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When the snow melts in Breckenridge, ski trails give way to mountain biking and hiking trails and adventure is in full force. The rivers start to rush, the wildflowers begin to bloom and everyone is outside taking in the 300+ days of Colorado sunshine. With so much to do, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 reasons to visit Breckenridge in summer.
1. Perfect Weather
There’s a saying you’ll hear from many of the locals in Breckenridge (or anywhere in the Colorado Rockies, really)- “I came for the winter, but stayed for the summers.” With an average high of around 70 degrees and average low around the 40s, it’s a cool break with little to no humidity. While the sweltering heat is taking over the rest of the United States, the Rocky Mountains stay at a nearly perfect temperature- ideal for outdoor sports, activities and just hanging out by the river or on the patio at some of our favorite restaurants.
Start planning and check out our Breckenridge Summer Packing Guide to make sure you don’t leave anything behind!
2. Tons of Activities
With gorgeous views, wildflowers galore and high alpine lakes, outdoor adventures are seemingly endless. Hit the hundreds of miles of trails in and around Breckenridge on a hike or bike, or cool off on the water and try a guided fly-fishing trip, whitewater rafting the Blue or Arkansas rivers or stand-up paddle boarding on the Maggie Pond or nearby Lake Dillon.
If you’re here with the whole family, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Epic Discovery offers activities for every level of adventurer. From scenic chairlift rides to guided hikes, zip-line tours, climbing walls, mini-golf and roller coasters, it’s easy to pack your day full of fun at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge.
For the history buffs out there, take a guided stroll around town and find yourself submersed in Breckenridge’s rich history. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a number of walking and hiking tours of historic sites and museums surrounding the area, including saloon, ghost, gold panning and snowshoe tours! The Country Boy Mine is another top on our list- head underground for a tour of a real gold mine, pet the burros, slide down the ore chute, visit the General Store and pan for gold at the original mine.
3. Amazing Summer Events
Independence Day Celebration – July 4
Each Independence Day, we kick off the Breckenridge 4th of July party with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, and a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra are not to be missed! Check out Breckenridge Creative Arts’ “Street Arts: Spangled,” which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art.
Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival – July 13, 2019
The annual Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival is one of the premiere summer events in Breckenridge each year bringing over 40 breweries for tastings, live music, a VIP area and wonderful food and retail vendors. All taking place outside at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center in Breckenridge with amazing views of the mountains! Enjoy a weekend of playing outdoors and a Saturday afternoon of beer tastings from some of Colorado’s finest breweries & other breweries from around the world! The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival draws a wide range of people from beer aficionados to families. The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival celebrates Brews, Views & Great Live Music!
Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival – July 26-28, 2019
The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival brings you a unique, wine-tasting experience. Main Street Station Plaza and The Village at Breckenridge, (at the base of Peak Nine), transform into a beautiful, mountain-side vineyard starring an array of varietals created by top wineries. From the soft and smooth to the unabashedly bold, guests will get more than their fair share of delicious sips.
Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) – August 9-18, 2019
The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) is a celebration of adventure, play and creativity. From aerial artistry and in-river performance installations to gypsy folk-punk and the return of a stone-hearted troll, BIFA offers an exhilarating program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge, Colorado.
Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment. Dozens of scheduled events, indoors and outdoors, ticketed and free, are showcased at venues and sites throughout town.
Breckenridge Hog Fest: Bacon and Bourbon – August 23-26, 2019
Bacon is the most loved food in the universe and the route to all things swine and divine. Add in the quintessential American liquor, bourbon; mind blown. These indulgences come together for Breckenridge Hogfest: Bacon & Bourbon. Meat connoisseurs will be able to taste their way through a spectrum of pork samples, premium whiskeys, single malt scotches and barrel-aged spirits while enjoying live music and mixology below Peak Nine. We want to speak to palates of all distinctions and our golden rule will be to feature the best of the best to the brownest of the brown.
Labor Day Weekend – August 31-September 2, 2019
Enjoy beautiful autumn temperatures and exciting events like the Summit Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race supporting the Summit Foundation, the annual Sidewalk Sale featuring over 74 shops around Breckenridge, and the Great Divide Arts Festival featuring over 100 artists with a wide range of mediums including photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery. Bring the whole family and watch as hundreds of ducks race down the Blue River at the Riverwalk Center, participate in free activities, stroll and shop along Main Street and the Art Festival and snack on yummy food throughout town.
4. Wildflowers are in Full Bloom
You’ve heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” and in Breckenridge, that’s just the case. Wildflowers start to bloom in May and June, and usually stick around through July and early August. Breckenridge’s combination of late snow-melt, 300+ days of sunshine and high-alpine terrain make Colorado the perfect place for wildflowers to grow.
View the wildflowers while strolling through downtown Breckenridge, take a hike on one of our hundreds of miles of trails in and around Breckenridge, or hop in the car and enjoy a short drive to an amazing display.
Even though shortcuts can be tempting, please don’t take them. A few extra strides on the path will protect native plants and the homes of the true furry locals. Doing your part will make it a little less challenging to survive at 9600ft. As always, Breckenridge 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.
5. Endless Shopping and Dining Options
Main Street Breckenridge is known for it’s incredible shopping and dining scene, but it also serves as the central hub of everything Breckenridge with fun events, festivals, music, an abundance of activities for all ages and interests happening all year long. The best part is once you park the car or take the shuttle in for your trip you can walk or take the free bus anywhere, which means more time outside enjoying the mountains and enjoying the views. Take a peek at a few of our favorite Main Street Adventures and customize your own itinerary for the perfect mountain getaway.
Want to discover more to do in Breckenridge in summer? Check out our Ultimate Family Summer Guide and be sure not to miss the Best Summer Events! As always, swing by the Breckenridge Welcome Center upon arrival to start planning!