Breckenridge Is Full of Alpine Charm

Gondola in Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge, Colorado, is an alpine town founded during the 1859 gold rush. It features a charming, historic main street of red brick buildings surrounded by craggy, snowcapped peaks. Breckenridge sits at an elevation of 9,600 feet above sea level. It’s most famous for its family-friendly winter skiing and snowboarding, and for its hiking and mountain biking in summer.
No matter the season, Breckenridge offers lots to do. Here are some top spots for year-round activities*:

Year-Round Outdoor Fun

With terrain for all levels of riders, Breckenridge Ski Resort has nearly 190 trails, four terrain parks, and 35 lifts. There’s a ski school for little ones, and multiple green (easy) trails, as well as plenty of options for intermediate and expert skiers and boarders.

In summer, the mountain becomes a playground for hikers and mountain bikers, who can take the gondola to the top and ride or walk down. Epic Discovery, located at the top of Peak 8 in the ski area and accessed via the free BreckConnect Gondola, is another top summer attraction for visitors of all ages.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, take a ride on the Breckenridge Gold Runner Coaster. Or enjoy alpine slides, a giant human maze, a bungee trampoline, or a zipline and ropes course for kids.

Isak Heartstone troll sculpture in Breckenridge, Colorado

Happening Arts Scene

The Breckenridge Arts District, located just off Main Street, is home to a lively arts campus of renovated historic structures that serve as studio spaces for classes. Run by Breckenridge Creative Arts, classes are offered in ceramics, glassblowing, mosaics, oil painting, and more. It's a fun way to spend an afternoon and leave with a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Additionally, you'll find more than 30 art installations scattered around town. The most popular of these outdoor displays is a 15-foot-tall wooden troll sculpture called Isak Heartstone.

Originally built as part of the annual Breckenridge International Arts Festival (held annually in August), Isak is the work of Danish artist Thomas Dambo, who is globally recognized for bringing awareness to recycling and upcycling by making art out of trash. To reach Isak, hike the Trollstigen Trail next to Illinois Gulch Trailhead. (Illinois Gulch is part of a network of 60 miles of hiking trails managed by Breck that all begin in this area.)

Main Street Shopping and Dining

Street view of shops in Breckenridge, Colorado
Photo: Jeff Andrew

You can still shop, dine, and drink in many of the original buildings on Main Street. With more than 200 shops, you'll find everything from high-end adventure gear to art galleries to magic shops.

To sample a slice of Breck history, head to the Gold Pan Saloon. It began in the 1860s as a tented watering hole for miners and opened in its current building in 1879. Today, it claims to hold the longest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi River. A favorite spot for visitors and locals, this atmospheric dive bar serves a contemporary pub menu and features live music and dancing.

Goldpan Saloon in Breckenridge, Colorado

Downstairs at Eric's in the basement of a main street building, is another local institution. The family-friendly establishment offers booth and table seating. The menu features wings, pizzas, burgers, and hot and cold sandwiches along with dozens of beers on tap. The restaurant doesn't take reservations, so you may have to wait for a table. However, there are plenty of old-school arcade  games to keep everyone entertained.

For fine dining, head to the Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon for butcher-cut beef and wild game.

The resort's lights begin to shine as the sun dips below the snow-covered mountains
View of resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, with pool and hot tubs

Where to Stay

The Residences at Main Street Station

Located in Breckenridge’s charming historic district, this is an ideal home base for exploring all this Rocky Mountain city has to offer in any season. Enjoy everything from hiking and biking to art galleries and local breweries.

Enticing Amenities

  • Inspired Activities & Experiences**, our curated program for all ages
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • 7 outdoor hot tubs
  • 24-hour fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment
  • Showers and locker rooms
  • Ski and bike storage
  • On-site movie theater (by reservation only)
  • Pioneer Club Lounge*
  • Charter Sports Rentals & Ski Valet*

Dining Options

  • Indulge in Southwest-inspired dishes from tacos to steak at Quandary Tequila Bistro.* This local favorite is located adjacent to the resort. Local beers are on tap and you’ll find a huge menu of tequilas — more than 200 of them.
Hyatt Vacation Club at The Ranahan

Hyatt Vacation Club at The Ranahan

The Ranahan is a rustic resort offering the comforts of home. With stunning alpine mountains and the Blue River in its backyard, you’ll have immediate access to prime skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.

Enticing Amenities

  • Inspired Activities & Experiences**, our curated program for all ages
  • Complimentary ski and bike valet
  • Indoor/outdoor pool with waterslide, splash pad, and hot tubs
  • Shuffleboard and pool table
  • Grill stations and fire pit
  • Games, activities, and crafts
  • 24-hour fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment

Dining Options

  • Trail’s End Lounge serving pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and more
  • The Market: Open 24 hours for sundries, snacks, refreshments, and toiletries
Owners, visit The Lounge for more information about these properties.

* No inquiry has been made into the off-site locations, activities, services, or events, or the qualifications, safety, or quality of the off-site locations, activities, services, or events, and WHV Resort Group, Inc. and HV Global Group, Inc. (collectively, “HVC”) make no warranty, express or implied, as to the condition, capacity, performance, or any other aspect of such off-site locations, activities, events, or service providers listed herein. Do not consider this an endorsement of or recommendation for any of the off-site locations, activities, services, events, or providers. Neither WHV Resort Group, Inc. nor HV Global Group, Inc. assumes liability for attendance at, or visits to, any off-site locations, or the products, activities, or services furnished by independent service providers. Additional fees and costs may apply. Activities and events are subject to change. Some activities or events may require the participant to be in good health and have a certain level of skill.

** Availability of activities and amenities may vary and is subject to change without notice. A reservation, fee, and/or waiver may be required for some activities and amenities.

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Hyatt Vacation Club at The Ranahan

Hyatt Vacation Club at The Ranahan

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Immerse yourself in a memorable mountain getaway. Conquer world-class ski slopes, explore its charming alpine streets, and indulge in the magic of Breckenridge's unforgettable dining experiences and lively atmosphere.

Hyatt Vacation Club at The Ranahan

Hyatt Vacation Club at The Ranahan

Experience our ranch-style luxury resort for an amazing price. Located in the world-renowned ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, get cozy after a day of adventure with world-class amenities2, including our indoor/outdoor pool, multi-level hot tubs, ski/bike valet, complimentary shuttle, fully-equipped kitchens, and high-quality furnishings. Welcome home to The Ranahan.
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Immerse yourself in a memorable mountain getaway. Conquer world-class ski slopes, explore its charming alpine streets, and indulge in the magic of Breckenridge's unforgettable dining experiences and lively atmosphere.

The Residences at Main Street Station

The Residences at Main Street Station

The Residences at Main Street Station consists of 51 luxurious studios, and two- and three- bedroom residential-style units ideally located directly on Main Street in the heart of Breckenridge. Guests have privileges at the Pioneer Club for a host of hillside amenities.
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