For those who love the mountains, Breckenridge is the place to enjoy them to the fullest. We’re on a mission. To preserve and protect the spirit of our special mountain town and the natural wilderness we all love so much. And to inspire everyone here—whether for a weekend or a lifetime—to join us in a cause worth fighting for. Here’s how you can do your part to preserve and enhance #BreckLife.
How To Help During Your Visit
From using less, walking more, leaving no trace, sticking to the trails, respecting wildlife, nature, and each other, and being a responsible steward of our communities, together we can champion a cause that is greater than all of us. But that starts here, with each and every one of us.
Let’s face it: We ALL want to get outside to play these days. But that means things can get a little busier than normal—whether at the trailhead or the local watering hole. So, in the interest of sharing this special place we love, we wanted to provide some tips to maximize your fun while in Breckenridge. Discover 5 things to know before planning a trip this summer.
Consider Going Carless
Getting to and around Breckenridge is easy and convenient, due to free transportation options and our easily walkable town. Breckenridge’s shuttle and transportation systems will help any visitor make the most of their trip. Just remember, Masks are still required on public transportation in Summit County at this time.
Ways To Go Carless During Your Trip:
- Book an airport shuttle to easily get to and from Denver International Airport (DIA).
- Use Breckenridge’s free community transportation systems: FreeRide, Main Street Trolley and the Summit Stage.
- Explore our town by foot or bike.
- If staying at a hotel, utilize free lodging shuttles to get to and from downtown.
- Choose hiking trails near your lodging by using the GPS feature on AllTrails, Google Maps & COTREX.
- Opt for ride share services like Uber and Lyft whenever possible if a car is needed.
- Choose guided activities that offer free shuttle service transportation.
Follow Leave No Trace Principles
Protecting what we love is more important than ever when heading outdoors. Be sure to pack it in, pack it out all the way to a trash can, leave what you find (like wildflowers and artifacts), and always be respectful of others while on the trail.
BYOB (Bags & Bottles)
The Town of Breckenridge has a bag fee of 10 cents per bag at shops around town, restaurants and grocery stores. Visit like a local and bring your own reusable shopping bag or purchase one at the Welcome Center on Main Street. They make great souvenirs too! You might also notice that straws don’t come in your beverages at coffee shops and restaurants. That’s because straws are only available per request. Another item to keep in your day bag is a reusable water bottle. Breckenridge has water refill stations throughout town, not to mention, some of the best tap water in the country to fill up on in between adventures. With these local tips, you’ll save money, keep Breckenridge clean and B Like Breckenridge!
Whether you’re a visitor or local, what makes Breckenridge so special is the wildness of our home. While you’re in Breckenridge, you may see animals like moose, mountain goats, foxes and bears. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist, and most wild animals are harmless if left alone. We understand how exciting it is to see wildlife and it’s ok to take a few photos from a distance without disturbing them. Help us care for Colorado by practicing responsible tourism not only for the safety of our environment and its creatures, but also for us and generations to come.
Stay on Designated Trails
On trails, walk single file in the center of the tread — even where it’s wet, rocky or muddy. Trails become progressively wider and form parallel paths when people walk on the edges or detour around obstacles. Taking a shortcut, especially on switchbacks, has severe consequences. Shortcuts become unsustainable trails or gullies that cause erosion and require costly restoration. Keep out of areas where efforts to restore vegetation and soils are in progress.
Another reason to stay on trails is to minimize animal disturbances. Wildlife have learned to expect people on trails and may avoid these areas. When you wander off trail you increase the likelihood of disturbing wildlife and altering their natural behaviors.
Know before you go
Proper planning helps to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable hike while minimizing your impacts on the natural world.
Be sure to pick a hike that matches the goals, skills and abilities of your group. Gain knowledge of the area you will visit by checking local hiking or land management websites, guide books and studying area maps. Make sure you understand the terrain you will encounter, local area regulations, check the muddy meter and how long the hike may take you. Always bring your map with you, as there may not be cell service in the place you are visiting.
Before your hike, check the forecast and be prepared for extremes. In Colorado, the weather can change quickly so pack layers and make sure you are prepared for sun, rain, wind and even snow. When hiking in the high country, remember to start your hike early in the morning so you can be back at your vehicle before the afternoon storms roll in.
Embrace The Spirit
BLike Breckenridge™️ is a movement born of the spirit of our historic mountain town for those who call it home—whether for a weekend or a lifetime—to live by. It is a cause that connects us to each other, that we can all be a part of.