Imagine a friendly mining town in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado – that’s Breckenridge for you! Named one of America’s favorite skiing destinations, Breckenridge, called colloquially as Breck is home to Colorado’s largest historic district with many historic buildings and landmarks located throughout the town.
Here we have shared the most popular tourist attractions to see and explore in Breckenridge, Colorado.
1. Breckenridge Ski Resort
This town is a paradise for those who love skiing. An alpine ski resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort is located to the west of Continental Drive. Considered as one of the most visited resorts in the country, the area is spread across five peaks in the southern Tenmile Range. Winter Dew Tour is held each year which is a leading action sports tour. The world’s top action sports athletes take part in this tour. This place has something for everyone, be it a novice or an expert in skiing.
2. Walking History Tour
You surely would want to know the history of this place if you visit this city. The walking tour is a cheap and exciting thing to do here. You will get a chance to walk through the nationally recognized store district of Breckenridge and hear inspiring stories of people who came to explore gold and people who lived there 100 years ago. The tour will roughly take about 90 minutes; tickets can be bought from the Main Street or welcome center.
3. Main Street
Breckenridge was once a part of the Wild West’s mining rush and Main street will still look similar the way it did a 100 years ago. This historic place has more than 200 shops which sell a variety of items majorly featuring locally handmade produced items such as the authentic Navajo weaving and handmade soaps. There are also skis and outfitter shops which offer equipment sales and rentals for those of you who wish to explore the nearby ski slopes and have fun.
4. Carter Park
Since there is no sledding allowed at Breckenridge Ski Resort, travelers call Carter Park a hidden sledding paradise. This place is rated the highest when it comes to cleanliness as well its sledding hill which is perfect from seniors to toddlers. When the snow melts here, you can explore various hiking trails, a beautiful sand volleyball court, 4 tennis courts and a huge playground with lots of green space. It is situated just few minutes from the South main Street. Access to this park is free year-round.
5. Boreas Pass Road
Boreas Pass is a 20-mile stretch high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains situated 11,481 feet above the sea level. Previously known as the Breckenridge Pass, the Boreas Pass Road was a route for prospectors who traversed into the area during Colorado's gold rush. You can either take a drive, hike or bike through this pass enjoying the yellow aspens along the way. On the way while passing the Breckenridge's High Line Railroad Park, you’ll get an opportunity to see some of the train cars and locomotives that were used to travel this pass.
There are various trail options at one of the two Nordic Centers in Breckenridge. Be it a beginner level or advanced, there are trails for individuals with all ability levels. One can either buy or rent crescent moon snowshoes or atlas. If you find it difficult to go out on your own, you can also take a guided tour that starts at 11am which needs a prior reservation. Do not forget to carry your camera as there are so many beautiful places and sceneries to explore.
7. Vail Pass Path
If you want to take a beautiful scenic tour of Breckenridge, Frisco and Copper Mountain, the Vail Pass Path just 14 miles from the city is a great way to do it. Adding to that, because it’s a downhill ride, cyclists of all ages can enjoy this ride. Travelers call this a wonderful, low energy activity where you can explore the beauty of nature all through the ride. Access to the path can be obtained from a number of ways which includes Frisco’s West Main parking lot or the Frisco Marina. There are many tour operators as well who can help you in setting up bikes and transport to the trail.
8. Peak 9
Peak 9 is the 2nd oldest peak in the Breckenridge Ski Area. The upper level has intermediate level blue runs whereas the bottom half of the peak is a learning area for beginners. The North Chutes is an area that is at the north face of Peak 9. The North Chutes are double black diamond rated chutes which are suitable for the most high-level skiers. You can access the ski terrain as well as various restaurants with multiple chair lifts. This place has something for everyone, definitely a great place to spend a day on the Breckenridge Mountain.
9. Fun Park at Peak 8
Another place where you can have a lot of fun is the fun park at Peak 8. This is a summer adventure destination located on the Breckenridge’s peak 8 which can be easily accessed by a scenic gondola ride up to the peak. The park has the largest human maze in the state and also has a scenic miniature golf course. The Breckenridge Gold Runner Course is the main attraction here during the summers along with three alpine slide courses, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and a bounce house. The fun park is open from June to September and is a great place for the kinds to enjoy and have a good time in vacation.
10. Breckenridge Recreation Center
A 69,000 square foot community sports and activity center – The Breckenridge Recreation Center is a popular place that features various sports facilities such as indoor tennis courts, a gymnasium and a racquetball court. Not only this, the center also offers a wide array of exercise equipments such as free weights, aerobic and dance studios, cardio machines and more. There is an aquatic section which features a community swimming pool with a cool water slide, spas, a sauna and a shop as well that sells swim suits and other stuff. Not only indoors, there is stuff to do outside as well –there’s a rugby pitch, a lighted skateboard park, soccer and softballs fields.
Other fun places to check out!
Well, we tried to cover the best places to visit in Breckenridge, Colorado. However, that doesn’t mean that there are no other places to explore. Here are few more places to check out when you visit Breckenridge.
- Backstage Theatre
- Barney Ford Victorian House
- Breckenridge Nordic Center
- Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
- Mountain Top Children's Museum
- Quandary Peak
- High Line Railroad Park
- Blue River Recpath
- Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House
- Edwin Carter Discovery Center
No matter the season, Breckenridge gives you the best experience when outdoors. Whether it’s snowboarding or skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort, snowshoeing and cross country skiing at the Nordic Ski Center or cycling the Vail Pass, getting to feel the nature and enjoy the scenic beauty along with getting some exercise is the main draw here. Do you know any places at Breckenridge that you have explored and loved? Share your thoughts with us!