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Breckenridge Girls Getaway

Let’s go girls! Whether you’re planning a bachelorette party or a girl’s getaway, Breckenridge is the perfect all-season destination. Think scenic mountain views, small town charm and endless adventure. There’s so much to do, we guarantee your BFF weekend will be jam-packed with fun.  

Summer Outdoor Activities

Take a Group Hike 

Breckenridge offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails for all skill levels. If your group is adventurous, hit one of the most scenic trails in Breckenridge to discover high alpine lakes, waterfalls and more. There are plenty of easy to moderate trails as well for a more casual stroll.  

Try SUP Yoga on Maggie Pond with Bhava Yoga 

Spend the Day on Lake Dillon 

Lake Dillon is a freshwater reservoir with expansive mountain views just a short drive from Breckenridge. There are endless options from boat rentals to kayaking to simply spending the day on the shores at one of the tiki bars.  

Ride Horses on the Slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort 

E-Bike to Frisco on the Blue River Recreation Path 

There’s no need to break a sweat at 9,600’ thanks to electric bicycles. E-bike rentals are plentiful in town and a great way to explore the paved 55-mile Summit County Recreational Pathway System.  

Winter Outdoor Activities

Twirl & Loop at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Ice Rink 

Ice skating is the quintessential winter activity. This charming outdoor ice rink is located right at the base of the ski resort and Ullr Café. Warm up with a spiked hot chocolate between laps and gather around one of the fire pits. 

Take Ski or Snowboard Lessons at Breckenridge Ski Resort 

Feel Like a Kid Again on a Sledding Hill 

Nothing will make you more giddy than flying down a snow-covered hill in a plastic sled, take our word for it. Check out Breckenridge’s free sledding hills in town or head to the Frisco Adventure Park for some bigger hills. 

Let a Team of Siberian Huskies Guide You Through the Rockies with Good Times Adventures 

Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski at a Wildlife Preserve 

The Breckenridge Nordic Center is the perfect spot for a relaxed and scenic group adventure. Rent cross country skis or snowshoes and enjoy a tour through Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve with stunning mountain views.  

Indoor Activities

Have a Private In-Home Crafting Night with Frosted Flamingo 

Explore the Many Boutique Stores on Main Street 

Unwind with a Spa Day at Infinity Spa 

Discover ultimate relaxation with a girl’s spa day at Infinity Spa at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8. Body and skin therapies, massage treatments, nail treatments and more are available to book. As a bonus, Infinity Spa has a relaxation room, adult-only grotto with sauna, steam room, hot tub and cold plunge to relax in for as long as you need. 

Test Your Axe Throwing Skills with MTN AXE Breckenridge 

Sip Your Way Through Breckenridge 

Even at 9,600’ there is still wine to try! Take your girl gang on a self-guided wine tasting tour of Breckenridge. For a more spirited experience, book a private tasting tour at Breckenridge Distillery, the highest distillery in the world! 

Dining

Brunch It Up 

What is a girl’s trip without brunch? From diner-style meals to upscale bubbles, Breckenridge is full of great brunch options to fuel your crew for the day ahead. 

Dinner Spots 

There are over 80 bars and restaurants in Breckenridge to suit even the pickiest eaters in the group. Tacos, pizza, fine dining…your options are endless!  

Nightlife

We all know a night of dancing with your best friends is good for the soul. There are so many bars where you can catch live music or enjoy an elegant cocktail. These are a few spots that we recommend: 

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Breckenridge Family-Friendly Hiking Trails

Breckenridge is full of hundreds of miles of trails and national forest land, so picking the right trail for the family can be a difficult task. Luckily for you, there are plenty of family-friendly trails that are just the right distance to keep everyone happy. Read on to find trails that are short and sweet but jam-packed with Colorado beauty. 

Sawmill Reservoir  

This is one of the most accessible and popular trails in Breckenridge as it is close to downtown. The majority of the trail follows closely along a creek shaded by trees before emerging at the reservoir. Sawmill Reservoir is dotted with benches so you can rest and enjoy the calm reflection of the mountains, or you can cast a line with a valid Colorado fishing license. 

Distance: 1.3-mile loop 

Difficulty: Easy 

Burro Trail 

This is a great out-and-back trail that goes on for 4 miles, but don’t be intimidated by the distance, you can turn around at any time to make it the perfect length for your family. The hike starts right at the base of Peak 9 near the Quicksilver Chairlift, conveniently located close to downtown Breckenridge. The hike features pine forest, a creek, meadows and a plethora of wildflowers.  

Distance: 8 miles out-and-back 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Blue River Trail 

Need an easy stretch of the legs for the family? Head to the Blue River Trail, a gentle out and back trail that provides shaded forest, open meadows and ends at a creek. Be on the lookout for wildflowers and wildlife and be sure to stick to the trail as the route travels along private property lines. 

Distance: 3 miles out-and-back 

Difficulty: Easy 

Reiling Dredge 

Take a step back in time with this historical hike. Along the route you’ll see many mining relics and rock piles left from the glory days of mining in Breckenridge. You’ll come across the Reiling Dredge, a 114-year-old mining boat still standing on a small pond. Many other trails connect to this area like the Minnie Mine trail so you can take a loop and discover even more mining history. 

Distance: 2.1 miles out-and-back 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Cucumber Gulch Trail 

Cucumber Gulch is a designated wildlife preserve in Breckenridge that contains 52 acres of wetlands and is home to moose, elk, deer, beaver and over 47 bird species. Along the route, you’ll encounter serene beaver ponds and pine forest. After your hike, catch the free gondola to town at the base of Peak 8 and get an aerial view of the trails you just strolled. Since this is a wildlife preserve, you’ll need to leave your four-legged friend at home. 

Distance: 2.7 miles out-and-back 

Difficulty: Easy 

Family Hiking Quick Tips 

Leave No Trace 

Always make sure to follow the Leave No Trace principles when enjoying the outdoors: pack it in and pack it out (trash, waste, dog poop, etc.), pick up trash along the trail, stick to the trail (avoid side trails and shortcuts) and leave the trail better than when you arrived. 

Bring Layers 

The weather can change quickly in the high alpine! Make sure you are always prepared with moisture-wicking layers. Afternoon storms are common, so having a packable rain jacket and a warm layer will ensure you are prepared no matter the weather.  

Pack the Necessities 

Always make sure to pack a reusable water bottle and fill it up before your hike! In addition, the sun is much stronger due to the high altitude of Breckenridge, so make sure to apply sunscreen ahead of time and bring extra to reapply as needed.  

Now that you and the family have a plan, it’s time to hit the trails! If you’re looking for more challenging hikes with amazing views, check out our picks for the most scenic hikes in Breckenridge. Happy trails! 

Spend a Perfect Pool Day at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8

Breckenridge is all about outdoor activities and adventure, but even the adventurous need some R&R! The Grand Colorado on Peak 8 is the most coveted address in Breckenridge and features the best aquatics for adults and kids alike.

Top 5 Scenic Hikes in Breckenridge

Lakes and waterfalls and wildflowers, oh my! If you’re searching for scenic hikes in Breckenridge, look no further. These popular hikes are filled with everything great, from mountain vistas and rushing waterfalls, to serene lakes and blankets of wildflowers. Get out your hiking shoes and join us for a few of the most scenic hikes in Breckenridge. 

Electric Biking in Breckenridge

If you’d like to get around Breckenridge and Summit County on two wheels but need a little assistance, give electric biking a try. This mode of transportation has quickly gained popularity and is an eco-friendly way to sightsee in the high country. Come take a ride with us and see what it’s all about!

What is an Electric Bike?

An electric bicycle, commonly known as an e-bike, is a bike that is equipped with an electric motor that gives you a boost while you’re pedaling. You still have traditional bike gears, but you can opt to add a little juice whenever you need some assistance. While climbing hills at 9,600’ we can tell you we appreciated the extra help!  

How Does it Work? 

Before you get going, you’ll turn on a power switch and a display panel. The display panel is conveniently located on the handlebars and shows you your speed, charge level and pedal assist level. On the left handlebar you can control your pedal assist level, while on the right handlebar you have your traditional gears. 

The pedal assist levels of zero to five correlate with how much power you are relying on from the motor compared to your pedaling. At zero, you receive no power; while at level five you receive maximum power and need to do little to no pedaling. The higher level of power you use, the more of the battery charge you will use.  

Fun fact: With pedal assist, bikes can go up to 20 miles per hour and a charged bike can last up to 45 miles per trip on average! 

Where We Rented From

We rented our e-bike cruisers from Craniologie right on Main Street in Breckenridge. Craniologie rents Class 1 e-bikes with pedal assist, which are the only type of e-bike permitted on the Rec Path. We opted for a half-day rental so we would have just enough time for leisurely riding and stopping for lunch at Lake Dillon. The rental included bike locks and helmets and the staff were helpful with explaining features and safety before we were on our way. 

Rental Options & Pricing 

Bix Sol Eclipse: Classic Cruiser Style

  • Half Day: $59 
  • Full Day: $79 
  • 24 Hours: $99 

Blix Packa Genie: Cargo Bike with Bike Rack

  • Half Day: $69 
  • Full Day: $89 
  • 24 Hours: $109 

Optional Child Trailer Add-On: $30 

Tips Before You Go 

E-Bike Etiquette 

The most popular option for e-biking around Breckenridge is taking the Blue River Recreation Path, better known as the Rec Path. This paved path can take you from Breckenridge to Frisco, Dillon, Copper and Keystone! 

The Rec Path is a popular place for walkers, joggers and bikers alike, which means you’ll be passing a lot of people along the way. Always let people know when you are approaching or passing with something as simple as, “On your left,” and make sure to slow it down. If you are e-biking with a group, be sure to ride single file when passing others and be aware of your surroundings so you do not take up too much space.  

What to Bring 

Our e-bike rentals only had a small pouch on the front, so bringing a small backpack was the best option to hold our belongings. In your bag, don’t forget to pack water and sunscreen. The sun is strong in Summit County and even if you aren’t pedaling as hard, you’ll still need to hydrate! 

Our Half-Day Itinerary

11 a.m.: First, we picked up our rentals at Craniologie and hopped onto the Rec Path, conveniently located right behind the shop. We took our time getting used to the bikes and taking in the mountain views while enjoying our ride along the Blue River. Once we passed Summit High School, we stayed to the right and took the underpass so we could enjoy scenic views of Lake Dillon (highly recommended!). From there, it was only a short jaunt to the Frisco Bay Marina.  

12 p.m.: Since we had an hour of hard work (only kidding), we decided to stop for lunch and beverages at Island Grill at Frisco Bay Marina. It was a perfect sunny day and our combination of grilled fish tacos and frozen cocktails really made us feel like we were on island time.  

1:15 p.m.: After our pit stop, we reapplied sunscreen, powered up our bikes and hopped back on the path to Breckenridge. Since we were familiarized with the bikes, we sped up our pedal assist to level five and cruised. The way back to Breckenridge is slightly uphill the whole way so it was a treat to have the help pedaling! 

2 p.m.: As we approached the town limits of Breckenridge, we still had an hour of rental time left so we decided to make a pit stop at Broken Compass Brewing on Airport Road. Broken Compass is a local staple, with a welcoming tap room and a wide selection of beers. We enjoyed our brews outside under sun shade sails before hopping back on the bikes.  

3 p.m.: It was only a 10-minute pedal from Broken Compass back to Craniologie were we returned our bikes and headed on our merry way.  

In total, the ride was about 20 miles (10 miles each way), and we had a great time! Admittedly, it’s been hard going back to regular old biking, and we think we’ll be adding e-bikes to our wish lists.  

The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking Breckenridge

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