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Fall is transition season in Breckenridge- we don’t want to let go of summer activities quite yet, but we’re getting excited for winter and ski season to arrive. In addition to golden leaf peeping, hikes, historical tours, creative endeavors, festivals, and winter prep are a great way to fill your itinerary for a fall visit to Breckenridge. Of course, the leaves are spectacular, but the time between seasons is so full of things to do and are a must-do for any traveler to Breckenridge in Fall. Here are some of our favorite fall activities in Breckenridge besides leaf peeping.
Hiking and Biking
Until snow covers the ground, you can enjoy hiking and biking around Breckenridge with our extensive trail network both paved and dirt. The temperatures have cooled off and the trails are less crowded, meaning it’s the perfect time to enjoy high alpine lakes, pine forests and incredible views. Try the Blue River Rec Path for an easy, paved option along the Blue River for road biking or a casual stroll, or check out some of our favorite hiking trails.
For the most part, trails are dry during this time of year (although an occasional snow or sleet may occur closer to October). Always pack extra layers for changing mountain conditions and check the weather before you head out.
Golf and Fly Fishing
Golf and fishing don’t end when summer does. Fly fishing guides around town offer fly fishing year-round in the Breckenridge area. Plus, fall is said to be one of the best 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.
Once you’ve hit the river, head to the world’s only 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed Breckenridge Golf Course throughout Columbus Day Weekend. Visiting golfers will get an immediate confidence boost as the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations due to less air resistance.
History 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.Learn about the gold-seekers, town builders, madams and scoundrels who color Breckenridge’s mining past. Visit the cemetery, walk through the historic district, take a tour, or visit one of the many museums, such as the home of Barney Ford, an escaped slave who made a fortune in Breckenridge with his hospitality. Or, as Halloween approaches, take a walking ghost tour to hear spooky stories of the ghosts that remain here.
Pick Up A New Hobby
Breckenridge offers plenty of indoor activities when the weather turns iffy or when you are simply ready to curl up with a good book. Get creative with classes from Breckenridge Creative Arts in glassblowing, metal working, ceramics, painting, writing, photography and so much more for all ages. These classes are great for all creative levels and offer instruction and guidance. Little ones will enjoy painting pottery or canvas souvenirs at Ready Paint Fire.
When the bats come out in daylight, it must mean that Halloween is near. Scare yourself silly on these tours that will surely raise your spirits. Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a Haunted Breckenridge tour of ghostly sites and historic homes in the downtown area, or a hike to the abandoned ghost town of Preston. Test your wits as you solve clues to escape from one of Breckenridge’s four escape rooms.
Festivals and Special Events
Fall is festival season and offers a calendar packed full of special events, festivals, and fundraisers for the non-profit organizations in the community. Film buffs won’t want to miss the Breckenridge Festival of Film held the third weekend in September. Adventure reels, outdoor themes, and the craft of filmmaking are highlights of the festival. Summit Huts Association holds the Backcountry Ball every year in mid-October to kick off the coming winter season, where you can meet and mingle with locals who are passionate about self-propelled winter backcountry experiences. Autumn town-wide festivals include Oktoberfest – a huge celebration of polka, beer, lederhosen and dirndls; the Breckenridge Wine Classic with tastings of wine from around the world; and Still on the Hill, the Craft Spirits Festival featuring an ever growing list of spirits-makers from Colorado and beyond.
With all there is to do in Breckenridge in the fall, it might just become your favorite time to visit.