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After being inadvertently left off a map in the mid-1800s, Breckenridge became known as “Colorado’s Kingdom.” The area is still an oasis for travelers, a mountain town that beckons winter sports enthusiasts to snowy trails and towering peaks. Today, the real secret is how amazing the town is during the warmer months. We might even convince you that a day in the summer sun is better than a powder day. Here’s why:
Colorado is blessed with 300+ days of sunshine a year, so the weather is ripe for exploration. At 9,600 feet, that warm mountain-top sun on your face quickly reminds you why this region of the country is so incredible. Whether you’re looking to take on one of the Rocky Mountain’s legendary 14ers (like nearby Quandary Peak) or go for a casual stroll around town, the views are second to none. For outdoor enthusiasts, there's no shortage of trails to meander, but a few of our favorites are Wheeler (9-miles) for panoramic views, B&B (1.5-miles, but easy to add on with nearby trails) for a short dog-friendly jaunt, and Iowa Hill (1-mile), which gives you a look back at the area’s mining past.
If you ever wondered what became of ski resorts in the summer, let us clear up the mystery. Under the snowy runs in the winter are challenging singletrack for adventurous mountain bikers. Simply ride the lift up with your gear, and hightail it back down the blue, green and black trails. If you’d rather ride out your front door, the town maintains some 50 miles of trails, not including the 100+ miles of connecting routes like the signature Colorado Trail. That one is a challenge for distance and climbing, but Lower Flume and Shock Hill are more suited for beginners. If you’re looking to practice your tricks, the Wellington Bike Park and Pump Track is free to the public and hosts regular clinics to hone your skills. Also, hidden in the trees off of the Barney Ford Trail, don’t miss the Barney Flow Trail with berms, bridges and small jumps to literally keep you on your toes.
The summer months bathe the town of Breckenridge in a kaleidoscope of color. Your best bet to see them is the Pence Miller Trail, which runs from the Ski Hill Road overlook under the gondola all the way into town. Other trails near the free Breckenridge gondola showcase the area’s incredible nature and wildlife like Cucumber Gulch (known for its moose sightings), Mohawk Lakes, and Baldy Mountain.
Hitting the golfing green at Breckenridge’s elevation is a favorite summer pastime since the altitude makes everyone look like a pro and ups the game. Quite simply, your ball will fly farther and straighter thanks to the thin mountain air. Breckenridge is also blessed to be the only town in the world with a Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole course that’s broken into four tees by ability level. The greens have received numerous regional and national honors including "Best Mountain Course" and "Toughest Mountain Course" by Colorado Golfer; 4-Stars by Golf Digest and named one of their top "Upscale Places To Play" in the nation.
When the snow melts in high country, river season begins. The mountain run-off powers the streams, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes for summer fun. For a relaxing day on the water, grab a SUP board and head to Maggie Pond or Lake Dillon to work on your balance. Or, pick up a pole and head to the Blue River in search of rainbow trout, fat browns, and the occasional cutthroat trout. For the adrenaline junkies, whitewater rafting is one of the top rated visitor attractions with each rapid more exhilarating than the last.
Just because ski season is over doesn’t mean the après have to stop. There are still plenty of bars and restaurants in town (more than 150 to be exact) to sip and swirl while you soak in the summer rays. Take the free gondola up to Ski Hill Grill for epic views, or hang out along the main drag at Twist, which has a homey cottage vibe. If you have the kids in tow, the Crown has happy hour deals for mom and dad and ice cream for the little ones.
The Breck events calendar is jam packed with music, food, and festivities all summer long. WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, June 1-4, is four days of performances and interactive art installations, and transforms the landscape into an inspiring canvas. Athletes and gearheads will want to hit the saddle for Breck Bike Week, June 23-25. The Fourth of July is also a festive time to visit, as is the big Labor Day celebration with a rubber ducky race. With so many festivals, your hardest decision will be choosing when to come (or never wanting to leave).