Breckenridge summer bucket list

Breckenridge gondola in summer.

There’s one more weekend to ski and ride at Breckenridge and then it’s time for longer days, river rafting, hiking, biking and all of those sun-shiny activities that draw us to Colorado’s mountains between May and September.

Here’s a quick rundown of my favorite Breck summer activities:

Whitewater rafting

We’re fortunate to have tons of great rafting options near Summit County. Depending on your whitewater action preference, choose from varying sections of Clear Creek, the mighty and, in many places, mellow Colorado River, and the famous technical and adventurous Arkansas River.

Mountain biking

There are some serious mountain biking trails snaking through the slopes around Breckenridge. Check out GoBreck.com for a list of trails by difficulty level. Or search singletracks.com to find the right ride for you. For a scenic, family-friendly workout, bike the paved rec path from Breckenridge to Frisco. (Get sidetracked: Stop for tropical drinks and coconut shrimp at the Island Grill. And then get out on the lake with a Kayak Lake Dillon nature tour. Mountain biking in Breckenridge

Peak 8 Fun Park

Breckenridge Ski Resort transforms into a summer fun park starting Friday, June 15. Take a guided hiking tour or pony ride, check out the Gold Runner Coaster, SuperSlide, SuperPutt, Mountain Bike Park, Colorado SuperChair, Rockpile Climbing Wall, Mineshaft Maze, SuperBungee Trampoline, Gemstone Panning, and Ripperoo’s Bounce House.

Sunday Farmers Market

The Breckenridge Sunday Market runs June through September at Main Street Station Plaza from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There’s live music, artisan crafts, and more than 40 vendors selling fresh seafood and beef, baked breads, chutneys, kettle corn, and much more. Pick up some juicy Palisades peaches and fresh veggies. (Get sidetracked: Take your fresh goods and head toCarter Park for a picnic and some sand volleyball.)

Hiking

Hiking in the hills around Breck is a great way to get some exercise, relieve stress, spend time with friends and capture (bring your camera) some of the county’s postcard views. Personal favorites include Mohawk Lake and the Peaks Trail from Breck to Frisco. For hikes with easy access from town, visit GoBreck’s hiking page and download their Summer Trails Map.

Patios with views

As the sun begins to dip behind the Ten Mile Range for the day, enjoy happy hour on Kenosha’s deck, bike-in drinks on the Warming Hut’s back patio, night cap cocktails around the fire pit at Burke and Riley’s, martinis on Ember‘s deck, a memorable Colorado four-course meal on Hearthstone’s Victorian deck, and wickedly strong margaritas on the rooftop patio at Angels Hollow…you get the idea. We love our mountain views.

For more ideas on how to spend a summer day in the mountains, read Chris Yonushewski’s Summer Escape on Lake Dillon.

– Lisa Pogue