“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Mrs. Roosevelt must have been speaking about experiencing summertime in Breckenridge in the aforementioned quote because there isn’t anything quite like Breckenridge during the summer months. Perhaps because the summer season is so short, or perhaps just because of all the outdoor activities there are to take part in, Breckenridge locals and visitors alike know how to take advantage of the abundant sunshine, breathtaking bluebird skies and beautiful greenery. In fact, you can expect an average daytime temperature of 70 degrees and 50 degrees at night – perfect conditions for whatever adventure you seek. Take a look at why we think summertime in Breckenridge is the perfect time to visit. And then, of course, take advantage of the competitive rates at our Breckenridge hotel and reserve your room now.
– Breckenridge Epic Discovery –
We list Breckenridge Epic Discovery first on this list because this mountain adventure park has a little something for everyone, no matter your age or energy level. Additionally, some of the other items on this list – mountain biking, hiking & trail running – can be found at the Summer Fun Park as well.
Located at the base of Peak 8, this “Ultimate Playground” is just a short commute up the free BreckConnect Gondola, which is also just a short walk from our Breckenridge hotel.
Besides the chairlift-serviced hiking and mountain biking trails, other activities include: Pony rides, the TenMile Flyer Zip Line, Rockpile Climbing Wall, Gemstone Panning, Breck 4X4 Tours, Gold Runner Coaster, SuperSlide, Mineshaft Maze, Ripperoo’s Bounce House, and SuperPutt.
There is so much to do and see at Breckenridge Epic Disvoery that we’ll let you “Discover Summer at Breck” on your own. Visit the Breckenridge Epic Discovery website for more information.
– Mountain Biking & Road Biking –
Ranked as one of the most “Bicycle Friendly Communities” in North America by the League of American Bicyclists, it comes as no surprise that cycling is one of the most popular activities to take part in during a Breckenridge summer. In fact, the town was built with bikes in mind and visitors are encouraged to experience our special mountain community on two wheels. Whether it’s a dirt trail, recreation path or mountain pass that you want to tackle, you will find it in Breckenridge.
When you host one of the most prominent mountain bike races in North America – the Breck Epic – it must tell you something about superb mountain biking in Breck. We are lucky enough to have over 50 miles of trails to shred, including a significant section of the famed Colorado Trail, the state’s premier long distance trial that spans almost 500 miles from Denver to Durango. Don’t let this intimidate you, though, as not matter your skill level or interest, we have a dirt path to back you up.
You can download the Breckenridge Summer Trails Map or us Google Maps synced with this trail map. Additionally, you can view the trail conditions here.
In terms of road biking, the Town of Breckenridge Recreational Path – or “Rec Path” as dubbed by locals – is home to a seven-mile slice of the more than 50 miles of the Blue River Recreation Path. This award-winning, paved path sits in the shadow of the Ten Mile Range and follows the scenic Blue River through town limits and yonder. This passageway is open to bikers of all types and is the perfect lane for a family cruise. For more information on the Rec Path, click here.
As you can see, our community values biking so much that there is a full week dedicated to biking enthusiasts, aptly labeled “Breck Bike Week.” This annual celebration for two-wheeled lovers takes place June 21 – 25, 2017 and includes skills clinics, bike crawls, guided tours, mountain and road demos, and even a poker ride. Check out Breck Bike Week for a full schedule of events. Also take advantage of our Breckenridge lodging specials specifically for Breck Bike Week.
– Hiking & Trail Running –
Much like the above-mentioned mountain biking, Breckenridge is home to endless possibilities for hiking, trail running and backpacking amid the scenic beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Because of our interconnected trail system, there is a wide variety of options for users of all types and skill levels … from moderate paved pathways that meander along the scenic Blue River to tackling the highest peaks 14,000 feet above sea level.
Because of our extreme altitude and remoteness, it is important, however, to be prepared for all situations. Make sure that you hike to your ability, pack plenty of water, wear sunscreen, stay on the trail, and most importantly be prepared for any kind of weather. Even though it is summertime, the weather can change extremely quickly in our mountains so layer your clothes and bring a rain jacket.
If you are not sure where to start, check out GoBreck’s suggested easy, moderate and difficult hiking trails in Breckenridge.
– Historic Tours & Museums –
Did you know that Breckenridge was founded in November of 1859 when gold was discovered along the Blue River? That’s over 150 years of history to absorb if you are the historian type. Luckily for you, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers historic tours and hikes around our nationally recognized historic district and beyond. Some of the more popular ones are the “Paranormal Investigations,” “Hikes Through History” and the “Mine Tours & Gold Panning.”
If museums are your thing, Breckenridge museums deliver a peek of Breckenridge’s original inhabitants and buildings that ultimately shaped our community during the Gold Rush of 1859. The Edwin Carter Discovery Center, Red, White & Blue Fire Museum, Summit Ski Exhibit, Barney Ford Victorian Home and Breckenridge Sawmill Museum all help to capture the essence of our history.
– Whitewater Rafting, Fishing & Boating –
As landlocked is the state of Colorado is, it may seem odd to talk about water sports as a popular summer activity, but that’s what makes this place so special. With our average 300 inches of snowfall each year, the mountain run-off feeds Breck’s rivers, streams, waterfalls and nearby lakes making for some awesome whitewater rafting, fishing and boating opportunities.
Whitewater rafting the surrounding rivers is one of the most popular group and family activities to take part in. Tours can be personalized for relaxing float trips or heart-pounding whitewater excursions that suit your every fancy. Check out our friends at Performance Tours for a great experience and 15% off!
These same crystal clear mountain waters that make for a great rafting trip also keep the Blue River flowing with Browns, Rainbows and the occasional Cutthroat trout. The many high alpine lakes, neighboring rivers and nearby Lake Dillon also provide some great spots for the avid angler.
In addition to rafting, there are other opportunities to boat in and around Breckenridge. If you are looking for something fast-paced, the 1,800-foot-long whitewater kayak park on the Blue River features attractions for both beginners and experts. For something a little slower paced, enjoy the serenity of the fresh-water, mountain run-off reservoir of Lake Dillon with its two marinas for kayak, canoe, sailboat and motorboat rentals, and over 26 miles of shoreline. Lake Dillon also offers stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals, but Breck’s Maggie Pond is also a great place to go SUPing.
– Golfing –
Breckenridge is the only town in the world to maintain a Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole golf course. How about that? The award-winning Breckenridge Golf Club, situated at 9,324 feet above sea level, is positioned in the stunning, glacier-sculpted Upper Blue Mountain Valley and includes four sets of tees for golfers of all abilities.
The surrounding Summit County communities also boast their own links, including the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks in Silverthorne and the Ranch & River courses in Keystone.
Besides the awe-inspiring beauty of our courses, your golf game will thank you as you can most likely drop a club or two as the ball will fly further and straighter than at lower elevations due to less air resistance.
– Summer Events –
Summer, in general, is a wonderful time to visit because, in addition to all of the aforementioned activities, there are a plethora of outdoor events happening on a weekly basis. In addition to Breck Bike Week, there’s Kingdom Days, the Colorado Classic Bike Race, Fourth of July celebration, Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival, Mountain Art Festivals, Labor Day Weekend, and the town’s famous Oktoberfest to round out the summer.
About our Breckenridge Hotel
Our family-owned and operated Breckenridge, CO hotel is located three blocks from historic Main Street and just across the street from the Snowflake Chairlift and Four O’clock Run, making us an ideal destination spot nestled in the Rocky Mountains.
Check out the video below to see just how close we really are to the Snowflake Lift!
In addition to our ski-side proximity, our Breckenridge, Colorado lodging offers you a choice of 52 units ranging from studio condominiums up to three bedroom townhomes, all with full kitchens!
Call us at (800) 521-2458 or e-mail [email protected] and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.
*Please be aware that we do not allow pets and all rooms are non-smoking.*
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*Photos courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office, Breckenridge, Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting, and Nicklaus.com.