Family Activities in Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge was a town long before the ski resort opened. During the past 152 years, the town has offered the opportunity to take peek into its mining past with a host of historical sites. One is this real gold mine that you can explore by walking with a guide through its dark tunnels that wind more than 1,000 feet into the mountain. You'll learn all about mining and the life of a Rocky Mountain miner as he worked hard to strike it rich. You can also pan for gold and, if you're lucky, keep your treasure!
Is your family full of adrenaline junkies? Or do you have little ones who would love a mellow float trip with spectacular scenery? Breckenridge is the central location for rafting in the Rockies, and Breck-based Arkansas Valley Adventures offers water trips on four different rivers within an hour’s drive of town. The rapids range from mild to wild, so families can easily find a trip to suit their entire group. Choose from a couple of hours to full-day or overnight trips; or for a real taste of Colorado’s high country, take a multi-day rafting adventure.
Experience Alaska in the Rocky Mountains on a dogsled tour in the Breckenridge backcountry. You can take turns with your family running the Siberian huskies and then cozying up in the dogsled and riding on the small passenger sleigh. Dogsled trips explore some of Breckenridge's deepest forests along with historic mining camps. Feel the thrill of charging through the wintry landscape under “dog power”! Be sure to wear warm clothes and goggles for the snow that the dogs kick up. Leave the little ones younger than three at home, and please don’t do this if you’re pregnant.
Race down the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort on this coaster-type sled attached to 2,500 feet of elevated roller coaster track. You can ride by yourself or with one of your kids in a two-seater car. The hairpin curves make it a thrilling adventure that you’ll want to do again and again with a single day pass! Open summer and winter, the alpine coaster is one of the newest activities at the ski area’s Peak 8 Fun Park that’s open in summer and at the base of Peak 8 in winter.
Mountain Outfitters has every kind of map you’ll need for the area’s extensive and well-marked trail system your family can explore by foot, on snowshoes or via cross country skis. They can outfit you with backpacking equipment, tents and such for summer hiking and cross-country ski gear for winter exploring. Discover historic dredge boats, miners' cabins, ghost towns and more along trails that utilize pre-existing mining paths and flumes. Much of the area's expansive trail network can be accessed from town and leads to hundreds of miles of singletrack and dirt access roads blanketed with snow in the winter months.