Although we’ve had 37″ of snow so far in March, with the start of Daylight Savings Time (DST) today, it is exciting to start thinking about longer and warmer days. Already, we are seeing many guests make reservations for their summer getaway to Breckenridge. It is no secret that Breckenridge offers world-class skiing & snowboarding, but more people are discovering that the summer months offer some of the most diverse activities & cultural events.
For most Americans, the summer driving and vacation season kicks off over Memorial Day weekend. In the Colorado highcountry, many of the scenic high alpine drives like Trail Ridge Road and Independence Pass are also usually opened in time for this busy holiday. In Breckenridge, we have seen some snow showers in years past over Memorial Day weekend! Last year however, we had an extremely dry and warm April and May, so many visitors were here early to enjoy our trails and outdoor spaces.
Traditionally, nice summer weather settles in to Breckenridge by the middle or late part of June. This include average daily high temperatures in the 60s, with overnight lows dipping down to the upper 30s. The long summer days allow for many great outdoor activities in the mountains, such as hiking, cycling, golf, river rafting, fishing, historical tours and much more. The weekend of
June 15-16 officially starts the summer with the quirky Kingdom Days celebration, including the now-famous Outhouse Races, and many more free activities that honor Breck’s mining heritage. The Breckenridge Ski Resort’s gondola will also commence daily operations that weekend, and this free scenic ride takes guests up from town to the base of Peak 8 and the exciting Peak 8 Fun Park. This is a popular spot in the summer time, featuring an alpine slide, an alpine coaster, miniature golf, a maze, super bungee trampoline, and more!
With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year, early reports are showing many guests arriving that Wednesday prior, and staying 3-4 nights for a great weekend. Our little town offers a quintessential Main Street parade, the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race, a 5K running race, fireworks, a free patriotic pops concert, and a ton more. Many of our high alpine trails and 4×4 roads also are usually snow free by early July, and the wildflower season is also in full swing.
As the saying goes, the locals came for the winter, but stay for the summer. Come and see for yourself!