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Welcome to Breckenridge! We’re excited to have you here and have put together a few of our favorite resources to make your trip a little easier.

Welcome to Breckenridge

Remember, kindness can move mountains

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Thank you for being kind & patient to all those who are working hard to provide the welcoming, laid-back atmosphere that Breckenridge is known for.

Many hotels, boutiques, activity providers and restaurants that make up our authentic mountain town are short-staffed and may limit their offerings. While you are here, please support our recovery by being kind and patient to all those who are working hard to provide the welcoming, laid-back atmosphere that Breckenridge is known for.

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Keep a mask in your back pocket, in case you need to rock it.
Make reservations to maximize fun

Activities & Hikes

Most Likely To Have Last Minute Availability

Nearly every activity vendor is understaffed and having to limit offerings this summer.  If you are looking for a guided activity with last-minute availability, these are your best bets.

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Breckenridge's most popular activities and dining experiences can fill up quickly. We highly recommend making reservations in advance.
Enjoy the outdoors while protecting them by following Leave No Trace

Where To Hike

If you truly want to experience Breckenridge’s breathtaking beauty, hit the trails! There are hundreds of hiking trails in and around Breckenridge, which makes it easy to take part of one of the most popular summer activities. Our Hiking Guide will help you find great trails for your trip. Remember to care for Colorado by always following Leave No Trace principles!

Find Trails Near You

All of the top hiking trail apps (AllTrails, COTREX, Google Maps) have a GPS functionality that allows you to search for hiking trails near your location.  This great feature lets you skip the car and find hidden gems that aren’t heavily trafficked.

Best Hikes For Families

Give your kids the ultimate Colorado hiking experience by taking them on a scenic adventure through the Rocky Mountains. Follow our tips for hiking with kids before you get going.

Best Hikes For Families

BRECKENRIDGE TROLL 
This easy loop trail brings you to a magical, mystical 15-foot troll sculpture sculpted out of recycled wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. The Town of Breckenridge has relocated “Isak Heartstone” to his current location deep in the woods on the Trollstigen Trail, near the Stephen C. West Ice Rink. It’s perfect for kids of all ages and even grandparents.

Find the Breckenridge Troll


IOWA HILL MINE TRAIL

This easy, one and a half mile loop trail is filled with history! The trail winds through an abandoned mining site with historical artifacts and signage. You’ll start with a gradual climb, but there are lots of spots for breaks as well as benches. The last portion of the hike is all downhill.
Iowa Hill Mine Trail


SAWMILL RESERVOIR TRAIL

This short, easy hike is rich in views and close to town. Well shaded by pine trees with gentle elevation gain, this hike is perfect for beginner hikers as well as children. Start by strolling along the river, then end with views of the Breckenridge Ski Area, 10-Mile Mountain Range and a reservoir perfect for a lunch break with awesome views.
Sawmill Reservoir Trail

 

SALLIE BARBER MINE TRAIL
Sallie Barber is a wonderful beginner-level hike that leads to the old mining site which sits above town and provides gorgeous views toward both Breckenridge and Keystone.
Sallie Barber Mine Trail


PRESTON GHOST TOWN TRAIL

The Preston Ghost Town Trail is a bit hidden and starts off Tiger Road between Breckenridge and Frisco. There are no markers along the route, so to really learn about the history of the area, take the guided hike through the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Along the way, you’ll find abandoned mines and, of course, the town of Preston Mill. Most of the buildings here have fallen down, but you can still see the remains and get a feel for the heyday.


BLUE RIVER TRAIL
This classic hike parallels the Blue River and provides stunning views of the Tenmile Range and Baldy Mountain as you stroll alongside the peaceful Blue River.
Blue River Trail


REILING DREDGE TRAIL

This short, aspen-lined trail is great for beginners and takes hikers to the historic Reiling Gold Dredge boat, last used in 1922. If you’re looking for a longer hike, this trail connects to the B&B Trail and into a network of intersecting trails in the historic mining district.
Reiling Dredge Trail


BLUE LAKES TRAIL

This short hike offers waterfall views and a high alpine lake after a short hike. The trail continues for those interested in a more strenuous hike.
Blue Lakes Trail

Best Hikes In Breckenridge

You won’t find a bad view in Breckenridge, and while some hikes feature waterfalls, alpine lakes and historic remnants, the trade-off is a more heavily trafficked trail.  The best hikes in Breckenridge are completely up to the user’s preference, so use our video for tips on finding trails your group will love!

View Our Hiking Guide

Tips From Our Locals

We want you to have the best experience possible.  Here are a few things to know before heading out:

Weekdays Are Prime Hiking Time

Peak times (Saturdays, Sundays and holiday weekends) are when town, restaurants, parking lots, hiking trails and activities are going to be busiest. If you have the flexibility, we recommended planning to hit those more “popular” trails midweek. That way, you’ll enjoy more space to roam in-town and on the trails.

Timing is Everything

Become a morning person on your visit to beat the average Joe to the trailhead.  An early morning start will give you more space and solitude on the trails.

Skip The Car

Around here, we say “No car,  No Problem!”  Breckenridge is easy to get around on foot, and thanks to our wide variety of community transportation options, it’s easy to get to planned activities and hiking trails via bus, trolley or shuttle. Learn more about going carless in Breckenridge.

Follow Leave No Trace

Protecting what we love is more important than ever when heading outdoors. Be sure to pack it in, pack it out and be respectful of others while on the trail.

Leave No Trace

Our state and federal agencies manage 42 percent of Colorado’s majestic landscape, and our cities and counties maintain even more. Learn about and respect the spaces we all share.

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Looking for more solitude and less people? Try visiting popular trails midweek or hiking a trail that's amazing but not on a top ten list. Colorado Trail Explorer (COTrex) and AllTrails are great places to find lesser known hikes.
Festivals & Events During Your Trip

Events

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To better protect our residents and guests, we’re reimaging how we celebrate.

We’re excited to bring back events and thank you for your patience as we reimage ways to celebrate together again. Be sure to check for last-minute cancelations & adjustments for each event.

During your trip you can explore art workshops, yoga classes and daily activities by browsing our community calendar.

Plan Ahead When Dining Out

Dining

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Our restaurant workers have dealt with a lot over the last year.  Let’s make this summer easy on them by showing kindness whenever possible.

While restaurants are now open to full capacity, many are dealing with significant staffing shortages. This can result in longer than anticipated wait times to be seated at restaurants and slower meal service as kitchen staff attempts to keep up. Until our restaurants can get caught up, you can help us by planning ahead and showing kindness whenever possible.

3 Tips For Dining Out

  1. Make dining reservations whenever possible – if unavailable, put your name down early and expect a wait.
  2. Dine a little earlier or later than usual to avoid the busiest times.
  3.  Expect to experience a wait before getting seated.
  4.  Explore off the beaten path bars and restaurants in Breckenridge.

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Breckenridge's most popular activities and dining experiences can fill up quickly. We highly recommend making reservations in advance.
Getting Around During Your Trip

Transportation

Getting to and around Breckenridge is easy and convenient, due to free transportation options and our easily walkable town.  Keep your car parked at your lodging property and enjoy these top methods for getting around.

Walking / Biking

Walkable Breckenridge

Breckenridge is 7 miles long / 2 miles wide, but many of the shops, restaurants and activities are located right on or near historic Main Street. Once you’re in town it’s likely you’ll be able to walk to your next destination.

Biking Around Town

It’s easy to bike around Breckenridge thanks to an abundance of bike lanes, recreational paths, bike racks (on buses) and bike rental companies.

Find Bike Rental Locations Near You

Free Community Transportation

The Breck Free Ride offers free community buses daily.

Find bus stops near you as well as a live map showcasing the time until the bus arrives.

P.S. You’ll need to turn on GPS on your phone.

 

Use a Shuttle Service

Lodging Provider

Ask your lodging if they offer a free shuttle service to take you around town. Many larger hotels and resorts have this option.

Guided Activities

Many guided activities offer a free shuttle for pick-up/drop-off.  Ask when booking.

Book A Shuttle

Hire a shuttle to pick up your group and deliver you to your out-of-town destination.

Shuttles 

Parking

If you do choose to bring your car, we encourage you to leave it parked whenever possible. While parking is available in town, it is limited, paid and tends to fill up quickly year-round.

View Parking Info

Answers To The Most Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

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While many things have changed, the mountains, views, wildlife and abundant activities are still waiting for you.

What is there to do this summer in Breckenridge?

There’s a ton to do!  All of Breckenridge’s summer activities are open.  Guests should expect adjustments to activity operations in order to adapt to staffing challenges. We recommend making reservations prior to your trip whenever possible. 

Find even more fun things to do in Breckenridge this summer on our top 100 summer activities in Breckenridge list!

 

Where to go hiking and biking in Breckenridge?

With hundreds of miles of trails in the area, it’s easy to find wide-open spaces. Use our guide to find the perfect hiking trail for your group or explore local trails on COTREX, AllTrails or MTB Project.  If you’re using these top apps to find a trail, we encourage you to scroll beyond the top 10 list to find less-trafficked options. Don’t forget, you can explore great hikes in proximity to your lodging by using the GPS Hikes Near Me feature for every app!

 

What art, cultural and historic activities are available in Breckenridge?

Many concerts, performances, tours, and workshops have been scheduled throughout the summer, thanks to our community’s commitment to celebrating our rich cultural experience. Visit BreckCreate for updates on Breckenridge’s arts & culture scene. Sign-up for historic tours, guided hikes and enjoy free museums through Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

 

What events are happening in Breckenridge?

Breckenridge’s most popular festivals and events are back with changes to comply with state and county public health orders.  Here’s the list of upcoming summer events!

What are the best hiking trails in Breckenridge?

There are tons of great hiking trails in and around Breckenridge. Visit our hiking page for suggestions on trails by difficulty or feature. For a full list, download the COTREX or AllTrails apps.

 

How do I see the Breckenridge Troll?

Here’s how to find the Breckenridge Troll. The page should answer all your questions.

What activities are happening at Breckenridge Ski Resort?

Breckenridge Ski Resort offers family-friendly summer activities located at the base of Peak 8 and easily accessed by the free BreckConnect Gondola from town.

The gondola + mountain summer activities will be open:
Open daily June 18, 2021 – September 6, 2021
Open Friday through Sunday, Sept. 10-12

 

Where can I park in Breckenridge?

Holiday Weekends
Guests can find free and convenient parking at the Airport Road Parking Lot.  There will be express shuttles running to town.  View bus schedule

Additional Parking
Paid street parking is available around town as well as parking lots. The Ice Rink Lot (free during the day) and F Lot are conveniently located near town but fill up holiday weekends.
View Parking Lot Availability

Free Park ‘n Ride is available all summer at the Ice Rink and Airport Road lots. Visit www.breckfreeride.com for complete schedules.

 

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