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Things to Do in Breckenridge in the Summer

When you think of Breckenridge, you might be lured into the misconception that it’s all about snow, skiing, and sipping hot toddies.  While that’s an understandable assessment, it doesn’t come close to touching the titanic seasonal diversity this eclectic, diverse town has to offer.  In fact, locals will argue that summertime offers as many (if not more) sizzling opportunities for exploration, relaxation, and adventure.  Join us as we share our love and passion for the spectacular smorgasbord of things to do in Breckenridge in the summer.

Hiking and Nature Trails

Lace up, pack your go-bag, and get ready to hit some of the best trails on the planet.  When you hike on Breck nature trails, you’ll find epic mountain views, ancient forests, bounding wildlife, and sense-awakening summertime flora bursting around every stone and stream.

Family Hikes at Sawmill Reservoir

On the hunt for things to do in Breckenridge in the summer that the whole family can get behind? Then look no further than Sawmill Reservoir.  This family-friendly trail is begging for you to amble, forage, bird-watch, and reconnect with nature along its 1.3-mile loop.  

Locals and tourists all agree - this trail offers easy hiking, so it’s perfect for the kiddos. Doggos are allowed too (on a leash), so nobody gets left out of experiencing extraordinary backwoods bliss.

The trail is well-maintained, but watch the signs, as directions can get a little wobbly in spots. Peak times to visit are April through September, and summertime is the perfect season for primo hiking.  This is a popular trail, so it can get crowded, but the vast beauty of clear reservoir waters and the pristine landscapes are worth getting the family out on this sweet trail.

Summiting Quandary Peak

As the highest peak in the Tenmile Range (14,265 feet above sea level), Quandary Peak has the esteemed privilege of being one of Colorado’s famed 14ers (a term for any of the 50 Colorado mountains over 14,000 feet tall).  

This 6.3-mile trail absolutely promises a gobsmacking adventure.  That said, Quandary Peak is also not for the faint of heart and is best tackled by experienced hikers. The terrain tends to be rocky, but the alpine landscapes are wicked awesome.  Start at the trailhead off Highway 9, where you'll strike out on a strenuous trek through pine forests and meadows.

As you ascend higher, be prepared for shifty weather conditions and potential altitude effects. Because this is a potentially dicey hike, don’t take any chances. Prepare yourself with sturdy hiking boots, layers of clothing, plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and other truck that goes with being a hearty mountain hiker.

Leisure Walks on Boreas Pass

Best in show for all skill levels is the 21.1-mile-long Boreas Pass.  While it’s rated two thumbs up for all ages, there are some fiddly bits on the trail of which parents of younguns or inexperienced hikers should be aware.  If you want high-rise views that will take your breath away, the 11,481-foot elevation on parts of the Pass will do the trick.

A bit of history - trails along the Boreas Pass were once railroads used by the Highline train from 1882 to 1938.  Today, the Pass has been gifted back to nature and adventurous humans scouting out exciting things to do in Breckenridge in summer.

Keep your peepers peeled for wildlife sightings such as deer or clever chipmunks darting across your path. You’ll also see oodles of wild blooms, aspen trees, and fabulous mountain views dappled with puffy clouds that will have you swooning in natural splendor.

Biking Adventures

Crisp, clean wind whooshing, the aroma of sweet honeysuckle, flashes of viridian ferns, and perky pines - all while zooming in some of the most switched-on terrains in the nation - biking in Breck sounds like a slice of summertime heaven to us! If it does to you too - check these hot biking spots.

Mountain Biking on Peaks Trail

This is a busy trail for mountain bikers, and it’s popular for good reasons.  It’s an 8-mile singletrack featuring diverse terrain with smooth downhill sections. But it’s not all happy dust and rainbow sprinkles because Peaks Trail also has numerous punishing uphill climbs that will put your skills (and your quads) to the test.

What used to be an old mining passage during the gold rush of the 1800s, Peaks Trail is now a mountain biker’s dream that connects Breckenridge to Frisco.  Because the trail runs the gamut of different types of topography and elevations, this is the perfect opportunity to try out different bikes and see how they perform.  As luck has it, we have the best bike rentals in Breckenridge, CO, so before you go - pop into one of Avalanche Sports' two locations and rent a new rig to try out on Peaks Trail.   

Road Biking the Vail Pass

You’re not limited to mountain biking during a Breck summer.  In fact, the town is extremely bike-friendly and consistently earns “best-of” points in cycle-forward rankings around the nation.  To wit, Vail Pass is a great example of road biking at its best.

This 8-mile (round trip) route stretches from East Vail through Gore Creek and stops (or starts, depending on where you take off) at the base of Copper Mountain.  The average grade is around 3.8%, and it’s paved, so it’s totally doable for all skill levels.  

However, the elevation entails roughly an 840-foot incline on the route, which can be tough, but the scenery and sense of accomplishment make the trek worth every pedal push. The Pass runs along I70, but it’s surprisingly quiet with minimal road noise, and cyclists are certain to be enchanted by the dramatic view of alpine meadows and ultra-lush forest land.

Water Activities

Low humidity and high mountain altitudes mean it doesn’t get too hot here, but that shouldn’t stop you from adding cool water activities to your bucket list of things to do in Breckenridge in summer.  Let’s splash into some aquatic adventures you gotta try when the mercury starts to rise.

Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)

Okay, some of you will absolutely love this water activity, and others, well, not-so-much.  It takes a level of fitness because you have to maintain your balance standing on a board while paddling about.  That said, once you get the hang of it - you’re golden (and having a blast while getting a killer workout).

There are several spots for stupendous SUP, and our top pick is Maggie Pond.  Why? Because it has smooth, calm waters making it easier to stay up on that board.  An added bonus is the jaw-dropping 360-degree views.  If you find SUP is your thing, look up Meta Yoga in Breck because their studio offers SUP yoga lessons on Maggie Pond, which can be a brilliant way to experience mindful summer moments on the water. 

If you’re experienced at SUP (or graduated from training wheels on Maggie Pond) and want to test your mettle, set your board in Lake Dillon. It isn't as serene because it's a larger body of water.  However, you can’t beat the stunning landscapes flanked all around the lake.

Frisco Bay Marina is another good spot for standup paddleboarding too. It’s easy to get to, and the water is relatively smooth, even though it’s a larger body of water.   You can rent paddle boards at Frisco and Dillon, but a word to the wise - SUP rentals are cheaper at outfitting stores in town.

Fly Fishing

Upper Blue River is hands down, one of the most promising spots for fly fishing in the summer.  You’ll catch a variety of trout, including cutthroat, rainbow, and brown.  This is a freestone, mid-sized river that is a mountain angler’s dream.

Then we have Lake Dillon, which is a significantly large body of water with 26 miles of shoreline. In addition to the usual trout suspects, anglers can expect to also catch Kokanee salmon and arctic char.  

Unless you’re an aficionado, or you know the area like the back of your hand - your best bet is to take a charter or guided fly fishing tour.  There are two local businesses, Mountain Angler and Breckenridge Outfitters who know all the best watering holes.  A guided tour gives you the upper hand, as experts know the waterways by rote, where the fish are biting the most.

Cultural and Historical Attractions

Considering Breck has a colorful and lengthy history with a culturally diverse community - it’s no wonder our town is a mecca for historical and cultural experiences.  Immerse yourself in the tapestry of the pioneer spirit and art appreciation with these must-see venues.

Tour the Historic District

Get a blast from the past at Breckenridge's Historic District, where charming Victorian buildings and rich history sculpt every inch of the town. Main Street is lined with kaleidoscopic storefronts that date back to the town's mining days.

Don't miss out on peeking inside restored structures like Edwin Carter Discovery Center, offering insights into Breckenridge's environmental heritage. Or, become enchanted by stories of yore as you visit historic sites like the Barney Ford House Museum, showcasing the life of an African American entrepreneur in the 1800s. The district is a blend of rustic charm and cultural significance, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike.

Discover Art at Breckenridge Arts District

Unleashing your inner creativity (or your latent art critic) is a cinch at the Breckenridge Arts District.  This artistic enclave is home to a mega-diverse range of galleries, studios, and workshops where local artists showcase their talents and share their passion with visitors.

Want to jump feet first and get smack-dab in the middle of the art scene? There’s no better way to do that than attending workshops or taking lessons.  Check for artists and studios that offer an array of art classes.  From ceramics to watercolors - creating your own art is a capital way to spend a summer day in town. 

Family Fun

Way too many vacations or family outings go sour due to anti-family-friendly conditions.  That’s simply not the case when you’re looking for things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado in the summer with your family.  Check it:

Alpine Slide at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Imagine rocketing down a winding track through lush forests with dazzling panoramic views all around you. Luckily you don’t have to imagine it.  You and the whole family can experience this adrenaline-pumping adventure at the Alpine Slide located at Breckenridge Ski Resort.  

With three 2,600-foot-long slides racing down berms, straightaways, and turns - this is bound to be a smash-hit favorite for kids of all ages.  All riders need to be at least 48 inches tall to ride, and kids from ages 3 - 6 can slide with someone who is 16 years or older.  Rates might change, but at the time of this writing, tickets are $20 per ride. The Resort also has a three-ride pass for $35. 

The Alpine Slide was closed in 2023 due to construction, but word on the street is they should be back up and running in time for this summer season.  Check their website ( for times and hours to make sure.

Mini-Golf at Peak 8 Fun Park

Let the good times (and golf balls) roll at Peak 8 Fun Park, where the whole family (of all ages) can enjoy an exciting round of mini-golf.   As you make your way through the creatively designed holes, you'll encounter water features, obstacles, and unique landscapes that will test your putting skills. Whether you're a beginner or a mini-golf pro, the course provides entertainment and big belly laughs for everyone involved.

As if that isn’t sweet enough, family frolic goes up a notch when you get to Peak 8 Fun Park via BreckConnect gondola service.  This free (yes, we said free) transit service gives you and the fam spectacular mountain views. Plus - let’s get real -  it’s just a sublime way to extend the magic that Breck has to offer.  Double-check their website, but at the time of this writing, BreckConnect gondolas are open daily from June 30 through Labor Day.

Festivals and Events

Breck is always shaking things up no matter what time of year it is.  But when it comes to things to do in Breckenridge in the summer, our local festivals and celebrations snap, crackle and pop!  Here’s the down-low: 

Breckenridge Music Festival

Locals wait in eager anticipation for it.  Music lovers around the world mark their calendars for it.  We’re talking about the 40+ year-old tradition of Breck music festivals in the summer.  When the snow melts, and the sun takes the stage, the town rolls out the red carpet for sensational artists hammering out toe-tapping tunes that will please any audial palette. 


From bluegrass to Bach, music festivals in Breck are unparalleled.  With a goal to broaden music appreciation, the Town of Breckenridge started putting out free concerts to the public as a 10-day event in the summer.  Today, the music scene continues to sparkle and delight music enthusiasts all over the world with summer festivals that rock the house.  Check for a full schedule of music festivals during the summertime.  

Fourth of July Celebrations

Ooooh, say, can you see!!! That’s right - from dawn’s early light to way into the night, Breck is a bedazzling spectacle of patriotism with smashing 4th of July events. The Independence Day parade is the main affair, featuring floats, marching bands, and colorful displays that wind through Main Street.

After the parade, head over to the Blue River Plaza for live music performances and fun activities for all ages. Families can enjoy face painting, games, and delicious food from local vendors. As night falls, settle in at Carter Park or find a spot on Peak 9 for an unmatched fireworks display blowing up the star-spangled sky above Breckenridge.

Whether you're dancing to live music or oohing and aahing at the fireworks show with friends and family by your side, celebrating the 4th in Breckenridge is an unforgettable experience!

Dining and Shopping

Farm-to-table, five-star, food trucks - you name it, Beck’s got the eats and treats to satisfy any craving.  And shopping? Please. Retail therapy never felt so good!  Here are the deets: 

Al Fresco Dining on Main Street

One of our favorite things to do in Breckenridge in the summer is kicking back and enjoying freshy-fresh food with a local brew at one of the many outdoor restaurant patios on Main Street.  We’re particularly fond of The Canteen Tap House & Tavern. 

Why? Firstly, because the view of the mountains is unbeatable.  Secondly, their dishes are addictively yummy.  Try the shareable Canteen Street Taco plate - delish.  We also recommend The Augusto, a bacon cheeseburger that rivals all others.  Gluten-free options are available, and their full-page menu of craft Canteen cocktails, draft beers, and wines is truly impressive.

Shopping at The Shops at Breckenridge

If you can’t find that special trinket in one of the 200 shops on Main Street in Breck - we’d be stupefied.  Our shopping scene is off the hook.  Antiques, unique clothing, toys for the tots, outdoor gear, art studios, jewelry - we’ve got something for every aesthetic.  

Pop into Magical Scraps, a boutique and studio where “happiness is handmade.”  Their thoughtful gifts include plush toys for the kiddos, masterful local art, home goods, and more.  

You should also check out Breckenridge Hat Company, where they sell everything under the sun with which you can don your noggin.  From beanies to bandanas, Breck Hat Co will keep your wig warm (and insanely stylish).

Adventure Sports

Who says you need snow to feel the gusto of adventure in Breckenridge?  We don’t.  In fact, summertime might offer more hair-raising thrills and spine-tingling chills for anyone looking to unleash their inner pioneer spirit.

Rock Climbing at Tenmile Range

Grab your gear, pack your chalk bag, and get ready to conquer the heights of Tenmile Range on an epic rock climbing excursion that will leave you feeling accomplished and exhilarated.

Quandary Peak offers several stout climbing routes, including Cristo Couloir, which is rated an easier climb, and on the other spectrum of difficulty, Inwood Arete is a class 5.4, so it’s a toughie that beckons expert climbers.  The Tenmile Traverse and Helen/Dyer Traverse are rated 4, so there’s lots of scrambling and challenges in every crag.

From crack climbs to bouldering spots, there are plenty of options to test your strength, skills, and nerve against nature's elements at Tenmile Range. Plus, with knowledgeable guides available for hire in the area, you can safely explore some of the best climbing spots while learning valuable techniques along the way.

Paragliding Over Breckenridge

If you ever wanted to soar like an eagle over the Rockies, paragliding is the next best thing.  Experience thermals that will lift you into a shockingly gorgeous aerial view of Breckenridge below.  You don’t need any experience when you go on a tandem ride with a certified instructor.  We tap Vail Valley Paragliding for their seasoned pros and exceptional paragliding adventure tours.

Practical Information

Getting around:  Navigating Breckenridge is easy as pie with the free shuttle system that runs throughout town, making it convenient to explore all the attractions. Breck is a pedestrian-friendly town too, so walking is a great option to bask in the summer sun and take in the crisp mountain air.

Biking, in our opinion, is the best way to get around town. There are loads of bike paths both in and around downtown that afford sensational scenery (not to mention biking is a great workout). When you visit, be sure to stop in one of our two Avalanche Sports shops to say "howdy!" and check out our ample bike rental options.

Weather and clothing tips: Temps range in the low 50s and high 70s in the summer.  Bring plenty of layers because even though summer temps are warm, the elevation and evenings can bring a chill.  Sudden rain showers are not uncommon in the mountains, so it’s a good idea to have a waterproof jacket handy just in case. Don't forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and comfortable walking shoes for outdoor activities.


Although this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, we hope we’ve covered the highlights of what to do in Breckenridge in the summer.  To be sure, this is a one-of-a-kind destination stuffed with endless activities and memory-making experiences worthy of any travel scrapbook.  And be sure to look us up when you visit - we’d love to share our passion for outdoor adventure with you.  Are you still here? Kick off your summer season already, and go Breck!

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