“You come for the winter, but you stay for the summer.”
This is the answer you will get if you ask any local about the summer season in Breckenridge. Experience Summit County in the summer season and you will surely understand why!
While Breckenridge is known as a winter destination, the summer season in Breckenridge will remind you of summer breaks past when there was nothing to do except play outside from dawn until dusk. Breckenridge offers a wide range of summer activities, from the adrenaline pumping, like ziplining and whitewater rafting, to the breathtaking views you will discover on long hikes and on lazy afternoons fly-fishing. All visitors alike will find something that keeps them coming back time and time again.
Whether you are searching for a guided activity that the whole family can enjoy together, an afternoon craft hosted by our resort staff or some simple suggestions for a scenic drive, our activities staff is ready to help!
Nothing in Colorado showcases the summer scenery like a raft trip down one of the state’s majestic rivers. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-pumping whitewater excursion or a scenic float trip, rafting trips are available for all ages, levels of ability and interest. The below companies provide top-notch services for our guests and owners during their stay.
Grand Timber Lodge works closely with partners like Performance Tours to provide our guests with a top-notch experience on the river as well as to help create lifelong memories for years to come. Performance Tours has been professionally operating since 1986 and has led over 300,000 guests down the river during this time. The guides offer trips down multiple rivers in the nearby vicinity, including: the Arkansas River (offering beginner to advanced sections), Clear Creek (offering beginner to advanced sections), and Upper Colorado (very mild rapids with amazing scenery). Click here to learn more.
Your premier guide to the Colorado outdoors! With outposts located in Buena Vista, Idaho Springs, and Kremmling, there are plenty of adventures just an hour away from Breckenridge to indulge in during your stay. Raft the most famous stretches of whitewater in the country out of AVA’s Buena Vista outpost, as well as zipline above the Arkansas River Valley on the Mountaintop Zipline tour and enjoy breathtaking views of the Collegiate Peaks. Head to their Idaho Springs location just 30 minutes west of Denver for adventures along the cliffside on a zipline and Via Ferrata tour, or some exhilarating rafting on Clear Creek. For an excursion for the whole family, head to AVA’s Kremmling location. All ages can enjoy scenic floats along the Upper Colorado River, fly fishing tours, off-roading, and horseback rides through the Rocky Mountains. Whether you’re just looking to enjoy an afternoon in the mountains or a few days in the backcountry, AVA Rafting & Zipline has an adventure for you!
Kodi Rafting offers trips for all ages and abilities on the Colorado, Arkansas and Clear Creek Rivers. Not only can you embark on a fun-filled trip for a half day or full day, you can also take advantage of overnight trips with Kodi Rafting. In addition, if you want to pack in as much Colorado punch as possible, you can check out the “Saddle and Paddle”— a two-hour horseback ride that teams up with Rusty Spur Ranch, lunch, and a half-day rafting trip. Click here to learn more!
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Looking for a way to amplify your summer adventures? Join Stand Up Paddle Colorado for an unforgettable experience. Operating out of Lake Dillon (Frisco Marina), this fun family activity is only a quick drive away. Stand Up Paddle Colorado has a reliable staff that leads the way in custom river adventures, from beginners to advanced paddlers. A 2013 report said this outdoor sporting activity had the most first-time participants of any in the United States. So come join in on this newest activity that’s fun for the whole family.
With half-day, full-day, multiday and SUP and raft combo days, there are plenty of options for you and your family to choose from. Whether you want to meander down the Colorado River or just take a Lake Dillon tour, Stand Up Paddle Colorado will provide you with the necessary equipment, personal flotation device, safety talk and paddling clinic. Your trip around Lake Dillon includes a paddle-out to Giberson Bay and then a paddle-in around the islands on the way back to Frisco Marina.
Their Mission: By exemplifying our values of health, fitness, family, recreation, safety and environmental stewardship, we strive to be the leading SUP tour operator in the Western United States. Stand Up Paddle Colorado is leading the way in custom river adventures, from beginners to advanced paddlers. We are dedicated to delivering a lasting memory that nourishes mind, body and spirit. With every tour and interaction, we strive to create cohesion, understanding, tolerance and acceptance for all living creations through wilderness exploration and outdoor experiences.
Over the past 10 years, Breckenridge has become known as a top biking destination in the West. Breckenridge has miles of paved bike paths, graded mountain roads, lift-assisted downhill riding and single-track trails. There is always a full schedule of biking events and races throughout Summit County, including the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which is becoming the premier bike event in the country, bringing in top athletes from all over the world including the top three finishers from the Tour De France.
If you are looking for the perfect way to enjoy a bike ride without all of the work, try a Vail Pass Shuttle. Have Alpine Sports take the whole family to the top of Vail Pass for the scenic view and cruise 14 miles downhill on a paved bike path all the way to Frisco. This is a great day adventure for all ages and abilities. On your way down you can even stop by the Copper fun park or the Frisco Bay Marina!
Here are some great ideas for bike rides in and around Breckenridge and Summit County.
Breckenridge Mountain Peak 8 Bike Park: The Peak 8 Fun Park has been growing over the years, and the Bike Park is one recent addition to the Peak 8 summer experience. From pulse-pounding single-track to easy fire roads, the Peak 8 Bike Park offers trails designed for skill levels from beginner to expert and a mountain bike park with all kinds of features. Click here to see the Breckenridge Mountain Summer Trail Map.
Summit County Rec Paths
Biking “Rules of the Road”
Stay in control: You are ultimately in control of your bike. Do not ride faster than conditions allow. Do not attempt stunts and maneuvers that are beyond your capabilities.
Share the trail: The bike paths and most of the trails and Forest Service roads around Breckenridge and Summit County are shared trails with bicyclists, hikers, horses, skate skiers, longboarders and whatever else people can find to get from one place to the next. As a bicyclist, you are the one who should yield the right of way to others, especially horses and hikers. Communicate with other people. Remember to be aware at intersections as well.
Ride only on open trails: Do not ride on private property.
Respect the trail and the environment: Do not ride on trails that are too wet. Do not create new trails when you can get through the main trail. Do not leave trash or litter. Be aware of the local attitudes toward biking and respect them.
Ride prepared: Bring the proper gear. Know the weather. Know about the area where you are going to ride. Tell someone where you will be going. Do not ride above your abilities.
What to Bring – Be Prepared!
Proper clothes for the conditions: Padded bike pants and riding gloves could make things more comfortable.
Bike pump and spare inner tube: A flat tire is the most common problem on the trail.
Water: Water is essential.
Food for longer rides: It’s very important to keep up your strength on the trail.
Sun block: With high altitude and 300 days of sunshine, this one is a no-brainer!
Chain tool: Chain breaks are pretty common, and a chain tool will generally fix this issue.
Screwdriver, small wrenches, hex wrenches and other tools: Know your bike and bring proper tools to make minor repairs as necessary.
First aid kit: Always be prepared for accidents.
Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from sun, wind, bugs and other flying debris.
Saddle up for a journey back into the Old West and enjoy the majestic views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on horseback. Trips are available for all levels of riding ability and include options from hourly rides to half-day trips. With thousands of acres of meadows, trails and woodlands in Breckenridge and the surrounding area, visitors can explore the Colorado countryside with some of the land’s most amazing creatures.
Platte Ranch: Situated approximately 40 minutes from the town of Breckenridge, Platte Ranch offers a true Western ranching experience. Experienced guides take the lead, offering expert advice on riding techniques, yet still giving each guest the freedom to advance at their own pace on the horses, with no nose-to-tail trail rides. Families have the option to engage in a two-hour, half-day or sunset dinner ride at the Platte Ranch. Visitors will surely mark this experience down as one of their favorites!
Gore Range Outfitters: With no more than 12 riders in each group, Gore Range Outfitters provides an unparalleled experience for riders when embarking through the Colorado mountainside on horseback. Visitors will see a wide variety of scenery, such as wildflowers, rivers and forests, in one-hour trips, two-hour trips or a half-day trip with a picnic lunch.
Breckenridge Stables: Located only minutes away from Gold Point Resort, Breckenridge Stables offers guests a convenient afternoon activity against the backdrop of the Tenmile Range. Families can enjoy an hour-and-a-half riding trip together or improve their riding technique with a group or a private lesson.
Rusty Spur Ranch: This fantastic service offers a variety of experiences for our guests. Riders can bring the whole family for a one-, two-, or three-hour ride on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch. In addition, for those visitors with a little more ambition, Rusty Spur is the place to be! Sign up for a four-hour actual Western cattle drive and enjoy lunch with the ranchers, or test your abilities with the hour-and-a-half outlaw ride, where a riding test is required.
Two Below Zero: Take in the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains with an old-fashioned wagon ride topped off with a Western-style family dinner. Before dinner, don’t forget to engage in some family fun at the game corral, playing roping games, horseshoes, cowboy golf and bean bag toss. After a snack of biscuits and honey, the dinner bell will set off the evening with a barbecue family cookout and a Wild West show featuring the Jackman brothers.
From across the country, people flock to Colorado for the experience of fly-fishing in one of the state’s magnificent rivers or streams. Whether you’re looking to improve your technique or simply wish to trade in the noise of city life for the tranquility of a rushing river, fly-fishing truly brings together all of the beauty that Colorado has to offer.
Alpine Fishing Adventures: Alpine Fishing Adventures offers guided fly-fishing trips and pontoon boat fishing charters on scenic Dillon Reservoir. While on a fishing trip at Dillon Reservoir, you can relax and take in some of the best mountain views around. The pontoon boat charters can accommodate families with young children, parties and groups, and those with special needs. They also provide fishing charters and fishing trips for serious and accomplished anglers! The waters are loaded with kokanee salmon, arctic char, brown trout and rainbow trout. So you can try your luck with salmon or rainbows to take home for dinner, or catch and release the unique arctic char and the trophy brown trout.
The Mountain Angler: This group of fly anglers holds the title of the oldest and most well-respected guide service in the town of Breckenridge. Serving the community for over 25 years, Mountain Angler guides will transmit a wealth of knowledge to experts and novices alike, sharing secrets of technique as well as the area’s best fishing locations. With Mountain Angler at your service, you can sign up for a fishing lesson or a half- or full-day guided fly-fishing trip. Also, satisfy all of your outdoor clothing needs at the Mountain Angler Store, which features Patagonia and Columbia products.
Breckenridge Outfitters: Following these guides, visitors will have the choice of a variety of river locations for their fly-fishing experiences. Breckenridge Outfitters prides themselves on developing all skill levels in the sport, ultimately helping experts improve their abilities to hook a fish in the river! This great company offers full-day trips, half-day trips, and two-hour guided trips. In addition, guests can find all of their fishing needs in the full-service retail and rental shop located at the storefront.
Golf in the high country is an experience like no other! Try your swing at almost 10,000 feet. Golfers of any ability will enjoy discovering that balls will fly through the thinner air with a noticeable ease compared to sea level. Summit County is home to several world-class golf courses, all open to the public. Come enjoy an afternoon on the greens with the mountains as the backdrop!
Breckenridge Golf Club: Designed by the famous Jack Nicklaus, the Breckenridge Golf Club hosts 27 holes, a driving range and two putting greens. While this public course is available from dusk until dawn, guests will be pleased to find that there are both twilight and happy hour rates available seven days per week. Publications have rated the Breckenridge course as the best mountain course in the country. With incredible views and surrounding wildlife, visitors will surely understand why!
Keystone: The Keystone area offers two courses for visitors to enjoy—The River Course and The Ranch Course. Each 18-hole course highlights the beautiful surroundings of the Snake River Valley and boasts stunning views from every green!
Copper Creek Golf Club: Noted as the highest national championship golf course at 9,600 feet, the Copper Creek Golf Club winds through the Copper Mountain Ski Resort. With 18 holes for golfers to explore, Copper Creek highlights a true mountain golf experience in Colorado.
The Raven at Three Peaks: Soak up spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains at this course located just north of Silverthorne. Offering the most difficult slope rating in Summit County, The Raven is challenging and beautiful.
Hiking around Breckenridge is a wonderful experience. Hiking is the best way to experience the Rocky Mountains and really take in the breathtaking scenery that is all around. Let the mountains of Breckenridge allow you to connect with nature on a deeper level.
Hiking is a great family activity. Breckenridge offers hikes for all levels of ability, from ADA-accessible and shorter hikes that start in town to day hikes in the valleys and mountains that reach up to 14,000 feet to backpacking adventures and hut trips. Breckenridge is the ideal location for all hikers.
There are a number of trails nestled within the backcountry of Summit County. Here are just a few:
From Breckenridge, take Highway 9 north to Swan Mountain Road. Take Swan Mountain Road to its highest point, where you will find a parking area. Park and start the trailhead loop from either corner of the parking lot. Sapphire Point is a fun, short loop for the whole family, ranging from kids to grandparents. The views of Dillon Reservoir and Buffalo Mountain are incredible. Pack a lunch and have a picnic, and don’t forget sunflower seeds for the chipmunks!
Open: July-September Elevation: 12,100 feet Time: 2-3 hours Distance: 1.2 miles or 2.8 miles
Drive south out of Breckenridge on Highway 9. At about 2.4 miles from the last light as you leave Breckenridge, turn right on Spruce Creek Road and proceed for about 1.2 miles to a well-marked parking area and trailhead. The perfect intermediate family hike, Mohawk Lakes sums up everything magnificent about Summit County. It has sweeping vistas, historic ruins, ore cars, waterfalls and close-up views of massive, rugged peaks. Be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water.
Drive south on Highway 9 about 7.5 miles from the last traffic light in Breckenridge to Blue Lakes Road on your right. After turning right onto Blue Lakes Road (No. 850), turn right again onto County Road No. 851 and continue approximately 1.1 miles to the trailhead. Parking is limited.
The trail starts moderately but quickly begins a steady, merciless ascent of about 3 miles as it gains over 3,100 feet in elevation. At the top, you will have amazing views of other 14ers such as Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Bross, Mt. Grays and Mt. Torreys. If you are going to accept the challenge of this 14er, be prepared for any kind of weather. It changes quickly, and you do not want to be caught without the proper gear!
High Country Hiking Tips
Bring lots of water: Breckenridge has very dry air. Sweat evaporates from the body quickly, so continual replenishment of fluid is essential.
Prepare for any weather: A favorite local saying is “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” Always be prepared for different conditions on the trail.
Wear sunscreen: The sun in high elevations is more intense than at lower elevations, and with 300 sunny days a year in Breckenridge, you are bound to have sunshine. Make sure to bring sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and apply often.
Be courteous: Many trails in Breckenridge are multi-use trails shared by hikers, cyclists and even horseback riders. Bikers must yield to hikers and horseback riders. Announce yourself when approaching. A little friendliness can go a long way!
Stay on the trail: Going off the trail can damage or destroy sensitive areas. Please respect the natural beauty so others can enjoy it too.
Plan ahead: Always leave hiking information with a friend before going out. Arrange to call that person by a certain time after the hike. That way, if there is a problem, help can be summoned.
Pick up after your dog: It’s the law in Summit County and the right thing to do.
Good hiking shoes and socks are important: A good pair of hiking shoes and socks can be the difference between the perfect hiking experience and a difficult hike.
ATV Rentals and Tours
If you are looking to explore as much of Colorado’s backcountry as possible during your stay, try an ATV trip! ATV trips and Jeep tours serve as an adventurous way to explore the mountainous terrain all around Colorado.
Nova Guides: Located about 40 minutes away from Gold Point Resort, Nova Guides offers both guided and unguided tours on hundreds of miles of trails surrounding the Continental Divide. Guests can cruise through forests, trails and open meadows while reaching elevations up to 12,000 feet in the backcountry. If an ATV adventure does not fit your family lifestyle, then try out a scenic Jeep tour with one of Nova Guides’ professionals. While there, families and friends can also enjoy three paintball courses on historic Camp Hale, home of the famed 10th Mountain Division.
Summer in Breckenridge is the perfect time for kids’ activities! Breckenridge summers boast perfect blue skies, average temperatures in the 70s and so much fun for kids of all ages. Here are a few ideas to help you plan a summer getaway to Breckenridge with your kids.
Breck Summer 8 Fun Park: One of the most popular family activities in Breckenridge in the summer is the Peak 8 Fun Park. Every year, Breckenridge Ski Resort adds a little more to the group of activities that are available to try. The Peak 8 Fun Park offers fun and exciting adventures, including the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, Alpine SuperSlide, mountain biking, mini golf, rock climbing wall, Sky Fly trampoline, bounce house, gemstone panning, the Mineshaft maze and more! Click here for more information on the Peak 8 Fun Park.
Biking: Biking is one of the most popular summer activities in Breckenridge. Biking is a perfect summer family activity for kids. There are plenty of bike rental shops in town and on the mountain that rent all types of bikes and attachments for ages 0 to 100. The best part is that there are miles and miles of free bike paths and mountain biking trails open all summer for bikers of all levels. There are even shuttles that will take you to the top of Vail Pass for a 20-mile bike ride that is all downhill! Get a bike and a carrier for the kids, get out there and have some fun.
Tenmile Flyer Zipline: The Tenmile Flyer is a two-stage zipline located on Peak 8 with spans of 392 feet and 1,095 feet, respectively. With speeds up to 50 mph, it will be an exhilarating time for the whole family.
Youth programs for kids at the Breckenridge Recreation Center: The Breckenridge Recreation Center offers kids’ winter and summer programs, including swimming, indoor rock climbing, hockey, tennis, arts and music, hiking and outdoor activities, and special events throughout the year!
Breckenridge’s Mountain Top Children’s Museum: This unique museum offers a camp for children 5 to 14 years of age! The museum’s exhibits include Rocky Mountain Wildlife, Creation Station, Kidstruction Zone, Wonder Lab, Studio Imagination and even a Tot Spot for ages 2 and under!
Ready, Paint, Fire: Ready, Paint, Fire is a paint-your-own ceramics studio in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. Come and enjoy this beautiful studio, and create your very own works of art! Great for families. 970-453-5765
Eric’s Arcade: Downstairs at Eric’s is a great family restaurant with an arcade for the kids! 970-453-1401
Breck Summer Fun Park
No other place has a wider variety of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy together than Breckenridge! The Peak 8 Fun Park offers fun and exciting adventures, including the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, Alpine SuperSlide, mountain biking, mini golf, rock climbing wall, Sky Fly trampoline, bounce house, gemstone panning, the Mineshaft maze and more! The Peak 8 Fun Park is an exciting adventure with something for the whole family! Guests can purchase a half- or full-day pass to the fun park, or just buy individual rides on the Gold Runner Coaster.
Gold Runner Coaster: Fly 2,500 feet down the mountain on an elevated roller-coaster track as you enjoy a hair-raising journey through the forest around and above the ski runs!
Alpine SuperSlide: An all-time summer classic! Choose from three different tracks and cruise down the mountain with exciting turns and banks! Ages 6 and over can ride alone; ages 3 to 6 can ride with an adult.
Mineshaft Maze: Get lost in Colorado’s largest human maze. Win prizes when you beat the clock!
Breck Treks Guided Hiking Tours: Ride the lift and take a hike down the gentle summer slopes of Breckenridge, all while learning about Breckenridge and the surrounding area from an experienced guide.
Ripperoo’s Bounce House: Awesome fun jumping castle for kids!
Rockpile Climbing Wall: Test your rock climbing skills in this safe environment with three different levels of difficulty.
Mountain Bike Park: Easy access from the Colorado SuperChair to a wide variety of trails, from easy to difficult.
Super Bungee Trampoline: Bounce high in the air in a special harness on a modified trampoline.
Scenic Chairlift Rides: Ride to 11,059 feet! The perfect ride for the whole family (up and down), with easy access to hiking trails, wonderful scenery and views!
Super Putt: High alpine mini golf on a challenging course full of twists and turns.
Gold Point Resort
53 View Lane
PO Box 568
Breckenridge, CO 80424