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Best Breckenridge Summer Activities

Boreas Pass during sunset in Breckenridge, best breckenridge summer activities

Breckenridge is truly a destination for all seasons! As visitors learn about the amazing options for summer activities in Breckenridge, summer tourism continues to grow. With longer days and ample sunshine, guests of all ages can find themselves experiencing a variety of activities. We recommend combining the best Breckenridge summer activities to maximize your time in the mountains and experience as much as possible!

Wildflower Hikes

During mid-summer months, our hills and slopes come alive with gorgeous wildflowers! Nature enthusiasts can view these delicate beauties all over Summit County, but we recommend slope-side at Breckenridge Ski Resort (take the free gondola up to peak 8 from town!), Boreas Pass Road, Baldy Mountain, and Hoosier Pass. Extra points if you take in the wildflowers from the seat of your mountain bike!

Mountain Biking

Speaking of mountain biking, did you know that Breckenridge is known for an incredible network of bike trails maintained by the Town of Breckenridge! Jump on the Boreas Pass bus (it’s free!) to catch a shuttle to the top, and take your pick from a variety of difficulty levels on your ride down. According to, there are 41 beginner trails, 54 intermediate trails and 19 difficult trails to choose from in the Breckenridge area!

Whitewater Rafting in Browns Canyon National Monument

Experience a recently designated National Monument as you paddle down the Arkansas River! Browns Canyon is the most popular whitewater rafting destination in North America, and boasts several exciting, moderate class 3 rapids. This family friendly day trip meets in Buena Vista, just about an hour south of Breckenridge, and is well worth the quick, scenic drive. Performance Tours offer half and full day trips in Browns Canyon. 

Family Float Trips on the Arkansas River

Spend the day experiencing Colorado’s natural beauty from the river on a mellow, family float trip. Families with children as young as 4 are invited to enjoy small splashes and the breathtaking scenery of the Arkansas River. All guests are accompanied by an experienced and professional guide on our half day and full day trips. Learn More.

Paddle through class 4+ rapids on Numbers

Put your paddling skills to the test on this exciting stretch of challenging whitewater. Numbers is a technical rafting run that is perfect for the adrenaline seeker looking to experience challenging Colorado whitewater! Performance Tours offers half day and full day rafting trips, with experienced guides who will lead you through this experience with confidence and skill. A must do for all adventurous river enthusiasts in good physical condition! Learn More.

Scenic Drives

In Summit County, there are breathtaking mountain views around every corner! Sure, it’s great to experience these gorgeous mountains while hiking, biking, or rafting, but sometimes it’s nice to take it all in from the comfort of your own vehicle. Our favorite scenic drives vary from pavement to dirt, but they can [usually] be accessed without needing 4WD. Loveland Pass, Boreas Pass Road (Breckenridge to Como), and the loop from Breckenridge to Buena Vista and Leadville are a few of our top scenic drives!

Soak up Sunshine in Town

The Town of Breckenridge does an incredible job of welcoming visitors in every season. From shopping to dining and happy hours, there is no shortage of places to visit and things to do! The upper Blue River, runs through town, and is a very special place to soak up sunshine and enjoy the mountain atmosphere. We recommend checking out the Riverwalk Center at the Blue River Plaza for the best people watching! Make sure to check out the Breckenridge Welcome Center for all your activity planning and local questions!