Most everyone knows that Breckenridge is famous for skiing and snowboarding, but do you know about all of the FREE activities in Breckenridge? Yes- FREE! Everything listed below comes highly recommended by the Colorado Luxe Living staff and is absolutely FREE!
The Breckenridge Troll: Isak the Troll was sadly removed from his original post in Breckenridge on Nov 15, 2018, but is now at a new home just off the Illinois Gulch Trail near the ice rink on Boreas Pass Road. This beloved 15-foot tall troll is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
The Breckenridge Gondola: Step aboard the best “amusement park” ride in Summit County, the BreckConnect Gondola. In the solitude of your own gondola cabin, you will be treated to a very quiet and peaceful bird’s eye view of the Ten Mile Range, the entire town of Breckenridge, Baldy Mountain, and the mountain range to the east of Summit County. As the gondola glides over the Cucumber Gulch, be sure to look for moose as this is one of their protected areas. If you want to unboard at the top at the base of Peak 8, you can enjoy a drink at the T-Bar where the sun is almost always shining on the large patio. In the summer, Epic Discovery has a variety of activities such as the alpine slide, ziplines and the Gold Run coaster.
The gondola runs 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day during ski season, summer and early fall too (closed May to mid June and after Labor Day until opening day of ski season). The gondola stops running if lightening is within a 2-mile radius. Each cabin carries 8 passengers, rises 391 vertical feet, and takes approximately 23 minutes to complete one loop up and back down the mountain. Ride once or multiple times- it’s always FREE and your doggie can ride too.
Breckenridge Creative Arts: Breck Create provides performances, exhibitions, workshops and other opportunities at the Breckenridge Historic District as well as public gathering spaces throughout Breckenridge, most of which are free. To see what events are taking place during your Breckenridge stay, check out the Breck Create Calendar.
Easy Hikes for the Whole Family: Sapphire Point is more of a Summit County landmark, but included on our Easy Hikes list. This spectacular spot is on a very short, flat and wide trail that can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers, summer or winter. The resident wildlife love to be hand fed so pack a black of sunflower seeds for your visit. Other than birds and squirrels, never feed any other wildlife to help keep them healthy and alive.
Directions to Sapphire Point: From Breckenridge, go south on Hwy 9 towards Frisco. At the intersection of Hwy 9 and Swan Mountain Road, turn right and head up Swan Mountain Pass. Follow the road uphill for approximately 1.8 miles to the parking area on your left.
Boreas Pass Road: One of the most scenic drives in the state, Boreas Pass will take you past the Highline Railroad Park, the outdoor Sawmill Museum, through an aspen tree tunnel, and to the best overlooks in the area….just to name a few of the sights along the way. In non-winter months, you can drive all the way to the summit and visit relics from our mining history with interpretive signs for learning about the history of Breckenridge.
Free Museums & Exhibits: There are numerous free museums and fun exhibits in the town of Breckenridge. Here are our favorites:
Summit Ski Exhibit: This exhibit celebrates the first 100 years of skiing in Summit County. See a ski documentary filmed by local experts, vintage equipment and clothing, and learn about the famous 10th Mountain Division. 308-B S. Main Street.
Washington Gold & Silver Mine: Located at 465 Illinois Gulch Road just off Boreas Pass Road. Guided tours are available through the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, but visitors can respectfully wander the area for free and admire the relics from our area’s rich mining history.
Highline Railroad Park: On the right just after turning onto Boreas Pass Road, you’ll find a cute and interesting park that kids and grownups alike will love and enjoy. This is a great spot for fun Breckenridge photo ops.
Carter Park and Dog Park: Located four blocks east of Main Street in Breckenridge in downtown, Carter Park includes a winter sledding hill along with the fully fenced dog park, a covered patio with views of the Ten Mile Range, heated restrooms, and the Breckenridge Elementary playground.
Breckenridge Distillery: The distillery offers a walk around of their facilities with complimentary tastings of their spirits. They also offer a FREE shuttle to/from one of their two locations in Breckenridge. More Information: http://www.breckenridgedistillery.com/tours/
Breckenridge Welcome Center: In the heart of downtown Breckenridge at 203 S. Main Street next to the Blue River Plaza. Part information center, part historical museum, the Welcome Center provides visitors information on everything from dining and shopping to activities in and around Breckenridge. Explore some interpretive displays while there.
Dillon Range District Ski Ranger Tours: Vail Resorts partners with the Dillon Ranger District to provide free ski tours than start at the end of December through the end of March each ski season. Trained Ski Rangers will lead skiers down a beginner/intermediate run, periodically stopping to provide educational tidbits about the geography and history. These tours are 1-hour long and require participants to have a valid lift ticket and intermediate skiing or riding ability. No pre-registration required.
Mountain Orientation Tours: During the winter season, guest service volunteers provide free tours of Breckenridge Ski Resort for guests with intermediate or above skiing abilities. The Mountain Orientation Tours departs from the base of Peak 8 at the Colorado SuperChair or at Beaver Run SuperChair on Peak 9 each morning promptly at 9:30 am (arrive at 9:15 am). Each tour is considered a “Familiarization Tour” of the mountain and last between 1-1/2 to 3 hours.
Most of all, the most amazing thing about Breckenridge is always FREE!- the mountain atmosphere and views from anywhere in town, a stroll down Main Street, the countless hiking, biking, and walking trails, and magnificent star gazing at night. There are miles and miles of rec path that run riverside straight through Breckenridge and onto other parts of Summit County. No matter the season, the sights and sounds of the Blue River are always good for the mind and soul.
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