Summer Activities in Breckenridge, CO
You won’t find as much choice in produce at this open-air market as you do in most farmers’ markets, but you will see about 40 vendors, selling everything from pasta to purses and breads to beads. There are specialty items like homemade jams and jewelry; there’s also fresh-frozen seafood and beef. Some vendors sell international items they’ve collected like scarves and hand-woven bags. The best booth has the people from Palisade selling just-picked peaches when they come in season. You can sit down in the sun and bite into a juicy one while listening to live music by local musicians, always entertaining. The market takes place every Sunday morning at Main Street Station Plaza from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. beginning around the middle of June and running through the second Sunday in September.
Breckenridge has a thriving arts community, and the Arts District embodies it. Guest artists work at the Tin Shop at 117 E. Washington Avenue where the studio is open most afternoons to visitors. The Arts District stretches from the Breckenridge Theatre at 121 S. Ridge Street for great community theater, to the Tin Shop. It includes the Riverwalk Center, where the National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra perform rousing concerts throughout the summer. Many of the Arts District’s buildings are historical, like the Tin Shop. The Fuqua Livery Stable has been restored and now holds workshops in mediums ranging from painting and printmaking to textiles and metalsmithing. The Quandary Antiques Studio offers ceramic classes. Ayurvedic massage therapists teach one-day and multi-week courses about incorporating herbs and oils into custom scrubs and salves.
If you’re feeling like a monkey, there are several ways to get your climbing fix. One is outdoors at the Rockpile Climbing Wall at the Fun Park on Peak 8, which is known to be a good choice for kids. Another is indoors at the Recreation Center Wall, where instructors guide you; if you’re serious, take a private lesson. It’s open every day from noon to 6 p.m. For the real deal, head over to Frisco, then onto I-70 about one mile from Exit 201. When the shoulder opens up on the right, pull off along the aspens. Look for a tall cairn and handmade sign marking the steep approach trail to White Cliff. Go left to reach West wall routes; right for East wall. This face catches the sun, so it’s warm and comfortable most of the time. You’ll find 8-10 single-pitch sport climbs here.
Breckenridge was built for biking — literally. The town has become more biker friendly by adding bike lanes, parking and sharrow striping along the streets. A wide, gentle bike path stretches from Breckenridge to Frisco and beyond. The paved path winds through forests and beside streams, connecting towns. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush without huffing and puffing, Breckenridge Ski Area hauls bikers and their gear up the Colorado Chairlift on Peak 8. But then you gotta ride down. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced rider, you’ll find a trail to suit you. Maps are availabe at bike shops and the information center in town. For an easy mountain bike ride, check out the B&B doubletrack. The trail passes by the Reiling Dredge and other historical mining sites. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance placed interpretive signs along the way that tell the story about the gold-mining dredge built in 1908.
Some locals say this Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole golf course is the best they’ve ever played. Golf Digest ranks it as one of its top “Upscale Place to Play” and Colorado Golfer named it “Best Mountain Course.” Being a mountain course, it is unique. Don’t be surprised to find beaver dams on the Beaver Nine (hence the name). The Elk Nine is named for the herd of elk that winter there. And the Bear Nine? Some say he’s there almost every day. One local saw a bear, a moose, a deer and a fox all in one day! Golfing here requires extra concentration as views are spectacular; and at 9,324 feet, the ball flies farther and straighter than at city courses due to less air resistance. Best of all: poison ivy and snakes can’t live at this altitude, so no worries when searching for balls in the woods!