Breckenridge Vacation Guide: Why Visit Breckenridge in May

The month of May signals a major transition in the Rocky Mountains. The days are longer and the sunlight is warmer. The snowpack begins to melt and flow into the streams, lakes, and rivers (creating breathtaking waterfalls in the process). Wildflowers begin to bud. Locals shake the dust off their road bikes and hit the rec path. It is during this “shoulder season” time when lodging discounts and specials are plentiful, and visitors experience peace and solitude on the trails. Here are all of the reasons why Breckenridge in May is absolutely incredible.

Breckenridge in May:


Breckenridge whitewater rafting with The Adventure Company. Breckenridge in May.
Rafting is one of the most popular activities in Breckenridge in May.

May weather combines the best of both worlds. During the daytime, the temperature can easily get above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, yet there are still days where a foot of fresh snow can easily fall. The snowpack is still significant enough to go skiing (in-bounds skiing at Arapahoe Basin lasts throughout May) and snowshoeing, but the warm temperatures allow for summer activities such as road biking and rafting.


The Breckenridge Dining Passport is your ticket to dining specials! The Breckenridge Dining Passport is a unique fundraising and information-packed pamphlet available seasonally to diners granting access to discounts, special deals and fun promotions at participating restaurants. Each fall and spring, the proceeds from passport sales are donated back to the community through our scholarship fund or to another non-profit organization.

There are some local events happening. The Chamber mixers happen every month rain, shine or snow. Pick up a copy of the Summit Daily News or check out the community events calendar online to find workshops, classes, events, nonprofit galas and happenings.


Before you head out to the local restaurants or coffee shops, check online or with the Welcome Center to see what’s open, what’s closed and where to get the best deals. The Welcome Center is located at 203 S. Main Street or by calling 877-864-0868.

Sometimes the month of May is a great time to cross-country ski or snowshoe. Then again, it could be perfect weather for a road bike ride. Or, you might want to stay indoors and head to the Breckenridge Recreation Center for the hot tub (but check the Rec Center’s schedule).

By Breck Editorial

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.

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