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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 bloom. The rivers start to rush, the wildflowers begin to bloom and everyone is outside taking in the 300+ days of Colorado sunshine. The weather here never gets too hot, so it’s the perfect place to escape the summer heat that’s hitting the rest of the country. With so much to do, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 must-dos for visiting Breckenridge in summer.
Best Things to Do in Breckenridge in Summer:
10. Whitewater rafting
Some of the country’s best whitewater rafting is available just a short drive from Breckenridge. The Arkansas River in Central Colorado passes through the iconic Browns Canyon National Monument. There are also options on the Eagle River near Vail, and of course, the Blue River in Breckenridge. Rafting is available late spring through fall, and there are many options based on scenery preferences, activity level, what type of group you’ll be bringing and how long you want to be on the river. Check out our tips for how to make the most of your whitewater rafting trip!
9. Summer Dog Sledding
Contrary to popular belief, dog sledding isn’t just for winter. Summer dog sledding is a unique adventure for thrill seekers to test their mettle and mushing skills without the snow. Hop into a cart or a bike scooter and let the sled dogs do the work for you on the trails near Breckenridge.
When the ice melts, it’s time to get your reel and waders and head into the rivers and lakes in and around Breckenridge. While you can fly-fish year-round in Breckenridge, there’s nothing like a warm, sunny day on the river. If you have your own gear, just make sure you have a Colorado fishing licence and you’re all set! If not, don’t rent some gear and take a lesson or tour with one of the many local fly-fishing shops. One of our favorite spots to fly-fish in the summer is at Lower Mohawk Lake where you can catch Colorado’s state fish, the native Cutthroat Trout.
Breckenridge is a mecca for bikers of all kinds. From road bikers to mountain bikers to cruisers and everything in between. Discover the seemingly endless trails and paths for every level of rider and get ready to take in the views on two wheels. Rent gear or bring your own!
Take a swing at Breckenridge’s 27-hole golf course, one of the few Jack Nicklaus designed municipal golf courses in the world, complete with a driving range, practice putting green and clubhouse. Try to focus on the turf and not the views of the Ten Mile Range.
With gorgeous views, wildflowers galore, and high alpine lakes, it’s no surprise that hiking is one of the most popular summer activities in Breckenridge. The only challenge is picking the best trail for you. Here are our recommendations for the top three hiking trails in and around Breckenridge. Don’t forget sunscreen, water and a lunch for a picnic at the top!
Stand-up Paddle-boarding is becoming one of the hottest summer activities, and for good reason! Whether it be your daily workout getting your paddle strides deeper or simply relaxing in the sunshine, try paddle-boarding on one of the local lakes or sign up for a SUP (stand-up paddle-board) yoga in town! Our favorite way to do it? Morning SUP on the Maggie, an early lunch at the Quandary Grille, followed by a stroll around the Breckenridge Sunday Market to check out the unique selection of handcrafted, homegrown and homemade treats and crafts. Even live music!
3. Arts and Cultural Programs
If you need a down day after a long hike, explore your creative side at Ready, Paint, Fire!, where you can paint canvases, pottery, or create your own mosaics and glass fusing. For the artistically challenged, the friendly staff is happy to help provide direction, and you’ll know that you’re creating something that is truly unique. Enjoy time alone or with a group, make it sophisticated with a glass of wine, and take home a souvenir you can’t buy in a store. Tip: if you are painting ceramics, they will have to be fired in a kiln to finish, which can take a few days. The store will happily ship them home to you, or you can visit early in your trip so you can swing back by later to pick up your masterpiece.
To further your creativity, check out the Breckenridge Arts District, also known as BreckCreate, which hosts everything from ceramics, drawing, printmaking, metalsmithing, textiles and painting to live musical performances and art showcases. Check out their calendar for a list of upcoming events and shows.
The snow may be gone but the resort stays open! 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.
Explore the mining history of Breckenridge by taking a guided tour of one of the town’s first placer, or surface mines. View the inside of a miner’s cabin, feel the original hydraulic mining equipment and even learn to pan for gold! Check out the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance for all tours, museums and year-round activities.
Want to discover more to do in Breckenridge this 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.
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