5 Surprising Things to Discover When You Visit Breckenridge

When you hear “Breckenridge,” most people think snow. And rightfully so! We love our powder and we get a whole lot of it. Snow sports take center stage when you visit Breckenridge, but there’s so much more to the town!

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Breckenridge, CO

You’ll discover a lot of surprising things when you visit Breckenridge, from our history to our local arts and craft brewing scenes. Read on to find out the top 5 surprising things to discover when you visit Breckenridge…

Breckenridge History

Breckenridge mining history

One of many mining relics in the Breckenridge area

As the largest historic district in Colorado, you can be sure the history of Breckenridge is rich and colorful. Checkout Breck’s timeline to discover places, events, and characters that have made this the perfect mountain town.

Want to explore more of Breckenridge’s rich history? Visit the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance website to learn about the stories, people, and landmarks that make this town so unique and memorable. The BHA also offers guided tours, hikes, and events for those who want a chance to experience the town’s past first-hand.

Boreas Pass & Boreas Pass Summit

The Boreas Pass was historically a high railroad pass between Denver and Leadville. Now, when you visit Breckenridge you can travel the Boreas Pass as a mountain biker or take in the scenic views from a car. Beautiful in summer with its views of the wildflower-filled Blue River Valley, you can strap on some cross-country skis and enjoy the crystalline winter views when the snow comes.

The Boreas Pass Summit holds a singular place in Breckenridge minig history. SummitHistorical.org describes what you’ll experience when you visit the Summit:

Today, visitors can see several reconstructed buildings at the pass that was named for the Greek god of the north wind. A section house, engine house, telegraph house, coal storage facility, 9000-gallon water tank, engine turntable, and other buildings were located atop the pass, the second highest (11,493 ft.) railroad station in the world at the time.

The largest building standing today, on the northern side of the road, is the Section House which was the headquarters for the crew which maintained and managed the track into Breckenridge. Today, the Summit Huts Association maintains the Section House as a ski-in camping facility in the winter and staffs the House with a guide in the summer to assist visitors at the site. Careful inspection of the fields on the south side of the road, across from the Section House, will reveal the remains of the engine house, built in 1883.

When you visit Breckenridge, you’ll find remnants of our history through downtown, but heading up to the Boreas Pass will bring our significance to life as nothing else can.

Broken Compass Brewery & Taphouse

When you visit Breckenridge, you’ll discover that we still foster a mining-town appreciation for a warming ale. Broken Compass Brewery & Taphouse embodies the merriment of a good drink with their three brewers: Ford (aka The Big Beard), Ax (aka The samll Beard), and Jo (aka No Beard).

Community is a big deal at Broken Compass. The taproom, directly next to the brewery, has 12 taps featuring original brews, large communal tables, and card and board games to while away an evening.

The World’s Highest Distillery

Visit Breckenridge Distillery, and you’ll be stepping foot inside the world’s highest distillery! Daily tours (offered from 11am through 5:30pm on the half hour) are complimentary and include tastings. A 45-minute private tour takes guests deep into the history of bourbon, the importance of the barrel, and much more.

The Breckenridge Distillery website whets your interest for a private tour by outlining special perks:

Tastings of products that are still aging and have not yet been released are available such as Port Wine Finished Bourbon, Single Malt Whiskey, Extra Aged Rum, and Barrel Aged Manhattans.

After Hours Tour participants are also entitled to 10% OFF every item in the retail shop after the tour.

Backstage Theatre

Believe it or not, there’s high-quality, non-snow-related entertainment for you to enjoy when you visit Breckenridge. The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is a thriving, celebrated community theater that is gaining national attention.

According to the theater’s website,

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre was recently named the 2010 Outstanding Regional Theatre by the Colorado Theatre Guild…and it’s easy to see why. Serving the Summit County area for thirty nine years, BBT continues to produce the highest caliber shows while remaining an all-inclusive group, welcoming every skill level to our stage. We are proud to be the community’s theatre and to encourage growth and exploration in the arts for all in our region.

Come stay in Breckenridge at one of Book Breck’s exceptional properties and experience everything that makes a Breckenridge vacation one to remember!


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