5 Best Outdoor Activities in Summit County

“Colorado’s Playground” isn’t just an exaggerated slogan of Summit County… It’s more of a way of life. With many a mountains, waters, and great towns littered along these valleys, it is very easy to find entertainment in the Summit area. The main issue is how do you choose from such a plethora of options?


DSC_5530For those looking for a classic whitewater experience, the Blue River offers a fantastic rafting experience in this great county-wide playground! With approximately 10 miles of river along the pristine Blue River campground area, you can’t miss this river trip when enjoying the beauty that is Summit County!

Still bodied water adventures

Getting wet and wild in Summit county is a great adventure for those high altitude thrill seekers! The beautiful Dillon Reservoir has many a options for fishing, kayaking, boating, and a whole bunch of other water activities! However, swimming in this lake is not permitted, as this is one of Denver’s many water sources.

If you want to get up close, personal, and maybe a tad bit combative to the water, Maggie Pond out of Breckenridge can deliver a great time! The Maggie Pond Tumble Bubbles offer guests an awesome time for families and friends alike, as you get to knock everyone around on this scenic area.

Explore the history- historic town and mine tours

breck street viewWith a rich history of skiing, mining, and train depots, the Summit County area gives guests a history lesson that’s impossible to sleep through. Within Summit County’s town of fame, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a variety of tour options… some haunted, some filled with gold, others just plain old cool. There are also a couple of options for mine tours, including the Iowa Hill historic hike and Preston Ghost town.

Hang out with an impressive steed- carriage and horseback riding

To experience this great Colorado playground in the most Western of methods, you have to go by horseback. With the Breckenridge stables, located on peak nine, offering hour and a half trail rides along the scenic ski areas, it’s easy to get that secluded, pristine feel while staying close to the Breckenridge area. The Breckenridge Stables also offers Main Street Carriage rides for those looking to enjoy some man made scenery.

Make your way up a slope- hiking trails

One of the best things about Summit County is the insane amount of hiking trails scattered literally everywhere around the town. From our ski areas, to our easier trailheads, and even with a couple 14’ers thrown in here and there, it would be impossible to be underwhelmed with choices for your hiking experience! To look more into the many Summit County hiking options, please see Hiking Colorado’s Summit County Area Guide Book, or the 5 Hikes in Breck You Can Do from Main Street blog.