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.
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 trail, gear and weather information if you are new to high country hiking. There are many options for getting up on a peak, from non-technical walk-ups all the way to guided and roped approaches. The outdoor shops in Summit County are a great resource for guidebooks and are staffed with enthusiasts who can help direct you to the right gear, locations and experts.
The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts begins on August 10th, runs through the 19th, and offers everything from immersive on-trail art experiences to visual and performing arts, workshops and talks and even free yoga. BIFA is taking place at the Riverwalk Center, the Arts District and locations throughout Breckenridge. Visit our page for more info regarding culture in Breckenridge.
Over in Dillon, the locally-beloved Dillon Amphitheater has just undergone a stunning renovation and hosts free Friday and Saturday night concerts and Wednesday night movies through Labor Day. For more events, go to the town of Dillon event calendar.
Look for shoulder season rates starting at our local golf courses on September 3rd.
Palisade peaches are grown on the western slope of Colorado and are hitting their peak just about now- not to be missed! The Dillon Farmer’s market runs every Friday until September 14th. The Breckenridge Sunday market will continue until September 2nd and features live music and free children’s activities with the Mountain Top Children’s Museum.
Fall is racing towards us, so get out there and enjoy summer while we have it! And then get out there and enjoy fall … and then winter. And we'll keep giving you event highlights on our events calendar page.