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#190988 - 01/07/08 04:09 PM Re: What is there to do in Breckenridge, CO in Jun [Re: Murph]
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I have been looking into thinks like the Jeeps, and rafting, but they get expensive quick when I have to pay for 4 people. Jeep tours were something like $100 per person for a guided tour. That would be $400 for half a day tour. Rafting was about the same $95-$125 per person, again, another potential $500 for half a day of rafting. I could find a lot of things to spend $1000 on besides these two activities (like a new HDMI receiver....) I am sure that we will go hiking a couple of days, maybe do an "Alpine Slide" which I've done before. I think that there are some Zip-Lines in the area too....
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#191078 - 01/08/08 10:45 AM Re: What is there to do in Breckenridge, CO in June? [Re: nickbuol]
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I know a little bit about it as someone who vacations frequently in that area. Here's my advice (with photos!), take it for what it's worth. And no, I don't work for the Colorado Tourism board. Just a flatlander from Illinois who loves Colorado.

While Breckenridge is a nice town, definitely check out Frisco, just north. Breckenridge can be a little 'touristy' IMHO, Frisco seems less so. If your family needs a 'shopping' day and you don't want to go back to Denver, Dillon has some fairly nice outlets if you're into that sort of thing. A good Timberland outlet, anyway. Dillon's biggest feature might be its large reservoir. You can even rent a boat and take sailing lessons on it.

And at night, from above.

Jeep Trails: I think there is a Jeep & ATV tour company in Breckenridge. My wife and I did a guided Jeep tour over in Vail a few years back. We rode in like a 6 passenger Jeep. It was fun, but it wasn't cheap. It was about $250 for just the two of us for a half day. We're glad we did it, but I don't know if we'd do it again. I'd love to rent/borrow my own Jeep and explore some beginner trails on our own, but that's even more $$$$. That time of year, these sorts of things will be booked up pretty heavily so you really ought to check into them in advance before you go.

White Water Rafting: Something that we haven't done. There are several places in this area though. I know there is a big one just west of Idaho Springs that does rafting and tubing, as you see their trucks hauling folks back and forth when you're near Idaho Springs. Sorry I can't point you to a specific company. Ask the great Google.

Keystone: Keystone is just a few miles down the road. Neat place too. They have some *great* mountain biking in the summer on the ski trails. Bike rentals are available too. While I wasn't brave enough to do it (wimp!) my wife did and had the time of her life. You take the chair lift up, and have your choice of dozens of trails of various difficulties. Could be lots of fun for the whole family if you're into it. <-- This is a pretty serious trail. The easy ones are like gravel roads. Also, many paved bike trails around that area too, possibly more family-friendly.

Mount Evans is fantastic. Yes, you can drive to 14,127 feet. \:\)



I like Mount Evans better than RMNP (Rocky Mountain National Park) simply because there are fewer people there and the views are astounding. This is the highest paved road in north america. Wicked fun. Incredible road. Goregous views. Not for the faint hearted, if you have issues with heights. There is a new Volvo XC90 commercial (with the family videoing the cyclist) was shot there.

Also, don't miss the Bristlecone pines on the way up/down of Mount Evans. These are several-thousand year old trees that are just amazing to behold.

Estes Park is worth a trip, but it will be BUSY around that time of year. Lots and lots and lots of other tourists, and lots and lots of RV's milling about. You will probably have to wait in line to get into RMNP. RMNP, however, is beautiful. That time of year I (personally) can't enjoy it because there are so many people around. That's more a personality flaw on my part, and not a defect of RMNP. If you're going to the top of Trail Ridge Road, I'd recommend taking Old Fall River Road to to top instead of the paved TRR. It's a dirt and gravel (any car can do it - it's not like a 4x4 trail), one-way-only road that goes up to the visitors center. Lots of fun, beautiful views, and lots of opportunities to stop and dip your feet in the creeks and smell the trees.

And of course, lots of wildlife for the family to enjoy (from a safe distance, of course).


Idaho Springs. Down from the mountains a bit (other side of the Eisenhower Tunnel) is a quaint little town. It's a good stop if you're going to do Mt. Evans, as this is where the road to Mt. Evans diverges off of I-70. Touristy yes, but there is one of the best (IMHO) pizza places in the world there - Beau Jo's pizza. Don't know if you're a pizza lover, but theirs is AWESOME.

The Peak-To-Peak highway (aka, 119 & 72). This is a really neat stretch of road with lots of neat little places to visit. Everything from serious gambling to gold panning, from farmer's markets to local coffee shops and horseback riding. Look at a map, just east of Idaho Springs. This road winds through the mountains past Central City & Blackhawk (bigtime gambling), through Rollinsville & to Nederland. Then 72 continues north through Ward. These are neat little towns with beautiful views. Less touristy and more 'local' than other places. If you've got a fun-to-drive car, this road is a blast.

Just a taste of stuff that I can think of off the top of my head. I hope it helps a bit! Enjoy the trip!!

I don't know if you've been to Breckenridge before, but do get ready for the altitude. Breckenridge, Frisco, & Dillon are all at about 9,800 feet up. That's pretty high, especially when you're staying there for several days. Headaches, shortness of breath, decreased appetite, and trouble sleeping are all common signs that your body isn't used to the altitude. If you're not used to it, you may feel under the weather or even downright sick for a day or two. Especially if you hop off a plane in Denver and drive Breckenridge on the same day. Drink lots of water (force yourself, really), and be careful of alcohol. Just don't be surprised if you (or someone in your group) feels a bit under the weather for a day or two. My 'family secret' for dealing with this is Coke & Advil. Seems to work wonders. You will (ok, should) feel better and normal after 24-48 hours as your body pumps out more red blood cells to deal with the lack of oxygen.


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#191085 - 01/08/08 11:10 AM Re: What is there to do in Breckenridge, CO in June? [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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WOW! Great information! I live in the "flat-lands" of central Iowa, so I can relate. I think that I am going to just forward a link to this thread to my family so that they can read this all themselves and see the great photos. Thank you also for the tips of the altitude sickness.
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#191091 - 01/08/08 11:46 AM Re: What is there to do in Breckenridge, CO in June? [Re: a401classic]
PeterChenoweth Offline
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Loc: Jacksonville, IL
This is excellent advice.

I would at least consider spending a night in Denver or Boulder (6k feet) before heading up into the mountains. This is what my family normally does. Might seem like you're wasting a day, but the benefits of acclimatizing at a 'medium' altitude for even just one night may give you a whole extra day of feeling good at higher altitude. Plus, Boulder is an very cool city to visit in its own right.

 Originally Posted By: a401classic
Watch out for the altitude. Absolutely the highest snow skiing I've ever done. If there is any way you can spend a day or two at ~6000-8000 ft to get used to the difference, you'll be better off. Out of 200 of us, more than 50% were diagnosed with altitude sickness - headaches, vomiting, fever; very similar to flu symptoms. Our condo was at 11,000 and we would ski the entire 13,000 to 9,600 ft range. Great time, other than the first 3 days. Steamboat Springs is still my favorite ski place, imho, partly because of the altitude.
Summertime there's lots to do http://breckenridge.snow.com/summerhome.asp

Scott



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#191279 - 01/09/08 12:50 PM Re: What is there to do in Breckenridge, CO in June? [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Zip lines are incredible fun for the whole family. My wife and I tried it in Whistler last May. It was a top notch operation promoted team building for the more nervous folk and they also taught you about the local ecology of the Northern Pacific rain forest and the importance of running a 'green' operation in the mountains.

If the local ones there are half as much fun, it will be a great use of your leisure dollars.
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#213234 - 06/26/08 11:06 PM Re: What is there to do in Breckenridge, CO in June? [Re: Murph]
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Loc: Marion, IA
Well, we head out tomorrow (Friday, June 27th) to Denver, and then Saturday afternoon head off to Breckenridge. I've taken everything that people have told me and passed it on to everyone going, and we should be all set. I'll let you all know what we do and how things go. I'll be quite a bit behind on my online reading since we are going to spend a lot of time doing things outdoors, and when indoors at night or if it is raining, we will break out the Wii or a good German game...

We get back late on July 5th. Until then....
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