If you’ve ever wondered what living in a pretty little snowglobe felt like, there’s only one way to find out. Plan your next vacation in Breckenridge, CO. Boasting some of the highest peaks in the world, it’s that special kind of place that stays with you forever.
Don’t be too quick to cross it off your list of summer destinations, though. Those ski trails turn into some of the most magnificent hiking trails. Those panoramic views are all the more exciting from the top of a zip line. Let’s take a look at some of the most invigorating ways you can spend your summer in Breckenridge, CO.
Read on to find out about the best things to do in Breckenridge, CO:
1. Go summer dog sledding
Sled dogs need and want to be exercised in the summer, same as the winter. Trainers swap their sleds for carts and scooters, setting visitors up for the ride of their lives. These guys will be more than delighted to show you around the backcountry trails of beautiful Breckenridge.
Summer dog sledding
Address: Breckenridge Welcome Center, 203 S. Main Street, 80424 Breckenridge, CO
Telephone Number: 877.864.0868
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Website: Summer Dog Sledding
2. Take mountain biking lessons
July and August are usually the only two months it doesn’t snow in Breckenridge. Living 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in the sky has its perks for winter sports enthusiasts. Something really special happens in these summer months, though.
All those ski trails get dusted off and you’re given the opportunity to glide along mountain terrain taking in local flora and stunning views of life down below. You might even make the acquaintance of a friendly little fox or two. Every level of rider is encouraged to come along, from beginner to expert. Rides usually last two and a half hours and cost 88 USD.
Mountain biking in Breck
Address: 170 Watson Ave, 80424 Breckenridge, CO
Phone Number: (970) 453-5000
Website: Mountain Biking in Breck
3. Ride the Breck Flyer Zipline
This is a must-do. While it’s true your first step off that first platform will test your ability to control your bladder, once you do it you’ll never want to stop. You literally experience what it is to fly. This is a two-stage zip line with two spans: 120 meters (392 feet) and 333 meters (1,095 feet).
You’ll soar with the eagles, over 15 meters (50 feet) in the air. Single rides cost 39 USD. That’s less than a night out on the town! You simply must add this to your travel itinerary.
Breck Flyer Zipline
Phone Number: 970.453.5000
Website: Breck Flyer Zipline
4. Plan a spa day
The Rejuvenation Mini-Spa is a well-known treatment center that will whisk all your cares away. Treatment options range from customized Rejuvenation Massages, to Restorative Body Polish Wraps, to signature Alpine Rescue Facials. The setting here is heavenly, to put it mildly. Bask in a hot tub of your choosing, under quietly soft lights. After a day out on the slopes and before that glass of Chenin-blanc downtown, a stopover at the Rejuvenation Mini-spa is an absolute must.
The Rejuvenation Mini-Spa
Address: 1521 Ski Hill Road, 80424 Breckenridge, CO
Phone Number: 970.547.8815
Website: The Rejuvenation Mini-Spa
5. Go horseback riding
Now, this is a really special treasure that will leave you with particularly fond memories. On the Ten Mile range above Breckenridge, the experienced riders at Breckenridge Stables will guide you along an hour and a half trail ride, exploring the showstopping scenery between Peaks 9 and 10. Your newfound four-legged friend will carry you across river crossings, into beaver ponds, and through incredible panoramic views of the Continental Divide.
All ages and riding levels are encouraged to join the fun. Tickets come in at 75 USD per adult and 35 USD for children. Just remember the horses are given Sundays off to relax in the summertime. Other than that, you’ll be good to go. Enjoy this one, my friends. It’s spectacular.
Address: 620 Village Rd, 80424 Breckenridge, CO
Telephone Number: 970.453.4438 or 970.389.1777
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Website: Breckenridge Stables
6. Go on a haunted walking tour of Breckenridge's historic district
With sad tales of gold miners that didn’t make it out alive, the Haunted Tour of Breckenridge is the most popular ghost tour. It’s a walking tour that takes you through historic downtown. There’s some very rich history in Breckenridge, thanks to those wild western settlers.
Designed to be both kid and adult friendly, colorful storytelling is at the heart of this evening affair. It’s definitely worth checking out on one of your evenings in town. The stories will definitely stay with you, adding to your mountaintop memories.
Haunted tour of Breckenridge
Address: 203 S. Main Street, 80424 Breckenridge, CO
Telephone Number: 970.453.9767
Website: Haunted Tour of Breckenridge
7. Go for a hot air balloon ride
After you’ve sailed down a zip line, crossed river banks on a saddle, there’s only one thing left to do - hop in a hot air balloon. There are 54 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. During a Colorado Hot Air Baloon Ride, you’ll see 36 of those peaks. Gliding across Colorado’s vast rolling hills, you’ll be able to breathe in 360-degree panoramic mountain views.
Flights last about an hour, but all the special touches along the way will really put a pep in your step. Hot beverages and snacks are provided upon arrival. Post flight, you’ll take place in a traditional ballooning ceremony complete with champagne and mimosas.
The platinum package comes in at 275 USD per person. If you’ve got the wiggle room in your budget, you’re going to want to wiggle onto that hot air balloon. If not now, when?
Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides
Address: 5189 Rio Blanco Road, 80449 Hartsel, CO
Telephone Number: 888.468.9280
Website: Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides
8. Hike Peak 9
Peak 9 is the second highest numbered mountain in the linear Tenmile Range. This is a nice summer activity and a great test of your ability to acclimate to the high altitudes. Peak 9 is a fairly gentle peak, easy to climb with a Class 2 hiking route. Once you reach the summit, take a load off and soak up those Tenmile, Front, and Gore ranges. The best way to access Peak 9 is from the Breckenridge Ski Area. Don’t forget to pack your water and snacks!
Hike Peak 9
Address: Peak 9 Rd, 80424 Breckenridge, CO
Website: Peak 9
9. Hike McCullough Gulch
McGullough Gulch is bedazzled by waterfalls and pranced upon by the likes of deer, moose, and porcupine. Although Bullwinkle is super cute, his real-life compadres are mean. Make sure you only wave to them from a distance. But, all in all, this is a great trail for the entire family to hike.
You’ll want to get an early start to increase your chances of avoiding any afternoon rain showers. Just as soon as you arrive, you’ll be able to hear those rushing waterfalls. Let the journey begin!
Website: McCullough Gulch
It's hard to say goodbye
I admit I’m feeling a bit sad as I close out this article. Breckenridge is such a special town. Residents and travelers alike climb mountains every day and savor their treasured times together down in the local pubs.
It’s a clean, well-kept town that’s just smalltown-USA enough to invite you back for more. I hope you’ll make it there someday. Perhaps we’ll meet up in the stars.
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