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Fall is transition season in Breckenridge; we don’t want to let go of summer yet we look forward to winter. In addition to golden leaf peeping, hikes, historical tours, creative endeavors, festivals, and winter prep complete your fall visit to Breckenridge. The time between seasons is so full of things to do, you might think it’s the busiest time of year. Here are some of our favorite fall activities in Breckenridge.
Hiking and Biking
Until snow covers the ground, you can enjoy hiking and biking around Breckenridge with our extensive trail network both paved and not. Check out these suggestions (1) for hiking, biking and driving to view the fall colors (2) Hiking in Breckenridge (3) Biking in Breckenridge.
Golf and Fly Fishing
Golf and fishing don’t end when summer does. Fly fishing guides like Mountain Anglers and Breckenridge Outfitters take anglers out fly fishing year-round in the Breckenridge area. And the Jack Nicklaus-designed Breckenridge Golf Course stays open until Columbus Weekend. During the quiet fall months, you may have the river or the links to yourself.
History Museums and Tours
Starting in 1860 with the discovery of gold through the development of the ski area one hundred years later, Breckenridge is rich in history. Learn more about the gold-seekers, town builders, madams and scoundrels who color Breckenridge’s past through a tour with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Visit the cemetery, walk through the historic district, 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. Visit the Carter Museum and learn about Victorian taxidermist Edwin Carter who was a naturalist before it was cool. Or take a self-guided history hike with ample interpretive signage at the Sawmill Museum or Iowa Hill.
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.