If you’re looking to add a sense of excitement to your summer plans, head to Breckenridge, Colorado for a playground of outdoors activities against a glorious mountain backdrop.
Breckenridge Colorado summer guide
World-famous as a ski and snowboarding paradise, the fun doesn’t stop in Breckenridge when the snow melts. Stay in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and get outdoors in the sunshine on one of these five epic adventures.
Snow-capped peaks, miles and miles of gorgeous trails and plenty of pubs for a well-deserved post-hike pint – Breckenridge is what happy hikes are made of. Trails are rated by difficulty, meaning you can easily pick the perfect trail to explore – whether that’s a challenging 14er, hiking to a cascading waterfall or taking a slower amble along the river.
When the snow melts Breck’s keen skiers and snowboarders swap powder days for the area’s beautiful freshwater lakes. Maggie’s Pond and Lake Dillon are perfect for exploring on a stand-up paddleboard, and you’re likely to spot the locals out for a paddle in the evening sunshine. You can rent boards for a half day in town, or make a day of it and take a guided tour by SUP down a river. Or if love yoga or want to try something new, sign up to one of Meta Yoga Studios’ SUP yoga classes while taking in the beautiful mountain views.
White Water Rafting
First time whitewater rafters will have a ball in Breckenridge. The Blue River meanders gently through the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and offers incredible mountain views. The crowd-pleasing Browns Canyon is a fun mix of whitewater and chilled-out sections, making it the perfect rafting location for both inexperienced rafters and seasoned river runners. Adrenaline junkie? You simply cannot come to Breckenridge without taking a speedy raft trip the challenging Numbers stretch of river, strictly for experienced paddlers. Then relive the day’s adventures over a beer at the Briar Rose or the Breckenridge Brewery & Pub.
Breckenridge is so bike-friendly they’ve even dedicated a whole week to all things two-wheeled. Breck Bike Week offers everything from endurance mountain bike races to campfire rides. Road cyclists and families will love speeding along the award-winning 50-mile Recreational Pathway system, and muddy mountain bikers can hit up networks of gorgeous trails in the surrounding valleys. There are plenty of bike shops in town to get you kitted up, too.
Breck isn’t primarily a climber’s hub but there’s still enough rock to get to grips with for an action-packed day. The nearby granite cliffs overlooking the Arkansas River are great fun and perfect for families and beginners. Breckenridge boasts 300 days of sunshine, but if you do hit bad weather, there’s an indoor climbing wall to test your arm muscles at, too.
How to get there: Fly to Denver International Airport, one and a half hours from Breckenridge, then grab an airport transfer to Breckenridge or head on your own mountain road trip.