A Shining Gem in the Heart of the Rockies: Our Guide to Breckenridge

Published

12 September, 2022

Edited

31 October, 2022

Tucked away at the base of the dramatic Tenmile Range, Breckenridge is a thriving mountain town renowned for its world-class skiing resort. Affectionately referred to as ‘Breck’ by the locals, as soon as you arrive at this former mining town you'll realise you've struck gold. Whether you’re visiting for the incredible ski opportunities or for an unforgettable hiking holiday, there’s something for every kind of adventurer here.

Spectacular skiing & beyond at Breckenridge

Can’t wait to hit the slopes? With over 2,900 acres and 187 trails to be enjoyed, you’ll be spoiled for choice. It’s well worth taking a day off and exploring the town, though. With its vibrant nightlife and eclectic range of stores and art galleries, there’s always something happening here.

A splendid ski resort for 60 years and counting

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, the slopes of Breckenridge offer something for all. Hone your skills and build up confidence on Peak 9 before taking on the challenge of the fast and steep trails of Peak 10 - a firm favourite of the skiing legend, CJ Mueller. For those completely new to skiing, lessons are available on the slopes. Taught by world-class instructors, you’ll get to enjoy the trails safely while learning tips and tricks from the pros.

Calling all thrill-seekers–you’ll find some of the most accessible high alpine terrain in the country. You can’t really miss the peaks; they dominate the skyline above the town and three of them even tower well above the trees. From the Whale’s Tail to the Six Senses, the ten high alpine trails are sure to get your heart thumping as you descend from heights of up to 13,000ft.

A hub of culture and entertainment

The streets of Breckenridge are lined with independent stores, bars, galleries, and restaurants - each with its own unique story to tell. The town is more than just a seasonal ski resort, it’s home to many an explorer and adventurer. From keen skiers who decided to spend every day among the slopes to those who fell in love with the dramatic scenery of the Rockies, spend some time in the bars and you’re sure to hear an interesting tale or two.

Head downtown and you’ll catch a glimpse of what life was like for the original settlers in the mid 19th century. With its traditional Victorian architecture brightly painted in a rainbow of colours, this part of town has retained much of its ‘Old West’ atmosphere.

Retail Therapy

If you’re in need of some new skiing gear, you’ll find plenty of great outdoor stores in Breckenridge, including Patagonia and Mountain Outfitters. Love thrifting? Be sure to spend an afternoon in the much-loved Marigold's Farmhouse Funk & Junk, where hidden treasures are just waiting to be discovered.

Discover the great outdoors of Colorado

Planning a visit to Breckenridge in the summer months? Once the snow begins to melt away, the landscape is transformed into a playground for hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. You’ll also find an assortment of activities for families, including the Goldrunner Coaster, Alpine Slide, and ziplines.

With hundreds of miles of hiking trails to choose from, the area is a haven for hikers during the spring and summer months. If you prefer getting on the water, there are ample opportunities for paddleboarding, kayaking, and fly fishing at Maggie Pond and Lake Dillon. Simply put, if there’s an outdoor activity you love doing, you can guarantee there will be plenty of opportunities for it here in Breckenridge.

Where to eat in Breckenridge

You’ll find an incredible selection of eateries in Breckenridge, perfect for refuelling après-ski.

Twist

For delicious seafood dishes and imaginative cocktails, head on over to Twist on Ridge St. Opt for an outdoor table seat to enjoy spectacular sunset views across the Tenmile Range, before tucking into a succulent buffalo tenderloin or a warming shrimp bisque.

Aurum

For beautifully presented dishes and an excellent choice of wines, be sure to stop by Aurum. A favourite among visitors and residents alike, you can expect to see a range of mouthwatering creations on the menu, including Rocky Mountain trout, duck confit, and grilled octopus.

Where to drink in Breckenridge

Cecilia's

Breckenridge has a whole host of interesting bars to discover, many of which boast incredible atmospheres, expertly blended cocktails and plenty of fun. If you're planning to dance all night, then Cecilia's - Breckenridge's first martini and cigar bar - is a great shout. Boasting three separate rooms, each with a different ambience, this is the perfect spot to dance away the aches of the slopes.

Carboy Winery

Wine lovers shouldn't miss the chance to visit the Carboy Winery. There are usually around 30 hand-selected wines to choose from on the menu here. Most of the wines are produced by vineyards in California and Colorado, and there’s even some from Washington.

Ridge Street Wine

Wine lovers will also want to stop by Ridge Street Wine, which offers a delightful selection of wines, cheeses, and chocolates produced by small US artisan businesses.

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