Breckenridge Hiking

#6 in Best Things To Do in Breckenridge
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Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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

McCullough Gulch is for more experienced hikers who are acclimated to the elevation, since it rises 810 feet in a nearly 3-mile round-trip hike. Still, your efforts are rewarded by several waterfalls and a gorgeous lake located at Quandary Peak. You'll find the trailhead off of Forest Road No. 85, also known as McCullough Gulch Road, about 11 miles south of Breckenridge. 

You can visit the Breckenridge Welcome Center, located at 203 South Main Street, to purchase a hard copy map of the area's hiking trails – the proceeds of which go to maintaining the trails. All trails are free to access and most are best traversed between May and October. For more information, visit the Breckenridge Tourism Office website.

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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

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