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5 Afternoon Activities To Do In Breckenridge

In town for a conference or group gathering? Breckenridge is packed with summer fun and excitement. For a true taste of mountain living, adopt the local work-hard, play-harder zest for life and jump into these summertime adventures.  These five afternoon activities will give you plenty of ideas on how to take advantage of all the extra sunshine summer evenings have to offer.

5 Activities To Do After 5 pm in Breckenridge

1. Hit the Trails

Hikes in Breckenridge come with their fair share of unbeatable views and breathtaking scenery. Grab your camera and prepare to be mesmerized.

Summer in the mountains means away-from-it-all wooded paths enveloped by serene solitude, wildflowers and waterfalls, and comfortable, clear weather perfect for slow sunset strolls. Breckenridge’s famous network of trails spans casual beginner-friendly paths to more challenging leg- and lung-busting climbs.

Hiking is a perfect afternoon activity in Breckenridge. Enjoy a handful of easy-access hikes that are walkable from downtown Breckenridge. No car required. Full backcountry feels included. Have a little more time to trek? Here are a few locally loved high-alpine summer hiking picks.

Those who prefer to pedal are met with unmatched road and mountain biking opportunities. Rent a cruiser and take a leisurely ride down the paved rec path rambling between Breckenridge and Frisco. Stop to sit along the river, people-watch by the Riverwalk or play at a park (or brewery) along the way. Mellow mountain biking trails await minutes from downtown along Tiger Road, Boreas Pass Road and behind the Wellington neighborhood.

2. Find Some Zen

Group of people practicing yoga in Breckenridge.

Yoga is one of the healthiest forms of exercise for both mind and body.

Exhale and welcome some p.m. bliss with a rejuvenating yoga session. Breckenridge is blessed with some of the best yoga studios and dedicated instructors around. Sign up for an evening restorative yin class to set up for a restful sleep, or invigorate with a challenging vinyasa class. If you’re able to head outside earlier in the day, test your balance with a stand-up paddleboard yoga class on Maggie Pond.

3. Tour the Town

historic hiking trail with dredge in Breckenridge

Historic tours are a great way to learn about Breckenridge’s history in a fun way.

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance keeps local mining, skiing and Old West history alive with its thoughtful, in-depth tours. Wander through historic homes on late-evening haunted tours, hear hair-raising ghost tales, walk cemeteries and saloons and discover the mining sites that put Breckenridge on the Gold Rush map. Get hands-on with Victorian tea times, gold panning, tarot readings and more.

4. Go Fly Fishing

Breckenridge is home to some of the best fly fishing waters in the state of Colorado! With numerous rivers, streams, and reservoirs all within an hour of downtown, there’s a destination to match nearly all interest and skill levels.

The Blue River runs through Breckenridge and so do swarms of hungry, wild trout. There are numerous local outfitters on tap to show you where to go and how to cast. In fact, they’ll provide everything from rods and reels to waders and licenses. Two-hour intro-to-fly-fishing trips are your best bet for late afteroon casting success. Learn fishing basics and techniques and take in the cool summer night shoreline scene.  If you are an experienced fisherman, grab your gear and head to the Blue River to enjoy an afternoon activity that is sure to reconnect you with nature.  Tip: Pick up a single day fishing license at one of our local outfitters.

5. Swing the Greens

Three men play golf with mountains in background

Extend your season with a round of golf this fall.

Novice or semi-pro, nothing beats twilight golf at the Breckenridge Golf Course. Choose from three immaculate Jack Nicklaus-designed nine-hole courses and take in sprawling postcard mountain views just minutes from downtown Breckenridge. Happy hour nine-hole walking games begin after 4:30 p.m. (enjoy deeply discounted green fees).  Bonus: Balls fly farther and straighter at 9,000 feet which means this afternoon activity comes with bragging rights.

Bonus:  Toast the Day at Happy Hour

Adults toasting at happy hour in Breckenridge

Take advantage of the long days of summer and enjoy breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner alfresco.

Finally, toast your Breckenridge adventures with new and old colleagues and friends over cocktails at one of town’s many welcoming watering holes. Soak up some rays and relax on these stellar patios and decks. Love a solid martini? Here are five happy hour options to sip on but with Breckenridge’s 100+ bars and restaurants, you’ll be sure to find a place to celebrate.

Learn more about the advantages of planning your meeting or conference in Breckenridge.

By Lisa Blake
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. Lisa Blake is a regular contributor. The Breckenridge-based freelance writer, editor and mom enjoys researching and sharing stories on health, wellness, dining and the outdoors. Find her work in Breckenridge Magazine, The Purist,, and at
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