Breckenridge is unique in Colorado and among mountain resorts because it is an authentic town with over 150 years of history, modern world-class amenities, and home to a top-ranked ski resort. It is a year-round destination offering a fresh experience on every visit.
Founded in 1859, Breckenridge is the oldest continuously occupied community in the Rocky Mountains. The town’s rich historical past includes tales of gold and silver mining, dredge boats, railroading, outlaws and soul-savers. A robust historical society, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, brings the past alive with museums and guided tours. Amazingly, this town of about 5 square miles and 2,400 full-time residents boasts an astonishing 70 restaurants and bars with everything from steakhouses to diners, fine dining to ethnic cuisine, and from handmade burgers and fries to homemade doughnuts!
Breckenridge is home to more than 200 retail shops specializing in a variety of items from local artisans, fashion boutiques and the latest in winter sports gear and apparel. Many of the shops are housed in incredible Victorian-era buildings, complete with historic markers and descriptions. Throughout the year art galleries, live theater and other entertainment from DJs to comedy to the National Repertory Orchestra fill up the calendars of visitors and locals alike.
While Breckenridge bustles all year round, the town also offers many unique and family-friendly special events. Summer in Breckenridge is a whirlwind of festivities from Kingdom Days and the Breckenridge Festival of Film in June right through Oktoberfest in September. Winter is no reason to stay indoors even for non-skiers. Between Ullrfest, the International Snow Sculpture Championships and Summit County’s only Mardi Gras parade, Breckenridge celebrations don’t stop even in the depths of winter.
Skiing and snowboarding bring most guests to Breckenridge for the first visit, but a wealth of exciting activities make it easy to extend a stay or to come back in another season. Even on a ski vacation, guests can break away for other winter activities like dogsledding, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing, or for a soothing day at the spa. Summer is made for rafting, taking a 4×4 up a mountain or heading out to Dillon Reservoir or even Vail on miles of paved bike paths. Breckenridge is home to the only municipally owned Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in America, but golfers can play four other courses within 25 miles. And, all year-round, our National Forests surround Breckenridge and are open for exploration.