It’s no surprise that Breckenridge is often referred to as the perfect mountain town. It is perfectly situated at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort – ensuring that you never have to choose between visiting the mountain or visiting the Town of Breckenridge. It’s all right here. While the mountain offers 5 peaks and 2908 skiable acres to explore, it’s the town that sets Breckenridge apart. Full of history and character, Breckenridge shares an incredibly laid-back charm that makes you feel like a local – no matter the season. Take a stroll down historic Main Street and feel the vibrant spirit of eclectic boutiques and après-ski cheer, relax fireside in a cozy café or enjoy summer afternoons on one of our many sun-soaked patios and decks. Whatever you crave, you can find it here.
The town is alive with stellar festivities, events and activities, complemented by hundreds of restaurants, galleries, cafes, boutiques and more. From shopping, live music, nightlife and dining to culture, you can kick-it-up or kick back, whatever your mood.
Welcome to Breckenridge, an authentic Colorado mountain town that greets you with its laid-back vibe and modern amenities. After all, Breckenridge was a town long before it was a ski resort. Throughout these 151 years, one thing has stayed true – our quaint historic town has remained rich in its character and reputation of being the perfect mountain town. An undeniable charm and casual mountain spirit spreads from the grounded community to 13,000 feet high in the sky at the ski resort summit, making you feel like a local – no matter the season.
This historic, yet hip persona is one that brings people back over and over again. Breckenridge will transform you, but will never transform itself. We’ve always been Breckenridge.
Town of Breckenridge History
Home to the largest historic district in Colorado, Breckenridge’s rich and colorful history is full of gold finds and mining, exploration and adventure, brothels, saloons, booms and busts. Founded in 1859 by a small group of prospectors, the town’s Gold Rush brought droves of settlers seeking their fortunes. Learn more about Breckenridge’s early days by visiting one of the town’s museums or joining a historic tour.
Learn More About Breckenridge
Getting around Breckenridge is easy, as the majority of Breckenridge lodging properties are within walking distance from Main Street, spanning eight blocks. And with the BreckConnect Gondola, you can go from skiing and riding euphoria to après-ski bliss in a matter of minutes. The Town of Breckenridge is easy to explore by foot, bus or bike, so once you are here it’s easy to go carless. Breckenridge boasts a free bus service which serves most of town, as well as the free downtown trolley servicing Main Street. Most lodges and hotels even offer a free shuttle to and from town. For those looking to venture outside of town, the free Summit Stage transit system serves nearly all of the county, including service to Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin during peak times of the year. Other transportation options include taxi and private shuttle services, Uber and Lyft.
Flying into Denver International Airport? Choose to take an affordable mountain shuttle from DIA to Breckenridge, making the connection a breeze. That means you can spend less time worrying about traffic, parking and weather, and more time enjoying the views.
Transportation in Breckenridge
Breckenridge is committed to sustainability and we hope you are too. We invite you to bring your refillable water bottle and use our water filling stations around town to fuel up for you adventures. Our water here in Breckenridge is purity at its finest, so feel free to fill up from the tap too! Shop like a local with your reusable bags- many vacation rentals will offer bags for use, or you can buy one of our limited edition reusable bags at local merchants- the perfect souvenir! Not only will you be helping to cut down on waste, you’ll save 10 cents on the disposable bag fee at checkout at the grocery store and shops around town. Breckenridge has recently cut down on straws too, so don’t be surprised if your favorite beverage didn’t come with one. If you like using a straw, bring along a re-usable one with you in your day-bag, otherwise they are on a per-request basis.
Together, we can reduce the number of disposable bags, straws and plastic bottles go to the landfill and litter our pristine local rivers and trails. Come prepared, live like a local and leave Breckenridge better than ever. For more information on sustainability initiatives visit SustainableBreck.com. Breckenridge also stands behind the Colorado Tourism Office’s Leave No Trace – Care for Colorado Principles to help maintain the natural beauty of our trails and forests.