Summertime in Breckenridge is like being on a different planet for a lowlander like myself. Hiking across wildflower covered meadows and picnicking alongside waterfalls is the perfect way to spend a day in July or August . The town of Breckenridge has numerous cultural events throughout the summer- many of them free- and you can visit their calendar when planning your trip.
For our family, a typical summer vacation in Breckenridge involves something sporty and outdoorsy in the mornings and early afternoon, relaxing back at the house in the afternoons, grilling dinner on the deck, and a nightcap in the outdoor hot tub. Several evenings a week we will walk down to town to see a show or visit a restaurant. It is good, wholesome family fun and summer in Breckenridge is always a highlight of our year.
Our vacation rental home has ample trails within walking distance. A good first-day hike is a ten minute walk down Four O’Clock Road, where you will find the Snowflake ski lift and the entrance to the Sawmill Creek Trail. This short woodland trail runs alongside a rushing creek and leads to a tree-encircled reservoir with views of mountain peaks in the distance. There is very little elevation gain- it is super easy and great for small children.
Two of the area’s most popular hikes are less than a twenty minute drive away. The McCullough Gulch Trail and the Mohawk Lakes Trail both have beautiful waterfalls, stunning views, meadows of wildflowers, and an elevation gain impressive enough to make you earn your happy hour in the jacuzzi later on in the day. You can even attempt a “beginner Fourteener” on Quandary Peak, six miles south of Breckenridge.
Bring your bike or rent one at the base of Four O’Clock Road at Lone Star Sports. From there you can head over to the Blue River Recreation Trail and bike the 10 miles to Frisco. Have lunch along their charming Main Street, or at the waterfront of Lake Dillon. If you are not an experienced cyclist, you will likely have a tough time getting back uphill to Breckenridge. If you aren’t making it, you and your bike can hop on the free Summit Stage bus back to town. You can increase your chances of making it back to Breckenridge if you attempt this ride a few days into your trip, after you have had a chance to acclimate to the altitude.
The Breckenridge Recreation Center is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon, or to relax after a morning on the trails. They have an impressive kids pool setup with a large spiral waterslide and assorted other water features. A lifeguard will watch older children while you swim laps a steps away in their lap pool. The Rec Center is open to to the public and day passes are available. There is a steam room, a sauna, and a rock climbing wall, amongst other amenities.
Colorado is known for its whitewater rafting, and Breckenridge has a range of outfitters available that will take you on a gentle float trip or an extreme paddle. We have been on trips with Breckenridge Whitewater, AVA Rafting, and Kodi Rafting and they have all been great.
For a true western experience, hop into the saddle for a trail ride. The Rusty Spurr Ranch is about an hour away, but the drive is beautiful and totally worth it. Portions of the ride allowed for those who wanted to freely roam with their horses out of the formation. Trotting through the Sage brush towards the meet up point at the grove of Aspens several acres away is an experience I will never forget.
If you are interested in renting our Breckenridge rental home for your summer vacation, click here for more information and to check availability.