Things To Do

Located below the Peak 8 gondola of the Breckenridge ski area is the 77-acre wetlands and wildlife preserve known as Cucumber Gulch. This easy two-mile trail makes a loop around the edges of the gulch, one of the most treasured yet threatened in Breckenridge. Beavers, moose, elk, deer, mountain lions and 47 bird species – all call this area home at least part of the year, despite being surrounded by the sprawl and ski-in ski-out condos of a major resort town. Development is a constant threat to these animals, but an even bigger threat may be off-leash dogs, which in the past have disturbed beavers and chased birds, to the point where dogs are not allowed on this trail. In winter, Cucumber Gulch is part of the trail network of the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

Pro Tips

  • The trail is sometimes closed until July for moose calving, so check beforehand with the town of Breckenridge.
  • From Ski Hill Road, hike clockwise to first enjoy the lookout on Shock Hill, which offers a great view of the trail as well as the Tenmile Range of peaks that tower over Breckenridge.
  • This is the only trail in Breckenridge where dogs are prohibited (on or off leashes) so try a different trail if man’s best friend is tagging along.
  • Recommended season(s): Mid-summer – mid-fall.

    –R. Scott Rappold


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