There's SO much to do in Breckenridge in the summer. We've worked with our Beaver Run concierge and guest services team to compile our favorite summer activities in Breck for you.
CONTACT our concierge team at 970-453-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help with recommendations or to book many of these activities.
HIKINGWith more than 50 miles of trails featuring waterfall, scenic views and mining history, Breckenridge offers some of the best hiking in the state - if not the country. Of course, we're biased. Here are a few - just a few - of our favorite hiking trails in Breckenridge.
Family-friendly hike: Iowa Hill
- Short and easy hike perfect for kids and families that features remnants of an old mining site and mining activities. Intrepretive signs are placed along the hiking loop and there are plenty of spots to rest and stop for snacks.
- TRAILHEAD: Located off of Airport Road with a parking area.
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Easiest access to Beaver Run: Burro Trail
- The Burto Trail is just a few steps from Beaver Run. Walk across the dirt road on the backside (ski resort side) of the resort and you're there! It's an out-and-back easy(ish) option for the first few miles. If you want to plan for a longer day, tay on the trail longer and link up with other more challenging trails in the area to Crystal Lake or Wheeler.
- TRAILHEAD: Located at the base of Peak 9 off Village Road - just steps from Beaver Run - in Breckenridge.
Most scenic: Mohawk Lakes
- Looking for an iconic Colorado trail that has it all - challenging climbs, scenic views of the Rocky Mountains, serene high-alpine lakes, mining history and even waterfalls? These are just a few of the reasons that Mohawk Lakes is a must-do hike and is one of the most popular ones in the area. Go early or at an off-peak time to snag a parking spot.
- TRAILHEAD: Located off of Highway 9 in Blue River. Turn right onto Spruce Creek Road to the Spruce Creek trailhead parking area (it's a small parking area, so get there early or off-peak time).
Best fall hiking: Boreas Pass Road
- One of the easiest-to-access spots for leaf peeping is Boreas Pass Road. It's a very, very popular area because you can drive up the road and stop along the way. Once you drive up a few miles, the crowds thin out. You can park and hike while still enjoying the sweeping vistas and views. Bring your camera ... and your patience - the road is narrow in some spots. Check out some of the popular trails that fork off of the main road - like Aspen Alley, Bakers Tank Trail.
- TRAILHEAD: Drive up Boreas Pass Road to the trailhead.
Best 14'er trail: Quandary Mountain
- Quandary Mountain is one of the most popular 14'ers in the State of Colorado. (a 14'er is a mountain over 14,000 feet high) If you're planning to hike Quandary or the nearby trail of McCullough Gulch, make sure you figure out HOW you're getting to the trail, in addition to know what to bring to "bag the peak." (Hint: bring lots of water, snacks, sturdy close-toed hiking shoes or boots, a rain jacket and check the weather in advance). Starting on July 30, 2021, you will need to either make and pay for a parking reservation or take a shuttle from Airport Road in Breckenridge to the trailhead to hike either Quandary or McCullough Gulch trails. https://www.parkquandary.com/
MOUNTAIN BIKING OR ROAD BIKINGBreckenridge is a biking mecca with hundreds of miles of single-track trails varying from easy to challenging with a capital C.
Mountain bike rentals: Breck Sports offers on-site bike rentals at their Beaver Run store. Beaver Run guests get a special 20% discount.
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Try out some of Breckenridge's many mountain bike trails or the paved recreational path running from Breckenridge to Vail and around much of Lake Dillon.
- Know before you go. Check out TRAIL CONDITIONS
- Road biking: Alpine Sports offers road bike rentals AND an easy road bike shuttle ride. If you're interested in biking Vail Pass, Alpine Sports can arrange for your bike rental and transportation to/from Vail Pass.
EPIC DISCOVERY: Ziplines, mountain coasters, ropes courses & more
- Breck Ski Resort offers a mountain of summer activities at Peak 8 for kids of all ages: zip lines, mountain coasters, alpine slides, climbing walls, ropes courses, summer tubing, gem mining and other fun activities
- June 18 - Sept. 12
- GETTING THERE: Take the Peak 8 gondola or the Breckenridge Freeride Bus to Peak 8 - the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort.
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- You do NOT want to miss the chance to raft in Colorado. Performance Tours offers half-day or full-day trips from mellow float trips to exhilirating trips down some of the biggest rapids in the state. They even offer overnight rafting trips.
- BEAVER RUN guest special: Book with Performance Tours and Beaver Run guests get a bonus - a free wetsuit and bootie rental.
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ZIP LINE TOURS
- Fly through the sky - either at Breckenridge Ski Resort's Epic Discovery or through Top of the Rockies zip line tours
- Experience the Wild West and all of the Colorado Rocky scenery from the saddle. Beaver Run's team can help book your trip
- June 14-Aug. 15 // 8:30 am-3:30 pm
- $45 | Ages 0-3 (double riders)
- $89 | Ages 4 and up
- $150/wrangler for private upgrades (available on any ride)
- PRICE INCLUDES: helmet (optional), 1-on-1 instruction pre-ride and approximately 1.5 hour trail ride
- Prices are subject to change and a booking fee will be charged for all reservations
- BOOK NOW: Contact 970-453-6000
Nova Guides offers many different tours with off-road vehicles: https://www.novaguides.com/colorado-summer-activities/
WATER SPORTS on LAKE DILLON
- We're lucky here in Summit County to have Lake Dillon and the opportunity to enjoy all of the water sports, including sailing, kayking, canoeing, standup paddle boarding or power boating. The Frisco Marina is just a short drive away and offers a tiki bar, beach area and boat rentals.
- Rent a Boat, Kayak or Stand up Paddleboard on Lake Dillon.
- There's even a water taxi to take you from the Frisco Marina to the Dillon Marina and back.
ARTS & CULTUREBreckenridge offers orchestra concerts, art shows, classes, concerts and more.
- HIKE TO THE TROLL SCULPTURE: Families will love a stroll through the woods to visit a wooden troll sculpture called Isak Heartstone (he was named for the heart-shaped stone that local kids found and added to the Thomas Dambo sculpture).
- Located at the Steven C. West Ice Rink: https://gobreck.com/experience-breckenridge/arts-and-culture/how-to-find-the-breckenridge-troll/
FISHINGSummit County is blessed to offer some of the best fishing - year-round - in the area for trout enthusiasts. Beaver Run is conveniently located within a 30-minute drive from many different types of fisheries.
If you're looking for solitude, venture out to one of the many high alpine streams or lakes. The beautiful scenery and bright colors of native cutthroat trout will be sure to make your day worthwhile.
If it's bigger fish that you're after and crowds aren't a big concern, head to the South Platte that flows through neighbboring Park County. It's said that if you can consistently catch trout on the South Platte, you can catch trout anywhere in the world.
Not looking for a drive but looking for 20+" fish hitting your line, check out the Blue River in Silverthorne.
Just remember, the fishing at these popoular tailwaters can be tough! The fish are smart and savvy around here, but keep casting away and you'll have plenty of fish tales, and maybe even a 20" fish that'll make it worth your while. (Remember: Catch & Release and get your fishing license).
STROLL DOWN MAIN STREETOne of the most popular activities any time of the year is to simply take a stroll down the historic and beautiful Main Street in Breckenridge. Enjoy window shopping, a sweet treat and then stop at Blue River Plaza or the Arts District Campus and enjoy the views.
Don't forget about the other activities available:
- Breckenridge Recreation Center.
- Indoor Ice skating at the Steven C. West Ice Arena year-round
- Breck Create art classes & activities
- Gold Panning and Gold Mine Tours- https://www.countryboymine.com/
- Historic Walking Tours- https://www.breckheritage.com/