While there are many great rivers for summer activities within an hour from Breckenridge, the Blue River is the closest for rafting, kayaking, fishing, and more. Approximately 65 miles long, the river starts along the Ten Mile range near Quandary Peak. Continuing on through Breckenridge, Blue River flows through the Dillon Reservoir and joins the Colorado River near Breckenridge Whitewater’s Kremmling outpost. It is great for all kinds of activities because of its easy access, amount of fish, and beautiful scenery.
During the months of May, June, and July, make sure to try some whitewater rafting on the Blue River. The Blue River Express is a great family friendly combination of amazing views and fun rapids. Breckenridge Whitewater’s 1/3 day trip is a short drive away from wherever you’re staying in Summit County. While rafting the Blue is a great experience, the river has much more to offer! It runs along Main Street and Highway 9 in Breckenridge, so no matter where you plan on staying you can spend some time on the water. Fly fishing on the Blue River is very popular and rewarding. The “Stair Steps” is a popular stretch of the river when the water levels are low because the drop pools hold plenty of trout. During high flows, fish move towards the banks of the river so you barely have to wade to get a great catch. Go solo or with a guide to find Breckenridge’s best spots!
If you don’t want to be on the river, you can always check out the views from afar. The bike path runs all along the river, or if you’re in Silverthorne, the Blue River trail is available to follow along. The Breckenridge Rec Center is also right by the river, so you can get some running done outside and lift weights in the same day. The Blue River is a favorite of visitors and locals, so make sure to spend part of your vacation in these beautiful areas of Summit County.