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Downtown Breckenridge during the winter in the evening
Downtown Breckenridge during the winter in the evening

What to Know When Visiting Breckenridge This Winter

Update to Public Health Orders 12/29/21

Public Health Orders

Top Things You Should Know

Public health orders are continuously evolving. We ask that you read through our local public health orders prior to arriving to know what to expect during your trip.

  • Face Masks/Coverings are REQUIRED in indoor public areas.
    Due to an alarming increase in reported COVID-19 cases in the community, Summit County has reinstated a countywide mask mandate. Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces, including public facilities, businesses, restaurants, and other common spaces.
  • Masks are required on public transportation throughout Summit County at this time.

Learn more about Summit County public health orders and business protocols.

Local's Tip
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Breckenridge businesses and restaurants are experiencing significant staffing shortages. Please be patient and practice kindness while our community works hard to serve our guests.

What to do during your trip



Shutdowns and quarantines have enhanced Americans’ desire to be outside in nature.  You should expect to encounter more people than usual while you’re out enjoying nature.  Use our trip planning tips to maximize the fun on your trip.

5 Tips For Planning Activities During Your Trip

  1. Make Reservations Before Your Arrive – Many activities have adjusted or reduced operations due to staffing levels. We highly recommend booking guided activities prior to your arrival.
  2. Weekdays > Weekends  – Peak times (Saturdays, Sundays and holiday weekends) are when town, restaurants, parking lots, hiking trails and activities are going to be busiest. If you have the flexibility, we recommended planning your trip so that the bulk of it falls midweek. That way, you’ll enjoy more space to roam in-town and on the trails.
  3. Timing is Everything – Become a morning person on your visit to beat the average Joe to the trailhead.  An early morning start will give you more space and solitude on the trails.
  4.  Skip The Car – Around here, we say “No car,  No Problem!”  Breckenridge is easy to get around on foot, and thanks to our wide variety of community transportation options, it’s easy to get to planned activities and hiking trails via bus, trolley or shuttle. Learn more about going carless in Breckenridge.
  5. Always Follow Leave No Trace principlesProtecting what we love is more important than ever when heading outdoors.  Help us make the outdoors a welcoming environment for everyone by following Leave No Trace principles and being respectful of others while out exploring.
Local's Tip
Activity and tours availability are continuously changing. We suggest making advance reservations whenever possible. You can also try a few of our favorite activities that are great if you looking for something to do today/tomorrow.

Plan Ahead When Dining Out


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Restaurants are open to indoor & outdoor dining. Curbside & dining-to-to options are widely available. Please show kindness as we all navigate the new normal.

While restaurants are open to full capacity, many are dealing with significant staffing shortages. This can result in longer than anticipated wait times to be seated at restaurants and slower meal service as kitchen staff attempts to keep up. Until our restaurants can get caught up, you can help us by planning ahead and showing kindness whenever possible.

5 Tips For Dining Out

  1. Make dining reservations whenever possible – if unavailable, put your name down early and expect a wait.
  2. Dine a little earlier or later than usual to avoid the busiest times.
  3.  Head to the restaurant knowing you’ll likely experience a wait before getting seated.
  4.  Explore off the beaten path bars and restaurants in Breckenridge.
  5. Embrace take-out options.  Many restaurants are also offering outdoor dining options.  Curbside & dining-to-to options are widely available.  FREE 10-minute pick-up parking spots have been added around town to make picking up your food/online purchase easy and convenient.


Outdoor Dining Options

Several restaurants offer creative and comfortable winter outdoor dining experiences with cabanas, yurts, and snow globes. Most are heated, but we recommend dressing in winter gear for the most enjoyable experience. Make a reservation or call ahead to confirm availability.


Local's Tip
Breckenridge's most popular activities and dining experiences can fill up quickly. We highly recommend making reservations in advance.

Festivals & Events Going On While We Recover


Lights at the 2018 International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge

To better protect our residents and guests, we’re reimaging how we celebrate.

Many festivals & events have adjusted operations to comply with evolving public health orders.  It’ll be important to regularly check our festival and events calendar for updates on what to expect during the winter event season.  We’re excited to bring back events and thank you for your patience as we reimagine ways to celebrate together again.

Help Us Celebrate By Using These Resources

  1. The Festivals & Events Calendar will have the most updated information on upcoming events.  All scheduled events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Guests should check frequently for updates from the event producer.
  2. Explore art workshops, yoga classes and daily activities by browsing our community calendar.
Local's Tip
All events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Check back frequently for updates or sign-up to receive event-specific email updates.

Getting Here & Getting Around


People walking during Breck in the Spirit 2018 holiday lights

Getting around Breckenridge is easy and convenient, due to free transportation options and our easily walkable town.

Getting to and around Breckenridge is easy and convenient, due to plenty of transportation options and our easily walkable town. Breckenridge’s shuttle and transportation systems will help any visitor make the most of their trip. Just remember, Masks are still required on public transportation in Summit County at this time.

4 Ways To Go Carless During Your Trip

  1. Book an airport shuttle to easily get from DIA to Breckenridge.
  2. Use the FreeRide map to find community transportation near your lodging to get to town and the slopes.
  3. Choose guided activities that offer free shuttle service transportation.
  4. Walk to hiking trails near your lodging by using the GPS feature on AllTrails, Google Maps & COTREX.

Answers To The Most Frequently Asked Questions


While many things have changed, the mountains, views, wildlife and abundant activities are still waiting for you.

Public Health Order FAQS

What is there to do in Breckenridge this winter?

Is the Gondola open?

Where to go hiking and snowshoeing in Breckenridge?

What events are happening in Breckenridge?

How do I see the Breckenridge Troll?

Is the ski resort open?