Guided hikes are a perfect way to add a fun educational component to hitting the trails and explore new areas. Many guided hikes in the area cover local history, forestry, wildlife, wildflowers, safety as well as technical skills for hitting the trails year-round. Guided hikes are offered yearround and are a great way to meet new friends while exploring Breckenridge’s extensive trail system. Learn about guided hikes offered in Breckenridge.
Summer & Fall Guided Hikes
Whether you’re interested in history, wildflowers, waterfalls or scenic views, there’s a hike for you in Breckenridge.
Guided Educational Hikes
Summit Nature Hikes is a non-profit service that leads small groups of 1-5 on planned nature hikes through one of several Colorado National Forests found near the I-70 mountain corridor. All hikes are led by interpretive nature guides and begin in the morning and return to the trailhead by mid or late afternoon. While nature hikes are designed to meet the physical abilities and experience level of participants as much as possible, most guided hikes will be a total of 3 to 11 miles.
Free Cucumber Gulch Guided Hike
Join a Naturalist on a free, 1.5 mile long guided tour of Cucumber Gulch Preserve. Themed hikes are offered Tuesday – Sunday throughout the summer and early fall. This hike will take up to 2 hours, so please be sure to bring water, wear sunscreen/bug spray, sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. No dogs please.
Meet at Peaks Trailhead on Peak 7 (Please take the Gondola up to Peak 7 early and walk over to trailhead, or park in designated areas only or at paid Stables lot if trailhead parking is full).
Flora, Fauna & History
The newly renovated Breckenridge Recreation Center offers the widest variety of guided hikes each summer led by seasoned locals. Past offerings have included Sawmill Creek’s “Shadows and Waterfalls,” and the Carter Park loop’s “Portrait of Breckenridge.” The menu mixes up each year, so check their calendar to start planning.
Ghost Town & Mining History
If history is your focus, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers guided winter snowshoe and summer hikes to mining sites and ghost towns. The Preston Ghost Town tour is a three-mile hike past the massive Jessie Mill and the abandoned town of Preston. The Iowa Hill Hike through Gold Mine History includes a visit inside the restored 1870’s Bunk House. Private and group tours of French Gulch, illustrating the complete spectrum of mining in Breckenridge, are also available. Each tour is led by a local historian well versed in Breckenridge’s fascinating gold mining history.
Hiking Without The Climb
Minimize exertion by combining a summer chair lift ride with a free hike at the Breckenridge Ski Area. Buy a lift ticket and take the scenic Colorado Chair to the Discovery Camp on Peak 8, where you’ll meet up with a Ranger for a guided outing into the alpine zone offering distant views and beautiful wildflowers.
Colorado Adventure Guides offers a variety of outings, from easy hikes to major peak bagging expeditions. They’re the only guides authorized by the U.S. Forest Service to take guests to the top of the major Fourteeners in our area. Those would be mountains above 14,000’ in elevation, like Quandary Peak just south of Breckenridge. But high peaks aren’t the only expedition that CAG offers, they have snowshoeing, biking, trail running, split-boarding and more! No matter what you choose, CAG’s professional guides will ensure that you have a fun and safe experience, while sharing their impressive knowledge of mountain history and geography along the way.
Winter Guided Hikes
When snow covers the landscape hikers turn to snowshoes or cross-country skis to hit the trails. A professional guide knows the way and will make your snowshoe or ski adventure that much more fun.
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 you are new to snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, a visit to one of the nordic centers is a must-do for your trip. Both nordic center offers a variety of lessons, guided tours and rental options throughout the winter season. The Gold Run Nordic Center provides snowshoe rentals and guided tours to the Golden Horseshoe, including Full Moon Tours on select winter nights.
Mining Ruins & History
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. 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.
Cross-country ski tours and backcountry skiing expeditions are also offered in winter by Colorado Adventure Guides. The Breckenridge Recreation Center provides the opportunity to dive into backcountry skiing and mountaineering with clinics and workshops to expand your knowledge and safety skills.
The Gold Run Nordic Center cranks down the intensity level with ambling cross country ski tours, as well as snowshoe and fat-bike rentals.
More Guided Adventures
The mountains are calling and a guide will help you get there with peace of mind to spare. Explore more guided and group adventure options in Breckenridge. For more adventures, check out our winter and summer activities, as well as indoor fun too!