Breckenridge is a mining town in the picturesque Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is locally known as Breck and is home to Colorado’s largest historic district. There are numerous historic landmarks and buildings that can be seen throughout the town. And yes, the majority of the visitors gather to the town for the world-class skiing at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Others come to stroll around and shop in the historical establishments lining Main Street. If you’re looking for a place to spend your entire vacation in this atmospheric town, there are various Breckenridge cabin rentals for you choose from which is inclusive of all of the amenities that you’ve been hoping for.
Here are the best things to do to make the most out of your entire stay in Colorado:
The main street of Breckenridge still looks similar to the way it is a hundred years ago. Numerous buildings are still there and the facades of these will surely remind visitors during the time when Breckenridge was part of the Wild West mining rush. The Historic Main Street Breckenridge features more than 200 establishments which sell a variety of items especially those locally made or handmade products. Several ski shops offer equipment rentals for those who would like to take the nearby ski slopes. And of course, there are plenty of opportunities for shopping here from the apparel, souvenir, food and general merchandise.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
It is an alpine ski resort that is located west of the Continental Divide. It is one of the visited ski resorts in Colorado and the park spreads across five peaks towards the southern Tenmile Range. Both the peaks and ski terrain is accessible by 31 lifts, it includes four high-speed six-seaters. It also hosts the Winter Dew Tour every year which known as the premier action sports tour wherein numerous world’s top action sports athletes are invited. Don’t worry, if you want to try it, you can enroll yourself to ski and ride school for beginners and for those experienced skiers and snowboarders, you can pick the guided back-country tour.
Boreas Pass Road
Boreas Pass Road is a high mountain pass situated 11,481 feet above sea level along the Continental Divide. It is historically known as the Breckenridge Pass which also served as a course for prospectors who crossed into the area during Colorado’s gold rush. Boreas Pass was later used as a railroad pass and today, it offers a seasonal scenic drive. Visitors can still see the remains of the Boreas Station that once nestled at the top of the pass. The pass is popular among mountain bikes. The Section House is being used as the base for winter sports enthusiasts.
It is the second oldest peak in the park. The bottom half of the peak is dedicated as a learning area for beginners, while the upper level is for intermediate level. On the north face of Peak 9, pointing on the side that faces Peak 8, is an area known as the North Chutes. The North Chutes is suitable for those advanced skiers. On Peak 9, there are numerous chairlifts that allow you to access the ski terrain and it also features various restaurants for those who need to recharge after a hard day on the slopes. It surely caters for all type of skier and boarder. A day in the Peak 9 is a day well spent on the mountain at Breckenridge.
McCullough Gulch Trail
It is a 2.9-mile trail that’s located near Blue River in the White River National Forest. This trail has an elevation change of 951 feet and is pet-friendly, no doubt that it is a popular place to walk your dog. The trail is best used during warmer months, specifically from April to October. During winter seasons, it is where skiers flock. It also features a lake as you travel out and back along the same path where you’ll also be stunned by the splendid view which includes birds, waterfalls, alpine forest, and wildflowers.
Peak 8 Fun Park
It is known as the summer adventure destination that is accessed by a scenic gondola ride going up to the peak. Other activities that are being offered in the area are elevated roller coaster track which is locally known as the Breckenridge Gold Runner Coaster, three alpine slide courses, a climbing wall, a bounce house, and a bungee trampoline. On-site, there is also a largest human size maze in the state and a spectacular miniature golf course. Calling all the mountain bikers, you can haul your bikes up to the top and enjoy an enthralling ride back down. Breckenridge’s Peak 8 Park also has in store for young adventurers. There are a Kids Zip Line and Ropes Course that will probably give the young ones an adrenaline-pumping thrill. This park is open from June to September.
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
It is a non-profit organization established with the mission of preserving the history and heritage of Breckenridge. They maintain numerous sites with historical significance and provide a variety of tours of the area like walking and hiking tours. Tour options include historic walking tours, holiday tea tours, saloon tours, haunted tours and many more. The Ski through History Tour is also available. Another tour, the Brexpedition tour is intended to give visitors an overview of Breckenridge in totality.
Good Times Adventures, Breckenridge, Colorado
It is a long-standing tour company which offers dog sledding and snowmobiling tours near downtown Breckenridge. For beginners, it is advisable to take the snowmobile trips while they also offer a fun time for experts on the area’s various levels of trails. There is a dedicated open practice area for visitors to get comfortable with the snowmobile. The trips also include the techniques and leadership of experienced tour guides.
The Dog sledding tours will sure give you the opportunity to drive a team of Siberian huskies along the surrounding wilderness. It also offers an enthralling way to explore and see the beautiful scenery of the area.
Breckenridge Nordic Center
It is a cross-country skiing and snowshoeing destination which features more than 1, 400 acres of groomed trails. For those experienced visitors, you can directly purchase a trail pass to have an access to the trails. There’s a center which offers gear for rent and if you like you can also purchase it or bring your own if you already have it. And for those beginners, the center also offers numerous cross-country ski and skate ski lessons in a group, semi-private or in private type. If you want, you can participate in a guided snowshoeing tour. Looking for a place to recharge? Breckenridge Nordic Center offers sumptuous homemade food and hot and cold beverages in its restaurants.
Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House
It has a welcoming ambiance and the chill vibe that you’ve been asking for. The brewhouse serves only beer although the top house stocks several classic flavors of beer like Helles and the Irish Red. Apart from that they also serve Chocolate Coffee Stout and a Coconut Porter that are surely a must-try when visiting the area. Those really get rave reviews.