Best Leaf Peeping in Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Colorado is known for some of the most scenic fall foliage in the country.  With a peak season of early to mid September, there is a very limited window in which tourists can view these impeccable autumn colors.  However, with careful planning and a little insight to the area, one can easily capture these unforgettable fall views.  Here are some of the best leaf peeping opportunities in Breckenridge:

breck hiking fallBoreas Pass:  Ascending from downtown Breckenridge, Boreas Pass climbs to nearly 11,500 ft. via dirt road.  The pass offers several lookout points along the way allowing for great opportunity to stop and take a photo of the changing colors below.  Views of Peak 1 through Peak 9 create an amazing sight across the valley.  Trails branching off the pass give families the opportunity to hike through the plentiful golden aspens.

Hoosier Pass:  Travelers often make a day of leaf peeping in Breckenridge by making a loop over Hoosier Pass.  From Highway 9, one can access Hoosier pass by vehicle.  At the top, visitors can look over the valley of Park County as well as the town of Breckenridge to the south.  Drivers can then continue over the pass and make a left onto Highway 285.  Another left onto Boreas Pass will eventually bring you back to Breckenridge, completing the loop.  The trip can take several hours depending on how many stops you make, so be sure your camera battery and gas tank are both full prior to leaving.  

summit fall colorsBreckenridge Main Street:  Those not up for hiking or driving can still enjoy Breckenridge’s fall foliage right from Main Street.  Surrounded by high mountain peaks, the Riverwalk Center off of Main Street is a great place to have a picnic lunch and enjoy the colorful fall environment.  The entire family will enjoy the unique shops and restaurants Main Street has to offer all while viewing the breath taking foliage surrounding.  

For more tips and advice on leaf peeping in Breckenridge or other activities in the area, contact an agent at Arkansas Valley Adventures by calling 877-RAFTING or visit their website at