Snowshoeing was created, most likely by the Native Americans and Central Asians, as a way to travel through deep snow by floating on top of it. Now, it has become one of the most popular winter activities in Breckenridge, and serves as a great way to explore Breckenridge’s extensive trail system in the winter.
Breckenridge boasts more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) of perfectly manicured cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails between the town’s two Nordic Centers. If exploring some historic mining ruins on your own is more your style, the Breckenridge trail system offers hundreds of miles of ungroomed trails to explore. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them and embark on a self-guided adventure or take a guided tour.
Where to Snowshoe in Breckenridge
Gold Run Nordic Center
With 15k of snowshoe trails, the Gold Run Nordic Center is a great place for the beginner and experienced outdoor enthusiast. The Gold Run Nordic Center offers on-site rentals for easy trail access as well as daily guided tours the whole family can enjoy. The nordic center offers snowshoe trails for all ability levels, from beginner to advanced.
The Gold Run Nordic Center also offers cross-country skiing, fat bike rentals and partners with Breckenridge Stables to offer horse-drawn carriage rides . Warm-up after a day on the trails with a cup of hot cocoa or boozy beverage in the cozy lodge next to the fireplace.
Breckenridge Nordic Center
More than 40 kilometers More than 40 kilometers of wonderfully groomed Breckenridge Nordic ski and snowshoe-specific trails await all abilities at this Nordic Center nestled below the ski resort. At the base of the Ten Mile Range, one half-mile from Main Street on Ski Hill Road, idyllic trails weave through the gorgeous Cucumber Gulch Nature Preserve for great views, wildlife viewing and peaceful quiet in the surrounding National Forest.
Equipment rentals, lessons, snow cat tours, a snack bar and professional staff are on hand to get you on your way. Take in the mountain views and be sure to swing into the Hallelujah Hut for a chance to warm up by the wood-burning fireplace.
Free Groomed Trails
Snowshoers and other outdoor enthusiast can take advantage of Summit County’s groomed rec path. The groomed section of the Recpath now extends from the Breckenridge Rec Center to the Frisco Adventure Park, offering over 8 miles of fee free, winter recreation. Grooming operations will include track-setting for classic Nordic skiers, as well as laying corduroy for skate skiers, fat bike cyclists and other non-motorized users. The project partners ask that cyclists and walkers avoid the classic ski tracks so they remain usable for skiers.
Etiquette – Users are encouraged to be respectful and courteous to one another on the multiuse pathway and to use proper trail etiquette, including packing out all trash. Just as in the summer, dogs are required to be leashed when on the pathway, and motorized uses are not allowed. Pet owners are required by law to pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly in a trash receptacle.
In addition to the bike path, the Town of Breckenridge grooms trails in the iconic Golden Horseshoe area (Tom’s Baby & Middle Flume trails).
Explore Breckenridge’s Trails
Breckenridge’s interconnected trail system offers countless miles of trails to be explored. These same trails can be hiked or biked in the summer, but during the winter months they provide amazing access to the vast winter backcountry. Breckenridge has winter hikes for every ability level at various distances. Gear can be rented through Breckenridge’s Nordic centers and local shops throughout town. Not sure where to go? Winter Trail maps are available online or at the Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street.
Guided Nordic and Snowshoe Tours
Let your guide do the way-finding so you can focus on the amazing views and learn something new. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance opens the doors to the Bunk House on Iowa Hill for snowshoers on their winter tour and through French Gulch as a private option. The Continental Divide Land Trust offers occasional winter snowshoe outings to protected open space properties with the opportunity to learn about Breckenridge’s conservation efforts, mining history, and local wildlife.
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