The Pro Rodeo is Coming to Town

Rodeo in Breckenridge ColoradoLast summer was the first year of the Breckenridge Pro Rodeo and it was such a success that it is coming back for a 2nd year! The rodeo will offer 22 shows starting in June and going through September first in a specially constructed stadium on Airport Road on the north end of Breckenridge. All of the events will be at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Breckenridge Pro Rodeo offers an entertaining and exciting show that is perfect for the whole family. The rodeo features events and competitions including:

  • Saddle Bronc – Saddled bucking horse riding. The rider must last 8 seconds
  • Bareback Riding – Just like Saddle Bronc but bare back!
  • Bull Riding – Yep. The real deal. Bull riding. The rider must last 8 seconds.
  • Team Roping – 2 riders rope a steer together. The quickest time wins.
  • Steer Wrestling – a horse-mounted rider chases a steer and then wrestles the steer to the ground.
  • Tie-Down Roping – a cowboy from horseback ropes a calf and ties the calf as fast as possible.
  • Barrel Racing – a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time.

There are also 2 competitions that are especially for kids and any kid can sign up the day of the rodeo to participate. Mutton Busting is a time honored kid’s event where a child holds onto the back of a sheep for as long as they can while the sheep is running. Kids 70 lbs or less can sign up for Mutton Busting but with only 10 entries an evening get there early. Sign up will be located at the “Official Merchandise Booth” under the white tent. The other event is the Calf Scramble. Calves with prizes tied to the tail are let loose in arena and kids chase them around to get the prizes. It is truly fun event for kids of all ages.

Come early and enjoy a BBQ cowboy dinner which is available from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pro Rodeo clowns will be giving free “behind the chutes” tours at 4 p.m. and remember to sign your kids up for mutton busting and the calf scramble early if they want to participate.  The main event starts at 5 p.m. and lasts about 2 hours.

The rodeo is located at 730 Airport Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424. Free transportation will be provided from Breck Station to the rodeo grounds every half hour.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 7 to 15 and kids 6 and under are free. Premium seating is available. Click here it purchase tickets.

The rodeo, fully sanctioned by the sport’s governing body, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The PRCA is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in professional rodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry. For more information the PRCA visit www.prorodeo.com.

If you are coming or planning to come to Breckenridge this summer go see the rodeo. The Breckenridge Pro Rodeo is an authentic rodeo so if you want to see the “real deal” come to the Breckenridge Pro Rodeo. If you are looking for the best deals on Breckenridge lodging, visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Celebrate Independence Day in Breckenridge

Breckenridge 4th of July ParadeCome to Breckenridge and celebrate the USA’s birthday! Breckenridge embraces the 4th of July this year with a weekend of events including the annual Main Street Parade, Firecracker 50 Bike Race, 10k running race, live music, kid’s activities, art festival, fireworks (weather permitting) and more. Being high in the Rockies, Breckenridge offers a cooler, more enjoyable climate then most 4th of July destinations. With daytime high temperatures rarely is ever getting above 80 degrees, nights regularly dipping into the 40’s and super low relative humidity, Breckenridge really does have “rare air.”
In addition to all of the fun events taking place to mark the 4th of July weekend there are tons of activities to partake in while visiting Breck any time during the summer. Rafting season is just starting to get good this year. The mountain bike trails are all dry and the bike paths are in great shape. There is hiking all over Breckenridge and Summit County that range from easy short hikes to “Fourteeners,” mountain peaks over 14,000 feet. The Breckenridge Fun Park will be in full swing with activities for the whole family. The fishing in the Blue River and Lake Dillon has been excellent this summer. There is a virtually unlimited number of activities to do while visiting Breckenridge.

Here is a lineup of the major town events:

30th Annual July Art Festival
Info: The 30th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival is annually ranked one of the top art shows in the USA.
When:  July 5-7, 2013
Where: Main Street Station at the corner of Main Street and South Park Ave.
For more info: visit www.mountainartfestivals.com.

Independence Day 10K Trail Run:
When: 7:00 a.m.
Info: This scenic 10k trail running race offers up some of the best views in the Breckenridge area, while finishing just in time to catch the Main Street parade and other festivities.|
How to sign up: Register at www.townofbreckenridge.com or call 970.453.1734Call: 970.453.1734.

The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race:
Info: The start of the Firecracker 50 is the annual launch of the 4th of July parade in front of thousands of spectators. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50 mile journey on the beautiful trails in and surrounding the Breckenridge area. Register early as this race fills up very quickly.
When: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Race will take place on Main Street.
How to sign up:  www.mavsports.com

Fourth of July Garden Party:
Info:  Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum. Enjoy coffee, mimosas, and breakfast spread as you watch the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade in style from the best view on Main Street.
When: 9:00 a.m.
Where: Barney Ford House
Cost: Adults $40 ($75 day of), Children 12-6 $40 and Children 5 & under $10.
How to get tickets: Call: 970-453-9767 ex. 2

Main Street Parade:
Info: The official 4th of July parade of Breckenridge! Come see all the crazy, fun, patriotic floats and characters parade down Main Street.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Main Street
Want to register a float? Call 970-453-5055Call: 970-453-5055.

Kids’ Water Fight:
Info:  Kids’ can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Dept. in an old time water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate.
When: From 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Main Street

Viper ‘Show and Shine’:
Info: Dodge Vipers will be parked on Main Street allowing spectators to view the cars
When: 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
Where: Main Street

Free Concert at the Riverwalk Center:
Info: Come see Carl Denson’s Tiny Universe perform for Free!
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk Center

National Repertory Orchestra: 4th of July Patriotic Concert:
Info: Come see the National Repertory Orchestra perform a free concert that has become an annual tradition in Breckenridge. There will be a charge for seats but as always the lawn seating is free and first come first serve for spots.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Riverwalk Center
Cost: $5, $10 or $15 based on seat location. Lawn seating is free and does not require a ticket.
To get tickets: 970-547-3100Call: 970-547-3100

Fireworks:
Info: Traditional fireworks in the Gondola North Lot.
When: 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where to view: They will be visible from most spots around town.

What’s up in Breck This Weekend?

Rodeo in Breckenridge ColoradoWelcome to an insider’s guide to activities, events and other fun things to do this weekend in and around Breckenridge. Feel free to comment or ask questions! If we don’t know, we’ll find out for you!

There’s never a dull moment up here in the High Country! Aside from hiking, biking, climbing and rafting, Breckenridge is the perfect place to escape the heat and have a ton of fun.

Here’s what is going on this weekend:

Friday, June 21:

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.- Dillon Farmers Market- Take a water taxi over to Dillon from Frisco and stroll through the open-air farmers market. The market features over 90 vendors that offer Colorado grown produce, crafts, textiles, flowers, jewelry and more. Click here for more info.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

7:30-9:30 p.m.- Breckenridge Music Festival- The Riverwalk Center is hosting two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell  Leahy. Tickets start at $28. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, June 22:

1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.- Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival- Back for the third year, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is this weekend in Keystone. Vendors from all over the country will bring thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon-inspired dishes from around the world for two days of bacon feasting.  For more event info, click here.

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

7:30 p.m. – National Repertory Orchestra- The NRO presents Tchaikovsky & Schumann at the Riverwalk Center. Tickets can be purchased here.

7:30- 9:30- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

Sunday, June 23:

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Breckenridge Sunday Market- Every Sunday through September 8, check out the farmer’s market at Main Street Station. More than 40 vendors will showcase fresh produce, artisian crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and more!

1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.- Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival- Back for the third year, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is this weekend in Keystone. Vendors from all over the country will bring thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon-inspired dishes from around the world for two days of bacon feasting.  For more event info, click here.

PRCA Pro Rodeo in Breckenridge- Photo: www.GoBreck.com

3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.- PRCA Pro Rodeo- Time to bust out the cowboy boots and your 10 gallon hats! The rodeo is back in town! Every Saturday and Sunday through September 1st, the rodeo offers entertainment for all ages. Visit this page for more info.

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m- The Backstage Theater- Avenue Q, The Musical, directed by Christopher Willard, is a story about friends trying to find their purpose in life. This is not a show for kids, but a rather musical for grown-ups with a “Sesame Street meets South Park” kind of twist. To purchase tickets, click here.

Enter for your chance to win a free trip to Breckenridge this summer! 1 in 1,000 wins! Prize includes 4 nights lodging at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, airfare for 2 and $400 to spend in town and on activities of your choice! Click here to enter! http://bit.ly/18Z8KuJ

Peaks Trail Overview

Lower Peaks Trail in BreckenridgeLower Peaks Trail Rainbow Park

This week the Best of Breckenridge crew, along with Breckenridge Grand Vacations and the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, started their annual trail maintenance project. Each summer we work on our favorite trail, the Peaks Trail. The Peaks Trail is about 9 miles and runs from Breckenridge to Frisco (and vice-versa). The trail follows an old mining road from the 1800’s and has a section that runs alongside an aqueduct that was built by miners to funnel and sift water containing precious gold and silver.  The Peaks Trail offers a relatively easy hike with minimal elevation gains with breathtaking views of the Ten Mile Range. The Peaks Trail is popular among both hikers and mountain bikers.

There are three ways to access the Peaks Trail. You can find a trailhead just past the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 near the Peak 7 Base Area in Breckenridge, from the Rainbow Park trailhead in Frisco or you can also connect to it from the Gold Hill Trail. The Gold Hill trailhead is located on Gateway Drive (across from the Tiger Run RV Resort) about five miles north of Breckenridge on Highway 9. The Gold Hill Trail connects with the Peaks Trail after about 3 miles, and you can continue on the Peaks Trail either towards Breckenridge or Frisco. It is a great starting spot if you want to do a one-way hike to either the Peaks trailheads. The Gold Hill Trail is also part of the Colorado Trail which stretches 400 miles from Denver to Durango.

The trail winds through forests of lodgepole pines, meadows of wildflowers and meandering streams.

The elevation gain is only 995 feet over the 9 mile course. The Peaks Trail can be hiked as a there-and-back or a point-to-point trip.  If you are staying at the Grand Lodge or another Peak 7 or Peak 8 property, you can take the hotel shuttle to the Gold Hill trailhead and walk the Gold Hill/Peaks Trail back.

If you are planning on hiking in the High Country, here are some tips from the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Website:

High Country Hiking Tips

Bring lots of water. Breckenridge has very dry air. Sweat evaporates from the body quickly, so continual replenishment of fluid is essential.

Prepare for any weather. A favorite local’s saying is “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” Always be prepared for different conditions on the trail.

Wear sunscreen. The sun at high elevations is more intense than at lower elevations, and with over 300 sunny days a year in Breckenridge, you are bound to have sunshine. Make sure to bring sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and apply often.

Be courteous. Many trails in Breckenridge are multi-use trails and shared by hikers, bikers and even horseback riders. Bikers must yield to hikers and horseback riders. Announce yourself when approaching. A little friendliness can go a long way!

Stay on the trail. Going off the trail can damage or destroy sensitive areas. Please respect the natural beauty so others can enjoy.

Plan ahead. Always leave hiking information with a friend before going out. Arrange to call that person by a certain time after the hike. That way if there is a problem, help can be summoned.

Pick up after your dog. It’s the law in Summit County and the right thing to do.

Good hiking shoes and socks are important. A good pair of hiking shoes and socks can be the difference between the perfect hiking experience and a difficult hike.

For more information on Breckenridge and to book the Best lodging in Breckenridge visit www.grandlodgeonpeak7.com.