When the surrounding slopes of Breckenridge swap snow for wildflowers, the town comes alive in unexpected ways. From its charming and historic Main Street and thriving arts district to 250 miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking, Breckenridge is a summer destination for visitors to thrive.
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Explore Breckenridge, Virtually:
- NEW launched mid-May, The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance allows Breckenridge fans to travel back in time to the 1880s and experience the gold mining era in augmented reality, including a 360 degree re-creation of iconic Main Street. Check out a mining camp turned ghost town, see the longest operating mine in Breckenridge and hear how the railroad traversed high mountain passes year round.
- BreckCreate has launched BreckCreate Connect | Keeping Breckenridge Connected Through the Arts. Artists and staff are bringing BreckCreate classes to travelers via a virtual art studio. A sample of current offerings include DIY projects, figure drawing, upcycled textile creations and more. Classes are presented on the BreckCreate Facebook page and the BreckCreate YouTube channel.
Slow and Sustainable Travel:
As the world recently came to a pause, there is a renewed appreciation and need to slow down, cherish experiences with loved ones and take care of planet Earth. Known for its world-class outdoor playground and historic downtown, Breckenridge has a goal of providing memorable experiences while preserving what makes it special for generations to come.
- When faced with the sudden fame of a 15-foot troll sculpture named Isak Heartstone, Breckenridge created a sustainable trail experience accessible for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
- Breckenridge’s NEWGravity Haus has a focus on stewardship: No single-use plastic on site. Eccentric about recycling, trash and composting diverting as much waste as possible. Partnership with the National Forest Foundation and Protect Our Winters. Unravel Coffee co-produces and imports straight from farms in Ethiopia and roasts on-site with a Bellwether zero-emissions roaster.
- Breckenridge is committed to climate action with goals of reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. More information at sustainablebreck.com.
- 100 percent renewable electricity for municipal facilities by 2025 and a second goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy community-wide by 2035.
- Reducing and diverting waste 40 percent by 2025. The Town supported the Safe Futures Fund which provides $1.6M in funding to improve recycling programs.
- The Destination Management Plan strives to make events zero waste by 2024.
- Breckenridge launched its first two electric Proterra buses as part of the FreeRide Fleet in 2019. Recently, the Town received a $2.1M grant to transition three more buses to all-electric. Plans are in the works to install 16 public charging stations for electric vehicles in 2020.
- The Town of Breckenridge protects over 4,800 acres of open space which are critical for wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, view corridors, and sequestering carbon in an effort to reduce greenhouse gasses.
Road Trip to Breckenridge and Ditch the Car When you Get There:
Road tripping will most likely be the preferred mode of travel this summer, and a drive through the Colorado Rockies is an awe-inspiring experience in and of itself. Once landed in Breckenridge, ditch the car, stretch the legs and explore with your own two feet. An expansive network of hiking and mountain bike trails is easily accessible right from the center of town, quiet roads for road biking abound and a paved bike path that extends to neighboring towns runs right along the Blue River. Hikers can hit the trails directly from several trailheads including The Burro Trail and Sawmill Creek Trail. Or, take the FREE BreckConnect Gondola from town to 10,000 ft. at the Breckenridge Ski Resort and access hiking and biking trails, a variety of lodging properties. The Breckenridge Free Ride bus system provides eco, efficient, courteous, and reliable transit service to visitors. Shoppers and diners will love strolling up and down historic Main Street with quaint local shops and handcrafted bites and sips from area restaurants, breweries and distilleries. Due to the current health crisis and to offer plenty of distance between pedestrians, NEW THIS SUMMER Breckenridge’s Main Street closed to cars for the first time and become an open-air walking mall though mid-August.
Social Distancing Through the Outdoors – Lesser Known Outdoor Experiences in Breck: The Town of Breckenridge is home to hundreds of miles of area hiking and biking trails with ample opportunities for travelers to recreate and experience the unexpected while social distancing.
- Experience Art in the Outdoors:
- There’s no need to pack into a museum to experience incredible arts and cultural offerings. The Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts (BIFA) Trail Mix series connects art and music to the town’s natural environment through trailside concerts and art installations in Breckenridge’s outdoor landscape.
- Isak Heartstone, the large-scale, wooden troll sculpture created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, can also be found along the specially constructed one-way Trollstigen Trail. Dambo specializes in making imaginative art pieces from recycled materials.
- The Breckenridge Public Art Collection engages passersby from all walks of life, inciting conversation around topics that are quintessentially Breckenridge, from the picturesque mountain environment to rich local history. There are more than 30 pieces seen on a self-guided tour in the permanent collection that occupy carefully selected public spaces throughout town.
- Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails to Yourself (History Lesson Included): With hundreds of miles of area trails, it is easy to have a trail all to A few less traveled routes include:
- The Wire Patch Trail, part of Breckenirdge’s expansive French Gulch trail system is a buffed trail with endless connectors and beautiful scenery, including views of the Breckenridge Ski Resort to the west and towering Mount Guyot to the east. *Learn a bit about Breckenridge’s mining history on the trails of French Gulch by reading interpretive signage and spotting remains of the area’s mining past.
- The Peaks Trail is about 9 miles and runs from Breckenridge to Frisco with breathtaking views of the Ten Mile Range. The trail follows an old mining road from the 1800’s and has a section that runs alongside an aqueduct that was built by miners to funnel and sift water containing precious gold and silver.
- The Burro Trail is so close to downtown Breckenridge but so far removed. The woods are deep and dark with the shade of large spruce trees that are a refreshing break from the summer sun. The busy creek burbles alongside the trail and beaver ponds and meadows create openings in the forest canopy.
- Find Serenity at an Alpine Lake: Explore the beauty of the Crystal Lakes. Beginning on an 1880’s wagon road, climb to treeline through a spruce forest and into a vast alpine meadow to the Lower Crystal Lake surrounded by towering, craggy peaks. For those looking for more adventure, hike to the Upper Crystal Lake at 12,900 feet.
- Everyone Knows 14ers – Climb a Lesser-Known Breck 12er or 13er: While peak bagging 14,000-foot peaks (14ers) has some grandeur qualities, escaping the crowds that flock to their summits is one of many reasons to seek out Breckenridge area 12ers and 13ers. Summit County is home to bountiful options when it comes to ascending peaks, and most of these options are between 12,000 and 14,000 feet. Choose from mountains such as Peak 9, Crystal Peak, Wheeler Mountain, Peak 10, Pacific Peak and the list goes on.
- Fly Fish On Secluded Mountain Streams: Fly fishing has always been about peace and solitude, and Breckenridge is home to some of the best fly fishing waters in the state of Colorado. With numerous rivers, streams, alpine lakes and reservoirs carrying fresh snowmelt all within an hour of downtown, there’s a destination to match nearly all interests and skill levels.
- Dog Sledding in Summer?! Rocky Mountain safari meets Arctic exploration in the midst of wildflower season with a NEW summer dog sledding experience from Good Times adventures.
Rediscover Yourself – Breckenridge is the Place to Elevate Health and Wellness in the Outdoors:
After months of quarantining, Breckenridge’s year-round outdoor offerings, active lifestyle, fresh mountain air and sunshine appeal to visitors in search of a true wellness retreat. Visitors can explore miles of interconnected trails for year-round adventures, a designated bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists, unique spa offerings, quaint yoga studios, nourishing dining options from locals’ favorite spots including Amazing Grace and LoLo Juice and more.
- Meta Yoga Studios is a wonderful place to start the day with an intention. Harmony Health Massage & Wellness offers relaxing massages and spa treatments and Ambika Herbals offers ayurvedic treatments or healing energy work. With two of the highest grottos in the world, Soothe and Infinity Spas located at the base of Peak 8 and Peak 7 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, feature a salt water hot tub with a waterfall, a eucalyptus-infused steam room and a cedar sauna ideal to let worries melt away.
- Travelers who want an immersive and hands-on wellness experience can take a class or workshop on herbals at the Breckenridge Arts District with Erica Ragusa of Ambika Herbals. Using native plants found in the Breckenridge area, Ragusa creates tinctures, salves, elixirs and “mock-tails” to create healing modalities.
- Those looking for a guided wellness experience can hire Colorado Adventure Guides for outdoor adventures ranging from sightseeing hikes to peak ascents and multi-day backpacking trips. Those hoping to take their adventuring to the next level can train with The Summit Endurance Academy, a local full-service endurance coaching company specializing in helping people do everything from just simply living a healthier lifestyle, to their first 5k or even a 100k.
- When it comes time to rest after a day of wellness pursuits, Breckenridge has a selection of lodging offerings focused on outdoor adventure and wellness including the new Gravity Haus that offers on-site Japanese Onsen and a Dryland Fitness Center as well as the anticipated completion of the LOGE Breckenridge.
First to Fall – Experience Fall Colors in Breckenridge:
For those who are already craving cooler temps, evening sweaters and fall colors, Breckenridge is the place to book a September vacation. Located at 9,600 ft. above sea level, the charming and historic town is one of the first in Colorado to say hello to fall. The area’s splendid groves of aspen trees begin their annual transformation to brilliant gold earlier given the town’s high elevation.
- Search for Gold on Breckenridge’s Singletrack: Breckenridge manicures 60+ miles of interconnected trails perfect for fall. The trails of French Gulch pass through Breckenridge’s “Golden Horseshoe,” one of Colorado’s most fertile mining regions. The initial gold strikes here in 1859 gave birth to the town and, for most of the next century; Breckenridge’s fortunes were largely driven by the Golden Horseshoe’s output. Today, the French Gulch Road area offers a number of singletrack options, several that pass by old mining remains and groves of changing aspens, that make for a beautiful autumn ride or hike.
- Big Snow Year Means Fall Rafting and Fishing: Breckenridge’s ski season was sadly cut short this year, which was a record snow year with 300+ inches of snowfall. The silver lining is that with all the snow, it is predicted that fall fly fishing will be amazing and the rafting season will extend into fall. In the fall, the weather and water conditions can often be more stable for fly fishing. One of Breck’s best kept secrets is that it is an amazing hub for whitewater rafting with nearby access to some of the best rivers for rafting in the state.
- Be Inspired By Fall With Art: Photographers from all over the world travel to the Breckenridge area in the autumn to capture the colorful foliage of the aspen trees set against the majestic backdrop of the towering peaks. Visitors should check the BreckCreate fall schedule for visual and performing arts, heritage and museum activities, craft education, culinary and healing arts, design, film and literature for individual self-expression and cultural exploration.
Find Hygge In Breckenridge This Winter:
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. And, what the Danish invented, Breckenridge perfected. As the seasons change and the cooler weather begins to appear, there’s no place better to get cozy than in Breckenrige. Snuggle up with a sleigh ride and yurt dinner with Two Below Zero. Snowshoe and overnight at Breckenridge’s newest cozy backcountry hut, Sisters Cabin (complete with a sauna and mountain views). Sip a smoked old fashioned at Modis. Dine on comforting classics followed by chocolate cookies and milk at Aurum. Soak in one of five infinity slopeside hot tubs at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8. Head to the Breck Nordic Center for a snowcat ride in a heated, all glass cabin, and experience the surrounding forest with a stop for s’mores and hot chocolate at one of their destination huts. Round out the experience with happy hour and live music in the charming Nordic Center lodge.
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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. Breckenridge is where old-school charm and new-school modern amenities merge with close to 200 shops, restaurants and tap houses showcasing endless character. As one of the nation’s premier year-round destinations, Breckenridge visitors feel welcome and, when here, feel local.