Summer Activities in Breckenridge, CO

5 Beautiful Waterfall Hikes Near Breckenridge

With an average of over 300 inches of snowfall every year in Breckenridge, it only makes sense that the runoff would create some of the most beautiful high alpine waterfalls in Colorado’s backcountry. We’ve compiled a list of the 5 most beautiful waterfall hikes near Breckenridge to add to your summer adventure bucket list!

  1. McCullough Gulch Waterfall Trail

Picture by: Mike Peoples on AllTrails

Located just outside of Breckenridge off Hoosier Pass, McCullough Gulch Waterfall Trail is a popular hike offering quintessential Colorado views of rocky peaks, columbine flowers, and mountain goats. Reservations are required for this trailhead June through September from 5 am to 3 pm, outside…

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The Breckenridge Golf Course is a premier mountain course and is one of four Summit County golf resorts. The Jack Nicklaus signature course is a high altitude course at 9,324 feet where golf balls have less resistance and can travel further driving off the tee. This summer golf calendar includes events from social to competitive, designed for all levels of players and those who want to improve their level of play. Fantastic views and wildlife sightings make this course a favorite for golf enthusiasts and spectators alike.

Men’s and Women’s Leagues: The Breckenridge Golf Club Men’s and Women’s Leagues offer competition for resident golfers ages 18-80+ throughout the summer season. Competitions include individual, 2-person and 4-person games. Both…

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Summit County is home to the highest chairlift in North America as well as the highest deep-water marina in the world. Summit County also has some of the highest rivers in Colorado. Three of the stunning rivers that flow through the high country of Summit County, the Blue River, the Snake River and the Swan River, offer residents and visitors some of the very best recreational opportunities for summer in the high country.

THE BLUE RIVER: The longest river in the county, running a distance of 65 miles, it originates near Quandary Peak in the Ten Mile Range and spills into the Dillon Reservoir just east of Frisco, resuming its northward run through Silverthorne and eventually joining the Colorado River in Kremmling.

Buried under tons of dredge rock…

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Check Out Summit County's Best Kept Secret Trails

Hiking is a popular Summit County activity for both visitors and local alike. Lower elevation hikes can also be done in the winter time with a pair of snowshoes and/or waterproof hiking boots. For those unfamiliar with the area, a quick Google search, a visit to the Welcome Center or asking frontline workers is a good way to get information on which trails to take in. It’s no surprise that the most popular trails are mentioned time and time again. On the weekends or busiest summer days, parking can sometimes be hard to come by and hikers may find themselves one of hundreds making their way up at these beloved sites. For a hiker hoping for a bit of solitude during peak periods, avoiding the hot spots is…

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Whitewater Rafting:  Like a mini roller coaster, except in the water and with better scenery. Whitewater rafting is the most thrilling High Country summer adventure although slow and more relaxing trips are also available for those who prefer a mellow outing or have small children. Performance Tours Rafting begins their season on June 1, 2020. They’ve taken all the necessary precautions to deliver the best rafting trip possible for their 34th year in business. Their best-selling trip runs through Browns Canyon, one of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in North America.

Hiking: The hundreds of hiking trails in Summit County range from handicap accessible at Sapphire Point to the ultimate hiking experience of summiting the 14,000 foot Quandary…

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Summer in the high country can be shockingly short, and astoundingly beautiful. The abbreviated period of summer helps to concentrate all our high country warm weather fun seeking and forces us to focus as not to waste a precious moment. Summer at over 9,600 feet means few insects, crisp mornings, cool evenings and bright, dry sunny days with the bluest skies you’ve ever seen. Here are some tips to help you wrestle every last drop out of summer at altitude.

Beautiful Buffalo Mountain in Summer

If you’ve been thinking about climbing a peak, but haven’t done it yet- get out there now! Trails are dry and snow will start falling up high again soon. Be sure to get an early start to avoid the monsoon weather that typically shows up in the afternoon. Check with a local outdoor shop for…

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Since the beginning of Ski Bum Time™, which roughly corresponds with the advent of the annual Warren Miller ski movies in 1950, there have been summer high country festivals designed to keep the winter stoke flowing. It’s just not possible to have that much fun in winter and not channel it into something great for those snowless months. Our event calendar list the current ones.

And there is so much to fest about. Music, art, wine, food, biking, even suffering. Suffering? Yes, Breckenridge even hosts a Spartan Race on August 18 and 19th for those who are serious about testing the limits of human endurance. This multi-sport strength and endurance race gathers thousands of racers and their supporters, spectators and the gang of people it takes to create,…

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Your Guide to Breckenridge's Best Summer Activities

Unlike winter, which is all about business (if you mean skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, skinning, fat biking…) summer is all about play in the high country. And high country play is play that you want to take seriously. So now that we’ve got that settled- what are we playing at 9000+ feet?

Let’s start with golf, since the altitude’s effect here is almost 100% in the pure benefit department. Unless your first connected drive ever happened above 9000 feet, you should immediately notice the 20% or so of additional yardage that this altitude unlocks. Less resistance equals more distance equals hero golfers equals fun. Get out there and crush some drives, folks.

So if the “less resistance…

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Bike riding on the Breckenridge to Frisco bike path

Last summer we had a family challenge — to have the best high country summer ever. It was our personal mission statement that we tested every decision against. When in doubt about doing something, we just asked each other, “Does this fit the best summer ever challenge?” If the answer was yes, we did it. And we did, indeed, have an incredible summer.

This year we are going to be even more intentional about our high country summer — we've created a summer bucket list. Whether it's your first or your fiftieth summer at altitude, the sweetness of the season never dulls. When something this beautiful is bracketed by the contrast of a Rocky Mountain winter, one can't help but want to drink up every drop.

In no particular order, here are some…

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As the Spring sunlight brightens across the slopes, schools mercifully close to allow time for friends and family to gather to celebrate the passing of deep winter and the emergence of longer, warmer days. Summit Schools take the break late after many of the ski resorts close.  This year's school vacation is from April 16-20 -- we're already in the best place to be for March and early April spring breaks.

Even the most dedicated powder hounds among us breathe a collective sign of relief as the days lengthen and the weather warms -- and not just because Spring is a reliable source of epic powder days. The cycle from dark to light, to the return towards summer, is one that humans have celebrated across cultures and centuries. It remains ingrained in us…

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