Other Outdoor Activities in Breckenridge

The list of outdoor activities in Breckenridge is never-ending. Being situated above 9,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by millions of acres of national forest affords Breckenridge the spoils of experiencing the best activities in the west. From fly fishing to rafting to horseback riding to snowmobiling to dog sledding and everywhere in between, Breckenridge has it all. Find out about all of the best outdoor activities in Breckenridge.

Other Outdoor

The list of outdoor activities in Breckenridge is never-ending. Being situated above 9,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by millions of acres of national forest affords Breckenridge the spoils of experiencing the best activities in the west. From fly fishing to rafting to horseback riding to snowmobiling to dog sledding and everywhere in between, Breckenridge has it all. Find out about all of the best outdoor activities in Breckenridge.

Fly Fishing

A father holds his son hand while teaching him to fly fish in Breckenridge, Colorado. Fly fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Breckenridge.
Fly fishing is fun for all ages and is one of the most popular year-round outdoor activities in Breckenridge.

Fly Fishing is a deep passion shared by many who live in the Rocky Mountains. There are plenty of gorgeous rivers and streams in the White River National Forest surrounding Breckenridge, including the Blue River that flows right through the heart of Breckenridge. There are plenty of guided fly fishing tours in Breckenridge that will have you out on the water enjoying your day whether you are a first time fisherman or a seasoned expert.

Rafting

Colorado Whitewater Rafting in the Blue River
Whitewater rapids are a hotspot for a great summer adventure in Colorado

There is no feeling more thrilling than rushing down a rapidly flowing river. Whitewater rafting in Colorado is one of the most popular activities during the spring and summer, and for great reason. The rivers of Colorado wind through the breathtaking valleys beneath the peaks of the Rockies, and rafting through these waters is an unbelievable way to experience this natural beauty.

Golf

Overview of Breckenridge Golf Club Beave Course
The second nine to open, in 1987, was the Beaver. The Beaver nine has the narrowest fairways of any of the nines.

The Breckenridge Golf Course is situated in the breathtaking, glacier-sculpted Upper Blue River Valley. The only town in the world to maintain a Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole golf course, the clubhouse sits at an elevation of 9,324 feet. Visiting golfers get an immediate confidence boost as the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations due to less air resistance.

In the 2001 golf season, the town opened the last nine holes of the 27, also designed by Nicklaus and every bit as challenging as the original 18-holes. The Elk Course offers nine holes with more elevation change than the original nine-hole Bear Course and Beaver Course.

The Breckenridge Golf Course has received regional and national honors since opening in 1985. Honors have included: Best Mountain Course and Toughest Mountain Course by Colorado Golfer; Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” rated Breckenridge as a 4 -Star Award Winner, as one of their top “Upscale Places To Play” in the nation. The course is also Zagat rated.

 

Horseback Riding

A group of horseback riders take in the views along the trail.
Take in the views of Breckenridge from Peaks 9 and 10 during a group ride through Breckenridge Stables.

Transport yourself back into a time gone by and experience Breckenridge by horseback. Choose from trail rides through Breckenridge’s sprawling trail network (very Last of the Mohicans) or think more Little Home on the Prairie with open range rides north of Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Stables, last 1.5 hours and explore the beautiful scenery between Peaks 9 and 10 on the Ten Mile Range above Breckenridge Ski Resort. You will experience river crossings, beaver ponds and breathtaking panoramic views of the continental divide. With more than 100 horses, guides are able to match each rider to a horse based on ability and experience. This is also a great trip for younger children in the group. Breakfast and dinner rides are also available on weekends.

Opening Date: Breckenridge Stables opens for the summer in the last week of May.

For those looking for more wide open spaces and want to view the beauty of Colorado’s wilderness by horseback, check out The Rusty Spurr Ranch. This remote location has been preserved so that visitors can spot the same wildlife and landscape that the first settlers discovered during the 19th century. It’s not uncommon to encounter deer, elk, antelope and other large game during the rides.

Opening Date: The Rusty Spurr Ranch opens for the summer on May 15th.

Or if you are looking for an experience at a real Colorado ranch, take your group for a day full of outdoor adventures at American Safari Ranch! Offering horseback riding, ATV tours, and specializing in group activities, you are bound to find something for everyone involved.

Opening Date: American Safari Ranch is open 365 days a year!

Dog Sledding

A family dog sledding in the snow in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Dog sledding is something fun for the whole family

People have been using dog-powered sleds for more than a thousand years, as far back as the 10th century. Imagine mushing through a forest of beautiful spruce trees while being pulled by Siberian Huskies. Breckenridge offers some of the best dog sledding in Colorado, which is a great way to get out into the backcountry surrounding Breckenridge and enjoy the serene nature of a winter forest. History and adventure come together to make dog sledding a truly unique family experience. In addition to winter dog sledding, Breckenridge is one of the few places to offer dog sledding in the summertime!

Snowmobiling

Hard to pass up on something that’s both thrilling and scenic!

The beauty and splendor of the Rocky Mountains is opened up to you as you race through miles of backcountry trails around Breckenridge. For the perfect mix of speed, excitement and scenery try this adventure. Whether you’ve never ridden before or you’re an experienced snowmobiler seeking an adrenaline-inspired experience, from rentals to guided tours there is an option for everyone.

Hot Air Balloon Tours

Hot Air Balloon in Breckenridge
A hot air balloon ride in the mountains is quite the unique experience.

Any idea where you can capture the most expansive views of Breckenridge and the surrounding Rocky Mountains? You guessed it: from the high in the air. The breathtaking bird’s-eye views provided by local hot air balloon companies will make the experience an adventure of a lifetime. Hot air balloon rides are a unique way to elevate any mountain vacation and are a ‘must do’ on any vacation bucket list. Two nearby companies offer hot air balloon flights:

Colorado Hot Air Balloon Mountain Flights: Flights take off in the South Park Valley in the exact center of Colorado. Located between Hartsel and Wilkerson Pass, this central location conveniently services passengers from Breckenridge.

Grand Adventure Balloon Tours:  Flying in the heart of the Rockies year-round.  Flights launch in the Faser Valley, which is set on the ridge of the Continental Divide and the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park.

More Outdoor Activities in Breckenridge

For more information on all of the amazing things to do in the outdoors in Breckenridge, contact the Breckenridge Welcome Center (970-453-6018) for a complete list of all outdoor activities in Breckenridge.

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