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June kicks off summer in Breckenridge with endless outdoor activities and special events. With wildflowers blooming, rivers rushing and endless sunshine, it’s the perfect time to hit the trails, cool off on the river or check out Breckenridge’s patio scene for some great happy hour deals. Swap the winter boots and skis for flip flops and mountain bikes- here’re our top 5 reasons to visit during June in Breckenridge.
5 Reasons to Visit Breckenridge in June:
1. Perfect Weather
We’ll let you in on a little secret. The weather in June is hard to beat. Temperatures range in the high 60s during the day, which means it’s the perfect temperature for long hikes, bike rides and afternoons spent on your favorite restaurant’s deck or patio. Thanks to our high altitude, it’ll feel a lot warmer in the sun but without the humidity that’s hitting the rest of the country, so you’ll be basking in the sunshine instead of sweating in it. Just be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and hydrate during your trip- our mountain sunshine can get pretty strong!
2. Summer Events Kick Off
We pack June and the rest of our summer calendar full of not-to-miss festivals, competitions and events. It’s part of what makes us the most social mountain town and, of course, the most fun! Grab the whole family and be sure not to miss one of the first events of the summer, the Gold Panning Championships, June 14-15. Head over to the Breckenridge Sunday Farmers Market, June 16, 23 and 30 (every Sunday starting June 16) to pick up fresh produce, homegrown items, artist crafts and creations, listen to live music, take in beautiful scenery and more!
Father’s Day in Breckenridge:
This Father’s Day, June 16, head to the Sunday Market at Main Street Station in the morning to stroll and get some snacks for the rest of the day. Then try one of our top 5 activities dad will love:
- Whitewater Raft through Brown’s Canyon
- Guided fly-fishing trip on the Blue River
- Play a round (or two) at Breckenridge Golf Club
- Take a tour of the Country Boy Mine
- Early season hiking and biking
3. Summer Hiking and Biking Season Begins
It’s no secret that Breckenridge is a great place to enjoy a ride or take a hike, and in June, you’ll find that our endless sunshine, cooler temperatures and terrific views make it even better. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or biker or are looking to rent and take a tour, Breckenridge is the perfect place for everyone in your group. Hit the dirt trails by mountain bike or cruise along paved paths– lower trails are usually ready for exploring while those higher up might have a combination of dry, muddy and snowy spots. Check the town’s Muddy Meter before heading out so you can pick one that is ready for use. If you are looking for snow-free trail suggestions our early summer hiking trails will give you ideas on where to head out. While in town, check-out summer trail maps or stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street for up-to-date suggestions.
How to find early summer hiking and biking trails:
Curious if other trails in and around Breckenridge are suitable for early season hiking? Remember these tips:
- STICK CLOSE TO TOWN – Sitting in the valley bottom, the Town of Breckenridge is as low as you can go elevation-wise. Trails near town melt out the soonest.
- FACE SOUTH – Our powerful sun melts the south-facing hillsides the quickest. Trails on aspects that get the most sun will be ready before anywhere else.
- GO LOWER- The farther north you go, the lower in elevation you drop. Head to nearby Frisco and Silverthorne for drier early season hiking trails.
*Due to a record-breaking snowfall this year, trails may melt and dry out at later times than usual.
4. Wildflowers are at their Peak
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 then 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.
Due to a record-breaking snowfall this year, trails may melt and dry out at later times than usual. Check the town’s Muddy Meter before you head out to see which trails are dry, and use our early summer hiking guide to get your boots on the ground!
5. Cool off on the Water
June in Breckenridge means the start of rafting season! From wild Class V rapids to family-friendly “milk runs,” Breckenridge is your home base for river fun. Rafting in Colorado is an unforgettable experience filled with views, canyons, wildlife and some serious thrills. As our heavy winter snowfall starts to melt, that means high waters and perfect conditions in June. And if you’re curious, we always recommend wearing the wet suit and splash jacket- that water was snow not long ago!
Rafting isn’t the only way to hit the water in June. Try a guided fly fishing tour complete with lessons, licenses, transportation, and equipment, or take in views of Peak 8 during a stand-up paddle board (SUP) yoga class on the Maggie pond right in town.