Things To Know About Breckenridge
Early Season Hikes
With the lingering winter one problem we run into is where to go hiking/biking now that the skiing is over? Many of the trails that we love in the summer are still snow covered and those that have melted off are still pretty wet. Here are two suggestions to stretch your legs till summer becomes ingrained.
1. Close to town and potential for wildlife view is French Gulch. Drive out French Gulch road till you hit the parking area just before the gate. Go around the gate and stay on the road as long as you feel like. There will be beautiful mountain views and meadows where deer and moose like to frequent.
2. Some of the most spectacular views of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks can be had off of Boreas Pass Road. This is a wonderful summer and fall drive but until it melts off it’s an excellent hike. Drive up Boreas Pass till you get to the parking area just short of the gate. Mornings should be better before the clouds and wind pick up. Also superb on a full moon.
Local News you should Know
1. New Traction Law Takes Affect Sept 1: Two wheel drive vehicles traveling on I-70 September through May will now be required to have winter tires or carry traction devises at all time. Previously the restrictions were only in place during severe winter weather. The law applies from Morrison to Dotsero. The rest of the state will still be covered by to the old regulations mandated by the weather conditions.
2. New Colorado Trail App: Colorado Parks and Wildlife Dept has released a new app with information on over 39,000 miles of public trails. You can customize the map based on your favorite activity, filter by length or region and with a tap figure the elevation profile of your adventure. As you go you can capture your trip and make notes about anything from flora and fauna to rocks and views. Type COTREX into your app store.
3. Breckenridge Adventure Park Opens June 14th; Breckenridge’s summer activities will officially kick off with the opening of the gondola and the Peak 8 adventure park a week from Friday. While most of the activities at Basecamp and Alpine Camp will be cranked up many of the hiking and biking trails will not open till the first of July. www.BreckEpicDiscovery.com for more information.
4. Rocky Mountain Record Breaker; The Rocky Mountain region broke previous records this past winter with over 24 million skier-days an increase of about 15% over the year before. Although Breckenridge does not release individual resort skier numbers the town’s tourism office says occupancy increased 7%. This was due in large part to the third most snow in resort history at 428 inches and counting.
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