Breckenridge, Colorado is one of our favorites. Yes, Breckenridge is a top ski town in Colorado, but in the summer, it really shines.
The temperatures are perfect during a Colorado mountain summer, and you can spend most of your time enjoying the outdoors, from hiking to biking to fishing. Downtown Breckenridge takes on new energy in the summer — especially this summer when Main Street has been turned into a pedestrian zone filled with outdoor patio dining and shopping.
Travel is different these days, and there are a few things to keep in mind. (See What to Know About Visiting Breckenridge) Be sure to bring your mask and wear it in public spaces. Masks are mandated in downtown Breckenridge and in all public spaces in Colorado.
Restaurants in Breckenridge follow strict safety guidelines, and there are many to choose from. The town’s shops and galleries are open for business. Best of all, there is plenty of room to social distance in the great outdoors in Breckenridge.
Top Things to Do in Breckenridge in the Summer
Wondering what to do on your trip to Breckenridge? Here’s our list of top things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado this summer.
Hiking, Riding and Exploring Colorado’s Trails
Colorado’s trails are the perfect place to explore and find adventure while practicing social distancing. Breckenridge boasts hundreds of miles of trails to breathe in the fresh mountain air and reconnect with nature and the outdoors.
Hiking in Breckenridge
The abundance of hiking trails means that there is a trail for every level of hiker, from easy trails the whole family can enjoy to those that push the experienced hiker. One easy hike is the Sawmill Trail, which starts in downtown Breckenridge. It winds approximately 1.5 miles and follows a stream leading to a nearby reservoir.
Do you have a vehicle to get around while visiting Colorado? If so, B&B and Turks is a great option. It’s a fairly short drive to this easy loop trail suitable for beginners or novice hikers. The trail passes by the historic Reiling Dredge, surrounded by serene waters and forest.
If you prefer a paved path, a trip to nearby Dillon is in order. The Blue River Rec Path was formerly a highway that was converted into a serene trail. It is perfect, whether you want to bike or hike this trail.
One fun adventure that you might want to try is renting an e-bike or electric bike and riding the trail from Breckenridge to downtown Frisco. There are several options where you can rent an e-bike. Reservations are recommended ahead of time.
Travel along the same pathway that the wagons and early settlers of Colorado made along the breathtaking Crystal Lakes. A treeline leads you through a verdant spruce forest, rolling meadows and rocky peaks. Need a bit more challenge? The Upper Crystal lake hike takes you to a well-deserved view at 12,900 feet.
Most visitors have heard of Pikes Peak, one of 58 fourteeners in Colorado, or mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. But there are other nearby mountains ranging from 12,000 to 13,000 feet. Some less-crowded options to hike include Crystal Peak, Wheeler Mountain, Peak 10 and Pacific Peak.
One famous sight in Breckenridge is Isak Heartstone by Danish artist Thomas Dambo — a giant troll statue made of recycled materials along the one-way Trollstigen Trail.
Strolling Breckenridge’s Main Street
This summer (and for the first time in its history), downtown Breckenridge’s famous Main Street area is closed to traffic so that pedestrians have plenty of space to stroll its many shops. Restaurants have expanded outside areas for dining alfresco style. Additionally, visitors can grab food to go and enjoy a meal on the Riverwalk Lawn.
In addition to the 25-plus shops and participating restaurants between Jefferson and Watson avenues with expanded outdoor dining and shopping, the Breckenridge art community invites visitors to enjoy pop-up performances from local musicians, art workshops and morning yoga classes.
You’ll find demonstrations in the Riverwalk Center to the Arts District Campus in partnership with Breckenridge Creative Arts, Breckenridge Music, National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Film Festival.
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers historical and haunted walking tours that begin at the Breckenridge Welcome Center.
Parking in Breckenridge
While parking is not allowed on Main Street this summer, there is plenty of parking in the North Gondola Lot. (The South Gondola Lot is currently under construction.) The Free Park ‘n Ride is available all summer at the Ice Rink and Airport Road lots. Visit www.breckfreeride.com for complete schedules.
For more information on what Breckenridge is doing to ensure health and safety this summer for residents and guests, visit GoBreck.com
For more information on Colorado, see our Colorado Travel Guide.
Author Bio: Angie Cavallari is a Lifestyle & Pop Culture Expert and author of Trailer Trash: an ‘80s Memoir. She has authored thousands of blogs and articles with some of her work featured in Huffington Post, The Reset, Go World Travel, among others. When she is not traveling, she is spending time with her kids and her precocious pug, JJ.