Historic Tours

Historic tours offered by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance include guided strolls around Breckenridge’s nationally recognized historic district, the (sometimes haunted) historic buildings and guided hikes to some of the most popular mining community remnants around Breck. Tours paint a picture of the people that lived and worked in Breck more than a 100 years ago. Take a journey back in time to Breckenridge’s beginnings and meet the characters that made Breck what it is today.

Tours are guided by local experts like Jen Baldwin, a genealogist and family historian at Ancestral Journeys, a genealogical research company based in Breck. Tours are offered daily, but reservations are required. For a full list of guided tours, visit www.breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767.



Breckenridge museums provide a glimpse of original Breckenridge locals and buildings that shaped our community. Stop by and experience what it was like for the first residents when gold was discovered in 1859 and learn more about historic figures like international entrepreneur, Barney Ford.

Check out the list of town tours below.

Historic Walking Tour of Breckenridge
Tours offered year-round; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Take a tour though Breckenridge's nationally recognized Historic District with a local expert! Learn about historic businesses and families and view several of the earliest buildings in town, from log cabins to stately residences. Along the way, hear stories about the gold seekers, hardy souls, and socialites who lived in Breckenridge more than 100 years ago.

Victorian Tour & Tea
Tours offered year-round; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Take a tour through Breckenridge's nationally recognized Historic District with a local expert! Learn about the life of Katie Briggle, Breckenridge's leading lady at the turn of the century and hear stories about life in a prosperous mining town. At the end of the tour, explore the restored Briggle home and enjoy a Victorian tea service and treats in the house.

Breckenridge Haunted Tour
Tours offered year-round; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Join us for a late evening stroll through Breckenridge's haunted historic district. Along the way, the eerie and unexplained stories from the town’s rough and uncertain past will be told, but remain unexplained! This fascinating tour includes a visit to the restored William H. Briggle Victorian home; was that chilling breeze or did you just meet the spirit of Katie Briggle?

Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour
Tours offered year-round; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
In 1880, Breckenridge was home to eighteen saloons! Learn about these historic businesses and the hardy souls who worked and frequented them. Visit several establishments that have survived in some form since the early days and sample the spirits of the modern-day Breckenridge Distillery (when available). Souvenir Distillery flasks are available at a discounted rate!

Tombstone Tales at Twilight Tour
Tours offered seasonally; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Hear tales of Breckenridge's past from beyond the grave and see the ornate hand-carved gravestones that represent some of the town’s earliest art and written history. Stroll through the historic Valley Brook Cemetery and hear fascinating stories of Breckenridge's earliest inhabitants. See their final resting places and learn the details of their rich and full lives or untimely demise.

Preston Ghost Town Hike
Hikes offered seasonally; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Over 130 years ago Preston was a bustling town of approximately 150 citizens but now only the ghostly remains of buildings reside here. Join a local expert on this guided hike to learn about the history of the town and many of the rich mines that operated in the area.

French Gulch Dredge Boat Hike/Snowshoe Adventure
Hikes offered year-round; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Join an experienced guide for a hike through Breckenridge’s fabled Golden Horseshoe, one of Colorado’s most fertile mining regions and the location of dozens of early mining operations. Along the way, take in scenic views of Ten Mile Range, hear about the local environment, and see the ruins of mine sites and the gold-gobbling Reiling Dredge boat.

Iowa Hill Gold Miner’s Hike/ Snowshoe Tour
Hikes offered year-round; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Enjoy a guided hike through the historic Iowa Hill mine site with a local expert. Along the way see authentic mining artifacts and interpretive signs that tell the story of how gold was extracted from the surrounding hills. Visit a restored miners’ boarding house (c. 1868) and experience life as a miner in Breckenridge’s early days.

Washington Gold Mine Tour and Gold Panning
Tours offered seasonally; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Once gold and silver were discovered in Summit County, hundreds of underground mines sprang up in Breckenridge and the surrounding region. In the mid-1880s, the Washington was one of the area’s largest gold and silver mines, with five main shafts and over 10,000 feet of underground workings. Today, you can take a journey back in time to Breckenridge's hard rock mining era with one of our expert guides. Walk underground for a first-hand mining experience and learn to pan for gold. What you find is yours to keep!

Lomax Placer Mine Tour and Gold Panning
Tours offered seasonally; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
The first mining operations in Breckenridge were placer, or surface mines. Using water under high-pressure, miners scoured mountain hillsides, collected the released dirt and sediments from above and recovered gold deposits in long sluice boxes. The Lomax Mine, located near downtown Breckenridge, was an active hydraulic placer mining operation in the 1860's. Today, one of our expert guides will take you back in time to Breckenridge's early mining days. Step inside a miner’s cabin, see and feel original hydraulic mining equipment and learn to pan for gold. What you find is yours to keep!

For more information on what to do during the summer, contact the Breck Information Specialists at (877) 864-0868. While in town, stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street. You can also fill out our activity request form to receive more information or view, download or order the Breck Connection Vacation Planner.

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