Breckenridge trails

A locals Guide to Trail Etiquette in Breckenridge

Trails of BreckenridgeLocals in Breckenridge and the Summit County area move here for the lifestyle. Much of that lifestyle involves getting outside and on the trails. Whether it is hiking, biking, or the rare encounter with the wildlife, there is a courtesy guide everyone should follow when enjoying these trails.

1.) Share The Trail

  • Hikers – Step to the side when possible to do so.

Hikers, try and step aside when a biker is behind / in front of you. Some bikers on trails clip-in to their pedals, this makes it much easier for a hiker to stand to the side and let the bikers pass. With the lush forestry in this area, some bikers are unable to navigate anywhere but the trail making it easiest for the hiker to step to the side.

  • Bikers – Speak up when coming up on hikers!

Though bikers might be going much faster than hikers, it can be difficult for hikers to hear a biker from far away. Make sure to alert with “on your left” or “coming down” to let hikers know of your existence. Out of courtesy for hikers, slow down. Anyone who loves to mountain bikes loves the adrenaline of going fast through the trees however, for safety reasons, when passing a hiker, it is best to slow down.

  • Horseback Riders

Horses are not very common to see in Breckenridge however; the rare encounter does happen. Not all horses are friendly, and some can be hard to stop so do not try to go up and pet the horses unless invited to do so.

*** Please note that Bikers must yield to hikers and horses and uphill traffic has the right of way!

2.) Wildlife

There is a large number of wildlife in Breckenridge. This wildlife includes foxes, chipmunks, deer, elk, Moose, bears, and even the occasional mountain lion. Though it is uncommon to come across some of the more dangerous wildlife, it is recommended to not feed any wildlife. Please also keep a safe distance from the wildlife. Though some of these critters are used to people, they are still wild, and we can never predict what they might do. For the safety of yourself and others, keep a respectable distance. For more information on wildlife in Breckenridge click here!

3.) Waste

One known saying in Breckenridge is “if you pack it in, pack it out”. There is nothing that irks locals more than seeing a trashed campsite or trail. If you bring food on your hike or biking trip, please make sure to take it out with you. One of the easiest ways to keep track of trash is to bring a backpack that allows you to store it until you see a trash can, typically located at the trail head.

The locals of Breckenridge and summit county view the trails as their own backyard. If you are visiting Breckenridge this summer, make sure to consider the environment and others before heading out and enjoy the beauty that makes Breckenridge a year round vacation destination!



Top Five Reasons to Visit Breckenridge on a Summer Weekday

Shock Hill trail in BreckenridgeLike you need a reason to come to Breck anyways. With the great terrain and an awesome town, it’s hard to think of a time that is not good to come. However, weekends can be crazy and offer challenges that make maximizing fun difficult. What’s the solution? Come on weekdays. If you can swing it, it’s even worth taking a day or two off to manage it. If you are wondering why you should take days off to come to Breckenridge on weekdays here are five reasons:

  1. Save time – I was talking to a friend from Lakewood and he said he leaves by 6 a.m. on Saturday. If he waits any later he will be in bumper to bumper traffic the whole way up. Weekend traffic has been getting worse for years and even with improvements like the new toll lane, things will still be pretty rough for the foreseeable future. Try driving up on a weekday- there is never any significant traffic. It is about an hour and a half flat to Breck from Denver on a weekday.
  2. Stay better – Coming on weekday’s means you have options especially if you are trying to set up a close in trip. Breckenridge lodging is built on condo style accommodations and has only a few hotels. If you like to stay in nice large places close to Breckenridge Resort, be prepared to shell out a pretty penny on weekends. But on weekday’s room rates tend to come back down out of the stratosphere and you can book a much nicer room, closer to when you are coming then you ever could on a weekend. Look at discount lodging sites for generally deep weekend discounts.
  3. Live large – Make sure one of the first things you do when you come up to Breckenridge on a weekday is to grab a Summit Daily news paper. You won’t miss the distinctive blue boxes that are ubiquitous around Summit County. Inside lies the free daily newspaper and all of the happy hours, food deals and sales going on in Breckenridge and Summit County. Since the weekdays are less crowded, there is less demand for food, drinks and cheap stuff. We all know the Law of Supply and Demand that says the smaller the demand, the smaller the price. So live large and go out when you come. Your wallet will thank you for it.
  4. Own the mountain trails– When surveyed, 9.99 out of 10 respondents said they prefer uncrowded trails. That 1/100th of a person is not thinking clearly. Having the mountain trails all to yourself sounds way cooler than sharing it with thousands of your closest friends (remember? You met them on I-70 on the way up).
  5. Save your sanity – Breckenridge is awesome on the weekend. Town is vibrant and full and life. There is no shortage of fun activities to try and plenty of people to enjoy it with. But if you are looking for something a little quieter, a little less expensive or a little less crowded, come up on weekdays. If you are looking to avoid the frustrations of traffic and crowds that sometime occur than heed this advice and come up to Breckenridge on a weekday.




Wildlife in Breckenridge: Do’s and Don’ts

Spring has sprung in Breckenridge and that means wildlife is out and about. With the abundance of critters here in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see a family of foxes scurrying through town or a moose taking a stroll down the road while you’re visiting.  These animals, although majestic and exciting to spot, are on an agenda of their own. Spring is a delicate time for the wildlife here and respecting our trail closures and wilderness areas are critical. Here are some guidelines you should be aware of to protect both the wildlife and yourself!

Don’t feed the wildlife.

Under no circumstance should anyone be feeding a wild animal. A bear’s main goal is to get fat enough to live through the winter, so be very cautious about what you are leaving around. Leave no trace. A bear can smell food up to 5 miles away, and so during the months of mid-March through early November, don’t leave anything that smells of food in your vehicle or outside near your home. Foxes hang around most lodging properties looking for scraps as well as in town. Be mindful that human food is actually unhealthy for these animals and can prevent certain species from foraging for themselves. When wild animals are fed human food, it will likely result in that animal’s death. If you care about our furry friends, please do not feed them. Our best advice: stay back and observe these creatures in their natural habitat.

Mind your dogs.

We aren’t saying you need to leash your dog on a trail where they are able to run free, but please be aware of the rules around you, especially during mud season/spring when the trails and preserves are being carefully monitored to host an atmosphere for these animals. A run in with a moose, mountain lion or porcupine could put you and your dog at serious risk. Not only could we be endangering the habitat for these animals, they could also be potentially dangerous to you and your fur baby.

The types of wildlife you will *most likely* see and general facts about them:

  1. Fox – Foxes are typically between 12 and 16 inches tall and about 31 inches long including their white-tipped signature tail. They weigh about 6lbs on average and can run up 30mph! A fox’s typical lifespan is about 3-4 years.
  2. Bear – When standing up, bears can be up to 7 feet tall and weigh in at about 500lbs for males and 300lbs for females. A black bear’s lifespan is around 10 years.
  3. Moose – The tallest mammal in North America! Male moose, called bulls, have enormous antlers that can grow up to 6 feet wide from tip to tip! A moose can run up to 35mph and can actually stay under water for 30 seconds!
  4. Mountain goats (watch for these guys on your hikes!) – Super agile, these animals are about 3.5 feet tall and 5.5 feet long. They can weigh anywhere between 100-300 pounds and live anywhere between 12-15 years.

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How to interact with the larger wildlife of Breckenridge.

Bear – If you feel as though you may be in bear territory, make noise while you walk. Clap your hands or whistle loudly to help prevent yourself from surprising a bear. Don’t run from a bear! They will think you are prey and could potentially chase you. Also, avoid climbing trees as bears are skilled climbers.

Mountain Lion – They say you don’t see a mountain lion; it sees you first. So, if you are placed in this terrifying situation, the best way to conduct yourself is to stay calm (we know…). Talk firmly and make eye contact. You want to make yourself look as big as possible, so whatever you have on your person, use it to your advantage. NEVER RUN – but step or back away S L O W L Y. We hope you never have to use this advice.

Moose – If a moose charges you, we finally give you permission to RUN. Trying to put something between you and the moose is the best advice we’ve heard. Moose are trying to drive you away, so the faster you can get further away, the better. The moose will feel comfortable as soon as you are a safe distance away and should leave you alone.

So there you have it. A few tips on how to protect the wildlife in Breckenridge, and some fun facts to leave you with a bit more knowledge about these animals. We ask that you try to listen to these rules, and PLEASE: do not feed the wildlife. Enjoy Breckenridge and also, please leave no trace. Use #bestofbreck when you post your camping and outdoor adventure photos of Breckenridge to be featured on our Instagram!


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