Breckenridge, located in the heart of Summit County, is well-known to locals and visitors as Colorado’s Playground. Whether you’re up for a challenge or waiting to be left awe-struck, there are plenty of non-skiing activities to enjoy in Breckenridge this summer.
Hike up to incredible mountain views, test your limits with a 14’er, splash some river water on your face, or explore the forest with your four-legged friends in tow. Here are some of our favorite Colorado summer ideas in the mountains, from high-octane adventure to peaceful days with family:
Springtime snow melt in the Rockies creates a strong river flow for fun non-skiing activities on the Colorado Rivers. Rafting is the perfect activity for everyone in the family with half-day trips down the mellow Upper Colorado River or the famous Brown’s Canyon, if you’re looking to kick it up a notch. Adrenaline seekers might enjoy a trip down the Arkansas River along the section of river called Numbers filled with five big, heart-pumping rapids. No matter what type of adventure you seek, a trip down the river should not be missed.
Hiking a 14’er
To test your mountain prowess, hike up to the top of a 14’er (also known as a mountain peak over 14,000 feet). Colorado boasts 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, and outdoor enthusiasts along with avid hikers train for the challenge. Breckenridge is the perfect base to tackle one of the popular high alpine hikes called Quandary Peak. A popular 14’er for first-timers, this mountain hike still requires fitness and fortitude to get uphill, especially at altitude.
Tackling an ascent might seem like a daunting task, which is why it is a good idea to start with an easier hike to get your body used to the high alpine environment. If you are looking for an easier 14’er to Summit, drive up to the top of Loveland Pass and begin hiking up to the top of Grizzly Peak. If you’re feeling ambitious, continue hiking to the top of Torreys Peak at 14,267 feet.
Breckenridge is known for its incredible dogsled tours in the winter, but what about the summer? The team at Good Times created a fun way to experience the joy of getting pulled by dogs on a tug-n-pull system that allows two dogs to take you into the beautiful wilderness during the summer. Another summer idea for non-skiers is to take the dogsled tour on a golf cart. The team of adorable sled dogs will whisk you through backcountry trails with incredible mountain scenery. If you love huskies, then you’ll want to add this activity to your itinerary.
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