Summer or Winter, there is plenty to do here in Breckenridge! Here are our favorites..........
We are incredibly fortunate to have such a wide variety of summertime activities available right outside our back door. It is impossible to include all of them in this guide, so we have included just a few of the most popular ones, more information including maps and photos can be found on the Inn's Facebook page. The Welcome Center located in the Blue River Plaza has more information and specific details should you require it. Please ensure that you have the right equipment for the activity, for example hiking boots and rain jackets, and check the weather forecast before heading out as afternoon storms in the summertime are common.
Our Favorite Hikes
Hermit Placer Trail - (in-town/hike duration 1 hour)
This is a great easy trail for wild flowers and amazing views of the Ten Mile Range and starts just around the corner from the Inn. Turn left out of the Inn, heading north on French Street and turn right at the Stop Sign on Washington. Continue straight on Washington for 3 blocks then take the Washington Trail. Cross over the first street, continuing along the Washington Trail then turn left down the second street, North Pine Street. Approximately 70 yards down the street the trailhead for the Hermit Placer is tucked back off the street on the right hand side. You can descend either down the Carter Park Trail, which leads you to Carter Park or continue further along the Hermit Placer Trail and descend down Jack’s Cruel Joke for which we would recommend sturdy shoes as the descent is quite steep. At the road turn right and take the Sunbeam Trail back to Carter Park. From Carter Park go west past the school to return to French Street, turning north (right) to return to the Inn. This loop takes about one hour.
Sawmill Trail - (in-town/hike duration 1 hour)
Is a nice easy hike in town following a creek up the mountain under the shade of the trees to the old reservoir. There are beaver dams, wild flowers and many moose sightings. Take Washington Street down to Main Street, cross over the Blue River Plaza, the river and Park Street continuing up Four O’Clock Road past the Blue Sky Lodge to the trailhead starting by the Snowflake lift.
Spruce Creek Trail - (15 minutes South of town by car/hike duration under 2 hours)
Is located approximately 5 miles south along Highway 9, turn right into the development marked “The Crown” immediately after Goose Pasture Tarn and follow the unpaved road to the trailhead. This is a pleasant, easy trail through the forest with plenty of shade making it perfect for those hot summer days. A loop is possible following the signs for the Wheeler Trail and then descending down the 4x4 road. The loop takes approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours.
Mohawk Lakes - (continues from Spruce Creek trail described above/add 2 hours)
Is one of the most popular hikes in the area for residents and visitors alike as it offers spectacular views, historic mining ruins, waterfalls and a picture perfect lake at the top, a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic. Mohawk Lakes trail continues along the Spruce Creek Trail, making this an approximately 4 hour round trip, moderately difficult hike (obviously depending upon level of fitness as the final ascent to the lakes area is quite challenging). We therefore recommend hiking boots for this trail as well as an adequate water supply. As this trail takes you above tree line we recommend leaving early to ensure that you are heading back down the trail before the afternoon thunderstorms start rolling in to the mountains, as lightening strikes above tree line are quite common, and also a rain jacket.
To shorten this hike it is possible to continue further along the road and park at the Mohawk Lake Trailhead. This section of the road is classed as a rough 4x4, unmaintained road and requires a vehicle not just with 4x4 but also high clearance. Do not be deceived at how the road begins – it deteriorates rapidly. Cell phone reception in this area is minimal.
Burro Trail - (in-town/hike duration minimum 1 hour)
This is an easy to moderate hike starting across the base of Peak 9 Quicksilver Lift across from the Beaver Run Resort. This can be either an easy one hour hike straight up and back down the trail to see the beaver dams and wild flowers or you can continue for about 3 miles along the trail to eventually meet up with the Spruce Creek Trail. Side trails off the main trail to loop back to town are more difficult as they require crossing creeks, where the water may be quite high.
French Gulch Trails - (eastern outskirts of town/Many hiking biking trails 1 hour & Depends on you!!)
is the area of town located up by the old mines of Breckenridge. Follow French Street north until Wellington Street and turn right. Continue up through the Wellington neighborhood, staying right at the Y intersection and passing Country Boy Mines on your right. There are several trails in this area passing mining ruins including Reiling Dredge and Minnie Mine; the parking lot for these two trails is on the left of the road approximately 1 mile after the Country Boy Mine, cross over the road for the Reiling Dredge trailhead. One mile further along is the parking lot for the Sallie Barber trail; walk a short distance along the old road then take the right fork for wonderful views of the French Gulch Mining Valley.
Shrine Pass (West On I-70/hike duration 2 hours)
Takes you high up on the Continental Divide by Vail Pass and offers incredibly spectacular views of Mount Holy Cross, the Gore Range and the Ten Mile Range. The wildflowers in July and August are also beautiful. This would be an easy to moderate 2 hour round trip hike at a lower altitude however you are climbing to an altitude of nearly 12,000 feet, which makes a huge difference. As you are completely exposed above tree line here we do recommend leaving early for this hike to be finished before any chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Take I-70 west to exit 190 (Vail Pass). Cross over I-70 and turn right onto Shrine Pass Rd. Continue 2.3 miles to the trailhead and parking lot on your left
McCullough Gulch (25 Minutes South of town by car/hike duration 3 hours)
Glacial lakes, waterfalls, roaring creeks and mountain vistas make for a beautiful, 2.8 mile (roundtrip), moderate hike. Drive Hway 9 South, turn right on Blue Lakes Drive and right again on McCullough Gulch Road. Continue 2.2 miles to the trailhead.
Check out the Summit Daily Biking Guide in the concierge rack for more details.
Peaks Trail is an approximately 8 mile mountain biking trail between Breckenridge and Frisco. Although there are some steeper technical sections along the trail overall it is moderately difficult. Start out heading north on French Street then turn left on Lincoln. Cross over Main Street, Lincoln turns into Ski Hill Road and continue up past the new Gondola station and Crystal Lodge to the trailhead on the left. You can take the bus back from Frisco if you do not wish to ride both ways or alternatively ride back up the paved bike path alongside Highway 9.
Boreas Pass is a mountain pass road which follows the abandoned narrow gauge rail bed with spectacular views of the Ten Mile Range. This is a great trail for beginners. Follow French Street south until it ends and turn left onto Boreas Pass Road. Drive (or ride!) up the mountain for approximately 5 minutes following the signs for the trail head. The road begins around the corner to the left past the gate and continues all the way to Como. A loop is also possible by taking the Bakers Tank Trail about 3 miles up the road. This is more difficult than the road due to the narrow trail and switchbacks through the trees.
Tiger Road / Dredge Boat Trailhead
This can be either a relatively easy 6 mile ride along a dirt road or the start of the Three Forks of the Swan moderate ride or connect to the Colorado Trail for a longer more advanced trail.
Drive north on Highway 9. Turn left onto Tiger Run Road, by the golf course. Continue along the unpaved road to the parking lot by the dredge boat pond.
Bike Path to Frisco
This is an approximately 9 miles long paved path. Once down in Frisco there is also a water taxi that will take both you and your bike over to the Tiki Bar in Dillon! Most bike rental companies offer a pick up service if you should decide that the ride back up to Breckenridge is no longer appealing! As there is very little shade along the trail take plenty of water and sunscreen is a must.
There are a couple of companies, including Mountain Wave (Tel: 970) 453-8305) and Alpine Sports (Tel: 970) 453-8100, that will drop you and your bike off at the top of Vail Pass from where you can coast down the bike path at the side of I-70 back to Frisco. You can then either get picked up in Frisco or ride your bikes back to Breckenridge along the bike path.
White Water Rafting
There is a multitude of rafting companies offering everything from half to full day, class 1 (think floating gently down the river) to class 5 (think daredevils only need apply!), along different stretches of several rivers in various areas of Colorado. Although there are several fliers in the concierge wall in the entrance of the Inn we do recommend researching the rafting companies and tours available through www.summitactivities.com as this company independently verifies the safety performance of the rafting outfits.
Breckenridge Stables is the local company for trail rides through the forest. They are located on Peak 9; follow the sign just before the Beaver Run parking lot. The tours leave hourly in peak season and we would recommend reserving in advance during the busiest times. Please note that the rides depart whatever the weather so be prepared as they will charge in full for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice. A credit card is required for reservations with the amount to be paid in cash. Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure. Tel: (970) 453-4438.
Breckenridge Fun Park
Located on Peak 8 offers various rides including the alpine slide, climbing wall, zip line etc. Please note that the fun park will close during thunderstorms so go early to ensure you get to enjoy all the rides. You can ride the gondola or take the bus up to the Fun Park.
There are many locations to enjoy the fishing in Summit County, including the Blue River in Breckenridge. Mountain Angler located at 311 S. Main Street will be able to assist you with all of your needs including supplies and lessons. Tel: (970) 453-4665.
The Jack Niklaus designed 27 hole golf course in Breckenridge is a public course and also offers a grass driving range and practice greens for putting. Drive north on Highway 9 (towards Frisco), turning right on Tiger Run Road at the light.
Breckenridge Recreation Center
The Recreation Center is located at 880 Airport Road and offers fitness classes as well as the indoor facilities listed below. Tel: (970) 453-1734 www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Recreation Center Hours Aquatics Area Hours
Summer Season Hours (May 1 - Oct 15) Summer Season Hours (May 1 - Oct 15)
Monday-Friday: 6am-8pm Monday-Friday: 6am-7pm
Saturday: 7am-8pm Saturday: 9am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Indoor facilities include:
• 2 Tennis Courts
• Racquetball/Wally ball Court
• 2 Rock Climbing/Bouldering Walls
• Free Weights Room
• Child Care Room
• 25-yard, 4-lane Lap Swimming Pool with hydraulic lift
• Leisure Pool with Water Slide, Vortex and Kiddie Fountain
• Steam Room, Hot Tub and Sauna
• Running Track
• 2 Fitness Studios
• Circuit Weight Area and Cardiovascular Equipment
• Pro Shop
• Family Locker Room
The Recreation Center offers day passes, 6-day punch passes and 10 day visitor passes as well as a discounted entrance fee for those just wishing to use the showers. So if you plan on skiing on your last day after checking out of the Inn and wish to shower before travelling home this is the place to go.
MetaYoga Center, 118 South Ridge Street, Breckenridge. Tel: (970) 547-YOGA. www.metayogastudios.com.
The rink is located at the south end of French Street on Boreas Pass Road. Tel: (970) 547-9974 for more information as there are dedicated public skating hours.
Many ski resorts, including Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper and Vail operate chairlifts or gondolas for scenic rides during the summer months. You can either go hiking at the top of the mountain or just go for lunch at the mountain top restaurant (in Vail or Keystone). Please remember that the lifts will take you above tree line so we would recommend leaving early to enjoy the views as storms usually move in to the mountains in the afternoon. Check for opening dates, operating times and prices: www.breckenridge.com, www.keystoneresort.com, www.vail.com
Country Boy Mines
This is popular with both young and old alike as the tour of the mine incorporates both the history of the mining era along with the fun of panning for gold. http://countryboymines.com
Old mining ruins can also be reached within short hikes in this area.
Sleigh and Wagon Dinner Rides
Horse drawn carriage rides are available along Main Street. Both companies listed also offer dinner sleigh rides with entertainment.
Two Below Zero in Frisco: www.dinnersleighrides.com : Tel: (970) 453-1520
Breckenridge Stable: www.breckstables.com : Tel: (970) 453-4438
The shops are situated for the most part along Main Street. Opening and closing hours vary depending upon the season and the store. They are generally open between 9am and 7pm.
For the serious shoppers the outlet malls in Silverthorne are a dream!
For the ultimate in relaxation and indulgence nothing beats a spa! There are certainly plenty of spas to choose from in Breckenridge.
Harmony Health Massage & Wellness Spa located at 326 South Main Street is our favorite all around spa offering massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing, homeopathy and oxygen therapies. Tel: (970) 453-2257. www.harmonyhealthmassage.com
Guided walking tours of the historic district
Are available daily during the peak summer months, departing from the Welcome Center in the Blue River Plaza at 11am. Please check with the Welcome Center for more details.
The Barney Ford House, located on the corner of Ridge and Main, is the former residence of the escaped slave who became not only a prosperous businessman but also black civil rights leader.
The Edwin Carter Museum, 111 N. Ridge Street, houses various specimens from the naturist’s collection who sought to catalogue Colorado’s wildlife before the devastating effects of mining wiped them out. His collections form the basis for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The City Hall on Lincoln Street has items on display from the 100 year old time capsule opened during Breckenridge’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations during the summer of 2009.
The Arts District of Breckenridge is a multi-facility campus of studios, galleries, performance space which host workshops, exhibits and artists-in-residence. http://www.breckcreate.org/
National Repertory Orchestra
The NRO moved to Breckenridge in 1993. Based at the Riverwalk Center it is an intensive fellowship which helps young musicians realize orchestral music careers. The performance schedule can be found at: www.nromusic.com
Breckenridge Music Festival
Musicians from symphony orchestras across the nation gather to present a 5 week Summer Festival Orchestral Series of orchestral concerts and chamber music performances. www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com
The Backstage Theater is our local theater company, located at 309 South Ridge Street. They offer a wide variety of dramas and comedies. The most up-to-date program can be found online at: www.backstagetheater.org or on their notice board. Tel: (970) 453-0199.
Breckenridge: Sundays 9am - 2pm at Main Street Station Plaza.
Dillon: Fridays 9am - 2pm at Buffalo Street (by Town Park).
Silverthorne: Tuesdays 9am - 2pm at the Pavillion
Vail: Sundays 10am - 3:30pm on Meadow Drive in Vail Village.
Within Driving Distance
Lake Dillon Reservoir
Frisco Marina is located 9 miles north on Highway 9, just before Interstate 70. Sail boats, motor boats and canoes can be rented there or just take the Water Taxi across the lake to Dillon Marina.
Boreas Pass road is a mountain pass road open to motorized vehicles only during the summer months. It follows the path of the old railroad over the mountain to Como. Stop at the railroad museum before continuing on to Highway 285. In Fairplay stop at South Park City (see below) before taking Highway 9 back to Breckenridge passing over Hoosier Pass.
Independence Pass is another scenic mountain pass only open to traffic during the summer months. This loop starts in Leadville, taking Highway 82 towards Aspen along a narrow, winding road. Stop for lunch in Aspen (the cheapest way to experience the town!) and possibly a swim at the hot springs in Glenwood Springs before returning home via I-70 through Glenwood Canyons.
Mount Evans is the easiest way to “bag a fourteener”. Drive to the top of one of Colorado’s 50 14,000ft mountains. Take I-70 East towards Denver to Idaho Springs. Please be sure to visit their website to prepare properly for the trip: www.mountevans.com.
South Park City museum is an accurate representation of a mining town between 1860 and 1900. Thirty-four authentic buildings contain period room settings and exhibits illustrating the professions, trades and industries that contributed to life in a nineteenth century Colorado mining town. Seven of the buildings are on their original sites; the others have been moved from abandoned camps and ghost towns in South Park, a 900 square mile basin surrounded by Colorado's Rocky Mountains. www.fairy-lamp.com/SPCMuseum/South_Park_City_Main.html
Scenic Train Rides
Georgetown is a quaint Victorian town with shops and art galleries.
Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad: www.georgetownlooprr.com
Leadville is a historic mining town high up in the Rockies. The train takes you up to the Continental Divide : www.leadville-train.com