In the 1800s, prospectors flooded what was to become Breckenridge, Colorado with the hopes of striking gold (and they found it). Today, travelers discover an adventurous mountain community that feels historic yet timeless. As one of the nation’s premier year-round destinations, Breckenridge visitors feel welcome and, when here, feel local.
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(HIDDEN GEM) Historic Snowfall Sets the Summer Stage – Coming off a historic winter season with phenomenal snowfall, rafting and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) in the Rocky Mountains is expected to be at its best early summer. Historically, an above average winter season translates to uber-fun early-season river conditions, breathtaking wildflower and pristine waterfall viewing in late May and June. Locals tip: ditch the car, take a shuttle and ride the Breck Free Ride when you visit.
(HIDDEN GEM) Travel Sustainably and Save 48% on Lodging – It’s a common thread among locals, “I came for a winter and stayed for the summer.” Even the Breckenridge mayor, Eric Mamula, himself got sucked up by the charm and found himself here almost 32 years later after he ditched a law school acceptance letter for the mellow mountain vibe. Visiting in June not only results in deep lodging deals (in comparison to winter average daily rate), but your stay contributes to a more balanced, year-round economy in this iconic mountain town.
- (HIDDEN GEM) Gold Panning Championships, June 14– 16 – A perfect free, family event to capture early summer fever in June. Follow in the steps of early prospectors who struck it rich in Breckenridge with professional gold panning teams from across the nation to teach you. Try your hand panning for gold flakes and maybe you’ll even find the modern day “Tom’s Baby” (the largest chunk of gold ever found in Colorado in Breckenridge).
- Locals tip: 2019 marks the 160th anniversary of the Colorado Gold Rush but today, travelers look to the state for a new kind of rush. An adrenaline rush. Many of the state’s former mining towns are now mecca’s for outdoor adventure and offer outdoor enthusiasts a new way to enjoy the remnants of Colorado’s storied mining past. In Breckenridge, visitors can hike and bike along former mining routes including Minnie Mine or Sally Barber, or go fly fishing in the Gold Medal waters of the Blue River which was once used to pan for gold.
(NEW) ZOMBIES! VR Tech meets historic Breckenridge – Opened in late January by the same local family that created Mountain Time Escape Rooms, this virtual reality arcade creates a virtually new experience in Breckenridge – think battling zombies or six-shooting through a wild west saloon – perfect for the ever-searching tween haunting parents with the dreaded statement, “I’m bored.”
(NEW) LOGE Breckenridge Hotel Inspires Exploration and Community – Inspired by the surf, climbing and camping culture of the 70’s and the relaxed energy of road tripping with friends, LOGE encourages people to get out and explore together. LOGE Breckenridge, tentatively opening late May, features 38 rooms and a 20-bed hostel, meeting space for 48, bar/café, mountain bike and ski demo center, outdoor stage & common area, and fire pits all next door to some of the best trails access outside of Breckenridge, including the famed Colorado Trail. LOGE is located right next to the Breck Free Ride stop so no car in Breckenridge is no problem when visiting.
(NEW) 8 Million in New Fiber Optic Smart City Technology – The Town of Breckenridge is known for its pioneering spirit and being an innovative mountain community. That very sentiment fueled the Town Council’s Fall 2018 decision to invest in ﬁber infrastructure that will position Breckenridge for the future of digital communication, global connectivity and smart city technology. Breckenridge’s Fiber9600 project is not to catch up, but to conﬁdently leap light years ahead. This summer, guests can expect to see small crews on Town roadways and the recreational path laying fiber infrastructure. Pardon our dust as we prepare Breckenridge for the future!
(HIDDEN GEM) “Very Breckenridge” Art Scene – Voted in recent years as one of the nation’s top arts destinations, the Breckenridge Art District is full of local makers and visitors can find only-made-in-Breckenridge treasures or make their own souvenirs in regular DIY workshops. The art district located just off historic Main Street is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Breckenridge’s creative scene as under-the-radar festivals and installations spread the creative juices all over the historic town and even gets guests exploring the forest.
- (NEW) Isak Heartstone Troll appears this June – Isak Heartstone is a 15-feet, wooden troll sculpture found on the Trollstigen Trail in Breckenridge, Colorado. Installed by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, known worldwide for building great things out of trash, Isak welcomes all who leave no trace
- (HIDDEN GEM) WAVE: Light + Water + Sound – May 30 – Jun 2 – A four-day festival featuring interactive artworks, temporary installations and musical performances around the Blue River Plaza, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront area into outdoor canvasses and exhibition spaces.
- (NEW) BreckCreate Receives $65,000 Grant from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – The third NEA grant awarded to BCA for its innovation and forward-thinking within the past two years, this spring the newest grant will support “Ecoventions Breckenridge.” The proposed art installations will target local topics of ecological and public safety concern.
- (HIDDEN GEM) Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) – Aug. 9 – 18 – A 10-day program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the multi-arts festival brings together an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment.
(HIDDEN GEM) Earliest Viewing of Fall Colors in North America – Thanks to a high elevation of 9,600 ft. above sea level, Breckenridge is one of the first destinations in the country to spot the famed golden leaves in mid-September to mid-October. On top of tunnels of the spectacular golden leaves, fall in Breckenridge is peppered with festivals appealing to everyone from the bacon connoisseur to the movie buff.
- Prost! to one of the first ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Nation – 6 – 8 – Going strong for twenty-five years as one of the first chances to Oktoberfest in North America, Breckenridge Oktoberfest brings a weekend of celebration, German cuisine and plenty of Paulaner beer. It is one of the largest Oktoberfests in the Rocky Mountain region and offers collectible steins imported directly from Germany.
- Other fall festivals: Breckenridge Wine Classic, 12-15, Breckenridge Film Fest, Sept. 19-22, Breckenridge Strings, Ciders and Sours, Sept. 27-29, Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, Oct. 18-21.
Epic Discovery at Breckenridge: A Mountain of Summer Fun is Ahead – Exploring the mountain at Breckenridge Ski Resort isn’t just a winter activity. Embark on a summer adventure at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Epic Discovery, offering a combination of scenic and thrill-seeking outdoor activities designed to immerse guests in Breck’s High Alpine environment. Epic Discovery offers a variety of zones and activities designed to engage guests in nature while highlighting Breck’s rich environment, local history and possibilities for adventure. The summer fun starts at Peak 8 Base Camp, accessible via the free BreckConnect Gondola in town, and offers a hub of family-friendly activities geared towards the little ones and signature summer thrills like the Gold Runner Coaster and Alpine Slides. From there, take a scenic ride on the Colorado SuperChair to Alpine Camp and find the resort’s newest summer activities. Catch a thrilling ride on the Expedition Zipline Tour, scale multiple routes on the Gold Summit Climbing Wall, test your balance and maneuver the obstacles of the Alpineer Challenge Course, embark on a scenic hike with learn-through-play activities and more, all with stunning views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.