Yes it’s only the middle of April, and yes we’re already talking about summer because in just a few weeks the warmer weather will be (mostly) in full swing. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick off to the season in Breckenridge, and although the weather may still be spotty, the scenery is in transition from spring to summer and it is as beautiful as you can imagine. This is the first few days that travelers flock from around the country and Denver residents head to the mountains for the weekend, so there are plenty of activities and events lined up to make a great getaway in the Rockies.
Make the most out of the long weekend by taking a trip to Breckenridge. A world of activities will be at your fingertips. Rent a bike from one of the plethora of shops across town and cruise the streets, enjoy some sunshine on one of the many beautiful patios lining downtown Breckenridge, gaze at the incredible views of the Tenmile Range, or raft some of the rolling rivers around the area. Escape the city for the weekend and enjoy everything the Colorado Rockies has to offer!
Memorial Day Service
The Breckenridge Hertiage Alliance is hosting a honorary service for veterans on Monday, May 28th from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the Valley Brook Cemetery. This even will include some refreshments and a service to remember what Memorial Day is meant for. No worries about reservations, you can show up the day of if you are interested.
Whitewater Rafting Excursion
In all seriousness, what would a trip to Colorado be without paddling through some whitewater rapids? Head to Buena Vista, just an hour south of Breckenridge, to navigate some of the best whitewater in the country before the river is packed just a few weeks later. The Arkansas River is home to the National Monument Browns Canyon and some of the most difficult Class V rapids that are commercially ran. No car? No problem, the Blue River runs right through town and you can indulge in some great family-friendly whitewater just outside of Silverthorne’s backdoor.
Take a Hike
Springtime in Colorado is the best time to hike. You can avoid the scorching sunny days that come around mid-summer and watch the valleys bloom into a gorgeous blanket of flowers and green. Hike portions of the Tenmile Range that are the backdrop of Breckenridge, or take note of some of these hikes near Buena Vista if you want a little bit warmer weather at a lower elevation.
This popular pass situated on the Continental Divide is a main destination for tourists visiting the Breckenridge area. Topping out at 11,542 feet, the climb up the mountain is breathtaking and the views from the top are even better. Take a picture at the famous Hoosier Pass sign at the top and take in the 360 degree views of surrounding vistas, including the Mosquito Range and four popular 14,000+ foot peaks.
WAVE: Light + Water + Sound
Stick around for the week for some incredible pieces of art and live music at the Blue River Plaza. The WAVE: Light + Water + Sound festivity spans over four days and is a great family event to add to your to-do list while in Breckenridge.
Despite the May calendar nearing it’s end, please remember to be prepared for all seasons of weather in the Rocky Mountains. Mother nature may bring a few snow flurries or a 70 degree sunny day. Expect anything at any time, and sometimes all in the same day.
Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting to set up an adventure over your Memorial Day weekend!
*Featured image courtesy of Tim Norman Photography.