Summer is coming to an end in the High Country and the golden days of fall are just around the corner. Many locals feel like the autumn in Breckenridge is the most enjoyable time of the year. The typical High Country fall starts in late August/early September and lasts through the beginning of November when most of the ski areas are open or opening. During the fall expect cooler temperatures dipping to downright cold at night. The weather tends to get quite dry; in fact the driest months of the year are September and October. Cooler temperatures and dry conditions are the perfect mix for all sorts of activities. The summer vacation season is winding down and there are fewer crowds. Most restaurants and retail establishments offer their best deals of the year and almost all businesses remain open during the fall since they have to staff up to get ready for the upcoming winter season. The fall is also one of the best times of the year to get awesome deals on lodging.
If you are looking to experience the golden fall colors of the changing aspen trees a hike is one of the best ways to go. There are many trails for all abilities that offer stunning walks through golden aspen groves. One of the best things about hiking is that it is pretty easy and totally free. There are many hikes that offer great exposure to the aspens. One of our favorites is Mohawk Lake. Located just a few miles from Breckenridge, Mohawk Lake is the perfect intermediate family hike. The trail winds through the woods for about two miles before breaking out above tree line. The trail continues to Lower and Upper Mohawk Lakes offering stunning alpine vistas along the way.
Biking is another fantastic way to see and experience all that is fall in Summit County and Breckenridge. Like hiking, biking is relatively inexpensive. Bike rental is the only real expense and the extensive bike path system as well as backcountry trails offer rides for anyone. Many local companies offer shuttles to the top of Vail pass so you can ride the bike path down from the top of the pass back to Frisco or Copper Mountain. For a little more adventure look for a backcountry trail. Breckenridge and Summit County offer miles and miles of trails. One of our favorites is the Peaks Trail that starts just after the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and goes about 9 miles to Frisco. You can start at either end and ride back on the bike path to where you are staying. The whole ride is about 20 miles and takes under 3 hours.
If you like golf there is nothing better than golf at altitude. If you are looking for perfect golf weather mixed with epic mountain courses and the best deals of the season. There are five world class golf courses in Summit County and most stay open into early October. Closest to Breckenridge is the Breckenridge Golf Club. Operated by the Town of Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Golf Club is the only Jack Nicklaus designed municipal golf course in the world. The Breckenridge Golf Club stays open until October 6th ad offers tee times as low as $30 for 9 holes after 4:30 p.m. Other Summit County golf courses include the Keystone River and Ranch courses, the Raven in Silverthorne and Copper Creek in Copper Mountain. Each course is unique and plays beautifully.
Shopping and Dining
Breckenridge has over 160 shops in the downtown corridor and almost 80 restaurants and bars. The fall is a great time to find great deals on all kinds of stuff from outdoor gear to fine art. Restaurants always break out the famed and eagerly anticipated 2 for 1 dining offers and other great food and drink deals as well. The reason the fall is so great for deals on food and stuff is that it is the off season of course. More than that stores and restaurants are generally staffed up or hiring staff for the winter season and need to find ways to keep their staffs working while waiting for the return of winter. That means store owners do whatever they can to generate off season business and that includes big sales and promotions. One thing to always be on the lookout for is last year’s winter clearance items. There are always killer deals to be had on ski and snowboard gear in the fall.
Fall in Summit County and Breckenridge means the beginning of event season. Events including Labor Day Weekend and Oktoberfest have become Breckenridge event staples and provide family entertainment for thousands who visit each year. The capstone event of the fall in Breckenridge is Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a three day long street party that celebrates the world renowned beer drinking holiday that was born in Munich. During Oktoberfest Main street is closed and lined with booths offering the best German beer and traditional food found anywhere in Colorado. For a full lineup of events happening in Breckenridge and Summit County this late summer and fall click here.
The events and activities that are found in Breckenridge and the Colorado High Country are some of the best happening in Colorado in the fall and are offered at the best prices of the year. If you are planning a trip to Breckenridge soon make sure you are dialed in on all that is going on before you come.