4 Sep 2019
Those that know Breckenridge know that although winter maybe it’s most popular season, there is really no bad time to visit - and that includes fall. With fewer crowds, cooler temperatures, and the aspen groves turning to gold, fall is the perfect time to explore Breckenridge and beyond.
One of the best ways to take in the vibrant golden aspen trees and scenic views of Breckenridge is by car. Boreas Pass offers sweeping views of Summit County while it meanders along the Continental Divide. Suitable for low-clearance, 2WD vehicles, the dirt road summits at 11,481 feet above sea level. Originally a historic railway, the route connected Breckenridge to Como with the nation’s highest narrow-gauge railroad. Take your time on this route - there are plenty of pull-offs for photos, hiking, and Colorado history!
If you prefer to stay closer to town, the loop around Lake Dillon offers views of the Lake Dillon, the Ten Mile Range and more. Starting from Breckenridge, take Highway 9 North before making a right onto Swan Mountain Road. Stretch your legs at the half-mile hike to Sapphire Point before continuing on to the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne.
If you prefer to explore Breckenridge on foot, McCullough Gulch Trail is a local favorite featuring waterfalls, lakes, views of Summit County, alpine forest and stands of aspen trees turning golden yellow. Hikers here frequently report wildlife sightings. This trail is rated as moderate and has an elevation change of 951 feet (Breckenridge sits at 9,600 feet.) Remember to bring lots of water.
Looking for more of a stroll than a hike? The Blue River Rec Path runs the 7.5 mile stretch between Breckenridge and Frisco, through the Blue River Valley. Used all year round, this trail offers views of the Ten Mile Range and Blue River.
There is no bad time of year to explore Main Street in Breckenridge. Modern-day shops, restaurants, and galleries occupy authentic buildings preserved to look just as they did over a hundred years ago during Breck’s gold rush. You can almost see the wild west shootouts that happened in front of the Gold Pan Saloon.
Photo credit to GoBreck.com.