2012 Summer Facts
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Location & transportation
- Breckenridge sits two hours west of Denver International Airport (DEN) and 2.5 hours northwest of the Colorado Springs Airport (COS). From Denver, visitors drive 98 miles (159 km) west via I-70, then take exit 203 (Highway 9) south nine miles to Breckenridge. From Colorado Springs, visitors drive 110 miles (178 km) west through South Park and over Hoosier Pass, or via I-25 to C-470 to I-70.
High altitude precautions
– The elevation can affect people in different ways. Visitors should be aware of the effects of altitude and make sure to always wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and limit the consumption of alcohol and caffeine. If symptoms such as headache, nausea, lethargy or shortness of breath persist, visitors should seek immediate medical attention.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
P.O. Box 1058
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Summer Operation Hours:
June 15 - September 3 from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
September 7 - 16: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only
(Dates & times are weather permitting)
Breck Summer Fun Park Activities
Gold Runner Coaster, SuperSlide, SuperPutt, Colorado SuperChair Scenic Chairlift Rides, Rockpile Climbing Wall, Mineshaft Maze, Pony Rides, SuperBungee Trampoline, Gemstone Panning, Ripperoo's Bounce House, Breck 4x4 Tours, BreckTreks Hiking Tours, Pony rides, Mountain Biking, FREE Scenic Gondola Rides and Summer Camps.
Drop the kids off for a half-day or full-day of adventures at Breckenridge Ski Resort June 15 - Sept. 3. They'll gain valuable outdoor skills while participating in activities centered around science, nature, crafts, imagination and more! Ages 6-13 are welcome.
Mountain Bike Lessons
Breck Summer Fun Park offers beginner and intermediate mountain bike lessons daily.
Mountain Bike Trials
21.5 miles of trails on Breck Summer Fun Park
Blue Mountain Biking Trails
: 3.4 miles. The longest top-to-bottom trail on Peak 8, offering both singletrack and mountain roads.
: .6 miles. Rolling hills of both singletrack and mountain road. This is a connection trail between Peak 7 and 8 mountain roads Dwight's and Swinger.
: .4 miles. A short climb between Frosty's and Swinger with great views of the valley, this singletrack is located on steep terrain.
.2 miles. A mid-mountain connection between Dwight's and Swinter, this singletrack is gentle but on steep terrain.
3.2 miles. A rolling cross-country trail that leads to the Village at the base of Peak 9. Please stop if you encounter horseback riders.
1.7 miles. Follows the valley between Peak 8 and Peak 9. Take the mountain road or town trails back to base.
1 mile. A short but steep singletrack that leads to a road and then takes you down to the Village at the bsae of Peak 9.
Black Mountain Bike Trails
2.4 miles. Encounter seven different bridges on singletrack all the way to the bottom of Peak 8.
2.4 miles. Starts right below the Vista Haus and offers banked corners and berms.
1.2 miles. Steep terrain that leads you to the Lehman Trail.
9 miles. Steep and rocky terrain.
3,702 acres / 5.5 square miles
3,900 acres of open space property
41 acres of community parks
Summer Operating Lifts
Colorado Chair – Services scenic rides, hikes and bike haul
5 Chair – Services Alpine Super Slide
Gold Runner Alpine Coaster
BreckConnect Gondola - Services transportation from the Town of Breckenridge to Breck Summer Fun Park
FREE parking will be available for guests in the Gondola parking lots. Free shuttle buses offer service from the gondola lots, and the BreckConnect Gondola.
Did you know?
On July 23, 1887, the largest gold nugget ever found in the State of Colorado was discovered in Breckenridge. Tom Groves walked into the town cradling the blanket wrapped bundle in his arms, and it was appropriately named "Tom's Baby", weighing in at 13.5 lbs. Three days later the nugget was sent to Denver via train... it then disappeared for 85 years. Rumors surrounding the nugget's 85 years of freedom are abundant, including that it was shown at the Smithsonian, the Peabody Museum, Harvard University and Chicago's Field Museum, but none could be verified. Tom's Baby was essentially kidnapped. In 1972, the Colorado State Historical Museum was prodded into examining gold specimens that had been deposited in a Denver bank in 1926. Sure enough, Tom's Baby was found, but over 5 lbs are still missing.
Kingdom of Breckenridge or “No Man’s Land” – It was discovered in 1936 that the initial US map surveys had miscalculated the Continental Divide (one survey had it to our west, one to our east). Thus, excluding a strip of land 90 miles long and 30 miles wide of which Breckenridge was part. For many years, there was a heritage festival held every year in August celebrating sovereignty – proclaiming us the “Kingdom of Breckenridge”.
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