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Local’s Guide to Breckenridge
Breckenridge is a small mountain town rooted in mining history and ski culture. If you’re a first time visitor to Breckenridge or want the most updated tips and tricks, chances are you’re looking for the top things to do, best places to eat, how to get around and more local secrets. The good news is that we have something for everyone, and you don’t actually have to be a local to explore like one. We’re here to give you the lowdown on Breckenridge activities, history and culture, transportation and parking, dining and so much more. Start planning your adventures with the first timer’s guide to Breckenridge.
Top Activities in Breckenridge
Breckenridge is home to world-class skiing and snowboarding, as well as amazing hiking and biking trails. But we’re also home to unique activities like dog sledding, whitewater rafting, historic and ghost tours, art workshops and classes and so much more. So if you’re planning a mountain vacation here, you definitely won’t get bored. To ensure you don’t miss a thing during your trip, check out our list of the top 10 things to do in Breckenridge that cover the full range of beauty, activities, history and culture that make Breckenridge so special.
Altitude & Weather
Breckenridge is higher than most Colorado resort areas and towns. At an elevation of 9,600 feet (2,900 meters) above sea level, Breckenridge enjoys around 300 inches of snow in the winter and mild 70-degree temperatures in the summer. While our high mountain climate provides breathtaking scenery and perfect conditions for outdoor activities, the elevation can affect people in different ways and visitors should take high altitude precautions.
At higher elevation, the sun is much stronger than at lower elevations. Be sure to protect yourself year-round by wearing sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and goggles, even if the clouds are out. For outdoor activities like skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and more, we recommend wearing warm winter jackets and pants, snow boots, hats, gloves and goggles/sunglasses.
While Colorado gets tons of annual sunshine, the snow has to come from somewhere. Throughout the winter, expect snow storms to roll through. Snow plows typically run throughout the mornings to clear main roads and sidewalks, but streets and walkways can be icy. Make sure you’re dressed properly and have boots with good traction.
If you have a car, be sure you’re comfortable driving in winter weather conditions, and familiarize yourself with current traction and 4-wheel-drive laws. Get updates for Colorado’s road and weather conditions prior to driving by calling 303.639.1111 or visiting the Colorado Department of Transportation. Don’t want to deal with the hassles of clearing snow from your car, driving on icy roads and finding paid parking? Go Carless in Breckenridge!
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags & Bottles)
The Town of Breckenridge has a bag fee of 10 cents per bag at shops around town, restaurants and grocery stores. Visit like a local and bring your own reusable shopping bag or purchase one at the Welcome Center on Main Street. They make great souvenirs too! You might also notice that straws don’t come in your beverages at coffee shops and restaurants. That’s because straws are only available per request. Another item to keep in your day bag is a reusable water bottle. Breckenridge has water refill stations throughout town, not to mention, some of the best tap water in the country to fill up on in between adventures. With these local tips, you’ll save money and keep Breckenridge clean.
Transportation and Parking
You’ve heard of Sleepless in Seattle, but how about Carless in Breckenridge? Why worry about clearing snow off your car, sitting in traffic and finding and paying for parking? Let us handle the winter driving conditions while you enjoy the views and get to were you need to stress free. Getting to and around Breckenridge is easy and convenient, due to free transportation options and our easily walkable town.