The Corral Blog
Summer Time in Breck brings so many activities it’s a wonder that you can get any time to relax, enjoy the scenery, the wildlife and the flowers!
We have every level of bike path, road and mountain biking terrain you could wish for, as well as walking / hiking trails that go from a short loop overlooking the lake at Sapphire Point to one or multiple 14ers!! For spectacular waterfalls check out Mohawk Lakes & McCullough Gulch. www.summitcountyexplorer.com
Culturally speaking, Art shows take place at different locations throughout the Summer, and the National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival provide interludes of all kinds and for all audiences. There are also concerts and theater productions at multiple locations in Summit County.
Summer Parking around town is free, but check for time restrictions and please check and respect shuttle stops and disabled parking spaces. Overnight parking is available for $5 at the Ice rink and Satellite Parking Lots.
World Class rafting is available on the Arkansas River and check out the Upper Colorado for a more family friendly adventure …. through our website our guests and owners can get direct discounts with Alpine Sports for bike or paddleboard rentals, with KODI for rafting and with Summit Express for shuttle transfers to Denver airport, call us or come to the front desk for discounts with Rusty Spurr Ranch and Top of the Rockies Zipline.
Then other things to consider…. Fishing and golfing, with gold medal streams and rivers, plus many high altitude lakes and 5 golf courses in the county, there truly is something for everyone!!
Finally… the biggest party of the Summer, 4th July Celebrations are truly amazing. From the Independence 10k run, to the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race that starts off the Parade down Main Street. For those who want to watch the parade with elegance there is the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House. The Parade is followed by the kids water fight and the Viper show and shine and Chalk art contest. There are concerts at 2pm and 8.30pm and the day is finished off with fireworks (weather permitting) at 9.45pm
Gold Runner Coaster
Breckenridge Fun Park and gondola: A free gondola ride offers excellent views of town and mountains without the work of hiking uphill. For those that prefer a little more adventure, the gondola leads straight to the Breckenridge Fun Park! The Gold Runner Coaster offers the thrill of the alpine slide without worry of disconnect; attached to roller coaster track, the gravity-fueled cart lets guests go full speed through the twists and turns. A variety of kids’ activities – bounce house, bungee trampoline, mini golf, etc. – keep families occupied, there are some height/weight and age restrictions.
Guided hiking or 4×4 tours by Jeep or Segway (!!) showcase the natural wonders of the mountains. And guided mountain bike clinics teach the adventurous to navigate trails on two wheels.
Where & When: Access the gondola from town at Breckenridge Station, 150 Watson Ave. The gondola brings guests to the base of Peak 8 and the Breckenridge Fun Park. Summer operations begin June 13 through September 14, some activities are weather dependent. www.breckenridge.com for Fun Park hours, activities and ticketing.
Offered by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, historical tours include the downtown walking tour, and haunted, saloon and cemetery tours.
Walking tours and museum open house hours
From an escaped slave-turned-prominent businessman to the town’s original naturalist, Breckenridge’s founders led lives full of stories worth telling. Hear the stories at historical homes and town museums. Museums include the Barney Ford House Museum, Edwin Carter Home, Summit Ski Museum and more. Walking tour prices vary, and some require reservations. Choose from the Tombstone Tales at Twilight, saloon tour, haunted tour and downtown walking tour.
Breckenridge was a mining town long before skiers saw promise on the peaks. Founded in 1859 by prospectors in search of gold, the town was inadvertently excluded from some copies of the U.S. maps and became known as “Colorado’s Kingdom” until 1936, when it finally became incorporated. See that rich history come to life with a weekend of family activities.
In addition to the tours and museum open house hours, families can learn to pan for gold, see the workings of a historic mine site at the Country Boy Mine and create make-and-take art in the Breckenridge Arts District or Ready Paint Fire on N Main St.
One of the newest family attractions in Breckenridge is the Putt and Play Junction at the Steven C. West Ice Arena outdoor rink. They’ve got 18 holes of mini-golf, two bounce houses, basketball hoops, lawn games and more. This is the perfect place to bring the whole family. For current rates and hours call (970) 547-9974
As the Scandinavians say “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” and although that is definitely true of Breckenridge and Summit County in the winter, apparently this year Mother Nature doesn’t know when to stop!
I have friends who were happily traipsing around town in chacos and flip flops back in the gorgeous weather of early April. They were sent hurrying back to their closets for shoes and rain jackets…. and then yesterday pulled out the heavy down jackets and fluffy lined boots (I know I did…. and I was so sorry I had to even leave my house!)
Lodging rates are at their lowest, (See our SPECIALS!) and so is occupancy, the Breckenridge Dining Passport give great offers with a $10 passport to many of the best restaurants, for a wonderful peaceful night out.
More popular hiking trails will be snowpacked, negating the need for snowshoes, yes those are mine stashed by a tree ¼ to ½ mile from the trailhead!! But don’t go off the trail unless you truly desire wet feet, ankles… maybe even legs, the snow will be rotten and not hold you up at all!
The Recreation Bike Paths around the county are cleared and ready to go, just remember in some parts of the county, notably Highway 9 from Tiger Road to Farmers Korner, this is road construction season! Alpine Sports are open and renting bikes with 20% discount for Corral Owners and Guests.
Fishing is a year round activity, to many peoples surprise, so check in with the local angling guides, get your license and go!
The Ravens Golf Course in Silverthorne is open and the River Course at Keystone is due to open May 16th. The Ranch course and Breckenridge Golf Course will open Memorial Day weekend.
White water rafting has been up and running since early May, and conditions have been amazing! KODI Rafting are offering 5% discount to Corral Guests and Owners.
But the snow won’t (can’t?) last, we have forecasted sunshine and warmth on the way, so just remember the quote at the beginning, the price we pay for living and playing here is keep hold of your gloves, your hats, and your layers for a while longer…. But when Summer comes it will be glorious and without a fire risk!
The 2013/14 ski season is almost underway and Peak 6 is finally here. With 543 new acres of skiable terrain to look forward to in the coming winter season, snow enthusiasts everywhere are getting excited. Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 6 terrain project is allegedly the largest ski resort expansion in North America in over a decade. Including 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, the expansion project represents a 23% increase in the resort’s skiable area.
With the addition of Peak 6, Breckenridge Ski Resort will now have a total of five huge peaks, 2,901 skiable acres, four terrain parks, 11 bowls, a 22ft Superpipe, and the highest chairlift in North America.