While Breckenridge and surrounding Summit County towns provide more than enough activities to entertain oneself, there are several neighboring towns that also offer tons of options that are sure to interest. If looking to escape to and experience a taste of the past, check out the following 3 charming towns near Breckenridge worth visiting.
Often described as a “western treasure,” Kremmling is located about 100 miles west of Denver and only a short drive from Breckenridge and Summit County. Established in 1884 by Rudolph Kremmling, with the opening of his general store, the town eventually grew and became officially established in 1904, with the attraction of ranchers. With thousands of acres of protected land surrounding Kremmling, it is the perfect place to visit if looking to “get away from it all.” However, with the town sitting along the Upper Colorado River and being a major point of shipping in Grand County, Kremmling still has enough excitement between rafting on the famous Colorado River and tons of hiking to feel fully immersed in true mountain town living.
Sitting at an elevation of about 10,200 and nicknamed the “Two-Mile High City,” Leadville, Colorado was home to Silver Boom in 1877 when miners discovered several silver-lead deposits in the area. After this discovery, the town quickly grew to a population of over 100,000 and was home to some 150 saloons, not to mention all of the brothels! However, the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act led to the town’s decline, which shrank the town’s population to about 4,000. Leadville may have shrunk in size since the 1800’s, but the rich history to be found, as well as, the massive peaks surrounding the area sure have not! This charming town has tons to offer with the headwaters of the Arkansas River starting just north of town, so find the perfect rafting trip here!
Originally founded in 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, Georgetown, Colorado truly exploded when silver was discovered in 1864. During this period of time, thousands of mines popped up in the mountains. Though located on the valley floor, the miners used Georgetown as a center of commerce and entertainment. With the building of the Colorado Central Railroad, on which, you are still able to take a scenic railroad trip, Georgetown further expanded and became a booming town. Because of it’s location, the town has become an apres-ski hot spot for many outdoor enthusiasts on their way home, making Georgetown an ever thriving municipality.
So, whether, Breckenridge is your first stop along your Colorado vacation, or your home, go out, explore and see for yourself the rich history, prime rafting areas, and massive peaks all around!