If you’re looking for a family-friendly summer vacation destination, look no further. Breckenridge is a summer paradise with mild temperatures, blue skies, high alpine lakes and stunning mountain vistas.
We love our dogs here in Breckenridge, and we know you do, too! As a valued member of the family, bringing Fido on your vacation is a no-brainer. Lucky for you, Breckenridge is a dog’s paradise with miles of hiking trails, outdoor patios and even Fido-friendly accommodations. We’ve gathered everything you need to know so you and your pooch can have a howling good time.
Breckenridge is a stunning mountain destination—home to hundreds of miles of trail systems that are virtually all dog friendly, meaning you and Fido can have your pick. While the paws-ibilities are endless, these are some of our favorite hikes around Breckenridge:
Easy: Sawmill Trail, Burro Trail, Sallie Barber Mine Trail
Moderate: Peaks Trail, Baker’s Tank, Francie’s Cabin via Spruce Creek Trail
Hard: McCullough Gulch Trail, Wheeler Trail
Ride the Gondola
The BreckConnect Gondola is a great FREE activity not only for the family but also your pooch! During the summer and winter seasons, the gondola runs from town up to the base areas of Peak 7 and Peak 8. Take your pup for a gondola ride and hop off at the base of Peak 8 to enjoy a cocktail from Ullr Café on the outdoor patio.
Head to the Dog Park
If your pup loves playing with other dogs, head over to the Carter Park Dog Park to let them run off leash in an acre of fenced space. There is even a separate, fenced-in small dog area for our tiny four-legged friends. You’ll meet all the local dogs here—this is a favorite spot!
Enjoy Outdoor Patios
No need to skip Main Street—you can bring your doggo along with you for après cocktails around town! Restaurants like Kenosha and the Canteen Taphouse have large outdoor patios that welcome dogs. Broken Compass Brewing offers two dog-friendly locations; or, if you’d rather head inside, Rocky Mountain Underground and Après allow your well-behaved pup indoors. The list doesn’t stop here, there are more dog-friendly patios to explore!
Comfy accommodations for you and your four-legged friend await at the Breck Inn. Located just a mile north of Main Street, the Breck Inn offers cozy, standard hotel rooms along with complimentary breakfast options. Make sure to call ahead as pet rooms are limited! As a bonus, 10% of all dog fees are donated to the Summit County Animal Control and Shelter.
The Dog House
If your pup needs a place to stay or you just need a little doggie daycare, check out the Dog House. The Dog House offers overnight boarding, doggie daycare and large indoor play areas so dogs can spend the majority of their days in play groups according to their size and temperament.
Animal Lovers Pet Supply
Even your dog deserves to go home with some souvenirs! Located next to the Dog House, Animal Lovers Pet Supply has a diverse selection of toys and treats. They also offer grooming and self-service dog wash stations so you can give your pup a good clean after a day of adventuring.
For Pets’ Sake
This is not necessarily for your dog, but more for you! This thrift shop on Main Street funds the Animal Rescue of the Rockies. Stop in with your pooch and explore the selection of gently used clothing, jewelry, housewares and more.
If you are within the town limits of Breckenridge, dogs are required to be on a leash. Outside of the town limits, you can have your dog off leash under voice command. For the full rundown of dog regulations, you can head to the Town of Breckenridge website.
Where Not to Go
The Riverwalk Center lawn, the fields of Kingdom Park, Cucumber Gulch, and the Breckenridge Golf Course are the only places off-limits to dogs.
Clean Up After Your Dog
Wherever you bring your pup around Breckenridge, please be sure to clean up after them. There are plenty of dog-waste bag stations and trash cans around town so you can help us keep Breckenridge clean.
Summers in Breckenridge are unmatched to anywhere else. With endless activities, longer days and the perfect weather, there are so many reasons to enjoy summer in this unique town.
Breckenridge is the perfect weekend getaway spot due to its proximity to Denver, historic charm and the abundance of readily available activities. We’ve curated a three-day itinerary so you can get the most out of a weekend in Breckenridge.
Your options are endless in Breckenridge – our mountain town has something for everyone. Picture yourself hiking through the alpine, shopping on Main Street, dinner downtown, or perhaps a little relaxation at the pool? Set the stage for your best summer story yet.
Breckenridge is a popular mountain destination, and for good reason! With world-class skiing, endless outdoor activities and hundreds of shops and restaurants, there is something to be found around every corner. New and exciting things are happening every day, including the addition of new shops, restaurants and more. Read on to see what’s new in Breckenridge for 2022!
Restaurants & Bars
La Française Bistrot | Website
If you love the delicious pastries and baguettes at La Francaise French Bakery, you’re in for a treat. The creators behind the delectable French bakery have opened La Française Bistrot right next door, offering simple and refined French cuisine. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to France with classic French cocktails and dishes like beef tartare and steak frites.
Bird & Cow | Website
Located in the former Angel’s Hollow, Bird & Cow features a menu to match its name. Choose from cheesesteaks, chicken sandwiches and burgers. As a bonus, enjoy sunset mountain views from their outdoor patio on a warm day.
Ski Town Chicken Joint | Website
The name says it all–a fried chicken joint in the heart of Breckenridge. Indulge in all the fried chicken your heart desires in a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Stop in midday to grab a beer at their full bar.
Broken Compass Brewing | Website
If you know and love Broken Compass Brewing, you’ll love their newly renovated Main Street taproom. After a day spent walking around town, this is the perfect spot to grab a beer, sit on the outdoor patio and take in views of Breckenridge Ski Resort. They’re even offering a daily brunch menu in collaboration with BreckFast so you can grab a bite with your local brew!
Teton Gravity Research | Website
If you’re visiting Breckenridge, you’re likely a lover of adventure and the outdoors. Teton Gravity Research, a brand in outdoor action, adventure and exploration space, recently opened a brick and mortar location on the south end of Main Street. Find a full line of their merchandise along with products exclusive to the store.
Ohana | Website
Hailing from Steamboat Springs, Ohana recently opened their second location in Breckenridge. This local shop features products from their in-house screen printing as well as goods made by local artists. If you’re looking to take home a piece of Colorado, this is your shop.
Mountainkind | Website
This new shop features unique products that celebrate the mountain and music lifestyle that its owners love. They offer a unique and rotating selection of handmade local art, furniture and goods so you can find something new every time you visit.
The Eclipse Theater | Website
The Eclipse Theater has opened in the former location of the Speakeasy Movie Theater, bringing back a variety of blockbuster, indie and outdoor films. With wine and beer offerings and a cozy theater, the Eclipse is the perfect place for an intimate date night.