Mention the words “Breckenridge” and “Fall” and the first thing to come to mind may not be fall activities, but instead most will immediately think of the incredible yet fleeting shades of golden yellow leaves in the surrounding mountainsides and neighborhood streets in town. The beauty is so astounding that I have posted unfiltered photos for my friends back home who have asked “Is that real?” On a blue-bird day, the contrast of the blue sky and yellow leaves is an amazing sight to behold.
Let’s re-visit mention of “fall activities” from above. If you happen to be in town before or after the glory of the fall foliage, after the fun park has closed but before the ski hill has opened, what is there to do?
While fall in Summit County has been dubbed the “off season” or “shoulder season” in years past, more and more people are discovering that fall is actually a great time to visit! Even if not visiting for a leaf-viewing excursion, there is still a long list of fall activities to enjoy in the mountains. Since having the answers for our guests is important to us, Book Breck has gathered all the information on fall activities into one comprehensive list*.
*Fall operations are dependent upon the weather. If you don’t see a particular activity on this list, check with the business to see if their activity is still operating.
Boreas Pass: While the Aspen Tunnel is the biggest draw for the trip up Boreas Pass, it’s a must-see drive anytime of the year, even after the leaves have fallen or before they turn. Incredible overlook views and outdoor museums are just two of the reasons to add Boreas Pass to your fall activities list. For a full list of best places and hikes to see fall colors, click here.
The Breckenridge Troll: Loved by all who meet him. Be sure to make a visit to the Breckenridge Troll, Isak Heartstone. Isak the Troll was built on commission by Thomas Dambo during the Breck Create Summer 2018 Arts Festival. Due to enormous popularity, he was sadly removed from his post only a few months later as a result of parking issues and disruption to neighbors. Isak was rebuilt in a new location and made available for visitors in June 2019. You can find him on the Trollstigen trail.
Fishing: Regardless of the season, the fish are still biting. Take a lesson or a guided trip with the #1 Orvis dealer in the country or head out on your own. We can’t give out our secrets for the best spots for just anyone, but our guests can call us up and we’ll clue them in.
Summit Water Taxi: One of the best kept Summit County secrets. This peaceful and relaxing adventure runs through Sept 30.
ATV + Horseback Riding: Choose just one or both activities together. At Safari Ranch, just 29 miles south of Breckenridge, horseback riding is available all year round and done in a group side by side; not nose-to-end, follow-the-leader style. ATV guided tours are available through October 31.
Vail Pass Bike Shuttle: Summer’s top activity runs until mid October (exact date weather dependent). With the changing of the leaves, the fall is a great time to add a few layers and take a beautiful ride down Vail Pass.
Golf: There are 5 golf courses in Summit County, all unique in their own way. The Breckenridge course includes three Jack Nicklaus Signature Nines and is open tentatively through October.
Zipline: AVA Adventures offers both ziplining and an incredible Via Ferrata adventure for those who want to push the limits of their comfort zones. Activities run through the end of October.
Biking: As long as the mountain biking trails are dry, they are open for service! The paved rec path is also a great option throughout the fall. We’ve made it easy for you to figure out where you want to go with the best rec path map and a list of the best routes to take.
Boat Rentals: Weather dependent, Dillon Marina will be renting pontoon and runabouts through the end of September.
Main Street Breckenridge: With it’s authentic historical buildings, the backdrop of the Ten Mile Range, and “postcard perfect” curb appeal, you don’t have to be a fan of shopping to enjoy Main Street Breckenridge. From the north end to the south end, all visitors are drawn in by the charm of Main Street, the vibe in the restaurants and pubs, and the huge variety and selection of unique merchandise. Most shops are open until 8:00 pm and restaurants until 10:00 pm.
Horseback Riding: Breckenridge Stables is open through Sept 30, 2019. Call Book Breck to receive a 10% on your horseback riding experience. (970) 453-2999.
Train Ride: Open through May through January, the Georgetown Loop Railroad is the only operating railroad in North America that makes a complete loop in the open air to gain altitude. Choose from several different excursions to fit your schedule and group needs.
Ice Skating, Hockey, & Curling: The Stephen C. West Ice Arena offers ice skating, hockey and games for the whole family. Get out on the ice or watch the action from the stands. Public skating and hockey sessions are offered daily along with group and private lessons. Equipment rentals are available for all levels of skaters.
Adventure Park and Hot Springs: A great day trip can be found in any direction north, south, east, or west of Breckenridge. For one that includes a breathtaking drive, cave tours, alpine coaster, and some brand new hot springs all in one day, drive west to Glenwood Springs and visit the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
Breckenridge Museums and Tours: With such an extensive offering, your fall activities schedule could consist entirely of events planned through The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Walks, tours, hikes, mining explorations, and gold panning opportunities are all available for very reasonable fees through the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.
Breckenridge Ghost Tours: Breckenridge’s original ghost tour started here, and if ghosts aren’t your thing, you might want to try English Tea, Wild West, or an insightful cemetery tour.
Whew…that’s enough to keep you busy the entire fall. But wait, there’s more! Check out the lineup of Fall Festivals.
About the Author: Kristi Stanford is a self-proclaimed Breck Lover (i.e. one who is passionately in love with Breckenridge, CO) who lives and works in the high-altitude town she so adores. She can be found at her Book Breck Vacation Homes desk by day where her duties run the gamut of the lodging industry. During the lunch hour, you might see her on the slopes or bike path depending on the season.
Written and published by Book Breck Staff, Kristi Stanford