Breckenridge in September is the start of fall. Due to our high elevation, Breckenridge is one of the first places in the country where the leaves begin to change color. Visitors and locals alike flock to the trails and embark on scenic drives to see the vibrant colors of green, orange and yellow come together on hillsides, valleys and around town. But Breckenridge in September is more than just golden aspens- events and festivals fill the calendar and there are tons of outdoor activity options too. Join us for yourself and see what all the hype is about.
Weather in September
Breckenridge in September is when the temperatures begin to drop, yet it’s still perfect weather for almost any activity on your list. Temperatures range from the mid-60s and high 50s most days, with abundant sunshine perfect for strolling at fall outdoor events like Oktoberfest and the Breckenridge Wine Classic. Days are usually warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt, while nights will require extra layers as the sun goes down.
September is usually one of the drier months too, and the afternoon showers of summer have started to diminish. Come late September to October, there may be an occasional snowfall.
Labor Day Weekend – Sept. 5-7, 2020
Enjoy beautiful autumn temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race supporting the Summit Foundation, the annual Sidewalk Sale featuring over 74 shops around Breckenridge, and the Great Divide Arts Festival featuring over 100 artists with a wide range of mediums including photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery. Bring the whole family and watch as hundreds of ducks race down the Blue River at the Riverwalk Center, participate in free activities, stroll and shop along Main Street and the Art Festival and snack on yummy food throughout town.
Oktoberfest – Sept. 11-13, 2020
Breckenridge Oktoberfest, September 6-8, 2019, is the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains. Join us on historic Main Street where Munich meets the mountains for views, brews, yummy food, live music and more! With more than three-dozen genuine German cuisine and brew vendors, German-themed games including Hammerschlagan, Bavarian lederhosen, Oompah and polka dancing, Oktoberfest is hard to beat!
Breckenridge Wine Classic – Sept. 17-20, 2020
Raise your glasses and join us as we uncork the can’t miss wine festival of the season! Breckenridge Wine Classic is your chance to grow your knowledge and enjoy top quality food and wines from vineyards around the world. Master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers invite the public to play, wine and dine during the height of Breckenridge’s fall colors. The event combines a Grand Tasting at Riverwalk Center, Main Street stroll, and seminars with food, wine and outdoor adventures to create a weekend of fine food and foliage.
The Breckenridge Wine Classic offers a variety of experiences on the mountain, in restaurants, classrooms, and around town. Enrich your mind with new knowledge and enjoy food and wine while experiencing all that Breckenridge has to offer for your mountain weekend.
Breckenridge Film Festival – Sept. 24-27, 2020
The Breck Film Fest delivers compelling film experiences year-round as the Summit Film Society and through an annual festival. Held in September, the festival celebrates the art of film-making with a diverse selection of filmmakers gathered from around the globe to engage and inspire with their unique storytelling. Add in 90+ independent films and premieres, plus forums and parties amidst the fall colors in the Colorado Rockies, and its no wonder that USA Today named the Breckenridge Film Festival as one of the Top 20 Film Festivals in the United States.
Breckenridge Strings, Ciders & Sours
Cider is becoming the most loved beverage in the universe and the route to all things magnificent. We aren’t missing a beat! Add quintessential American Bluegrass, delicious food pairings, a Sours Garden and gorgeous views; you have an irresistible recipe for magic. These indulgences come together for Breckenridge Strings, Ciders & Sours the weekend of September 27-29, 2019.
Activities to do in Breckenridge in September
Hiking and Biking
Walk, hike or bike in the golden glow of the aspen groves with seemingly endless miles of trails to explore around Breckenridge. Here are a few of our favorite trails to get you started.
Aspen Alley can be reached via Boreas Pass Road. Look for the large wagon wheels on the right at the first switchback and turn onto Monroe Road toward Illinois Gulch. A handful of parking spots are available at the Breckenridge Sawmill Museum, or you can park at Stephen C. West Ice Arena and hike up and back down. Mountain Bikers can ride to the upper trailhead and descend.
Minnie Mine, B&B and Reiling Dredge trails are all connected through the French Gulch trail system. Take Wellington Road past the Country Boy Mine, and you’ll see various trailheads that allow for out and back or loop hikes. For a great aspen loop hike, park at the B&B trailhead and continue east before crossing the road and climbing the Minnie Mine trail. Choose the X10U8 trail for less climbing, and for longer loops do a search for Side Door or V3 trails.
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. Looking for more? Learn more about hiking and biking in Breckenridge.
There’s nothing like passing through the trees on a scenic drive near Breckenridge. Filled with history, journeys to the top of the continental divide, high alpine views and aspens galore, these three easy drives will leave you in awe.
Boreas Pass will take you from Breckenridge to Como in about an hour – though you can turn around at any point before then. The drive is filled with high alpine meadows, historical sights and mountain views. Hop out to take photos and stroll along the easy, relatively flat dirt road as far as you’d like.
Hoosier Pass takes you south past Breckenridge through Blue River to Alma and Fairplay. Stop at the top of the pass to see the Continental Divide sign, and maybe even take a short hike from the trailhead. Hoosier Pass is paved and doesn’t require a 4-wheel drive vehicle in the Summer. If you have more time, head north on US-285 toward Kenosha Pass. The Colorado Trail crosses the summit of Kenosha Pass, and there are many hiking and biking trails nearby with a large parking area at the top of the pass.
Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway starts at Copper Mountain and travels over Fremont Pass to Leadville. Travelers can take one route to Granite or, to loop back to Breckenridge, follow the extension to Tennessee Pass, through Camp Hale, Red Cliff and Minturn, and back to I-70 East. Take in expansive views of Colorado 14ers and glorious fall colors.
Fall weather and water conditions can often be more stable, making September a favorite month for local anglers. Take a guided tour with one of the many fly-fishing shops around town, or simply head down to the Blue River that runs right through Breckenridge and cast a line. The River Trail follows the Blue northbound, and there are plenty of spots to set up for a few hours. Park at the Breckenridge Recreation Center or along Airport Road in one of the free summer parking lots.
Golfing in Breckenridge extends throughout the summer into September. The Breckenridge Golf Course is situated in the breathtaking, glacier-sculpted Upper Blue River Valley and Breckenridge is the only town in the world to maintain a Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole golf course. The clubhouse sits at an elevation of 9,324 feet and features a restaurant, bar, golf shop and full practice facilities.
One of the best group activities during the summer, whitewater rafting in Breckenridge and its surrounding rivers can make a splash during any vacation. And this year, with our record-breaking snowfall, rafting continues into the fall through mid-September. Trips can be customized by age, ability level, and sense of adventure. From adrenaline junkies looking for huge waves and pounding hearts to those looking for a relaxing float trip that showcases scenery, solitude, wildlife, and history; there’s a rafting experience that’s perfect for your group.
More Fall Activities
This fall, you can also try solving clues and escaping from an Escape Room, a Country Boy Mine tour complete with gold panning, BreckCreate classes, and workshops, as well as ghost, history and museum tours in Breckenridge. For more activities to do in Breckenridge in September, check out more of our top 100 activities to do in fall!