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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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#1 Main Street 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 ... Read more » Bob Winsett / Breckenridge Tourism Office

#2 Carter Park 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 ... Read more » Jessie Unruh / Breckenridge Tourism Office

#3 Breckenridge Ski Resort 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 ... Read more » Peter Tsai Photography - www.petertsaiphotography.com / Getty Images

#4 Boreas Pass Road 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 ... Read more » Jessie Unruh / Breckenridge Tourism Office

#5 Vail Pass Path 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 ... Read more » Jack Affleck / Getty Images

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#7 Breckenridge Nordic Center 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 ... Read more » Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office

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Not every town's main street is lined with 19th-century buildings and backed by the Rockies, but Breckenridge's Main Street is.  Bob Winsett / Breckenridge Tourism Office

Both kids and adults alike say the sledding hill at Carter Park is a must-do.  Jessie Unruh / Breckenridge Tourism Office

Sometimes you'll need to stop and catch your breath when skiing down one of Breckenridge Ski Resort's five peaks.  Peter Tsai Photography - www.petertsaiphotography.com / Getty Images

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Breckenridge is chock full of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels. For a full overview of the area's many trails, consider purchasing a hard copy map at the Breckenridge Welcome Center. skibreck / Getty Images

During the winter, the Nordic Ski Center is a great place to cross-country ski or snowshoe. In the summer, it serves as a popular wedding and event venue.  Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office

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