While many of the things are the same; the mountains, views, endless snow and abundant activities; many things have CHANGED. Here are some things you should be aware of when planning your next trip to Breckenridge.
What you need to know about visiting Breckenridge
Public Health Orders
Top Things You Should Know
Public health orders are continuously changing. We ask that you read through our public health orders prior to arriving to know what to expect during your trip.
Face Masks/Coverings are REQUIRED in Breckenridge. While this may not be the case where you are from, we ask that you PLEASE respect our rules while in town. There is a Mandatory Mask Zone in town (see map). All Breckenridge businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask or facial covering. Find out which stores are selling masks.
Restaurants are currently operating at reduced occupancy in all dining establishments. ADVANCED RESERVATIONS are highly recommended. Many restaurants are offering a variety of outdoor dining options which include, yurts, tents and grab-n-go options. All restaurants are required to close at 11:00pm by public health order.
Lodging safety regulations have been amplified. We strongly encourage you to check in with your lodging provider regularly and frequently for the most up to date information before arriving.
River walkway behind Main Street will be adorned with Christmas lights and decorations to give pedestrian multiple walkway options while visiting Main Street.
Events and festivals are continuously being re-imagined or postponned as we are navigating this pandemic.
Activity and tours availability are continuously changing, we suggest reaching out to your activity provider for their most up to date availability and safety regulations
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Our communities love sharing their wealth of natural beauty and outdoor experiences with you. All we ask is that you have an amazing time while showing our lands and people plenty of love, kindness and respect; we promise to pay it back tenfold.
You can do this by being a responsible traveler and not exposing yourself or others to unnecessary health or safety risks.
As of June 1, all short-term lodging facilities are allowed to accept reservations. Per Summit County Public Health, that includes all transient lodging facilities (hotels, motels etc.) including timeshare style properties and short-term vacation-style rentals, and privately owned residences.
Summit County Public Health recommends that lodges provide at least 72 hours between rentals. Please inquire directly with your lodging before arrival.
Guests, employees, vendors, suppliers, will be required to wear masks or facial coverings in common areas indoors and anywhere that 6 feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained.
Hottubs, pools, saunas and many common areas may be closed to encourage physical distancing. It is best to check directly with the lodging property or amenity.
Check with your specific lodging company for up-to-date public health regulations, safety protocols and procedures prior to making a reservation and prior to arriving.
What you need to know about visiting Breckenridge
Activities & Things To Do
Top Things You Should Know
Maintain Physical Distancing of at least 6 ft – Face coverings are not a replacement for physical distancing. It is critical to remember that maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distancing continues to be the most important strategy for limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Wear Your Mask When You Can’t Maintain 6 ft of Separation – Individuals are required to wear non-medial cloth face coverings over both mouth and nose whenever indoors in public spaces, and outdoors whenever 6 ft. of separation cannot be maintained.
Reduced Capacity & Operational Changes – Many activities have adjusted their operations to comply with Summit County’s public health order. Prior to booking and reserving your spot, we recommend inquiring directly with the activity provider to get the most updated information on their safety procedures.
Activities Outside Of Summit County – Some of our favorite activities take place in surrounding counties that may have different public health orders than Breckenridge and Summit County. We recommend checking the county’s website for health and safety guidelines or calling your activity provider for safety regulations prior to entering that county.
Leave No Trace Principles are 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.
What Activities Are Open This Winter?
Breckenridge will offer a wide variety of outdoor activities this winter and is also expanding and enchanging winter outdoor offerings with the goal of providing guests additional safe, socially distanced, budget-friendly experiences to complete any winter vacation.
Guests should expect that many activities will have adjustments to their operations in order to comply with public health ordinances and provide the safest experience possible. We recommend inquiring directly with activity providers prior to booking and prior to arrival to reserve your spot and get the most updated information on their safety procedures.
The Town of Breckenridge announced plans to expand and enhance its already extensive winter outdoor offerings with the goal of providing guests additional safe, socially distanced, budget-friendly experiences to complete any winter vacation.
Breckenridge will expand free groomed access on an additional three miles of trail to allow guests to explore wide-open spaces and historic mining sites by snowshoe, ski, fat bike, or simply hiking on their own two feet. Historically, Breckenridge boasts more than 30 miles of groomed trails between the two fee-based Nordic centers, the free Blue River Recreation path between Breckenridge and Frisco, and additional trails in the iconic Golden Horseshoe. Expanding free groomed trail access will allow more visitors to participate in a wide variety of outdoor winter sports.
Breckenridge Gold Run Nordic Center doubles fat bike rental fleet: COVID-19 has fueled a cycling surge, and the U.S. is facing a shortage of bicycles as the desire to exercise has sent demand skyrocketing. As winter approaches, a surge in fat biking popularity is expected. The new breed of snow enthusiasts takes advantage of Breckenridge’s expansive trails, gold-level bike routes, and Nordic center operations.
Early opening of outdoor skating rink: Breckenridge’s state-of-the-art ice arena plays host to guests looking to experience one of the most traditional and nostalgic winter activity of ice-skating. While the outdoor rink was not scheduled to open until November, the Town of Breckenridge has bumped up opening into October to allow for more early-season public skating sessions.
Additional sledding hill on popular Breckenridge Free Ride bus route: Breckenridge’s sledding hill at Carter Park has long been a popular activity and a bucket-list for many visiting guests. Near free parking on Airport Road, Breckenridge plans to create a new free sledding attraction allowing for visitors some extra breathing room. With safety being the town’s top priority, the Town of Breckenridge staff are also working to ensure that Carter Park remains a safe amenity in which users honor social distancing guidelines.
What art, cultural and historic activities are available?
Our community is committed to celebrating our rich cultural experience and has an expanded creative arts-based outdoor activities and workshops. A wide-range of historic tours, museums and guided tours are available throug the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.
Nearly all of Breckenridge’s 100+ bars & restaurants and 200+ retail and small business locations are open for curbside pick-up / carry-out as well as limited indoor & outdoor dining. The town is offering limited curbside pick-up parking for restaurant and retail pick-ups.
Face Masks/Coverings are REQUIRED in Breckenridge and we ask that you wear them to go into any business as well as in any public setting where you can not maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
Many retailers around town are selling masks as well as facial coverings and buffs.
Where do I need to wear a facial covering?
Face Masks/Coverings are REQUIRED in Breckenridge in public settings where you can not maintain 6 ft of physical distancing. In restaurants, diners must wear masks to enter the restaurant, anytime servers come to the table, and anytime diners get up from the table.
What is open?
Most Breckenridge restaurants, retail businesses and activity vendors are open for business. Please, contact our Welcome Center staff using our chatbot to inquire about specific locations.
Is public transportation available?
Breckenridge Free Ride community transportation will resume service on June 1 with appropriate facial coverings required, new practices and procedures, reduced occupancies and enhanced cleaning standards.
Where can I park?
Guests can find free and convenient parking at the Airport Road Parking Lot. There will be express shuttles running to town. View bus schedule
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.
Is the gondola open in Breckenridge?
Breckenridge Ski Resort has announced that is plans to reopen on July 4th. Planned operations include the BreckConnect Gondola; scenic chairlift rides; hiking; alpine slide and alpine coaster; Ski Hill Grill to offer grab ‘n go food.