The snows of last winter have retreated to all but the highest mountain peaks and summer is in full swing in Breckenridge. Hiking season is now and all of the best trails are open and dry.
Breckenridge is a paradise for hikers with literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails for all levels all around. Everybody at the best of Breckenridge office has a favorite trail they like to hike or run. We polled the office and here are the top five vote getters among the staff:
1.Mohawk Lakes: Listed by the Summit County Explorer as Intermediate, this trail garnered the most votes in a landslide. The Mohawk lakes Trail is an absolute favorite hike that offers rewarding exercise (but not too much!), awesome views, mining ruins and of course pristine high alpine lakes. The trailhead is pretty close to town. Just go about 2.4 miles south on Highway 9 towards Hoosier Pass and turn right on Spruce Creek Road and drive for about 1.2 miles to a well marked parking area and trailhead. The trail is a seven mile “there and back” that starts in a think forest. After about 2 miles the trail heads towards Mayflower Lake and then on to Continental Falls which is a nice rocky waterfall. After the falls the trail climbs up to Lower Mohawk Lake. When you reach Lower Mohawk Lake, follow the left bank around and go about another half mile to upper Mohawk Lake. You will not be disappointed.
2.Lily Pad Lake: This short and rewarding hike was discussed around the office as “the perfect after work hike.” Lily Pad Lake offers many spectacular views and of course an alpine lake that rivals Mohawk Lakes but is only a third of the distance at about 2 and a half miles total. This is considered an “easy” hike by most standards. There are two distinct ways to get to the lake and the office was split on which way is better.
If you are coming to Breckenridge this summer get out and hike! There are tons of resources on hiking trails in Summit. If you are looking for more information on these hikes or looking for other option (and there’s tons) stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street or pick up a Summit Hiker which is for sale at many stores in Breckenridge.
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Turn off your televisions and turn soil instead!
High Country Conservation Center is showing Summit County that although growing at 9,000 feet has its challenges, our mountain gardeners are hardcore! High Country Conservation Center is taking the steps to teach you where your food comes from and the energy involved in growing, harvesting and transporting.
Currently Summit County’s Garden Network has FIVE community gardens across the county; Breckenridge Community Garden, Dillon Valley Elementary Garden, Nancy’s Community Garden in Frisco, Silvana’s Community Garden in Silverthorne, and the Living Classroom Garden and Greenhouse also in Frisco. Growing season is from May – September and plots are open to the public. If you still want to get your hands dirty Dillon Valley has 6 plots available. Click here to learn more.
We are in our second year managing plots at the Breckenridge Community Garden. This summer we have 5 plots each with 7-10 team members. Fellow gardener, Karla Swintz, says “I love being a part of the community garden. Our team works hard and we reap the benefits!” We have learned in the past two years that right place, right time in the Rocky Mountains is key! Lettuce thrives here and we are able to harvest nutty spinach and spicy arugula from our plot and not make a trip to the store for a head of lettuce!
Need some advice or want to take a class on what vegetables grow best? In a short version, we can tell you that cool-loving veggies like spinach, broccoli, carrots, peas, radishes, potatoes and chard do well in this environment we love! Check out SCGN’s Garden Workshops that offer online videos as well as in class tutorials on how to make the most out of your high country harvest!
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the 4th of July already but that is the nature of Breckenridge in the summer. The perfect balance that exists between warm sunshine and cool air is fleeting in the high country of Breckenridge. This summer we have been blessed with exceptionally good weather.
With Friday being the 4th of July this year, Breckenridge will be hopping and full of energy next weekend. Breckenridge always pulls out all the stops for the 4th but this year will prove to be more exciting with a true three day weekend. There will be more to do and enjoy in Breckenridge this 4th of July weekend then mere mortals will be able to fit into 3 days. If you are planning on a trip to Breckenridge this 4th, here are ten ideas for things to do to help you dial in your schedule of fun for the weekend.
Don’t miss the Main Street parade – Time honored family entertainment! Starting with the Firecracker 50 and the Red White and Blue Color Guard, the parade starts at 10 a.m. and proceeds down Main Street with colorful floats and celebration all the way!
Rafting is awesome this summer! – Rafting is awesome any summer but this summer the rivers have been raging. Although flows are coming down rafting conditions are the most perfect they have been in a long time this late into the season. There are many outfitters that offer full and half day trips that leave from Breckenridge.
Rev it up with a 10K – get out and get your exercise before you hit your big BBQ in the afternoon. The Independence Day 10k Trail Run is a scenic 10k trail race offering some of the best views in the Breckenridge area. The race starts at 7 a.m. Register at www.BreckenridgeRecreation.com or call 970.453.1734 for more info.
Hike or Bike –Take some time to commune with nature by getting in it. There are miles of Backcountry all around Breckenridge and Summit County that offer a spectacular diversity of trails for any level of hiker and rider. Visit the Breckenridge Welcome Center and check out the hiking info book they keep at the main desk.
Find your Groove at the Riverwalk Center – come out to the Riverwalk Center at 2 p.m. on the 4th and check out Dumpstaphunk for Free! Led by Ivan Neville, Dumpstaphunk serves up a colossal low end and filthy grooves.
Get festive with art – The Breckenridge July Art Festival features over 100 artists presenting ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and much more! The festival takes place in the Wellington Lot area in the Watson Street Alley Friday to Sunday July 4th – 6th.
Have kids? Have fun! – take the kids for the time of their lives in Breckenridge and find yourself having just as much fun. Go to the Peak 8 Fun Park! Try the human maze, of bungee trampoline, Take a scenic chairlift or 4x4 tour across the mountain. But for the most fun try the Alpine Slide, Gold Runner Coaster or the new Ten Mile Zipline.
Watch out for Vipers – Dodge Vipers from all over will be displayed all along Main Street on Friday the 4th from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
More free music! Come to the annual NRO 4th of July concert - For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert at the Riverwalk Center! Lawn seating is Free! The event starts at 8:30 on Friday the 4th but get there early for the best spots on the lawn. The box office will be selling tickets for inside on Friday.
Last winter’s epic snow means Fireworks!!! – All of our snow from winter means conditions are perfect for Fireworks. Celebrate the 4th on Friday at 9:45 p.m. the fireworks will be set off between Peaks 8 and 9 and will be able to be seen from all over town.
Breckenridge is so much fun on the 4th of July and this year with Friday being the 4th there will be an extra charge in the air. There is so much to do that you will never be able to do it all so choose wisely!
The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race is a staple in Breckenridge’s 4th of July weekend festivities. The Firecracker 50 Leads the Independence Day Parade on Friday, July 4th and starts bright and early at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street. Join thousands of spectators and cheer on these riders as they start on their 50 mile expedition throughout Breckenridge’s beautiful network of trails. Top contenders are rewarded with a cash prize and the lucky first place winner in all 4 categories receives $500!
The Firecracker 50 lives on, getting bigger and bigger each year.
The Firecracker 50 is one of the first organized events on July 4th. Competitors, viewers and awesome volunteers continue to grow this event with traditions such as The Wild Turkey Challenge which, amps up contestants to jump a ramp and slug down mysterious amber liquid from a cup as they continue on their trek.
Bikers of any class are can register for the Firecracker 50. Register under Pro/Elite, Expert, Sport, Beginner or the Maverick Open 45+. With a class for everyone, you are sure to find your place! Recognizing Past Pro Champions from 2013 are Gretchen Reeves and Oliver Zurburegg.
Registration opened on April 4, 2014 and tends to fill quickly. Entry fees are as follows:
$95 for Pro/Open Solo
$85 for all other Solo categories
$140 for a 2 person team
Entry fee includes:
For a full breakdown of the Firecracker 50, visit Maverick Sports Promotions
Don’t miss out on this fun event or the rest of activities Breckenridge’s Independence Weekend celebration has to offer.
Looking for other biking events that Breckenridge offers? Come cheer on the world’s most adorable “pro” striders before welcoming the 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge as it wraps up in Breckenridge at the Stage 5 finish on August 22nd, 2014. Watch two to five years old race down Main Street on pint-sized, pedal-less bikes. The BGV Strider Challenge starts Friday morning August 22nd.
Back for the fourth year in a row, the Blue Ribbon Bacon tour will be back at Keystone Resort's River Run Village on Saturday, June 21-22, 2014.
Nearly 3,000 lbs of bacon is expected to be served at the two day event. Bacon lovers will be able to sample bacon from all over the country in the form of ice cream, bloody mary's from Colorado's largest bacon bloody mary bar, mixed with mac and cheese, and more!
(Photo courtesy of Lori Midson/Westword)
This is one of Colorado's summer festivals that you won't want to miss. While you are sampling the mouth-watering bacon dishes, enjoy live music from Big Onion, Hell's Belles, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco, The Woodies and The Great Unknowns.
• $20 Piglet Package Saturday OR Sunday (12 & under) - includes the following:
4 tasting tickets = four dishes from your choice of food vendors
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
• $30 Samplin' Swine Package Saturday OR Sunday (21 & over) - includes the following:
4 tasting tickets = four dishes from your choice of food vendors
2 alcoholic or 2 non-alcoholic beverages *Must be 21yrs of age and have a valid ID to receive alcoholic drink tokens
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
Commemorative Event Koozie
• $50 Hungry Hog Package Saturday OR Sunday (21 & over) - includes the following:
8 tasting tickets = eight dishes from your choice of food vendors
2 alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages
Unlimited bacon strip samplings
Commemorative Event Koozie
Participation in the festival's Whiskey Tour *Must be 21yrs of age to participate in the whiskey tour
• A-la-carte Tasting Tickets: $4 for one Tasting Ticket - each tasting ticket will be exchanged for one item at any of the participating food vendor tents
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Fishing on Lake Dillon
Summer has finally made it to Breckenridge and Summit County. June has been mostly dry but little cooler than usual. Now that it is past Kingdom Days we are at last into the true summer season. There are so many outdoor activities in Breckenridge and the surrounding Rocky Mountains; it is easy to overlook the huge lake that is right in the middle of Summit County.
Lake Dillon was built in 1963 by Denver Water to store water for Denver and the Front Range. It is the largest body of water in Summit County and one of the largest in the state. Lake Dillon has 27 miles of shoreline and 2 marinas. It is known as a challenging spot to go sailing each summer, hosting numerous races and regattas.
Lake Dillon although popular is often overlooked as a prime fishing destination in the summer. The lake is overshadowed by the many rivers, streams and lakes that dot Summit County’s landscape including the Blue River a Colorado Gold Medal river.
What makes Lake Dillon such a great family fishing spot is the ease of access, lack of special fishing regulations like those found in most mountain rivers and high alpine lakes, friendly boating regulations with rentals and tours available and most of all the diversity of species found in the lake. At different times you can fish for Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee and Koho Salmon, Walleye Pike, Char, catfish, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass and other species.
Shore fishing offers easy access from many points in the county. There is free parking at many points around the lake. It is said the fishing is the best in the early summer between mid May and early July. For shore fishing, the best fare for the fishies is good old fashioned worms. Use a bobber and test your length from the hook until you find success. There are tons of smaller fish close to the shore but the big ones are a little further out. Use a weight and hook for bottom fishing and keep your line tight so you can feel bites. Later in the season troll a Rapala lure near the feeder creaks of the Blue, Snake or Ten Mile dump into the lake for large trout.
If you are so inclined, rent a boat and get out into the lake. This is a great spot for trolling. This is most effective in the later season and will produce big brown trout, Kokanee and Walleye Pike. Even if you don’t catch fish it’s an impressive experience to just be out on the lake.
Fishing is a time honored family activity that everyone should try at least once. If you are looking for a different High Country experience try fishing in Lake Dillon.
Don’t forget that you do need a fishing license in Colorado if you are 16 or older. You can pick them up at many locations throughout Breckenridge and Summit County.
About 2,000 cyclists from all over the world will be entering Breckenridge on Day 7 of the Denver Post Ride the Rockies annual bicycle tour. Each day, treks can be anywhere from 40-100 miles long. This non-competitive, yet challenging event provides host communities with grants for deserving non-profits and proceeds from the event benefit other non-profits all over Colorado. The event began on Sunday, June, 8th in Boulder. Riders will travel nearly 500 miles and cross over six mountain passes, and will end in Golden, Colorado on Friday, June 13th.
Breckenridge's Mayor John Warner is participating in this year's event for the seventh or eighth time. The first day proved challenging for all the riders as they passed through adverse weather conditions, and decent of more than 11,000 feet down Berthoud Pass.
Breckenridge has an entire day of live music planned to welcome in the riders. There will be a large party at the Riverwalk Center on Thursday, June 12, starting around noon with food and drinks from Foodhedz and Breckenridge Distillery, entertainment, and music from DJ DC, Noah and the Arks and Chris Daniels and the Kings.
Riders will head out on Friday morning up Swan Mountain Road to embark on their final leg to Golden.
Check out the video from last year's ride and get to know what type of items are absolutely essential for a successful ride through the Rockies!
Breckenridge kicks off summer with a bang with it's annual celebration of Kingdom Days, a two-day event that pays homage to Breck’s history. Join us for the ever-so-hilarious Outhouse Races down Main Street, free burro rides, train rides, face painting, gold panning, concerts, historical tours and more!
Check out this video about Kingdom Days from GoBreck!
Weekend Activities Schedule:
Breckenridge Fun Park Opening Weekend- Cruise over the ski resort on the new zipline, take the chairlift up and mountain bike down, play mini golf, take a 4x4 off-road tour and much more! The gondola will also be opening for the season and offers free access to Peak 8.
Outhouse Races- Find a spot to stand along Main Street to witness teams from near and far race their hand built outhouses. Spectators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs for the People's Choice Award. Feel like testing your running skills? Sign up your team to run the race by visiting clicking here! Enjoy
the street party while The Luv Brothers play a free concert!
National Repertory Orchestra Opening Night- The NRO opens for the summer season with a performance titled, "Welcome to the New World". Individual tickets and season passes are available for purchase. Click here for more information.
For additional events and activities, visit www.GoBreck.com
Our neighbors over in Frisco are hosting the 21st Annual Colorado Barbecue Challenge from Thursday, June 12- Saturday, June 14! Click here for more
Need lodging? Stay the whole weekend and enjoy the fun! For the BEST lodging deals in Breckenridge, click here!
The Breckenridge Nordic Center will host the 12th Annual Breckebeiner 60K Ski-a-thon on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
This fundraising event will benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, a local organization that provides assistance, programs and opportunities for adults and children with disabilities to experience the outdoors. Approximately 2,000 participants with disabilities and special needs benefit each year from this program, which was established more than 38 years ago.
The Breckebeiner 60K is not a relay, so teams can ski the groomed nordic trail together. The Nordic Center course offers a 6K loop series, a 3K snowshoe loop series and a 1K snowshoe loop for families with young children. There will also be a children's treasure hunt.
Teams of 2-10 are encouraged to dress up in funky costumes as there will
be a costume contest. Participants will also enjoy live entertainment by Helmet Fricker and Gene Dayton, door prizes, warm food and more!
Rentals are available at the Nordic Center at a reduced rate for all participants.
Additional information from www.boec.org:
Criterion loops, teams and individuals.
• 8 am – 2 pm: Registration Ski/Snowshoe
• 12 pm: Children’s 1K Snowshoe with Treasure Hunt
• 12 pm – 2 pm: Food and Beverages donated by Vail Resorts Echo
• 1 pm: Costume Contest and Door Prizes!
$25.00 minimum donation for each adult and/or $10.00 per child (age 17–7 years old)
DIRECTIONS TO THE NORDIC CENTER
Take I-70 West to the Frisco/Breckenridge Exit 203. Travel South on Hwy 9 also called
Summit Blvd through Frisco about 9 miles to Breckenridge. At “round-about”, stay in
right lane, staying on Hwy 9. Travel 6 long blocks to the 2nd stoplight and yield/turn
right onto Ski Hill Road. Go up 1/2 mile and turn right at the Breckenridge Nordic
Center sign into free parking. Carpooling appreciated!
To register or to make a donation, click here: http://www.boec.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/BOEC_Breckebeiner-Registration_2014.pdf
TO GET INVOLVED CALL 970.453.6855 or BestNordicSki@gmail.com
Thank you to the following event sponsors!
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(Photo credit: www.GoBreck.com)
(or in other words... Let the good times roll!)
Mardi Gras in Breckenridge might not be as long or as wild of a celebration as it is in New Orleans, but we do know how to let the good times roll! Beads, masks and purple, green and gold feathers are sure to be plentiful. Celebrate Mardi Gras in the mountains this year!
Schedule of events from GoBreck:
Saturday, March 1, 2014 (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. )
The evening will feature dancing, drinks, great Nawlins style cuisine and the crowning of the Rex and Queen. Entertainment by The Hazel Miller Band.
Where: Beaver Run Resort
When: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Attire: Summit County Formal a.k.a. anything goes! Guests can wear a Mardi Gras costume, formal ball gown or a favorite mask and pair of blue jeans.
See some of the threads from last year:
Mardi Gras Parade:
Where: Main Street
The procession will stage on North Main Street between Lincoln and Wellington Street and head south to Park Avenue.
Check out the festivities from last year!
Taste a bit of NOLA!
Looking for some Cajun flavors? The Lost Cajun in Breckenridge offers a wide selection of Louisiana cuisine! From fried oysters, po-boys, crawfish etouffee' to their powder-sugar coated beignets, you can't go wrong! If you're not sure what to order, not a problem! When you sit down, you will be brought a sample tray of selection of their best dishes! Wash it all down with some southern sweet tea, a mexican coke or an Abita!
Mardi Gras and King Cakes go hand in hand! Go ahead and order a slice! If you happen to find the baby hidden in your piece, tradition calls that you will be asked to continue the festivities by hosting the next King Cake party.
One of the largest and most esteemed mountain film festivals is on tour and returning to Breckenridge. Selected films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival will be featured in more than 285 communities and 30 countries around the world. The actual Banff Mountain Film Festival is a multi-day event, so not all of the selected or award-winning films will be featured during the world tour stops.
The film screenings will be held at the Riverwalk Center in the heart of Breckenridge on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 7-10 p.m.
“This year’s tour will feature a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2014 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.” (www.BOEC.org )
Ticket information: (Note: This event will sell out! Get your tickets asap!)
General admission- $20 and can be purchased in advance by clicking here.
VIP Tickets-$50 Includes a private reception, advanced seating, light fare, dessert and beverages. To purchase, call the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center at (970)453-6422 or (800)383-2632.
It snowed all last week. We missed the storms last year by about 1-2 weeks. But this year hit the mother load. Beautiful conditions and loved every day on the slopes. Our 4 year old son wasn't potty trained last year when we came about the same time frame. But this year, we put him in 3 days and the other 2 days I worked with him one-on-one. He loved every minute of it as his first experience. Reminds me of our girls, now 17 and 19, when they first started. Always good times in Breck...we've been coming for 13 years to either GTL and now GL7. Love the town, proximity to COS, and it's our home away from home.
City: Colorado Springs