Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge, Colorado

Travel Guide to Breckenridge, CO

breckenridge co travel guideBreckenridge is a bustling National Historic District whose numbers swell with the opening of the ski mountain and during the busy summer tourist season. It maintains its historic character with strict building rules, even a lot of new construction is built in the Victorian style. Main street is the hub of the action and French and Ridge streets to the East of Main also have retail and restaurants, as do most of the cross streets from French street in the north to Park Avenue in the South.


About Breckenridge Colorado

frisco colorado historyHistory:
In the summer of 1859 gold was found along the Blue River and a mining camp grew up along both sides of the river. In 1860 a post office was opened and named “Breckinridge” after the Vice President of the United States at the time. When John C. Breckinridge served as a Confederate general during the Civil War the spelling of the town was changed to “Breckenridge”. Currently the town is the largest historic district in Colorado. Mining continued in Breckenridge until the 1940s, but then the town saw a sharp decline in its population. In 1961 the Breckenridge ski area opened on Peak 8, followed by Peak 9 in 1971, Peak 10 in 1985, and Peak 7 in 1993.

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Historical Activities in Breckenridge…

The Mountain: Breckenridge Colorado

breckenridge ski areaBreckenridge Ski Area:
Located in the historic mountain town of Breckenridge, a half hour bus ride or ski shuttle from Frisco or Keystone, the ski area consists of four mountains, Peaks 7 through 10 of the Ten Mile Range. Peak 8 has both the longest and highest T-Bar as well as the Imperial Chair ascending to 12,993’ and the highest chairlift in North America. It is noted for its dramatic bowls as well as a terrain park and beginner and intermediate runs. Peak 7 is the newest area to be developed and has long runs perfect for cruising and for snowboarders as well as the Ore Bucket, a fabulous run left in the trees. Peak 9 offers beginner and intermediate runs, as well as some steep mogul shoots into Peak 8 off its North side. Peak 10 offers three long intermediate and advanced runs, with great mogul runs off its north side and tree skiing to the South. Peak 9 and its lift access are right into the town of Breckenridge, Peaks 7 and 8 are accessed by gondola from the town parking lots, Peak 10 rises above the lower slopes of Peak 9. The Peak 8 Super Connect Chair allows for easy transfer from Peaks 9 and 10 to Peaks 7 and 8. Breckenridge lift tickets are also valid at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, as well as Vail and Beaver Creek if they are at least a three day ticket.

Ski Terrain Access:
Villages at Peaks 7 and Peak 8
Beaver Run for Peak 9
Village at Breckenridge for Peak 9
Main Street Station at the base of Peak 9.
Peaks 7 and 8 may also be accessed by the gondola which originates at the Breckenridge transportation center and town parking lots.

More about Breckenridge Ski Area…

Things to Do in Breckenridge

breckenridge co fun parkBreckenridge Fun Park:
(Open in summers on Peak 8 with)
Alpine Slide
Bounce House
Bungee trampoline
Chairlift rides
Climbing wall
Gold Runner Coaster
Mountain Biking

Historical Activities:
Walking tours of the town passing some of the 350 historic structures including the Barney Ford and the Edwin Carter Museums, the Gold Pan Saloon in existence since 1859, the Dredge used for mining the Blue River and now a restaurant, and Father Dyer’s church.

The Country Boy Mine is an active working mine with tours and gold panning.

Boreas Pass where the railroad first came to Breckenridge in 1882 has a historic
driving tour.

Breckenridge Recreation Center:
Climbing wall, exercise equipment, hot tub, gymnasium, indoor tennis, indoor lap pool, indoor leisure pool, racquetball, running track, sauna, steam room, walleyball.

Breckenridge Golf Club: 27 (18 + Elk Nine) hole Jack Nicklaus designed course.

Breckenridge Nordic Center: Nordic skiing and snowshoeing on Peak 8 cross-country skiing & snowshoeing.

Carter Park: Winter sledding hill, pavilion for rent, dog park.

Gold Run Nordic Center: located at the Breckenridge Golf Club.

Kingdom Park: Fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby football and softball, kayak park, skateboard park, hard and clay tennis courts.

Stephen C. West Ice Arena: Year round indoor and seasonal winter outdoor ice rinks.

Maggie’s Pond: Winter pond skating and summer boat rentals.

Breckenridge Theater: Backstage amateur theater company.

The Speakeasy Movie Theater: Independent films, Metropolitan Opera HD series.

Riverwalk Performing Arts Center: Venue for musical and dance performances, including the Breckenridge Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Grocery Store, Heath Food Store, Post Office & Liquor Store.

Retail: Main Street and cross streets: Art galleries, beading, books, clothing, embroidery, needlepoint & quilting, fly-fishing, furs & leather goods, hand made soaps, jewelery, pets, photography, rocks & fossils, ski & snowboard equipment, souvenirs & gifts.

Real Estate: Offices located on Main Street and cross streets.

Restaurants: All types of dining from Barbeque, Crepes, Chinese, Fondue, Italian & Pizza, Jamaican, Mexican, Seafood, Steaks, Sushi, and Thai, to Bakery, Breakfast Cafe, Brewpub, Coffee Shop, Deli, Grill, Irish Pub, as well as Fine Dining, Starbucks & Subway.

Spa, Massage Therapy & Beautician.

Video Arcade: Downstairs at Eric’s, Main Street.

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