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Breckenridge Museums and Historic Tours

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Breckenridge Museums and Tours

Breckenridge is rooted in its past and boasts one of the largest historic districts in Colorado. Create memories with affordable guided historic tours and hikes, and enjoy free, family-friendly museums operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and Breckenridge Tours. Visit their web sites for a full list of activities, events, museums and tours in Breckenridge.

 

Breckenridge Ghost Tours

A ghost wandering a historic house as part of Breckenridge Heritage Alliance tours.
Explore Breckenridge’s haunted buildings and residences.

Breckenridge Haunted Tour

Prepare to be haunted by eerie tales of Breckenridge’s past on this popular tour through the historic district. This is the only haunted tour that takes you inside the Briggle House, which is claimed to be haunted by spirits from Breckenridge’s early days.

Tours offered year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Ghostly Tales Tour 

This is the original ghost tour of Breckenridge (started in 2010), with new sites and updated information. Explore the darker side of our wild west past with our chilling tales of the ghosts that remain here. Ghost hunting equipment provided!

Visit Breckenridge Ghost Tour’s website for current schedule and pricing.

Tombstone Tales at Twilight Tour

This twilight tour through Breckenridge’s Valley Brook Cemetery, on the National Register of Historic Places, reveals ornate, carved gravestones representing some of the town’s earliest art and written history. This is the only guided tour of Breckenridge’s historic cemetery.

Tours offered summer and fall; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Voices from the Grave Tour 

This walking tour starts at the site of the original cemetery of Breckenridge.  Hear the history of the town’s burial grounds and also the stories of the locals that are buried here.  Visit their places of business or homes on the way.

Offered in summer only; Visit Breckenridge Ghost Tours’ website for current schedule and pricing.

Preston Ghost Town and Gold Mine Hike

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 3-mile guided hike to learn about the history of the town and many of the rich mines that operated in the area.

Hikes offered seasonally; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Strange But True Tour 

This 90 minute walking tour is all about disappearances, suspected kidnappings and other strange events, including the fate of the Breckenridge Navy.  Hear about the weird and unusual events that occurred in Breckenridge from 1961, when the ski area opened, until present day.  All true stories with a twist!

Visit Breckenridge Ghost Tours’ website for current schedule and pricing.

 

Breckenridge History and Mine Tours

Gold panning during a Lomax Placer Mine Tour in Breckenridge
Gold panning at Lomax Placer Mine.

Country Boy Mine Tour

In the midst of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Country Boy Mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge, Colorado. Today, we invite you to visit the Country Boy Mine and enjoy the many activities the mine has to offer. Join us for a mine tour into a real gold mine at this historic restored mining site. While at the mine you can also gold pan, pet the burros, slide down the 55 foot ore chute, explore the authentic mine site, view the exhibits and equipment that were used in the mine and visit the general store. The Country Boy Mine has been offering mine tours for over 20 years. The Country Boy Mine is located 2 miles from downtown Breckenridge in Summit County, Colorado.

Tours now offered year-round; visit the Country Boy Mine for current schedule and pricing.

Lomax Placer Mine Tour and Gold Panning

Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch: Pan the stream for gold at Lomax Gulch, site of an 1860’s era mining operation that used high-pressure water hoses and sluices to collect the precious mineral. The site features historic buildings and equipment, a miner’s cabin open to the public and gold panning lessons from an expert guide. What you find is yours to keep. Great for kids and families

Open summer months; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Washington Gold and Silver Mine Tour and Gold Panning

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!

Tours offered seasonally; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Historic Walking Tour of Breckenridge

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.

Tours offered year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Wild West Tour

Experience a taste of all our tours on this 90 minute walking tour.  Partly historic, partly strange and partly ghostly, this tour will give you a complete overview of this fascinating town.

Visit Breckenridge Ghost Tours’ website for current schedule and pricing.

Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour

Those interested in the seedier side of Breckenridge’s history can knock one back on the saloon tour, which visits the Breckenridge Distillery tasting room (when available) between stories of the many local saloons that once operated here. Tour stops include establishments whose roots date back to the 19th century. Must be 21+.

Tours offered year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Victorian Tour & Tea

You’re invited to Mrs. Briggle’s house for an afternoon delight. Meet Katie, a socialite in early Breckenridge, and explore her classic Victorian home. Enjoy a Victorian tea service and treats in the house.

Tours offered year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

English Tea Tour

Join Mrs. Engle, the banker’s wife, or May Nicholson, the madam, as they take you on Breckenridge’s only living history tour through downtown. Hear the stories and catch up on the gossip of those Victorian ladies and gentlemen from 1910.  Finish with English tea and scones in an historic tea house.

Visit Breckenridge Ghost Tours’ website for current schedule and pricing.

French Gulch Dredge Boat Hike/Snowshoe Adventure

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.

Hikes offered year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Iowa Hill Gold Miner’s Hike/Snowshoe Tour

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.

Hikes offered year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

 

Breckenridge Museums

Tour guide dressed in Victorian clothing giving a tour of a historic home in Breckenridge
Bring the whole family and learn about Breckenridge’s wild west history.

Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum – 203 S. Main Street

Your go-to for local information, the Welcome Center is also a museum offering a primer on Breckenridge history, from gold mining and narrow gauge railroads to the birth of the ski industry. View the historic cabin discovered during the building’s restoration and watch a historic film in the theater room. Make this the first stop on your list when you arrive in Breckenridge to learn more about Breckenridge museums and tours, as well as other great activities to check off your list while you’re here!

Barney Ford Victorian Home – 111 East Washington Avenue

The Barney Ford Victorian House honors Barney L. Ford, an escaped slave who prospered and became a prominent entrepreneur and black civil right leader in Colorado. Born into slavery in 1822, Ford was instilled with the importance of learning to read by his mother, who inspired his lifelong quest for education. The Barney Ford House was built in 1882 by prominent craftsman, Elias Nashold, for Ford, his wife Julia and their three children. Today, the Barney Ford House has been restored to its original Victorian style and each room in the home is dedicated to a different part of Barney’s life.

Open year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Edwin Carter Discovery Center – 111 North Ridge Street

Edwin Carter came to Breckenridge in 1868 seeking gold and fortune, but his goals changed when he saw the devastation mining had on the environment and local wildlife. Carter became a taxidermist and collected Rocky Mountain animal specimens in his museum, which doubled as his home. After his death, his collection of almost 3,300 specimens formed the nucleus of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The rehabilitated center honors the life and legacy of Carter, featuring interactive exhibits, a hands-on taxidermy workbench, a children’s room and a theatre and is the recipient of several awards.

Open year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Breckenridge Sawmill Museum – Boreas Pass and Monroe Road

The historic homes, stores and mines still standing in Breckenridge today could not have existed without the sawmills that processed trees cleared from local hillsides. The sawmill museum offers a self-guided tour of the equipment used by early frontiersmen to cut and prepare timbers for construction.

Open year-round; sunrise to sunset.

High Line Railroad Park – 189 Boreas Pass Road

Train lovers will delight in Engine No 9, one of the few remaining narrow gauge locomotives that once braved the treacherous mountain passes. Located near the original track into Breckenridge from Boreas Pass, the park also has a huge rotary snowplow used to clear snowdrifts from the tracks, a replica caboose and a new train-themed playground.

Open seasonally; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Red, White & Blue Fire Museum – 308 North Main Street

In 1880, the all-volunteer Breckenridge Fire Department was created in response to the treat of a major town fire. Breckenridge was growing rapidly and with boardwalks, commercial business, and homes constructed of log and wood, even the occasional small blaze was potentially catastrophic. The department soon boasted three companies; the Red, White, and Blue! Through the years, the Breckenridge Fire Department was composed of miners, teamsters, saloon-keepers, merchants and others who worked side by side as equals to defeat the “fire demon.” The current Fire Museum displays an original human-powered ladder cart, a restored hose cart as well as firefighting equipment and uniforms from the first companies.

Open year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

Summit Ski Exhibit – 308-B South Main Street

This exhibit celebrates the first 100 years of skiing in Summit County and provides a colorful look into the history of skiing. While people had been skiing in Breckenridge since they settled here, it wasn’t until the late-1900s that the town became a skiing destination.  After the end of major mining operations in the 1940s, hardy souls prevented Breckenridge from becoming a ghost town. In December, 1961 Breckenridge became Colorado’s first ski town with the opening of the Breckenridge Ski Area. Today visitors can watch a ski documentary with local experts, see vintage equipment and clothing (including “Snurfer” skis!) and learn about the 10th Mountain Division.

Open year-round; visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website for current schedule and pricing.

 

Looking to step it up a notch? Discover Breckenridge’s historical hiking trails, perfect for year-round hiking and snowshoeing self-guided adventures!

 

By Breck Editorial

The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community.

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