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Best Breckenridge August Adventures

Summer’s Not Over! There’s Still Time for these 5 Summer Adventures.

As August approaches and settles in, so does the harsh reality that summer in Breckenridge is almost over. Don’t fret! Even though there is only a handful of weeks left of summer in the high country, there is still plenty of time for these 5 sunny, summer adventures. Now it’s up to you to get to the mountains and make the best Breckenridge August adventures happen!

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From mild to wild! Breckenridge guests can enjoy a variety of whitewater rafting adventures through mid-August on the Arkansas River.

#1: Whitewater Rafting

Thanks to the flow management program, we have guaranteed raft-able flows on the Arkansas River through mid-August. Performance Tours Rafting offers whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River throughout August, even after the river returns to its native flow. In Breckenridge, we have plenty of rafting options! Families with children 4 years+ can enjoy a mellow family float trip, while those seeking a balance of moderate and exciting rapids will love paddling through Browns Canyon National Monument. Adrenaline seekers may opt for the wet and wild experience of navigating through the class 4+ whitewater on Numbers. With guaranteed flows through mid-August, and options for half day or full day tours we’re sure you won’t regret fitting in a Breckenridge whitewater rafting adventure. Call 800.328.7238 soon and jump in the boat while there is still time to experience the best of Breckenridge whitewater rafting.


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Until the snow begins to dust the hillsides (usually mid-to-late October), there’s no shortage of bike trails to hit in Breckenridge. From beginner pavement cruisers to tight, technical single-track, Breckenridge visitors have plenty of trails to choose from. According to, there are 41 beginner trails, 54 intermediate trails and 19 difficult trails to choose from in the Breckenridge area!


#3: Horseback Riding

Explore scenic Colorado the way it was originally discovered – on horseback! Breckenridge and the surrounding area offer a variety of horseback riding options for guests looking to jump in the saddle. Breckenridge stables offers trail rides on the mountain/ ski resort, meandering through the woods. Other stables, like Rusty Spurr Ranch, offer rides through sprawling fields or ‘giddy-up’ at the base of the Collegiate Peaks with Mt. Princeton Stables!  *Pro Tip: Save money by combining activities like rafting and horseback riding and book a Saddle & Paddle Package!*


#4: Ziplining

Best August Breckenridge Activities Best Breckenridge August AdventuresIt’s almost flying! Zipline tours have been growing in popularity over the last few years and it’s no wonder why. Guests can experience the beauty of nature from above as they cruise from tree to tree, accompanied by an experienced guide and state-of-the-art safety gear.  *Pro Tip: Save money by combining summer activities and booking the Raft & Zip adventure package*


#5:  Soak up the Sights & History of Breckenridge

Breckenridge’s rich and colorful mining historic can be observed and experienced all around town. Learn from a local! A variety of historic tours –  saloons, ghost stories, gold panning, mining tours and more! –  are offered daily and Breckenridge museums offer an informative glimpse of the past. After learning about Breckenridge’s wonderful history, enjoy an outdoor picnic in one of our favorite Breckenridge picnic spots! We love the Blue River Plaza, a location that combines gorgeous mountain views, relaxing river sounds, and amazing people watching/ dog petting.


The Best Kept Secrets of Breckenridge Rafting

Breckenridge Rafting Tips

The Best Kept Secrets of Breckenridge Rafting

Breckenridge is known for superior skiing, but did you know that the area is also famous for world class whitewater rafting? Each summer, roughly 250,000 people grab a paddle, buckle their PFDs – A.K.A. personal flotation device or a life jacket – and splash their way down the mighty Arkansas River.  Many local outfitters have been rafting commercially in Breckenridge for more than 30 years, and are eager to share fun facts and secrets of Breckenridge rafting.

Secret #1.   The Arkansas River is one of the most popular rafting destination in America.

The Arkansas River begins its journey not far from Breckenridge, in the Sawatch Mountain Range near Leadville, CO. It is 1,469 miles long and stretches east to Arkansas, traveling through Kansas and Oklahoma. The best whitewater rafting on the Ark (that’s what locals call it!) is found closest to its source, and spans a 152-mile section of the river, passing through river towns like Buena Vista, Salida, and Canon City, Colorado. From Breckenridge, the best way to access the Arkansas is from Buena Vista – a scenic 1+ hr. drive south. Browns Canyon National Monument is the closest, most popular whitewater rafting trip, and is home to exciting, moderate class 3 rapids.

Secret #2.   Rafting isn’t just for thrill seekers… there are family friendly options!

From mild to wild, there are lots of river trip options for guests of all ages and abilities. Don’t know how to swim? Not a problem! Opt for a mellow or moderate trip, let your guide know, and pay attention to the pre-river safety talk.

Mellow & Mild: Families with children as young as 4 years old can enjoy small splashes and breathtaking scenery on the Mild and Scenic trip. Guests can relax and enjoy calm stretches of flat water and leave the paddling to the professionals.

Moderate: There’s a reason Browns Canyon National Monument is so popular. It’s probably the moderate class 3 rapids paired with stunning canyon scenery and frequent wildlife sightings. Seriously, this trip is amazing for first-timers and river-rats alike. We recommend doing this more than once, as it’s a completely different experience at varying water levels. It’s the perfect multi-generational trip for families with children 7 years and up.

Wet & Wild: The Numbers run will excite and satisfy the most daring thrill seeker! This trip requires rigorous paddling through technical and continuous class 4+ rapids, and is for guests 16 years+ – though at lower water levels, some rafting companies will take adults as young as 14.

Browns Canyon, Numbers, arkansas river whitewater rafting, Breckenridge Rafting TipsSecret #3.   Weather is different on the river.

You know what they say about Colorado… “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes!” Well, the same is true for different areas in the mountains. At 60 miles south and 1,600 feet lower in elevation, the weather in Buena Vista can be very different from Breckenridge. Though it’s always a good idea to check the forecast, guests can usually count on it being 10° warmer, and most of the time – sunny! With that said, the water in the river does come from snowmelt, so it can be colder in early season (May, June). If you’re concerned about temperature, many rafting guests opt for a wet suit, and are comfortable their entire trip.

Secret #4.     Water levels are guaranteed through mid-August.

Arkansas River flows generally follow the same rules as most snow fed, mountain rivers – higher flows in early summer when temperatures climb. Thanks to the Arkansas River Voluntary Flow Management Program, there are guaranteed flows for whitewater rafting well into August. In fact, most companies will raft through Labor Day weekend, after the river returns to its native flow, but it’s a good idea to call and check river conditions. Don’t listen to your wild friend that says rafting is only fun during the spring run-off – most rafting in Colorado takes place during the months of July and August, when the rivers are experiencing average flows.

This article originally appears on the GoBreck blog. For the best tips and tricks about Breckenridge, CO, visit their website or the Breckenridge Welcome Center.


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, 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

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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 

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


  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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




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!
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