Established as a base camp in 1859, after gold was discovered along the Blue River, Breckenridge quickly became a bustling town filled with fearless prospectors, hardworking miners, and plenty of rough-and-tumble saloons.
While the frenzy of the Gold Rush era has long since passed, travelers still flock to Breckenridge to experience its authentic Western charm, unique frontier spirit, breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery, and abundance of exciting Breckenridge activities.
With a historic district of nearly 250 structures and a similar number of newly built shops and restaurants, Breckenridge's heritage lives alongside the modern day. Add to that its seemingly endless year-round activities, and it's easy to understand why Breckenridge continues to attract travelers from around the world.
This unique town is a year-round Rocky Mountain playground, where the sights can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. The slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort are consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation. Adventure-seekers can enjoy heart-pounding activities during both the summer and the winter in the surrounding mountains. Those with more cultural interests can learn about the town's colorful history with museums, mining tours, and walking tours of the historic district. So no matter how you’d like to spend your time, there are always things to do in Breckenridge.
• Golf at Breckenridge’s 27-hole Golf Club – the world's only municipal course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
• Breck Fun Park – included is an alpine slide, miniature golf, scenic chair-lift rides, and more.
• Sailing on Dillon Reservoir.
• Mountain biking – discover miles of unique, Colorado mountain biking trails.
• Whitewater rafting.
• Horseback riding – take in the wonders of this magical wilderness on horseback.
• Scenic 4-wheel drive tours.
• Hiking – featuring some of Colorado’s best hiking trails.
• Fly Fishing – take guided tours, or just enjoy the rush of the river on your own.
• Skiing and snowboarding – consistently ranked as Colorado’s best skiing.
• Cross-country skiing – trek through Breckenridge’s backcountry.
• Ice skating.
• Horse-drawn sleigh rides.
• Fly fishing.
• Dog sledding – learn how to race like the experts.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Base Elevation: 9,600 feet/2,926 meters
Summit Elevation: 12,998 feet/3,963 meters
Vertical Rise: 3,398 feet/1,036 meters
Lifts: 30 Total
• Two high-speed six-passenger super chairs
• Seven high-speed quad lifts
• One triple lift
• Six double lifts
• One eight-passenger gondola
• Four surface lifts
• Nine carpet lifts
Lift Capacity: 37,880 people per hour
Operating Since: December 16, 1961
Total Ski/Ride Terrain: 2,358 acres/954 hectares
Groomed Daily: 600 acres/241 hectares (29% of total terrain)
Bowls: 772 acres/312 hectares
Terrain Parks: 25 acres/10 hectares
Snowmaking: 565 acres/228 hectares
Number of Trails: 155
Longest Trail: Four O'Clock - 3.5 miles/5.6 kilometers
Named "Top Mountain Shopping Town" in one of 5280 magazine's annual Top of the Mountains issues, Breckenridge is a shopper's delight with unique art, jewelry, and clothing stores on every block of historic Main Street. Of course, sports shops offer gear for nearly any kind of mountain activity, as well as expert repair so you can get back on the slopes or trails as soon as possible. With over 200 shops, visitors wanting to take advantage of the famous Breckenridge shopping certainly won't go home empty handed.