Breckenridge, Colorado is an historic town in the central mountains of the state and is 9600 feet (2926 meters) above sea level. Breckenridge Ski Resort is now located in this town, but the town existed long before the ski resort was built. Located at the base of the Tenmile Range, Breckenridge is both a summer and winter destination.
In the summer there are many outdoor activities available such as hiking trails, fly-fishing in the Blue River, boating at Lake Dioon and whitewater rafting. There are also alpine slides and a number of interesting shops on Main Street. Breckenridge is also the site for the Breckenridge Festival of Film that is held ever year in the summer.
The earliest residents of Breckenridge were miners and prospectors who came into the area during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush of 1859. When gold was discovered in nearby Idaho Springs, Breckenridge grew as it supported the needs of the miners.
Today, you can see the cabin of Edwin Carter who was an early prospector and naturalist. He gave up mining and concentrated on collecting specimens of wildlife. His cabin, which was built in 1875, still exists and is open to visitors today.
The town grew slowly through the years until December, 1961 when skiing first arrived in Breckenridge. At that time, several ski trails were cut on the lower part of Peak 8. Over the years, the ski resort has expanded onto Peak 9 and Peak 10 in the southern part of the town and to Peaks 6 and 7 in the northern part of Breckenridge. Along the way, many Breckenridge hotels and resorts were built.
There are many summer and winter activities in town and you can get more information here about what you can do while you visit Breckenridge.
Breckenridge also has some of the finest and most comfortable hotels and resorts in all of Colorado. Get more information about accommodations here.