Breckenridge



Looking west at the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort with the Town of Breckenridge in the foreground. The prominent peak to the right of center is Peak 8 and just below the summit can be seen a black speck - that is the top of the Imperial Express SuperChair, the highest ski-lift in the world.

Looking east at Baldy Mountain. Much more of old town Breckenridge is visible of this photo, with the county courthouse just off center.

Breckenridge sits nestled in a high valley, surrounded on three sides by snow capped ridges with the slopes of Tenmile Range rising up directly to the west. The town is a beautiful amalgamation of old and new; Main Street is still flanked by original construction and the neighborhoods are peppered with colorful Victorian homes. It is the people who breathe life into the streets - from longtime locals to the seasonal residents and weekend adventurers, just about everyone in Breckenridge is here because they want to be, and it shows.

Downtown Breckenridge at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Main Street, facing west with a view of Breckenridge Ski Resort and Peak 8.

The Blue River as it runs through Breckenridge, parallel to Main Street.

The town was born of the gold rush in the mid 1800's and has suffered the sour with the sweet through it's history. The Civil War caught the town at a time when the easy pickin' gold was running out and the the population dropped to a few dozen. In the early 1900's, dredges started churning the riverbeds on a hunt for gold and once again the area became a magnet for work and wealth. At least, that is, until the second world war, when the dredges went dormant and the population dropped once again. 

Historic homes abound in Breckenridge. Many are stunning, brightly colored and well restored examples of turn-of-the-century architecture. There are also many classic and unpolished sheds, barns, and homes in varying states of disrepair and showing a constant weathering since the late 1800's.

View across The Highlands and Breckenridge Golf Club, looking towards Tenmile Range.

Typical mid-winter scene on Main Street.

The 60's were a rebirth for this quiet mountain town with the opening of Breckenridge Ski Resort. The last 50 years has seen the town grow into an internationally renowned destination for both winter and summer recreation. With the exception of a few quiet months in the spring mud season, it is not uncommon to hear a myriad of languages spoken in the streets and see the roads filled with license plates of many states. Well, most of them are from Texas, but do keep your eyes peeled for the occasional outlier.

During the winter, water-proof and insulated boots are a necessity for a night on the town.

The Bucyrus Dredge, located just outside of Breckenridge on Tiger Road. Dredges like this one churned up riverbeds looking for gold, forever altering the history and landscape of Summit County. The water in this pond is colored green due to the presence of copper. Tenmile Range can be seen in the distance.

The Blue River, which flows through Breckenridge, seen here just north of Dillon Reservoir.


These articles are my best efforts to share the amazing things I have encountered on my adventure in Summit County. They are a constant work in progress, so check back often for updates and feel free to contact me with questions or comments.