 30 games to choose from- try fighting off zombies or test your luck in a wild west draw.
Ready, Paint, Fire!
A create-your-own masterpiece art studio! Ready, Paint, Fire!’s art classes are a great indoor activity that are guaranteed fun for everyone. Try your skills at painting your own pottery, canvas painting, mosaic art or glass fusing. All materials are provided, there is no experience necessary, and their experienced staff can guide you along the way. Join them for canvas painting parties on Saturdays or glass fusing workshops on Wednesdays. Beer and wine is always available to get the creative juices flowing!
Breckenridge’s Stephen C. West Ice Arena offers a variety of activities year-round which include daily public skate sessions, drop-in hockey sessions, learn to skate classes and youth and adult hockey leagues. Get out and play or come watch the action of local ice sports like curling and broomball. Complete with a world-class pro shop, rentals and the experienced and friendly staff, you’ll be on the ice in no time!
Speakeasy Movie Theatre
Grab some popcorn, candy, beer or wine and take a seat in the newly remodeled Speakeasy Theatre! Screening a select family-friendly movie every week, the Speakeasy is an intimate, unique theater unlike any other, perfect for the whole group. Check their website for current showings and times!
Spa & Beauty Services
The opportunities for wellness and self care are countless in our quaint mountain town. Whether you’re taking a day to rejuvenate on your high energy mountain vacation, escaping the city for a weekend or looking for a full immersion into health and wellness, prioritize yourself and relax on your next visit. Enjoy a facial, massage, mani-pedi, acupuncture, hot tub, reiki and more after an exciting day of summer activities.
Breckenridge Recreation Center
The newly renovated 88,000 square foot Breckenridge Recreation Center offers a variety of athletic and community activities rarely found in a community of this size. With lap and leisure pools, the Summit Plummit water slide, coed sauna, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, an indoor rock-climbing wall, raquet ball court, aerobic and dance studios and classes, yoga and Pilates, a skate park and more, you are bound to find something for everyone! They offer both daily admission and punch passes to use during your stay in Breckenridge, and is easily accessible via the Breckenridge Free Ride Transit System or the Blue River Bikeway. Visit the Programs page for activities and events!
Historical Tours & Museums
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Take a guided stroll around town and find yourself submersed in Breckenridge’s rich history. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a number of walking and hiking tours of historic sites and museums surrounding the area, including saloon, ghost, gold panning and snowshoe tours! Stop by their desk in the back of the Welcome Center or book online.
Breckenridge Ghost Tours
Join Gail on a Breckenridge walking tour to explore the darker side of our wild west past with chilling tales of the ghosts that remain here and other strange events. All tours are family-friendly and are a great way to discover Breckenridge’s historic buildings and stories by night.
Country Boy Mine
Once upon a time, the Country Boy Mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Colorado. Today, you can head underground for a tour of a real gold mine, pet the burros, slide down the ore chute, visit the General Store and pan for gold at the original mine. Located just two miles from downtown Breckenridge, enjoy history and culture in one of Colorado’s most prosperous locations!
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Sip Local Brews
- Breckenridge Brewery opened its doors in 1990 and is the third-oldest craft brewery in the state. Nestled below the slopes on Main Street, the brewpub continues to delight locals and visitors with a lively atmosphere, delicious pub fare, and of course, a great selection of beer.
- Broken Compass Brewing is the newest addition to Breckenridge with a unique atmosphere where you feel at home. Head over to their location on Airport road and soak up some sun on their outdoor patio or play board games with a group of friends. Don’t miss trivia night on Tuesdays and take advantage of their free shuttle to and from downtown Breckenridge.
While you’re over on Airport Road, keep the party going and visit the World’s Highest Distillery to see what all the praise is about! Take a tour, get some grub and sip some Breckenridge-inspired cocktails featuring their award-winning libations. Sample free tastings of handmade, small-batch Colorado spirits at the Tasting Room downtown in the Blue River Plaza or at their original location. Along with Broken Compass, the distillery also offers a free shuttle for guests.
Fat-Bike Beer and Distillery Tours
Make a day of your tasting adventure on the Ridden fat bike distillery and brewery tour. The adventure begins on the south end of town with brief educational stops at select landmarks as you make your way to the Blue River Rec Path. This one-of-a-kind trail is maintained year-round and features some of our nation’s most scenic views as it winds throughout Breckenridge alongside the famous Blue River. Once you reach Broken Compass brewery and the distillery, you’ll be able to have your fill of libations before you bike it all off back to town.
Want more? Check out happy hour deals and parties going on, as well as where to see live music around town! Don’t drink and drive- take the Breckenridge Free Ride bus to and from your favorite sports bars and restaurants around town.
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 come give your game a shot at 9,500 feet!
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. You will experience river crossings, beaver ponds and breathtaking panoramic views of the continental divide. With more than 100 horses, guides are able to match each rider to a horse based on ability and experience. This is also a great trip for younger children in the group. Breakfast and dinner rides are also available on weekends, as well as sleigh rides in the winter.
Jeep & ATV Tours
Explore areas around Breckenridge in a Jeep or ATV with Breckenridge Resort. Let their informative guides take the lead on Summit County’s thousands of miles of backcountry 4WD roads that provide spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. Some of these tours might even take you through ghost towns and historic sites in Summit County!
The snow may be gone but the resort stays open! Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Epic Discovery offers activities for every level of adventurer. From scenic chairlift rides to guided hikes, zip-line tours, climbing walls, mini-golf and roller coasters, it’s easy to pack your day full of fun at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge.
Enjoy a free scenic ride on the Breck Connect Gondola up to the base of Peak 8 and all the Epic Discovery fun! Travel through the trees, over mountains and soar above town to Peak 7 and Peak 8.
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.
Want to discover more to do in Breckenridge this summer? Check out our Ultimate Family Summer Guide and be sure not to miss the Best Summer Events! As always, swing by the Breckenridge Welcome Center upon arrival to start planning.
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