Fall in Breckenridge is when the temperatures get a little cooler in preparation for winter, and although it never lasts as long as we want it to (we’d love to drink pumpkin spice lattes all year round if we could), it sure is amazing. 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 the fall is more than just golden aspens- events and festivals fill the calendar and most of the things we love doing in the summer are still available through mid-October. So if you’re just like us and aren’t quite ready to say hello to winter, keep summer rolling with these 6 summer activities to continue into fall.
Summer Activities to Continue Into Fall
Hiking + Biking
During the summer, trails open up endless possibilities for hiking around Breckenridge. Those same hikes are available throughout the fall but will offer a golden view as aspens change color mid-September, along with cooler temperatures- perfect for spending the days outdoor soaking up sunshine. The key to fall hiking? Layer-up to ensure you’re ready for changing conditions. Wondering where to hike? Here are our favorite easy, moderate and difficult hiking trails throughout Breckenridge, as well as our perfect fall itinerary for your next trip to Breckenridge.
In our opinion, biking only goes uphill in the fall. No, we don’t mean just climbing the hundreds of miles of trails in and around Breckenridge. We mean it only gets better- the cooler weather means you won’t heat up on the uphills, the number of people on the trails decrease, and you’re surrounded by breathtaking views and golden aspen leaves. Take your pick of endless dirt trails or enjoy fall days on the Blue River rec path. Until snow covers the ground – keep riding! And when the ground is covered – just switch to cross country skis, snowshoes, or a fat bike!
Festivals + Events
Fall is festival season in Breckenridge, and (rightfully) recognized for one of the best and largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the Rocky Mountains. But Oktoberfest isn’t the only festival or event that shines this fall. Breckenridge packs fall with special events, competitions, and reasons to celebrate! Check out Breckenridge Wine Classic and stroll along Main Street sampling wines, the Breck Film Festival featuring filmmakers gathered from around the globe, and the Craft Spirits Festival with tons of great small-batch sampling.
Although fly-fishing is available year-round in Breckenridge, Fall can be one of our favorite times to fish. Spring runoff is unpredictable, and summer monsoons can drop heavy rains leaving freshwater rivers looking more like chocolate milk overnight. In the fall, the weather and water conditions can often be more stable, leading to a nice stretch of amazing dry fly-fishing. Rent gear at one of the many shops around town, go out on your own, or take a guided lesson or float trip to get the inside scoop and tons of tips from the pros.
Explore Historic Main Street
Main Street Breckenridge is known for it’s incredible shopping and dining scene, but it also serves as the central hub of everything Breckenridge with fun events, festivals, live music, an abundance of activities for all ages and interests happening all year long. The best part is, once you park the car or take the shuttle in for your trip, you can walk anywhere, which means more time outside enjoying the mountains and enjoying the views. Take a peek at a few of our favorite Main Street Adventures and customize your own itinerary for the perfect mountain getaway this fall in Breckenridge.
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.