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.

Facts provided by defenders.org

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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Soak Up Summer in Breckenridge!

bikeweekWhat comes to mind when you think of Breckenridge? Snow, skiing or snowboarding are probably some of the first words popping into your head. But, in many ways, summer in Summit County is even more fun than visiting during our world-renowned winters. If you don’t believe us, just ask any local. They’ll likely tell you, “I came for the winters and stayed for the summers.”

For those that would rather be on the beach, it just so happens that there are beautiful, secluded beaches right on the outskirts of town. Who needs white capped waves when you can enjoy stunning views of white capped mountains, mirrored by the crystal clear water of Lake Dillon? Collect some towels, picnic supplies, Frisbees, sunscreen and your crew. From Breck, head north on route 9 towards Frisco. At the Route 9 and Swan Mountain Road intersection, proceed straight through the lights, following the bend along Lake Dillon until you find the parking lot on your right. Walk the path for five minutes, until you arrive at the first beach. Hang there, or continue left on the path, choosing any sandy spot along the way, or until you see a little island on your right. Walk towards it, and find the most gorgeous, alpine beach you’ve ever seen. For an even more unique experience, wade across the sandbar to the island and catch some rays on what feels like your own private shoreline.

Summertime in the mountains literally brings the world to your fingertips. Rock climbing in Summit and Eagle Counties is a popular and thrilling sport that builds confidence, community and strength. Always climb with safety gear and guides, and educate yourself first. The Breckenridge Recreation Center offers a state of the art rock climbing wall, great for first-timers and seasoned climbers alike. Looking for the real thing? Try one of their on-site lessons, available for varying skill levels at locations including Swan Mountain, Montezuma and Independence Pass.

Quench your thirst for adventure at the Summer Fun Park on Peak 8 in Breck. Featuring the Breck Flyer Zip Line, Gold Runner Coaster, SuperPutt Mini Golf, Alpine SuperSlide, Mineshaft Maze, SuperBungee trampoline, Gemstone Panning and more, you won’t be disappointed. Indulge in some yummy food and sip on tasty cocktails while enjoying unbeatable views from the outdoor patio. Don’t forget to check out the 4×4 tours, guided hikes, off road Segway tours and scenic chairlift rides. Get to and from the base of Peak 8 for free, with an unreal ride on the gondola at the transfer station.

Cover more terrain and let the good times roll on a mountain biking excursion. Located on Peaks 8 and 9, the biking trails provide a thrilling escape, minus the hassle of trudging uphill. Secure a pass for $30 and enjoy chairlift rides to the top of the hill. Not into downhill biking? Not a problem! Hop on any of the 12 the biking trails around the peaks or head downtown to the Summit County Rec Path that runs throughout Breck and Summit County. Bring lunch and stop along the river to picnic throughout your journey.

Not only does the summer season in Breck offer more versatility in activity options, but it’s a whole different kind of beautiful and a lot less crowded, too. Don’t miss out on the ultimate place to enjoy the refreshing, sunny weather this June, July or August. Book your trip now with Breckenridge Discount Lodging.

 

 

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