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What To Do in Summer in Breck
Posted by admin | Sunday, June 30, 2019
Most people think of Breck as a winter ski town, but there is so much to do in the summer as well. You can choose from high adventure sports like mountain biking and zip lining, or take it easy and go for gentle hikes, take a walking tour, or fish in a mountain stream. Here are some of the things we love doing in Breckenridge during the summer.

Summer Activities in Breckenridge CO

Epic Discovery

Epic Discovery is the perfect place to explore for a family vacation. Thrilling activities will entertain even the hardest to please teenagers. Alpine Camp offers rock climbing and zip lines. A high ropes challenge course and the Gold Runner Coaster create adventurous memories. In addition to dramatic adventures for teenagers and adults, there are also family friendly activities such as mini-golf, the mineshaft maze, and guided wildflower hikes. The youngest members in the family will enjoy the massive bounce house and the Lil’ Nugget Tubing. You can take the free gondola to the Epic Discovery Basecamp on Peak 8. All of the Basecamp activities will be open beginning June 14th. The Alpine Camp activities will open as weather and conditions permit. Call ahead to make sure the adventure you are hoping for is available.

Gold Mine Tours

Schedule a tour of the Country Boy Mine. At this mine you can explore and walk through  the exhibits, while petting the burros; take a tour deep into the mine; slide down a 55 foot ore chute; and try your hand at panning gold. When you are done, check out the general store to find a treasure to take home. The Country Boy Mine is only two miles from downtown Breckenridge so this makes an easy half day activity. The Lomax Placer mine is right off of Ski Hill Road. It is free to look around the historic buildings. You can also learn to gold pan for a small fee.

Historic Walking Tours

Breckenridge is full of history, particularly from its mining days. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a vast range of guided walking tours. Some meander through Victorian homes, other through notorious saloons, and still others to famous gold mines. You can book a tour for your group online. Be aware that some tours, such as the saloon tours, are not suitable for people under a certain age. Some tours also cover more ground than others, make sure you are physically up to the tour that you would like to take.

What to do in summer in Breckenridge

Biking

Biking is one of the most beloved summer pastimes in Breckenridge. You can take a mountain bike out over miles of challenging single track. If you prefer paved trails, you can bike all the way to Lake Dillon on miles of paved trails throughout Summit County. Bike rentals are easily available at shops around Breckenridge. Ask your rental shops for advice on the best trails to get started on. The cool weather and stunning terrain make biking irresistible during the summer months.

Jeep Tours

Explore deep into the heart of the mountains with a jeep, ATV, or other off-road vehicle. You can schedule a guided tour, or just rent the equipment to go out exploring on your own. Epic Discovery offers 90 minute off road 4x4 tours in an open-air vehicle. High Country Activities can take you on a variety of tours throughout the back country Summit County. These tours help you get off the beaten path so you can see wildlife and scenery in a whole new way.

Get Away

This is just the beginning of activities to do in Breckenridge in the summer. Get away from the heat of the city and lower elevation. Cool off and enjoy all the wonder, and adventure Breckenridge has to offer. 
 
Photo by Andre Maguire courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
 
Photo by Liam Doran courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism

Best Hikes to see the Wildflowers around Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Thursday, June 20, 2019
Best Wildflower Hikes in Breckenridge 2019
This winter had some incredibly extreme snowfall. As all that snow melts and moves down the mountain it encourages stunning, well-watered wildflowers. The more moisture the mountains get, the more magnificent the wildflowers are. This year is sure to be spectacular. You can discover wildflowers on any hike in the area, but these five hikes offer particularly beautiful displays of the mountain’s finest. 

Black Powder Pass

Black Powder Pass trail is accessible from Boreas Pass Road. From Breckenridge, take Boreas Pass all the way to the top. The trail begins at the section house. It is a 3.4 mile out and back trail. It climbs through an open meadow and offers amazing views in all directions. In July and August, the meadow features all of Colorado’s best wildflowers. The road to access the trail is closed during the winter. Because of the high amount of snowfall this year it may be closed later than usual. You may want to save this trail for later in the summer.

Cucumber Gulch

This trail is accessed off of Ski Hill Road. During the winter it serves as cross country ski and snowshoe trails for the Breckenridge Nordic Center. The trail meanders through meadows, by streams and ponds, and through forest offering a range of wildflower habitats. There is little elevation gain over 2.9 miles making it an excellent beginner hike or first day at elevation hike. You are also likely to see moose and other wildlife along the way. The trail is closed until July 9th for wildlife conservation.

Sawmill Creek

This short, 1.5 mile hike is ideal for families. You can access the trail from town, so you don’t need a car to get there. Look for the trailhead near the Snowflake Lift. This trail winds back and forth across the creek with the help of charming wooden bridges. It is forested, so you can see all of the wildflowers that enjoy the shade offered by tree cover.

Guided hike on the Horseshoe Bowl Hiking Loop

One of the best ways to see high alpine flowers is to take a chair lift. You can take the Colorado SuperChair to Alpine Camp. Every day at 11:45 there is a free ranger guided hike through this area. Learn all about the landscape as you hike this high alpine terrain. You can learn more about the area and how to get lift tickets at breckenridge.com.

Emma Lake

You will have to drive a bit to get here, but it is worth the distance. Emma Lake can be found outside of Alma, a small mountain town just on the north side of Hoosier Pass. Take the road to the Kite Lake day use area. This is a popular jumping off point for several fourteeners. There is a small fee to park here. The trail wanders through open meadows and climbs to a stunning high alpine lake. The wildflowers are dense and brilliant, especially along the stream that flows through the meadow. The road to Kite Lake can be difficult to navigate. It is best to take this trail later in the summer when the roads are dry.

Best Wildflower Hikes in Breckenridge 2019Hike Smart

Remember, as you hike that the same conditions that make wildflowers so abundant can also make the trails difficult. Roads may be wetter than usual and even impassible. Wear sturdy hiking boots and wool socks so that your feet will stay comfortable even if they get wet. There may still be snowfields to cross even late into summer. If you are headed to high alpine terrain, do it early in the morning to avoid being caught in a dangerous afternoon thunderstorm. Whether you trek to a high alpine lake or hike forested trails near town, any trail is sure to offer bountiful mountain wildflowers. 
 
Photos by Louie Traub courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
 

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