How to Spend 3 Days in Breckenridge
With three days in Breckenridge, you can get to know the town and its surroundings, and also enjoy outdoor opportunities a little farther afield in the Colorado Rockies through a variety of seasonal activities. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend a fun-filled 72 hours in this all-seasons destination.
Day 1: Choose Your Rocky Mountain Adventure
If you’re visiting in the winter, organize your rental equipment and hit the slopes early to make the most of your time on the five peaks of Breckenridge Ski Resort, which offers a variety of terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. If you’re visiting in the summer, start your trip by getting straight into the mountains with an outdoor activity such as ziplining, hiking, biking, or stand-up paddleboarding on the Colorado River. Then head to downtown Breck’s National Historic District for an alfresco lunch and some shopping at the many restaurants and boutiques housed in the neighborhood’s historic buildings. When evening rolls around, avoid the crowded eateries in town with a float trip down the Arkansas to a riverside restaurant.
Day 2: More Alpine Thrills
For summertime visitors, whitewater rafting is Colorado’s must-do activity, and you’ll see nearly every type of group—from families to bachelor parties—out on the rivers. Breckenridge’s location near both the Colorado and Arkansas rivers provides options that suit most visitors. Sections of the Arkansas River, such as Browns Canyon and the Numbers, are famous for their rapids and scenery, while the Colorado River offers a gentler experience for beginners.
If you’re visiting in the winter and are not planning to ski, you can still get outside and enjoy being in the mountains. Take advantage of alternative snow activities, including snowmobile tours and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the Breckenridge Nordic Center. For evening entertainment, learn a bit about Breckenridge’s Gold Rush history, which dates back to the 1880s, on a ghost-themed walking tour of the town.
Day 3: Day Trips to Natural Landmarks
On your third day in Breckenridge, head out to Rocky Mountain National Park, which you can access via the Kawuneeche Visitor Center—located roughly 90 miles (150 km) north of Breckenridge—without having to go through Denver. Visitors from Denver typically enter the park through Estes Park, on the east side, so you’ll avoid some of the crowds by entering from the west side. The park boasts lakes, hiking trails, picnic spots, and Rocky Mountain views from various overlooks along Trail Ridge Road, which reaches as high as 12,000 feet.
Alternatively, head south of Breckenridge to Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, also about 90 miles away, in Cañon City. A narrow canyon on the Arkansas River, the gorge is known for its dramatic scenery and vertigo-inducing bridge and can be explored on a river-rafting tour. Then head back to Breck to enjoy one last evening of the town’s vibrant nightlife.