The most beautiful months to be in Breckenridge to see Fall colors are during September and October. My boyfriend and I spent five weeks ( starting from Sep 16th 2020) in the beautiful ski town of Brekenridge, Colorado. When you visit during September and October, it is off-peak season. There is less traffic, prices for lodging are lower and not as crowded. Although skiing is not open yet, there are tons of other things to do while enjoying the beautiful foliage.
Here are some of our favorite activities and spots to experience the changing colors:
The cooler temperatures and colorful foliage make hiking an ideal fall activity. The trails in the fall has a a new charm with their golden yellow colors.
Breckenridge’s Boreas Pass Road- This is an unpaves, windy dirt road offers adventure and the chance to see some truly spectacular vistas.
Spruce Creek Trail – This trail includes a hike to a number of lakes.
Hoosier Pass – standing at 11,542 feet, it is located on the Continental Divide and includes several hikes, some of which meander down to lakes and others that summit 13,000-foot mountains, such as North Star Mountain.
The Breckenridge Troll:
This is an easy trail so be sure to make a visit to the Breckenridge Troll, Isak Heartstone. Isak the Troll was built on commission by the Town of Breckenridge during the Breck Create Summer 2018 Arts Festival. Isak Heartstone is made of recycled materials and lives on the newly constructed Trollstigen Trail on the south end of Breckenridge in Illinois Gulch off of Boreas Pass Road. It is an easy walk, bike, or free public transportation ride to visit him. Go on a weekdays as weekend tends to be busy.
This is a scenic lake at the end of a trail. The trail also circles the lake and is a beautiful place to take photos. There are benches on the trail for those who need a break or just want to sit back and take in their surroundings.
The trail getting to the park is family friendly and an easy hike, while the trailhead is located just beside the Snowflake Lift. The trail runs alongside a stream as it travels to top. The terrain is smooth. Watch out for the squirrels. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed along the stream and in the reservoir.
Main Street is completely walkable. There is an Alpine Park with beautiful foliage and be sure to stop by the Alpine Lake where Ollie’s restaurant sits. As you stroll along the main streets, there are tons of stores featuring handmade jewelry, tourist clothing and souvenirs, candy shops, bars and restaurants.
Village at Breckenridge:
The Village at Breckenridge is located, right at the base of Peak 9. There are several condos and this is where we stayed. There is an on-site hot tubs, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa, restaurants and shopping are all within a few minutes’ walk. Even if you are staying somewhere else, you can still stop by and relax by the Maggie Pond and stroll along the area.
Vail is a must see. It is only 38 miles from Breckenridge. Stop at the Vail Village and Lionshead — the two main hubs of Vail. I felt I was transported to Austria. The entire village is a reminiscent of Austrian and German culture.
Vail is a world renowned skiing destination, with diverse shops and restaurants, luxurious accommodations and breath-taking mountain views.
The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a nice spot to check out.
Aspen is known for being the Rocky Mountain playground of the rich and famous, but this authentic mountain town is a great spot to visit for a day trip. If you decide to stay for a few days, the best outdoor activities are Maroon Bells, Rio Grande trail and Aspen highlands.