Top 5 Leaf Peeping Locations Around Breckenridge

Every year, for a few weeks in September, something magical happens in Breckenridge. As the temperatures begin to drop and a chill makes its way into the mountain air, streaks of bright yellow, red and gold paint the Rocky Mountain landscape. Thanks to our lush aspen forests, our fall foliage stands out from that of New England or the Pacific Northwest, colorizing our treetop canopies almost neon and as bright as the Colorado sunshine.

The changing leaves in the High Country are so dramatic this time of year that many ski towns plan their fall festivals and events accordingly, creating a perfectly timed collaboration of mountain town entertainment and scenic beauty. Breckenridge is no stranger to this practice. If you’re thinking of a High Country getaway, be sure to check out our Breckenridge lodging deal for up to 30% off your stay. Then, explore these local fall events here, and be sure to make the most of your leaf peeping by heading to these five prime picturesque locations.

Boreas Pass

Just a quick drive from our property, Boreas Pass offers elevated, panoramic views of the entire TenMile range and a scenic ride through aspen canopies. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring your hiking boots along and head onto the Boreas Pass Trailhead for a true autumn adventure!

Breckenridge Ski Resort

These slopes aren’t just for skiing! Head out right from our back door for a scenic walk or full day hike up Breckenridge Ski Resort for a breathtaking excursion. Explore the beauty of quiet ski runs ensconced in colorful foliage. Plus, it’s the perfect photo-op for a trendy ski-lift shot – you know your instagram needs it.

Spencer’s Patio

One of the best things about Breckenridge is that you don’t have to break a sweat to get some truly magnificent views. If a day of relaxation paired with an afternoon cocktail is more your speed, head over to our own in-house Spencer’s Restaurant, grab a hand-crafted libation from the bar and take it out back to our mountain-facing patio.

Here, you’ll find yourself at the base of the Beaver Run Superchair staring up at Breckenridge’s Peak 9 – a perfect spot for both leaf peeing and enjoying a drink on a beautiful fall afternoon. Soak up the sun and take in the fall views. Cheers!

Sapphire Point

While many locals consider Breckenridge the Gem of Summit County, there’s much to be explored in every town of our High Country kingdom. If you’re up for it, make the scenic drive from Beaver Run Resort over to Swan Mountain Road, where you’ll find winding turns high above the Dillon Reservoir that will eventually lead to a little place called Sapphire Point. Make the quick walk up the path through changing leaves and eventually find yourself standing atop one of the most stunning lookout points in the County, offering up vistas of the TenMile and Gore Ranges as well as the glistening lake below.

Summit County Rec Paths and Bike Trails

Talk to our concierge about local bike rentals and head out onto the vast network of paved recreation paths that bisect our entire County. Walk or ride under an awning of changing leaves as you wind your way through our local mountains. If you have the stamina, ride all the way over to Copper where the path is dense with Aspen growth, and enjoy a luxurious downhill ride back.

For a fall vacation perfectly timed with the changing trees, utilize this interactive Fall Foliage Prediction Map.