Originally founded during the hay days of the Colorado gold rush, Breckenridge sports a plethora of quality attractions that range from outdoor activities to historic architecture to watching artists create incredible snow sculptures. Here are a six fun ideas for you to consider while you plan your trip to Breckenridge.
1. You can ski at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Breckenridge Ski Resort has over 2,900 acres of skiable terrain that includes a total of 187 runs. The 34 lifts offer you a variety of skiing choices including more than 1,000 acres of skiable bowls and chutes as well as 600 acres of groomed trails. Breckenridge Ski Resort boasts four terrain parks for the extreme sports enthusiast including a 22’ half-pipe. The Four O’ Clock is the longest run at an amazing length of 3.5 miles.
2. You can fish, kayak, and play in Blue River.
As a tributary to the Colorado River, Blue River boasts tremendous opportunities for outdoor recreation from world-class fly fishing to kayaking to canoeing. Fishing on this Gold Medal Stream is fabulous for Rainbow, Brook and German Brown trout. There are restrictions and lots of private land along the banks so check with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife before casting your line. Kayaking and canoeing are favorites during spring and early summer run-off when the melting snowpack brings the flow of the river to exciting levels.
3. The Fall Colors are outrageous.
Known originally as Breckenridge Pass, Boreas Pass was instrumental during the Colorado gold rush in transporting equipment, gold ore and supplies between Fairplay and Breckenridge. Today, Boreas Pass offers a great scenic drive or bicycle ride whch boasts big views of the Tenmile Mountain Range. The pass is extremely popular during late summer when you can watch thousands of golden leafed aspen trees glimmering in the sun.
4. Shop and dine in downtown Breckenridge.
The downtown area in Breckenridge is packed with colorful Late Victorian buildings that were constructed during the latter part of the 19th century. Listed on the Register of Historical Places as an historic district, you can view homes once owned gold miners, wealthy business people and the home of an escaped slave known as Barney L. Ford who would later become a prominent businessman as well as civil rights activist in the area.
5. Breckenridge hosts a snow sculpture championship.
During winter Breckenridge brings together the world’s premier snow sculpture artists who proudly deliver some of the most fascinating pieces of art who will ever view. Snow sculpting artists from around the world gather for this competition to carve eye pleasing artistic forms from a 12-foot high and 25-ton block of snow. Using only hand tools, these snow sculptures are truly masterpieces that eventually melt away with the arrival of spring.
6. You can hike in White River National Forest.
Hiking around Breckenridge within the White River National Forest offers everything from tranquil family hikes within the ski resort area such as Sawmill Reservoir to a more exerting hike up Mt. Quandary, which at over 14,000 feet is the highest point within the Tenmile Mountain Range. Other interesting hikes include the French Gulch Trail and the pet friendly McCullough Gulch Trail. Grab a map and some supplies before you wander off for the day.
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