One of Colorado’s most breathtaking destinations, Breckenridge is a popular spot to visit among residents and tourists, alike. Two hours or less from both Denver and Colorado Springs, Breckenridge is perfect for any season, whether you’re looking to ski in the winter or hike once the snow melts. Here are a few of our favorite things to do around Summit County that are perfect to add to your Breckenridge trip.

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1. Climb Quandary Peak

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Quandary Peak. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee; OutThere Colorado

A nearby 14,000-foot peak with a stunning view from the summit, the hike to the top of Quandary Peak offers a good introduction high-altitude Colorado mountain climbing. However, keep in mind that while this might be one of the easier 14,000-foot climbs in the state…it’s still a massive mountain. That means that climbing it will be physically straining for most. Know your ability prior to embarking on this journey and never be scared to turn around. Here are 6 tips to get your mountain climbing research started.

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2. Ski the Breckenridge Slopes

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Skiers climb to the 12,998-foot Peak 8 summit to ski the Lake Chutes at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Photo Credit: Christian Murdock

Home to the highest ski lift in North America, Breckenridge Ski Resort is a must-visit for anyone that likes to shred pow. The wide range of terrain offers up something for everyone – from the beginner runs on Peak 9 to the double-black diamond terrain at the top of Imperial Super Chair.

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3. Kayak Lake Dillon

Home to some of the most scenic kayaking in the state, Dillon Reservoir is a short drive from Breckenridge and it’s totally worth the visit. Plan to swing by in the fall if you want to have the best chance of spotting truly epic foliage colors. This area is know for it’s many golden aspens during this time of the year.

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4. Hit the Keystone Mountain Biking Park

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Photo Credit: Aaron Dodds, Keystone Resort

Be warned – this isn’t the typical mountain biking experience. The Keystone Bike Park has riders donning body armor before launching down a trail of jumps, hard turns, and stretches of wooden planks. It can feel more like a rollercoaster than mountain biking. It’s a pretty awesome experience, if you think that sort of thing is for you. It’s dangerous though. You’ll want to be a skilled mountain biker before tackling this one.

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5. Visit the Continental Divide at Hoosier Pass

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At an altitude of 11,539 feet, visiting Hoosier Pass is a must for an out-of-stater looking to soak up some mountain views. The drive there from Breckenridge takes around half an hour and will have you traveling up a cliffy mountain route. We recommend this drive during the summer months of the year when snow is less of a concern. Have a little extra time? Head down the other side of the pass to Fairplay to take a picture with the “South Park” sign.

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6. Zipline with a View

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A high-flying adventure that can be fun for people of any athletic ability, the Breckenridge Expedition Zipline tour will give you great views and a rush. Check this one out during the summer.

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7. Camp at Mohawk Lakes

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Photo Credit: Stephen Martin, OutThere Colorado

A great spot to camp or fish, the Mohawk Lakes provide a more rugged scene than water you’ll find closer to town. This is a great place for someone looking for that true Colorado camping experience. Don’t have camping in your plans? This is also a great hike.

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8. Enjoy the Sun at Frisco Adventure Park

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Frisco Bike Park. Frisco, Colorado
Photo Credit: Todd Powell

With biking and disc golf in the summer and tubing and cross-country skiing in the winter, there’s always something going on at the Frisco Adventure Park. A short drive from Breckenridge and right on the banks of Lake Dillon, we recommend a trip here for anyone that’s looking for an excuse to get outside. Not much of an athlete? The disc golf and tubing offer low-impact options.

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