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Breckenridge Summer Activities & Events

Breckenridge Summer Activities InfographicBreckenridge, frequently thought of as a winter destination, is far from a one-season wonder. The emergence of the area’s natural splendor coincides with the melting of the powdery snow that has made Breckenridge such a popular winter resort. Once spring takes hold, the region erupts with color and life.

The summer season is arguably the best time to enjoy everything that this little mountain town has to offer. From hot air balloon rides and bicycle rentals to world class hiking and more, summer activities in Breckenridge abound. In addition, there are numerous summer events and festivals in Breckenridge that are family- and kid-friendly. You won't have to look too hard to find things to do in Breckenridge during the summer.


Summer Events in Breckenridge


All year long, Breckenridge hosts a variety of unique and interesting events. Our Breckenridge events calendar gives you a breakdown of some of the town's more popular festivals and events. But, if you're visiting during the summer months, you'll have plenty of events from which you can choose. 

In June, Breckenridge Kingdom Days offer visitors a chance to explore the history of the town. There are tours of some of the town's historical homes, live music, and even the Outhouse Races, where teams build their own outhouses and compete to push them across the finish line. The 4th of July has a parade, bike races, and an art festival. The festivities conclude that day with a concert and, of course, fireworks.

During August, Breckenridge is frequently a stop on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which is one of the largest cycling events in the country. This events also corresponds with Breck Bike Week that includes group rides, children's races, lectures, workshops, and more. The summer wraps up with Labor Day weekend. Over the three-day weekend, there's an art festival, a huge sidewalk sale, trail races, and rubber duck races down the Blue River.


Hot Air Balloon Rides


Colorado Hot Air Balloon RidesWhile you're in Colorado, you should make it a point to take a hot air balloon ride. There are several balloon ride companies located just a short drive from Breckenridge. Flights typically take place close to sunrise as that's when the wind patterns are the most calm, so you'll have to get up early to enjoy the splendor. While a hot air balloon ride is a unique experience in and of itself, many companies offer you the choice of making your balloon adventure even more special by adding champagne toasts, post-flight meals, and flight certificates. A Colorado hot air balloon ride is perfect whether you're looking for a family-friendly activity or you want a romantic experience with your special someone.


Mountain Biking in Breckenridge


Whether you want to find the perfect mountain biking trail in Breckenridge or you want to find some great road biking routes, you'll find that you have lots of options when it comes to cycling in Breckenridge. Breckenridge has been designated a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists thanks its numerous bike lanes and bicycle-friendly laws, among other things. 

There are a number of bicycle rental shops in town where you can rent everything from tandem bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes. Mountain biking trails and road routes are easily found in town and throughout Summit County. Even if you're new to mountain biking and high altitudes, you'll be able to find a trail that offers just enough of a challenge. Breckenridge also hosts several cycling events during the summer months, including Breckenridge 100 Challenge. 


Breckenridge Hiking Trails


Hiking Mohawk Lakes Near BreckenridgeYou won't be disappointed with the selection of hiking trails in Breckenridge. From easy, kid-friendly hikes to challenging climbs up one of the nearby 14ers (mountains with an elevation of 14,000 feet above sea level or more), Breckenridge and Summit County have you covered.

Many trails that are located in town are perfect for families with children as they have little elevation gain and shorter lengths. The beauty of Breckenridge's numerous hiking trails is that they connect with other trails, enabling you to customize your hike based on your preferences or abilities. In the areas surrounding Breckenridge, just a short drive from town, there are hundreds more miles of trails. Regardless of which hiking trail you choose, you won't be left wanting for amazing scenery.


Hiking Tours


Guided hiking tours in Breckenridge are also available for those of you who want some background information to complement your trek through the wilderness. Breckenridge has a fascinating history that dates back to the Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1859. History buffs can hike up to a nearby ghost town and gold mine to get a better understanding of the town's early days. You can also choose to take a guided hiking tour that covers local wildlife and the unique alpine environment of the Breckenridge area. Either way, you're sure to enjoy a wonderful hike!


Summer Tips


For visitors who haven't yet had the chance to come to Breckenridge during the summer, we've put together some summer tips designed to help you get ready for your mountain adventure. Our tips cover how to pack for your Breckenridge vacation, what to expect in terms of mountain weather, what steps to take to prevent altitude sickness, and the symptoms of altitude sickness. 

Moose in BreckenridgeWe also have information on what wildlife you can expect to encounter while staying in Breckenridge. You're likely to see deer and elk during your trip, but there are a number of species that call Breckenridge home, including bears and moose. We have tips that will not only help you stay safe during your trip, but will help to protect the animals, as well.


Summer Festivals in Breckenridge


We've already given you a sampling of some of the numerous summer events, but there are also a number of summer festivals in Breckenridge.  During the Breckenridge Music Festival, musicians from around the globe travel to town to present large- and small-scale performances that feature different musical styles and sometimes, themed concerts.

The famed Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival brings beer samples from over 40 breweries as well as delicious food and live music into town. Usually held in late July or August, this festival is a great way to celebrate a beautiful summer's day. If you plan on visiting during September, don't miss out on the Breckenridge Film Festival. It features local and international filmmakers whose films run the gamut from documentaries to animated films.




Red Rocks AmphitheaterWith its many events and festivals, live musical performance are not difficult to come by in Breckenridge. Venturing outside of Breckenridge, some of the best venues for concerts in Colorado are located just a short drive away. Red Rocks Amphitheater is about an hour and a half away from Breckenridge. Over the past 70 years, it has hosted The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, U2, and many more artists. Named as one of the best amphitheaters in the US, Red Rocks is worth the drive as you're sure to witness an incredible performance. Downtown Denver has its fair share of live music venues, many of which have been around since the 1920s. Denver is about a two-hour drive from Breckenridge, but if one of your favorite artists is performing there and you have the time, we highly recommend you make the trip.


Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting


If you've never taken a whitewater rafting trip, add it your Breckenridge vacation itinerary for the thrill of a lifetime. You'll find a lot of different guided trips on several rivers that are within a one-hour drive of Breckenridge. Relaxed float trips are available as are trips for advanced rafters that go through Class IV and V rapids. Those among you who would like to learn how to kayak or work on your kayaking skills can head to the Breckenridge Kayak Park. The park is the longest in the state of Colorado at 1800 feet, and it has 15 water features.


Boat Rentals


Boat Rentals on Lake DillonLake Dillon is located about nine miles north of Breckenridge and during the summer, boating enthusiasts will find a variety of options for boat rentals. The lake is beautiful during the summer with 25 miles of shoreline and mountains almost completely surrounding it. There are two marinas on the lake that have fishing boats, pontoons, and sailboats available for rent. Kayaks, stand up paddle boards, adn canoes can be rented, too. Want to learn how to sail? That can be arranged as private and group sailing lessons are available. Boating season on Lake Dillon typically runs from early June to early- to mid-September, but it can vary from year to year based on the weather. 


Fishing in Breckenridge


Fly Fishing in BreckenridgeWith miles of pristine rivers and countless mountain lakes, fishing in Breckenridge is a dream come true for anglers of all experience levels. Fly fishing is a common summer activity in Breckenridge for locals and visitors alike. It's not very difficult to set off and find your own space of wilderness where you can relax, cast your line, and listen to the sounds of the rushing water. But, for those of you who want to find some of the hotter fishing spots in Breckenridge and the surrounding area, take a guided fly fishing trip. There are a variety of walk and wade trips available from two-hour to full-day trips. River float trips are also available for anglers who want to spend a bit more time on the river.


Peak 8 Fun Park


The Peak 8 Fun Park is an essential ingredient for any Breckenridge family vacation. It has a little something for everyone, ensuring that you and your family will have a great time. Take a ride on the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, which has 2,500 feet of elevated track and is the only one of its kind in Colorado. The park also has a zipline, alpine slides, miniature golf, a maze, climbing wall, and a bounce house. Other activities like guided hiking, 4 x 4 tours, and off-road Segway tours are also available.


ATV Rentals


ATV Rentals in BreckenridgeWhen you visit Breckenridge, you'll find that there's a lot of ground to cover. But when you rent an ATV during your Breckenridge vacation, you'll have no problem seeing the hidden gems of the backcountry. You can rent an ATV in Frisco or Silverthorne, both of which are just a short drive north of Breckenridge. Choose from a one-and-a-half hour rental and head to the top of Saddle Mountain or get an ATV for a full day and explore whatever backcountry trail you prefer. A bit further from Breckenridge, in Wolcott, you can take a guided ATV tour of the Castle Peak Wilderness Area or take a longer Jeep tour that takes up to four hours.


Horseback Riding in Breckenridge


Whether you're in the mood for a trail ride or a ride that's a bit more freestyle, you'll have plenty of options for horseback riding in and near Breckenridge. Breckenridge Stables offers a trail ride along the Tenmile Range as well as a dinner ride that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and live musical entertainment. In Silverthorne, horseback riders will take a trip up to the top of Saddle Mountain by way of the Williams Fork River. Riders who want a true dude ranch experience should head to Kremmling, which is about an hour's drive from Breckenridge. There you can take part in a cattle drive, where you'll gather and drive a herd across undeveloped land.

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