- Most of the outdoor attractions in this area are on public lands of the White River National Forest, which surrounds the town. Breckenridge Ski Area sits adjacent to the town. Three other major ski areas, Keystone, Arapaho Basin and Copper Mountain, are located nearby. Dillon Reservoir lies seven miles north of town, between Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon.
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Overlooking the town of Breckenridge, from Boreas Pass Road
Recreation - With the ski areas and Dillon Reservoir, this area is a center for recreation activity. Downhill and cross-country skiing, fishing, and boating are popular activities here.
There are several Forest Service campgrounds in this area, located around Dillon Reservoir. Many of the campgrounds offer fishing and boating adjacent to the sites. Backcountry and dispersed camping opportunities also exist. Be sure to follow the backcountry and dispersed camping regulations, and 'Leave No Trace' principles to ensure the next visitor an equal experience.
The area offers many miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Many trails in the area reach above 13,000 feet elevation.
Climate - Elevations in the Breckenridge Area range from about 9,000 feet in the valley bottom, to over 14,000 feet on several of the highest peaks. Vegetation includes aspen and lodgepole pine at the lower elevations, Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir forests above about 10,000 feet and alpine tundra at the highest elevations.
Summer high temperatures reach into the 70s and low 80s in the valleys. Because much of the valley is over 10,000 feet, high temperatures can be significantly cooler, with evenings temperatures that can often dip into the 30s. Winter lows occasionally dip to minus 35 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s and 30s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. Much of the annual precipitation comes in the form of winter snow, but afternoon thunderstorms in late summer are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until at least mid-July.
Breckenridge is located in Summit County, Colorado, approximately 85 miles west of Denver. It sits about seven miles south of Dillon Reservoir along Colorado Highway 9, north of Hoosier Pass.
The Tenmile Range lies to the west of Breckenridge and the Continental Divide runs to the east and south. The Blue River runs through the middle of the area, from south to north.