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If you’re heading to Breckenridge in October, you’re in for a treat! It’s the perfect time to take in breathtaking scenery, try a new activity and stroll through our historic town. If you’re lucky, you may even have a chance to enjoy some of the first snowfall of the season and take in views of Breckenridge’s snow-capped peaks. Embrace the crisp mountain air, grab a cozy flannel and explore our top seven October activities to try this fall.
Top October Activities in Breckenridge
1. Enjoy The Views
October is a great time to take in the last of autumn’s golden aspen leaves as well as snowy mountain tops. There are hundreds of miles of trails in and around Breckenridge, so whether you’ve done your fair share of hiking or you’re new to the activity, you’re sure to find a trail that will meet your needs. Trail accessibility will vary depending on weather and snowfall so be sure to check-out trail conditions before you go. Wondering where to hike? Here are our favorite easy, moderate and difficult hiking trails throughout Breckenridge.
2. Take a Bike Tour
It’s no secret that fall rides are one of our favorite October activities! The cooler weather means you won’t heat up going uphill, the number of people on the trails decreases, and the views are hard to beat. If you want to stick to pavement, you can pedal around town or take a tour of the county on our bike path. If you’re looking for a bike ride with a twist, try out the beer and distillery fat-bike tour to sample brews and spirits from award winning local brewers and mixologists. Those who are more interested in taking in the views should sign-up for the Vail Pass Shuttle, a scenic downhill bike ride that drops you off at the top of Vail Pass and takes you back to Breckenridge after you arrive in Frisco.
3. Hit The River
While fly-fishing is available year-round in Breckenridge, fall is one of our favorite times to fish. Spring runoff is unpredictable, and summer monsoons can drop heavy rains leaving fresh water rivers looking more like chocolate milk overnight. In the fall, the weather and water conditions can often be more stable, leading to a nice stretch of amazing dry fly fishing. Head out on your own or sign-up for a full or half-day guided tour to get geared up, transported, and taught the secrets of casting and catching by a local expert. Guided tours are available for those who are new to the sport, new to the area or those who are just looking for a good time!
4. Get Into The Halloween Spirit
Ready to get spooked? Celebrate Halloween in Breckenridge with an evening stroll through Breckenridge’s haunted historic district and learn about its dark past. Breckenridge is the home of multiple haunted ghost tours, cemetery strolls, paranormal investigations and historic tours that’ll give you goosebumps and get you in the mood for Halloween!
5. Taste Your Way Through The Afternoon
Did you know Breckenridge is home to the highest winery and the highest distillery in North America? Or that it has a hometown brewery that boasts the title of Best Brewery in Colorado? Drink local and head out to one of these libation stations for a behind the scenes tour, tasting, blending class, flight, or afternoon delight! If you love Breckenridge’s tasty concoctions, don’t miss the Breckenridge Craft Spirit Festival (Oct. 18-20, 2019). The event features small-batch distillers, artisan spirit seminars, a spirited cooking class, scavenger hunt, fine local cuisine and of course, plenty of sampling. Meet the distillers and taste the creations of 40 distillers Saturday night at the Still on the Hill Grand Tasting!
6. Hit the trails without breaking a sweat
There are plenty of ways to explore the trails without hiking boots or mountain bikes. From guided horseback riding tours to Jeep, ATV and UTV tours, there’s a way to get out there for every level of adventurer. Families with small children will enjoy off-roading adventures at 13,000ft, while those looking to mix adventure with romance can sign-up for a sunset wine and cheese tour overlooking the mountains.
7. Spend The Day Scooping Up Deals
If you have a winter gear wish list and a hankering for good food, head to Breckenridge in October to take advantage of all the great pre-season deals. Many clothing and outdoor stores heavily discount in October to make room for this winter’s newest models and styles. October in Breckenridge is also known for being Passport Season at local bars and restaurants. Pick up your Dining Passport for deals and specials around town and take advantage of free apps, 2 for 1 dinners and entrée discounts around town through November.
Looking for more October activities? Start checking off our 100 Things to do This Fall in Breckenridge list!