The Best Breckenridge Summer Activities

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

best Breckenridge summer activities 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 MTBProject.com, there are 41 beginner trails, 54 intermediate trails and 19 difficult trails to choose from in the Breckenridge area!

Best Breckenridge Summer actvitiesWhitewater 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

Best Breckenridge Summer ActivitiesPut 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!

Dads Raft Free on Father’s Day

Family Colorado Rafting Trips - Dads raft free on Father's Day

Dads Raft Free on Father’s Day

It’s likely that your dad brought you on your first outdoor adventure. Now, it’s time to repay the favor.  This Father’s Day, Performance Tours will celebrate adventurous dads by offering them a free rafting trip on the Arkansas River. If Dad is accompanied by 2 other family members, he rafts for free. If it’s dad +1, we’ll extend a 2 for 1 special. This deal is only valid on June 18, 2017.

To book your Father’s Day rafting trip give our reservations staff a call at 800.328.7238 and mention the dads raft free deal.

Blue River is Back!

Blue River Rafting

Blue River Rafting

Blue River Rafting FriscoSummit County’s closest stretch of moderate, family-friendly whitewater is now open for the season! The Denver Waterboard has indicated they will be releasing raft-able flows on the Blue River as of today and hope to sustain flows through mid-July. The Blue is a wonderful local whitewater rafting option for Summit County guests, and a favorite among local whitewater enthusiasts. It’s a class 3 trip, with a balance of gorgeous alpine scenery and exciting, moderate rapids.

Flows on the Blue River are dependent on local snowpack conditions and are controlled by Denver Water. For more information about the Blue River Half Day trip visit www.performancetours.com 

About The Blue

This is the perfect moderate level whitewater adventure for anyone in the Summit County area looking for the thrill of whitewater rafting while taking in the spectacular alpine scenery beneath The Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. You’ll be surrounded by breathtaking mountain views while challenging the fast-running rapids through Boulder Canyon. Lots of excitement, relaxation and fun in the sun! A great trip for rafters of all experience levels. The minimum age on the Blue is 6 years old or 50 lbs.

Blue River Rafting trips are offered daily at 9am, 12pm and 3pm and depart from Frisco, CO

 

Mountain Getaway Giveaway: Raft, Ride & Relax

Mountain Getaway Giveaway

Raft | Ride | Relax

Enter to win the ultimate Colorado adventure weekend: whitewater rafting, mountain biking & 2 night in Keystone! Escape to the mountains and get your adrenaline pumping on a Full Day Browns Canyon whitewater rafting adventure with Performance Tours Rafting. Explore the trails with Mountain View Sports, on the Ride the Pass bike tour. Relax in a warm and inviting 1-bedroom Keystone condo provided by SummitCove Lodging.

From June 1 – 29, participants may enter the Mountain Getaway Giveaway via the contest app, and by liking all 3 Facebook pages. There is one entry per email address, with opportunities to earn additional bonus entries with social media shares and likes. The winner will be selected and contacted on June 30, 2017.

Grand Prize Mountain Getaway Weekend in Keystone, July 21 – 23:

  • Full Day Browns Canyon rafting trip for 2 with lunch
  • 2 Ride the Pass bike tours with Mountain View Sports
  • 2 nights lodging in a 1-bedroom condo in Keystone with SummitCove Lodging

Rules

  • Must ‘like’ all three company Facebook pages: Performance Tours Rafting, SummitCove, & Mountain View Sports
  • One entry per email address, with opportunities to add bonus entries with shares
  • Prize has no cash value, non-transferable, and must be redeemed weekend 7/21 – 7/23, 2017.
  • Must be 25+ to enter and win.

Plan the Perfect Raft Trip

Family Colorado Rafting Trips Plan the Perfect Raft Trip

Plan the Perfect Raft Trip

When it comes to outdoor adventures, few activities can top the thrill of experiencing a whitewater rafting trip. Performance Tours has been providing the best Breckenridge rafting trips since 1986 and we have a few tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect whitewater rafting trip. Age minimums and trip availability may change with flows, so please call our reservations staff with any questions! 800.328.7238


The Mild & Scenic trip is our most popular mellow trip for families with young children.

Mild Raft Trips

Safety is our #1 priority. All raft trips have age or weight restrictions for young guests. Our mellow family floats (class 2) are great for families with children as young as 4 years old, or 30 lbs. The Mild and Scenic trips are the most popular family float raft trips that we offer.

Easy Raft Trip BreckenridgeOur mild and scenic trip is an excellent option for those wanting relaxing flat water, small scale rapids, and beautiful mountain scenery. This is a great trip for families with younger children.

Minimum Age: 4 years old and 30 lbs
Cost: $57 youth/ $67 adult
Office: Buena Vista, CO
Meet Times: 9:30AM, 2PM
Approximate time on the river: 1.5 hours

Book the Mild & Scenic Half Day

The Mild & Scenic trip is our most popular mellow trip for families with young children.

Our mild and scenic trip is an excellent option for those wanting relaxing flat water, small scale rapids, and beautiful mountain scenery. This is a great trip for families with younger children and includes a river side lunch. Lunch is a sandwich buffet with fresh meats and cheeses, a variety of vegetables, condiments, chips, fruit, snacks and more.

Minimum Age: 4 years old and 30 lbs
Cost: $92 youth/ $102 adult
Office: Buena Vista, CO
Meet Times: 9:30AM
Approximate time on the river: 4+ hours

Book the Mild & Scenic Full Day

Easy Arkansas River Float TripThe Ruby Ripple Arkansas River float trip is an excellent alternative for those looking for a quick float trip with relaxing flat water and mountain scenery. This is a great trip for families with younger children.

Minimum Age: 4 years old and 30 lbs
Cost: $44 youth/ $44 adult
River: Arkansas River
Office: Buena Vista, CO
Meet Times: 11:45AM
Approximate time on the river: 1 hour

Book the Ruby Ripple 1/3 Day

 


Browns Canyon is the most popular whitewater rafting trip in America

Moderate Raft Trips

These are some of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in Colorado! These trips are a wonderful balance of Colorado scenery and a bit of excitement in class 3 rapids! Our age minimums on most of these trips is 6 years old or 50 lbs.

Photo - Family Fun Rafting on Browns CanyonColorado's most popular whitewater trip, offering everything you're looking for in a fun and exciting rafting adventure! Plenty of thrilling moderate level whitewater and exciting rapids, with picturesque 14,000' peaks & spectacular canyon scenery through a newly designated National Monument. Lots of thrills and laughter as you paddle through Pinball, Zoomflume, Bigdrop, Staircase, Punchbowl and more! This wet n' wild adventure is great for first timers and seasoned rafters alike, and will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime!

Minimum Age: 6 years and 50 lbs
Cost: $57 youth/ $67 adult
River: Arkansas River
Office: Buena Vista, CO
Meet Times: 9:30AM, 12:30PM, 2PM
Approximate time on the river: 2 hours
 

Book a Browns Canyon Half Day Trip

Browns Canyon Rafting BreckenridgeColorado's most popular full day trip through a newly designated National Monument! Your adventure begins beneath the spectacular Collegiate Peaks and takes you through Browns Canyon National Monument where you'll encounter exciting rapids such as Pinball, Zoomflume, Big Drop, Staircase and Devil's Punchbowl, before blasting through the infamous Seidel's Suckhole. These are just a few of the thrilling rapids that make this fantastic whitewater stretch one that shouldn't be missed. This is a great trip for rafters of all experience levels. Includes a delicious riverside lunch.

Minimum Age: 6 years and 50 lbs
Cost: $57 youth/ $67 adult
River: Arkansas River
Office: Buena Vista, CO
Meet Times: 9:30AM, 12:30PM, 2PM
Approximate time on the river: 2 hours

Book a Browns Canyon Full Day Trip

Browns Canyon Raft Trip from BreckenridgeA full service whitewater rafting trip from Summit County, CO! The "Summit Deluxe" combines lunch, spectacular rafting, and transportation from Summit County. We'll do the driving, provide a delicious lunch at our base and take you down America's favorite stretch of whitewater through an amazing National Monument Area! Fun and exciting class III+ moderate level whitewater, majestic 14,000' peaks and a convenient mid morning departure time.

Minimum Age: 6 years and 50 lbs
Cost: $95 youth/ $105 adult
River: Arkansas River
Office: Buena Vista, CO
Pick-Up Time: 10 - 10:30AM (depending on location)
Approximate time on the river: 2 hours

Book a Browns Canyon 3/4 Day with transportation

Rafting near BreckenridgeThis is the perfect moderate level whitewater adventure for anyone in the Summit County area (Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone, Dillon) looking for the thrill of whitewater rafting while taking in the spectacular alpine scenery beneath The Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. You'll be surrounded by breathtaking mountain views while challenging the fast-running rapids through Boulder Canyon. Lots of excitement, relaxation and fun in the sun! A great trip for rafters of all experience levels. Located 15 minutes from Breckenridge.

Minimum Age: 6 years and 50 lbs
Cost: $59 youth/ $67 adult
River: Blue River
Office: Frisco, CO
Meet Time: 8:30AM, 11:30AM, 2:30PM
Approximate time on the river: 1.5 hours

Book a Blue River Half Day Trip

Arkansas River moderate raft tripsBighorn Sheep Canyon offers lots of exciting moderate level whitewater and spectacular scenery in the magnificent Royal Gorge area. Your experienced guide will get you paddling like pros (hopefully) through 3 rocks, 5 points, Spike Buck, Double Dip, Sharks Tooth and many more, just above the awe inspiring Royal Gorge. Lots of thrills, laughter, and summertime fun, while floating through an incredible canyon that Colorado's largest Bighorn Sheep herd call home leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime!

Minimum Age: 7 years and 50 lbs
Cost: $53 youth/ $63 adult
River: Arkansas River
Office: Canon City, CO
Meet Time: 9:30AM, 1PM
Approximate time on the river: 2 hours

Book a Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half Day

rafting arkansas river bighorn canyonBighorn Sheep Canyon offers lots of exciting moderate level whitewater and spectacular scenery in the magnificent Royal Gorge area. Your experienced guide will get you paddling like pros (hopefully) through Three Rocks, Five Points, Spikebuck, Doubledip and many more. Lots of thrills, laughter and summertime fun while your adventure takes you through an incredible canyon that Colorado's largest Bighorn Sheep herd call home leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime! The full day trip includes a riverside lunch on the Arkansas River.

Minimum Age: 7 years and 50 lbs
Cost: $92 youth/ $102 adult
River: Arkansas River
Office: Canon City, CO
Meet Time: 9:30AM
Approximate time on the river: 4 - 4.5 hours

Book your Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full Day trip

 


 

Our wild whitewater trips are great for adrenaline seekers with previous paddling experience or in great physical condition.

Wild Whitewater Trips

These are some of the most extreme whitewater in Colorado! Great for adventurous folks in excellent physical condition, these trips require rigorous paddling and lots of action. The minimum age for our class IV-V trips is 16 yrs, and at lower flows we drop the minimum age to 14 years. If you have any questions about conditions please call our office.

Extreme whitewater rafting near BreckenridgeAction packed whitewater from the moment you hit the river! The Numbers can best be described as steep, narrow and technical, with rigorous paddling required from the onset! This is a great adrenaline pumping river trip for anyone in good physical condition looking for an exciting, scenic and challenging whitewater adventure!

Minimum Age: 16 years (14 years at lower flows)
Cost: $75 adult only
Office: Buena Vista, CO
Meet Times: 9AM, 12:15PM
Approximate time on the river: 1.5 hours

Book a Numbers Half Day Trip

Wild whitewater rafting near breckenridgeAction packed whitewater from the moment you hit the river! The Numbers can best be described as steep, narrow and technical, with rigorous paddling required from the onset! This is a great adrenaline pumping river trip for anyone in good physical condition looking for an exciting, scenic, and challenging whitewater adventure! Our full day trip stops alongside the river for a delicious lunch and covers twice as much river as the 1/2 day trip.

Minimum Age: 16 years (14 years at lower flows)
Cost: $115 adult only
Office: Buena Vista, CO
Meet Times: 9AM
Approximate time on the river: 4-4.5 hours

Book a Numbers Full Day Trip

Rafting Royal GorgeLots of continuous whitewater and thundering rapids, including Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, Wall Slammer and many others make this one of the most exhilarating half day trips offered anywhere. The river winds beneath the Royal Gorge bridge providing spectacular scenery and an action-packed ride you won't forget!

Minimum Age: 16 years (14 years at lower flows)
Cost: $75 adult only
Office: Canon City, CO
Meet Times: 9:30AM, 1PM
Approximate time on the river: 2 hours

Book a Royal Gorge Half Day Trip

Lots of adrenaline-pumping, continuous, action-packed rapids through this magnificent canyon will excite even the most experienced whitewater enthusiasts. Experience the thrill of Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, Squeeze Box, Boat Eater and many more as the river takes you beneath the world's highest suspension bridge. This is the ultimate advanced whitewater challenge for those in good physical condition. looking for "Big Water." Includes a delicious riverside lunch.

Minimum Age: 16 years (14 years at lower flows)
Cost: $75 adult only
Office: Canon City, CO
Meet Times: 9:30AM, 1PM
Approximate time on the river: 2 hours

Book a Royal Gorge Full Day Trip


Questions? Check out our FAQ page or give our friendly reservations staff a call to book your whitewater adventure.

800.328.7238

 

 

Win a Raft Trip for 2!

Memorial Day Rafting GiveawayWin a Raft Trip for 2!

Win a raft trip with Performance Tours Rafting! From May 15 – 28, participants can register to to win a half day whitewater rafting trip for two on Browns Canyon National Monument. To enter, visit the Performance Tours Facebook page , the contest app, or register in person at the Outlets at Silverthorne Welcome Center, 246-V Rainbow Dr, Silverthorne, CO. 

The winner will be contacted on May 29, Memorial Day, and the trip is redeemable anytime before June 30, 2017.

Browns Canyon is the most popular whitewater destination in America and was named a National Monument on February 19, 2015. The Arkansas River winds through the spectacular canyon boasting several moderate class 3 rapids. This trip is great for families and is the perfect balance of exciting whitewater and gorgeous Colorado scenery. In fact, it’s not uncommon for guests to see Colorado wildlife along the riverbanks.

Performance Tours Rafting, Breckenridge’s first rafting outfitter, has been providing quality whitewater rafting trips on Colorado rivers for 31 years. In 2016, we celebrated our 30th anniversary and were awarded “Best Rafting Company” in Summit County as voted by readers of the Summit Daily.

Moms Raft Free on May 14!

Family Rafting in Colorado Arkansas River, Moms Raft Free on Mother's Day!

Moms Raft Free!
Family Rafting Colorado Moms Raft Free on Mother's Day

Performance Tours wishes your family a Happy Mother’s Day.

 

Performance Tours Rafting wants to bring your mom rafting on Mother’s Day… for free!

Celebrate mom with a whitewater adventure (or mellow float trip) on the Arkansas River on Sunday, May 14. If mom is accompanied by 2 other family members or guests, she rafts for free. If it’s just mom +1, we’ll give you a special 2 for 1 deal.

Give us a call at 800-328-7238 and mention our Mother’s Day special to book.

Family Rafting in Colorado

5 Reasons to Bring your Family Rafting in Colorado

Family Rafting in Colorado Arkansas River

The snow has melted, the flowers are blooming and the rivers are running! Springtime in the Rockies means it’s time to start planing your family rafting trip in Colorado. Summertime in the mountains is a magical time; the days are longer, the air is warmer and the stars seem a bit brighter. It’s the best time of year to make memories with your family, and the best memories are made on the river.

  1. Family Rafting in coloradoCherish Moments. Time seems to stop when you’re on the river. Maybe it’s the fact that you probably don’t have your cell phone (see #4) or maybe it’s just counting the breathes between paddle strokes. Moments on the river are to be cherished. No one is worried about tomorrow or thinking about yesterday. You are living in the moment. There’s no time like the present when you’re grinning ear to ear and screaming with delight at every splash!
  2. Create Memories Together. Whitewater rafting allows families to create unique memories together. We constantly hear that whitewater rafting was voted the best activity on family vacations. You get to spend quality time with your loved ones while experiencing the natural beauty of Colorado rivers. When children are asked what there favorite part of their Colorado vacation was? Whitewater rafting deserves the #1 spot!
  3. Safety is our #1 Priority. Fun is a close second. Performance Tours Rafting has been around for 31 years and we pride ourselves on our incredible reputation and impeccable safety record. All Performance Tours raft guides go through a rigorous state-required guide certification program and we exceed the State of Colorado’s requirements for guides by doubling the minimum number of training hours. You are in good hands.
  4. UN-Plug and Getaway. Unless you brought your GoPro (we have GoPro helmet mounts!) the river is no place for electronics. Use your time on the river to unplug and step away from the demands of modern life. No cell phones. No iPads. No Email. Just you, your family, and the gorgeous Colorado scenery. Don’t worry, our professional whitewater photographers will capture the moments!
  5. Something for Everyone. Everyone loves whitewater rafting. From 4 years old to 104 ,we’ve got trips for all ages and abilities. It can be hard to find an activity that will please everyone on your family vacation, but whitewater rafting is always a big hit. Our reservation specialists can recommend a trip that will satisfy everyone’s appetite for adventure, from mild family float trips to wild whitewater!

Celebrate Earth Day on the River

Celebrate Earth Day in Colorado

Earth Day is an annual celebration to demonstrate support for environmental protection and advocacy around the world. The very first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 as a grassroots movement to raise public support and awareness for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The idea for Earth Day was originally proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was inspired to create a day of awareness and service after witnessing damage from the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. By the end of 1970, Earth Day had led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

“On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.” – Earthday.org


As a locally owned whitewater rafting company, our livelihood depends on protecting and preserving Colorado’s beautiful rivers. As residents of Summit County, our happiness is also reliant on the health of the natural world. Whether we’re skinning up Baldy Mountain in our backyard or loading up a boat of guests on the Arkansas River, we are a company committed to protecting the environment. That’s why we put together this list of a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day in Colorado!

  1. Go Outside! – The best way to feel connected with the earth is to get outside and experience it! Plan a big hike, go for a bike ride, an outdoor picnic or take the dog for an extra long walk. We recommend spending time beside or on the river to truly “submerge” yourself in nature. 😉
  2. Make your 2017 Colorado Adventure Bucket List – April is a great time to start planning your summer adventures. Sit down with your friends and family and make a list of the outdoor activities you must do this year. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to go whitewater rafting on the Royal Gorge or maybe it’s time for you to go horseback riding along the Colorado River! Pick 5 things to put on your Colorado bucket list and make them happen this year!
  3. Plant seeds! Green up the world around you by planting on Earth Day. Did you know that over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide? Whether you start a vegetable garden from or plant a tree, the earth and your community will thank you.
  4. Town Clean Up Day  Almost every town holds an annual clean-up day. In Colorado, most of these days are held in the spring time, once the snow has melted. Performance Tours has been a family owned Breckenridge rafting company since 1986, and will be participating in the Breckenridge Town Clean Up on May 20. If you’re in the Buena Vista area, join the Buena Vista River Park Clean Up Day on Sunday, April 30 from 12:30 – 2:30pm.

Voted Best Rafting Company in Summit County

Best Rafting Company in Breckenridge, Best Rafting Company

Best Rafting Company Summit County

Voted Best Rafting Company in Summit County!

2016 was a BIG year for Performance Tours Rafting. We celebrated our 30th season of whitewater rafting in Breckenridge, threw a fun “Dirty 30” 80’s themed anniversary celebration, and to top it all off, we were voted the Best Rafting Company in Summit County by readers of the Summit Daily.

As we embark on our 31st year in business, we wanted to take a moment to thank the many people who voted for us, and the MANY guests we have brought down the river over the last 3 decades. We are grateful to live in such a  wonderful community that supports local businesses and recognizes high quality customer service.

Check out the “Best of Summit” winners in the Outdoor category here!

We are thankful for our wonderful community, staff and guests. Thanks again for voting Performance Tours Rafting the Best Rafting Company” in Summit County.