So, the ski hills have closed, and the sun is rearing its bright and magnificent head more and more these days, but it doesn’t mean the fun is ending in Breckenridge. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
The sensational alpine paradise that is Breckenridge, Colorado has so much more going for it than just snow-covered slopes and alpine lodges. Dive a little deeper and you’ll soon uncover a quaint small-town environment (less crowded), world-class golf courses, scenic mountain trails and some of the best fishing in the state.
Now that spring is here, let’s take a look at some of Breckenridge’s lesser-known attractions.
Shopping and Restaurants
While this is certainly an option any time of year. The off-season is a great time to take advantage of the lack of large crowds, and enjoy all the quaint, alpine town of Breckenridge has to offer on the cheap. The town’s Breckenridge Restaurant Association counts some 60 of the area’s top restaurants and bars as members.
Each spring they offer the Spring Dining Passport for the price of a suggested $10 donation. The passport is chalk-full of unreal deals and coupons for many of Breckenridge’s top haunts. The Colorado hot spot is also home to several craft breweries and distilleries just waiting for you to sample their creative assortment of beverages.
Breckenridge is commonly described as having 3 distinct seasons: ski season, summer and mud season. Mud season takes hold after the snow have started to melt and before the beautiful wildflowers have reared their weary heads, which typically occurs by mid-June.
This is when mountain biking in the majestic alpine atmosphere is in full swing. Supply your own bike, or rent one on your way up the mountain and take a guided tour of the mountainside, or forge your own path. You’ll soon discover that the melting snow has given way to abundant meadow and miles of trails to explore.
The waters below the Dillon Reservoir are renowned throughout Colorado for incredible fishing. Fly fish on the middle fork of the Blue River, and snag a bounty of trout and kokanee salmon. You can hire a local guide who would be delighted to point out all the best spots along the river bank, or feel free to explore Breckenridge’s rivers, creeks and streams on your own.
Although you can certainly fish year-round, it’s the spring and summer months when the fish really start hopping.
White Water Rafting
Fishing isn’t the only activity that will lure you out onto the water – the melting snow has the added effect of super-charging the rivers of Summit County. Thrill-seekers can brave the white-water rapids of the Blue River, Upper Colorado or Arkansas Rivers.
Breckenridge’s various professional tour operators offer a range of experiences, tailored to your taste for adrenaline. Whether you’re looking for a sedate sojourn through a wonderfully scenic wilderness, or a pulse-pounding thrill ride, there’s runs that will suit you to a tee.
What better escape from the city is there than a stroll through nature’s wonders? Set your own pace though; Breckenridge offers everything from manicured pathways, wildflower meadow meanders to challenging mountain summits. Whichever is more your speed, you’ll still enjoy lungfuls of crisp mountain air and wonderfully scenic vistas.
Breckenridge is renowned for its vast network of interconnected trails. The Town of Breckenridge website provides a stellar resource for those looking to get out on the trail.
We’d be remiss if we neglected to mention the world-class Breckenridge fairways. The Breckenridge Golf Course is broken up into three different sections: the Bear, the Beaver and the Elk. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course provides for a challenging game in an absolutely one-of-a-kind mountain setting.
On a clear day, golfers enjoy fertile and green rolling hills, bordered by a stunning blue sky and ever-present snow capped mountain in all directions. There are a number of other courses in nearby communities, all sharing similar surrounding:
- Keystone Ranch Golf Course
- The River Course at Keystone
- Copper Creek Golf Course
- The Raven Club at Three Peaks
With so much to see & do, who wouldn't want to make a home here, any time of the year! To learn more, we encourage you to contact the Amon Team online or call 1-970-376-3813 to consult an experienced, local Breckenridge real estate expert.