Summer in Breckenridge, Colorado highlights the laid-back vibe of this historic town. Strategically located west of the Continental Divide at the base of the Tenmile Range, Breckenridge has evolved from mining town to one with first-rate amenities for year-round residents and visitors.
What to Expect on Summertime Breckenridge Vacations
Given its location on the western slope of the Tenmile Range, which is essentially part of the Rockies, expect pleasant temperatures averaging in the 70s during the summer months. At 9,603 feet above sea level, humidity is fairly even all year at 30 percent even during the summer.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast and nature lover, plan a Breckenridge trip during the summer to make the most of hiking trails in an alpine setting or boating and other water sports in the Blue River and Lake Dillon. Basking in the sunshine, enjoying mountain breezes and picking wildflowers are stuff that re-energize the spirit and make Breckenridge vacations the kind that you will keep coming back to.
Things to do on your Breckenridge Trip
Breckenridge is a welcoming town regardless of age and interests, and there are many options for everyone. Choose from various types of Breckenridge rentals then plan your schedule based on proximity to recreational facilities.
Activities for Families with Young Children
Take your brood to the Fun Park where everyone will experience all-day action, including the Super Trampoline, Bounce House and Climbing Wall for the younger set. Mining for gemstones and discovering the mine shaft maze is suitable for all ages even the wee ones with adult assistance.
Tweens and teens will enjoy the climbing wall and a trip or two down the Alpine slide. Alternative rides to try on your Breckenridge trip include the Gold Runner coaster and the chairlift rides, both of which provide amazing vantage views of Breckenridge. All-day passes can be purchased online and are good for unlimited rides. Ticket prices are differentiated by age group, so make sure to choose the right age group when purchasing tickets online.
The fun starts as soon as you board the BreckConnect gondola where you begin to appreciate the majesty of Mother Nature in Breckenridge. Many of the activities are accessible from Peak 8, starting with the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, which consists of 2,500 feet of ski runs, winding through wooded areas. The cars seat two passengers at a time, and riders have the option of controlling their speed as the car makes its way through thrilling twists and turns.
The TenMile Flyer Zipline features an initial span of 392 feet and second quad span of 1095 feet. Depending on the section, you will be moving at 45 miles per hour on zip lines that are at least 50 feet above the ground.
Colorado's white water rafting adventures are sought-after summer activities. Trips are led by expert guides from The Adventure Company. You can schedule half or full-day reservations or opt for deluxe packages that include hot lunch and a wetsuit.
Walking Tours and Museums
Breckenridge vacations will not be complete without revisiting some of the historic evidence of the town’s role in mining and the railroad industry. The Washington gold and silver mine tours provide an opportunity to explore hard-rock mines. Round out the adventure by panning for gold at the same site. You can also join the tour at the Iowa Hill mine site where you will see some of the boardinghouses used by miners during the heyday of mining.
If the kids are getting antsy, give them ample time to play and challenge their imaginations at the Mountain Top Children’s Museum, which is located in the historic district.
Walking and Hiking Tours
Guided tours of the historic district will reveal legends of gold seekers and stories of the people behind the town's evolution. Given its long history with hardy characters, haunted tours, which are held late in the evening, are popular among those interested in stories of eerie and unexplained phenomenon.
Fun for Adults
Taking a vacation with your family can be stressful no matter how restful your Breckenridge rentals may be. Take a break at the Spa at Breckenridge, which is located near the Snowflake Chairlift. The Rejuvenation Center located near the Aquatics Center is one of the best places to relax and experience special pampering.
For golfers, the Breckenridge Golf Club is a 27-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. It is considered among the top courses for mountain golf.
The town is also a bicycle-friendly community. If you want to explore the extensive bike and nature trail system on a bicycle, the best source of local information would be the front desk of Breckenridge rentals.