With its 150 year anniversary in November 2009, Breckenridge is old for a mountain town. A product of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, Breckenridge bloomed in the early mining days. The single largest gold nugget (13 pounds) ever produced by the state came from here, although it mysteriously disappeared mysteriously in transit to Denver. This legacy is apparent today to casual observers, and the town offers several museums for the history buff as well. Tours through the Iowa Hill Hydraulic Placer Mine take the visitor back in history, and the town itself offers 2 self-guided historic walking tours.
During the winter months, skiers and snowboarders flock to Breckenridge Ski Resort. One of the most popular resorts in the state, it offers all the amenities. Over 50% of the terrain is designated as difficult or advanced, but with 30 lifts servicing 4 separate peaks and 155 trails, there is terrain for any skier. The resort provides all the amenities with several lodging options and dining choices. The town also hosts 2 Nordic Centers, a series of Nordic trails through town, and indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks.
The warmer months bring a different set of activities. Hikers and bikers can use the trails through town, take a lift up onto the mountain, or explore the myriad of trails in the surrounding mountains. Anglers can try for trout in the Blue River, which courses through town. Nearby Lake Dillon is open to boaters. The town hosts a Summer Fun Park and an alpine slide. Additional activities such as golfing, horseback riding, rock climbing, and more ensure something to do for everyone.
There is plenty to draw the less active as well. Breckenridge's art district is definitely worth a visit, with it's focus on the process of making art as much as the pieces themselves. The town has developed an outdoor, and pedestrian friendly area with outdoor art, galleries, and open studios. Visiting and local artists offer workshops and demonstrations. During winter, the art district displays numerous unique (and necessarily temporary) ice sculptures. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk, or bring a blanket to enjoy the shade and sound of running water. The National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Institute Music Orchestra perform free concerts there throughout the summer. The Kidz Colliape Concerts also take place weekly through the summer, with educational performances such as dancing or magic. You can check out additional free performances on Main Street. With restaurants and bars crammed into this downtown area, you'll never go hungry or thirsty.
Breckenridge is located in Summit County, west of Denver, and about 22 miles south of I70 from the Frisco exit.