Summer in Breckenridge is the perfect time to enjoy quality time with your whole family. You can find a range of activities that will satisfy all ages in your family. Whether you are looking for high adventure to thrill your teenagers, or ways to keep your toddler entertained, there is something for every member of the family in Breckenridge.
On the Mountain
The Epic Discovery Center is full of mountain activities for the whole family. You can take the free gondola to the base of Peak 8. Younger kids will love a mini-zipline, maze, and bounce house. The whole family can enjoy the alpine slides, alpine coasters, guided interpretive hikes, mini golf, and a climbing wall. For more high adventure for older kids, check out the new Alipineer Challenge Course and the Zipline Tour. You can make reservations, buy tickets, and plan ahead on breckenridge.com.
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
If you are looking for indoor fun, the Mountain Top Children’s Museum offers hours of creative, interactive play. Kids can build and create, put on costumes and perform, or experiment with fun STEM activities. In addition to drop-in fun for the family to enjoy together, there are also drop-off summer camp programs, and kids night out programs that provide supervised fun while adults enjoy more grown-up activities. Visit their website for a full schedule of events and pricing information.
A great way to experience the trails around Breckenridge is on horseback. There are a variety of trail riding outfits in and around Breckenridge. You can find a group trail ride or private, wrangler led trail rides. Breckenridge Stables offers trail rides for all abilities and ages. Small children up to three years old can ride with an adult. Older kids can manage their own horse with the help of a wrangler. Give your family an authentic old west experience with a trail ride.
Mining was an essential part of Breckenridge’s rich history. There are several mines in the area that offer exciting mine tours that the whole family will enjoy. Go underground and learn how mines used to operate. Most mine tours also offer an opportunity to pan for your own gold. Learn history through experience with a mining tour. The Country Boy mine offers guided tours, a chance to slide down a 55 ft. ore chute, and time to pet the burros.
Sled Dogs aren’t just for the winter. You can get a sled dog experience with a cart tour in the summer. The dogs pull a cart and you can enjoy the scenery and the adventure of riding with dog power. This tour is available to kids and adults ages three and up. It also includes a tour of the dog yard. For a high adventure experience with your teens, you can ride a dog-pulled scooter. This tour is for adults ages 16 and up. It requires some physical ability, so be sure to call ahead to ensure your whole group is up to the challenge.
Breckenridge is the perfect place for families to make memories together. There are activities to thrill teenagers and engage younger children. Enjoy the mountains together during the glorious summer months. For a condo or vacation home that can meet your family’s needs, check out Breckenridge Resort Managers.
Photo 1: Courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort
Photo 2: Courtesy of Vail Resorts and Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Seeing wildlife is one of the most magical parts of enjoying the outdoors in Colorado. You can encounter moose, big horn sheep, mountain goats, pika, deer, and even bear. They are all beautiful and graceful and it is truly a joy to see them in their natural habitat.
That being said, it is important to remember that you are in its home and habitat. No matter how beautiful, wildlife are indeed wild animals and will respond to you with natural, animal instinct. If you do not treat wildlife appropriately, a wildlife encounter can quickly become dangerous.
Keep Your Distance
The best way to ensure your safety and the animal’s safety is to stay a respectful distance from the animal. Even a mild animal can react if they feel backed into a corner or surprised. Don’t directly approach an animal. Make plenty of noise as you hike on a trail, so wildlife won’t be surprised by your approach. You can wear a bell, or shout occasionally to announce your presence.
When You Get Too Close
Bears, mountain lions, and moose can be particularly dangerous if you get too close. Bears are generally afraid of humans and don’t want to be near you. However, if you catch one by surprise, or get between a mama and her cub, it may attack. Mountain lions are rarely encountered in the wild. But, as private property encroaches on mountain lion territory, human/lion interactions are happening more often. Small children or pets can be perceived as prey and attract lions. It is important to watch children playing outside and keep them near you on the trail. If you encounter a mountain lion or a bear too close, make yourself look larger. Put your hands in the air or pull a jacket up high over your shoulders. Speak firmly and calmly, saying a phrase such as “I’m going to back up!” Then back up slowly. Resist the instinct to run, that can signal that you are prey.
Moose are different. Moose are very curious and usually not afraid to approach humans. While they look friendly and docile they can be very dangerous. Male moose are territorial, especially during the fall and may defend their territory. Female moose are protective of their young calves during the spring. The only predator moose face are wolves, as a result, dogs can also trigger a moose’s aggressive defense instincts. You can tell a moose is agitated or in an aggressive state when its ears are laid back flat and its hairs are raised on its back. In a moose encounter, first you want to stay calm and make yourself look large. If the moose charges, it is ok to run. Get a large object such as a tree or car between you and the moose. If you fall down, return to a standing position as soon as possible. In the presence of a moose keep your dog on leash and under control.
Negative encounters with wildlife are very rare. When you are being safe and smart in the wilderness, you will get to enjoy your wildlife encounters. Never feed wildlife and never approach them at an unsafe distance. For more information about how to camp and hike safely in bear and mountain lion territory see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife webpage.
Your vacation rental is not just a rental home. It’s your second home! You want it to stay in great shape for you and your renters. Bad renters can cause damage that can cost you money and headaches. Everyone has nightmares about renters who trash a place. We don’t want you to lose any sleep over worrying about your property. There are several ways Breckenridge Resort Managers protects your vacation rental from bad renters and damage.
How Do We Prevent Bad Renters?
Each renter goes through a screening process to ensure that they are a good match for you and your property. In addition, they are asked to sign a thorough contract so there are no surprises for them or for you. We also strive to create an environment that encourages repeat renters. This means your property will be rented more often and we develop long-term relationships with good renters.
While we strive to find the best renters for your property, there can be no guarantees that a renter we are unfamiliar with will treat your property perfectly. In addition, accidents can happen, even when the best renters are staying at your property. To offset potential damage costs, we hold a damage deposit. The credit card number of the renter is held until the property has been thoroughly inspected and there is no sign of damage beyond normal wear and tear.
Professional Cleaning Staff
Our professional cleaning staff does an inspection both before and after a property is rented. We always know what condition the property is in and what damage is caused by renters. We can also keep tabs on potential upcoming repairs due to regular use of the home. We have connections with contractors who can fix any damages or provide regular maintenance. With our detailed inspections, there are rarely any surprises when it comes to damaged property. You can have peace of mind knowing that your property is cared for after each and every rental.
Processes and Policies
The processes and policies we have in place at Breckenridge Resort Managers allows us to minimize risk for property owners. We set policies in place that prevent or penalize bad renters. If damage does happen, you will always be aware of how we handle the damage, and we will contact you as soon as we are aware of any potential problems. Contact us to learn more about how we can care for your property so that owning a vacation rental is simple and easy.
World class skiing is what comes to mind first when you think of Breckenridge. However, this charming mountain town isn’t just for winter sports. Locals in Breck have a saying: “Come for winter, stay for summer.” There is so much to do and see that you can stay just as busy in Breckenridge in July as you can in January.
While temperatures soar all over the country during the hottest summer months, Breckenridge holds steady at a comfortable 70-80. The high altitude and dry air keep temperatures pleasant even during the longest days of summer. At night, the air cools down and offers the perfect temperature for a bonfire. Forget heat and humidity, Breck offers sunny days and relaxing, cool nights.
Even though the ski slopes have thawed out, there are still plenty of outdoor sports to do in Breckenridge. The abundance of trails make hiking and mountain biking the two most popular outdoor sports. Trails can be accessed right in town, so you can be out in the wilderness in minutes. In addition to biking and hiking, fishing is also popular in the high country. Catch a trout in one of the pristine, high alpine lakes around town. If you are up for even more adventure, try a scooter tour with the sled dogs at Snow Caps.
There is no shortage of jeep, ATV and dirt bike trails to explore when you want to go a little further than your feet can take you. Some amazing mountain passes can only be summited with a high clearance, 4x4 vehicle. You can download White River National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps with this link. For trail opening dates and conditions contact the Dillon Ranger Station. As you take off in your motorized vehicle, be sure to respect forest service postings and rules about what is allowed on roads and trails. The high alpine environment can be fragile; take care to follow the rules so that you and everyone else can enjoy it for years to come.
Dining and Shopping
When you are done adventuring, Breckenridge offers excellent dining and shopping. Take advantage of the many porches and patios throughout town to enjoy an al fresco meal in the fresh mountain air.
In addition to all of the great amenities that can be enjoyed every day, Breck locals also love all of the festivals that happen over the summer. It is the perfect opportunity to get out, mingle with your neighbors and meet new friends. Outdoor concerts, art festivals, Fourth of July celebrations and more draw a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. There is always something to do in Breck, whether it is an outdoor movie, an art class, a science workshop for the kids, or a bike parade. When you are not enjoying the wild, mountainous surroundings, you can find entertainment and activity in town. Locals love Breck for the sense of community that they find there all year long. Come, check out Breckenridge Resort Managers for a cozy and comfortable condo or vacation home, and find out what you love about Breck in the summer!
Photo “FlyFishing2” by Liam Doran, courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Photo Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
Infographic Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
Summer is a glorious time to wander through the woods, slopes, peaks, and brooks that surround Breckenridge on all sides. Whether you are a family looking for a hike all ages will enjoy, or you are out to conquer a fourteener, Breckenridge trails have something to offer for everyone.
When you set out, aim to hit the trail early in the morning. Afternoon thunderstorms roll in almost daily and getting caught in the lightening at high elevations can be very dangerous. Pack snacks and water. You need to stay hydrated even on a short hike, and you never know when you might encounter a problem that could delay you. Having a granola bar handy can stave off emergencies. Bring layers. A brisk morning can become very warm in full sun, or a single cloud can dramatically drop the temperature. Rain or even snow can come up in the blink of an eye. Stay prepared with light and easy layers and don’t forget a hat, gloves, and sunscreen. Now that you know the basics, you are ready to head out.
McCullough Gulch is an extremely popular hike, for good reasons. The terrain is interesting, the end destination is a stunning waterfall, it is easy to access, and short enough to accomplish in a few hours. It is an in and back trail that is 1.3 miles, one way. Some of the terrain requires a bit of hiking up and over rocks and around wet, muddy patches. This is a great trail for families that have done a bit of hiking before, but aren’t quite ready to log long miles. This is also an ideal trail when you are headed out alone, because there is a steady stream of fellow hikers. There is no danger of getting lost or stranded on this trail.
Access McCullough Gulch off of Highway 9. Head toward Hoosier Pass from Breckenridge and turn right on Blue Lakes Road or Forest Road 850, take another quick right on Forest Road 851 and follow it to the gate. Park here and follow the well marked trail.
The Peaks Trail is about nine miles one way. It runs from Breckenridge to Frisco. It meanders through forests, along streams and through clearcuts. You are sure to catch spectacular glimpses of the Tenmile Range all along the trail. Stunning wildflowers are also an added bonus. The Peaks Trail can be accessed from the base area of Peak 7 and drops out at the Rainbow Park Trailhead in Frisco. This hike is ideal if you don’t want to use a car. You can easily start on the Gondola to Peak 7 and then take the Summit Stage from Frisco back to Breckenridge. This hike is also a popular mountain bike trail, so expect some bike traffic and be courteous to one another.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
No list of hikes in Breckenridge would be complete without including Quandary Peak. Quandary is one of Colorado’s famed peaks above 14,000 feet. The trail is only 3.1 miles to the summit, but it includes a challenging 3,330 feet of elevation gain. It is imperative to start this hike early in the morning to avoid getting caught above timberline in a dangerous thunderstorm. While Quandary Peak is challenging, most avid hikers can complete this trail to the summit without complication. It does not require any technical or mountaineering skills. It is a very popular trail, so you are sure to meet some new hiking buddies along the way. The trailhead is visible from Highway 9 and can be accessed from Blue Lakes Road.
Detailed Trail Information
For detailed information about all of the trails in the area, including topographical maps go to the unofficial Dillon Ranger District webpage. You can enjoy Breckenridge in a whole new way when you take to the trails in the summer. Try one of these three trails on your next visit.
Mud season is coming up, that in-between time when the snow is not quite good enough for winter sports, but hanging around enough to make summer activities challenging. The end of April through the end of May is the perfect time to make sure your Summit County vacation rental is in top shape.
Here are a few items from our annual to-do list for the offseason.
Furnace and Water Heater
It is a good idea to have your furnace and water heater serviced routinely. Replace filters where necessary to ward off any potential problems down the line. Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a broken water heater.
Check the Roof
Winter can be very hard on your roof. Either take a quick look yourself, or hire a professional to get on top of the house and identify any potential problems. Even the smallest leaks can cause a lot of damage. When you are proactive, you can catch and fix minor problems before they become huge headaches.
Restock the Kitchen
After a season of kitchen use, it is likely that some of the staples you provide are getting low. Restock any missing utensils, soaps, spices, and other essentials. Now is also a good time for a deep clean. Clean the oven, stovetop, microwave, and other surfaces that a cleaning service does not deep clean between each stay. A deep clean during every off season will keep your rental looking fresh and new.
Walls begin to look worn and tired, especially in rooms where there is a lot of traffic, such as the kitchen and living room. You may be able to brighten the walls with a quick wash. But, if they still look dingy, consider a paint job. A fresh coat of paint can leave a room looking brand new.
Some time spent on the landscaping can help freshen the outside of the home and create a more inviting look. A small planter of pansies or other easy flowers at the entry can be a welcoming touch. Trim up any branches that may be in the way of sidewalks or driveways. Check trees for damage and plan for removal if necessary. Restock any wood piles.
Staying on top of routine maintenance in the offseason can help make the busy season go smoothly. With many different users, it is easy for things to become weathered and worn. Have important components like furnaces, water heaters, and hot tubs serviced regularly so that you can catch repairs before they become major problems. You don’t want to lose out on any income during the peak season, so invest in maintenance and upkeep now.
Is your Breckenridge vacation rental family friendly? Have you thought about the amenities that a family with children will need? We have!
Families prefer vacation rental homes, instead of the traditional hotel room, for a variety of reasons. With a condo or townhome, they can put their children to bed and then stay up and enjoy adult company without having to worry about waking up kids. With a kitchen to make food and space to run around and play, families are more content and at ease and can enjoy their vacation more.
Appealing to families is a great way to add value to your vacation rental. Here are a few simple upgrades to make your vacation rental in Breckenridge stand out from the crowd.
Family Friendly Kitchen
Kids and small children need booster seats and highchairs but these items are notoriously difficult, if not impossible to travel with. They are an inexpensive addition that may make all the difference for your renters.
For family gatherings, the more kids you can get into a bedroom, the more space adults can enjoy. Making one or two bunk rooms that can accommodate 3-4 people can make a home a lot more enticing to a large family or a gathering of two or more families.
Pack ‘n Play
Along those same lines, having a pack ‘n play available can be very helpful. They fold away, so they won’t eat up a lot of space in your rental, but it is so convenient not to have to bring one if you are traveling.
A family with teenagers will be looking for entertainment. A game room equipped with a pool table, ping pong table, or air hockey will attract families with older kids. Having a well stocked cabinet of board games and larger group games can also be a perk that will be remembered. An entertainment center well stocked with family friendly movies can help spend time together and relax.
A Place for Gear
Families generally have to travel with a lot of stuff. Whether it is skis, bikes, or other outdoor gear, have a designated place to stash items that shouldn’t be left in the car, but don’t need to be in the way. A garage, mud room, porch or entry way can be ideal for these items. Consider installing a ski rack or a bike rack. Easy gear storage will attract families seeking adventure.
Consider installing child safety locks on cabinets with dangerous materials. Cleaning products, trash cans, and other households items attract curious little hands. You can give parents peace of mind and help them relax knowing that their toddler can’t accidentally get into something dangerous when their back is turned.
It doesn’t take much to make a vacation rental ideal for families. When families stay in your rental and have a fun time, they may choose to make your vacation rental a family tradition. Enjoy families returning year after year when you make your home an easy place for families to savor time together.