Best Things To Do in Breckenridge
No matter the season, Breckenridge is best experienced outdoors. Whether it's skiing or snowboarding at Breckenridge Ski Resort, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the Nordic Ski Center or hiking along Boreas Pass Road and cycling the Vail Pass, getting some exercise while enjoying the gorgeous surroundings is the main draw here.
Updated June 8, 2017
- #1View all PhotosfreeMain Street#1 in BreckenridgeShopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDShopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
The galleries, shops, bars and dining establishments along Breckenridge's Main Street have lined the street for more than a century, and are a great place to stop for a meal, a drink or some souvenirs. Local favorites include Park & Main, which specializes in breakfast, sandwiches, espresso and wine, and Empire Burger, one of the best burger spots in town. To see a play, visitors can head to Main Street's Backstage Theatre.
Although a charming central street is not necessarily unique to Breckenridge, one recent reviewer calls the town's Main Street "one of the best." With shops that appeal to people of all budgets, Main Street accommodates a variety of travelers. However, more than one person recommends making sure your parking meter is topped up; otherwise, you'll likely get a ticket. To avoid worrying about feeding a meter, utilize the free underground parking provided for customers. You'll also find a handful of hotels on Main Street – a perfect place to hang your hat if you like being in the center of the action. For more information, visit Main Street's website.
- #2View all PhotosfreeCarter Park#2 in BreckenridgeParks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDParks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
The best sledding hill in town is found at Carter Park, and it's a popular spot for the young or young at heart. When the snow melts, the park boasts a handful of hiking trails, four tennis courts, baseball diamonds and a sand volleyball court, as well as a playground and lots of green space. There's even a dog park.
Many travelers call Carter Park a hidden gem, especially since there is no sledding allowed at Breckenridge Ski Resort. One visitor says that although there are other Colorado ski destinations that are cheaper, her family returns to Breckenridge because of this sledding hill, which is perfect for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Plus, families also appreciated the clean restroom facilities in the park's pavilion.
- #3View all Photos#3 in BreckenridgeHiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, SkiingTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDHiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, SkiingTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND
The 2,908-acre Breckenridge Ski Resort contain five sections or "peaks" that comprise the southern half of the Tenmile Range. Peak 6 showcases intermediate to advanced trails paired with panoramic views of the valley; Peak 7 is characterized by blue runs; Peak 8 offers a variety of green, blue and black trails, making it a popular area for skiers of all levels; Peak 9 is the best for beginners with predominantly blue and green runs; and Peak 10 is for the experts with a range of black and double-black trails. There are also several upper alpine areas on Peaks 6, 7 and 8, called bowls. Some of these areas can be reached by lift; others can only be reached by hiking to the top. Characterized by deep powder and steep terrain, bowls should only be attempted by advanced skiers and snowboarders. When the snow melts, Breckenridge Ski Resort offers hiking trails, zip lines, alpine slides and coasters, and rock climbing walls.
Recent visitors said Breckenridge Ski Resort is fun no matter the season. Travelers described the ski instructors and ski conditions as "amazing," and were equally impressed with the warm-weather hiking. Still, some expressed irritation over the price tags on nearly "everything."
- #4View all PhotosfreeBoreas Pass Road#4 in BreckenridgeSightseeing, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDSightseeing, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
Boreas Pass Road is a nearly 20-mile stretch that traces the path of the Pacific Railroad and rises to a summit at the Continental Divide. Along the way, Boreas Pass offers unbeatable views of the Blue River Valley and Tenmile Range. In the fall, visitors will also enjoy seeing golden yellow aspens light their way. Boreas Pass also gets high marks for the number of ways that visitors can experience it: Travelers can hike, bike or drive it.
Starting your self-guided tour of Boreas Pass Road at Breckenridge's High Line Railroad Park will give you the opportunity to see some of the locomotives and train cars that traveled this pass, according to recent travelers. Others recommend parking at the Bakers Tank trailhead and hiking up, reminding visitors that they'll likely need snowshoes for touring Boreas Pass Road in the winter.
- #5View all PhotosfreeVail Pass Path#5 in BreckenridgeRecreation, Sightseeing, Tours, FreeTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDRecreation, Sightseeing, Tours, FreeTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND
If you want to take a scenic tour of Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Frisco, cycling the 14 miles from Breckenridge to Frisco, Colorado, on the Vail Pass Path is a good way to do it. And because it's a downhill ride, cyclists of all levels can enjoy this ride.
One traveler suggests bringing along your camera to snap some photos of the scenic views you'll see along the way. Another traveler calls it a "wonderful, low-energy activity" and suggests stopping at the Copper Mountain gas station for a cup of coffee and a restroom break.
- #6View all Photos#6 in BreckenridgeHiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDHiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
While Breckenridge is best-known for its ski slopes, its hiking trails are equally delightful. The area boasts hikes for all levels, but keep in mind that it might be wise to give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude in Breckenridge before attempting a more challenging hike.
Cucumber Gulch, which runs alongside Breckenridge's Cucumber Gulch Nature Preserve, is an easy hike with just about 150 feet in elevation and stretches a little more than 2 miles round-trip. Along the way, hikers will enjoy breathtaking views of the Tenmile Range, a range of wildflowers and maybe even some animals like moose and foxes. You can access the trail from the parking lot of the Breckenridge Nordic Center.
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It's not all about downhill skiing here. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing get some serious love at places like the Breckenridge Nordic Center, which offers 1,400 acres of groomed terrain and soaring mountain views. Along with the woodland trails, the center offers lessons for first-timers (for both adults and kids). You'll also find a lodge here, perfect for grabbing food and drinks or simply warming up by the massive stone fireplace.
Visitors can't say enough about the friendly and accommodating staff members and the gorgeous landscape. In fact, the views are so beautiful that the Nordic center is a popular place for weddings. Travelers also appreciate how affordable activities are, especially compared to Breckenridge Ski Resort. You can even trade in your skis for snowshoes if you want to try both sports – at no additional charge.
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