Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, a non-profit organization, aims to help those with disabilities experience the wilderness through a series of inspiring and valuable outdoor programs. A climbing wall, rafts, and canoes, cabins and teepees, the center has many other resources for outdoor adventure. Varying seasonal activities like Alpine and Nordic skiing, whitewater rafting, and team and leadership development courses create lasting impressions on the youth. This is a great space where the youth can get in touch with themselves and nature.
Snow Caps Sled Dogs is a family run business first opened in 1984. They call about 150 huskies part of the family, and every year is it possible to visit the little puppies in their kennel - you can even adopt a husky and take it home with you. During the winter season the dogs pull sleds and during the summer they provide scooter tours.
Set against pine-clad hills, Country Boy Mine offers guests a sneak peak into the life of 18th-century pioneers by taking them on a series of fun-filled tours. Start the day by embarking on an underground mining adventure where you can descend 1,000 feet into the mine and discover for yourself the history of Colorado mining. Next, try panning for gold in Eureka Creek. You can also scavenge for hidden treasure or go on a sleigh ride that will take you through the Ten Mile Mountain Range. Other activities to enjoy here include sledding and snowshoeing.
Created by artist Thomas Dambo who is of Danish descent, Isak Heartstone is a massive wooden sculpture of a troll situated on the Trollstigen Trail. The trail itself is easy to traverse, while the sculpture is guaranteed to delight children. At 25 feet (7 meters), Isak Heartsone is among the tallest of its kind, and has established itself as a popular landmark in Breckenridge. Hewn from recycled wood, the sculpture first made an appearance in 2017 and was relocated to its current spot in 2019. There are several little sculptures scattered throughout the area, making a short visit to this monument well worth your time.
At the Barney Ford Victorian Home, officially known as the Barney Ford House Museum, visitors can get an intimate look into the life of Barney Ford, who emancipated himself from the shackles of slavery owing to his unflinching resolve and reserves of knowledge. The museum is set in the same house that Barney built for his wife and kids in the late 1800s. Guided tours of the house are also offered. The Barney Ford Lawn can even accommodate private events like wedding receptions and ceremonies with reservations in advance.
Continually rated as one of the best ski resorts in North America, Breckenridge Ski Resort spans the five peaks of the sprawling Tenmile Range, and is best known for catering to over a million visitors every year. Complete with alpine lodges, snowboarding lessons and lifts zipping over snow-laden tracts, the resort promises an awe-inspiring experience enhanced by the shadows cast by five mighty peaks. Cradled by the soaring hills is a dainty mountain-town called Breckenridge, which gleams with remote alleys lined with vibrant Victorian houses, restaurants and bars. Hosting a mélange of versatile terrains, the resort's frigid peaks are glazed in a tapestry of trails accessible to beginners and experts alike. The crown jewel of Breckenridge, this massive ski resort is where the real magic of the Rocky Mountains unfolds in all its alpine glory.
Led by local historian Neil Reynolds, who dresses in a long black cape and a top hat so as to resemble something out of an Edgar Allen Poe short story, this tour creeps through Leadville's famed Evergreen Cemetery. The tour pauses before gravestones as Reynolds dispenses tales about some of those who are buried, including John W. Booth, the alleged cousin of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Keep a keen eye out for the strange blue lights that haunt the cemetery, or for the bronze elk statue whose head has been reported to turn. Admission is USD10.
A visit to this part of Vail is incomplete without hiking the Upper Piney Lake Trail. This trail takes you right into the wilderness, with streams, picnic spots and other amenities. Fishing, hiking and horse riding are pretty popular here. Although, keep in mind that the trail might be closed in the winter due to the weather conditions.
One of the 10 districts of the ski town of Vail, Vail Village is the melting pot for all art and cultural activities. The Colorado Ski Museum is set here and draws in scores of tourists especially during summer. Gore Creek Drive and the bustling Bridge Street are 2 main streets which host local and national festivals all year around, including the much awaited Oktoberfest. Vail Village is much like a mini art village with street musicians, all night long street parties, food stands and cultural activities taking place at some point of time or the other.
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company provides high quality performances for a very low cost. Included shows are comedies, musicals, dramas and evocative theatre. The intimate theater makes sure that every attendee has a special experience that feels more like a private performance than a regular audience.