The Perfect Breckenridge Family Rafting Itinerary

By: Evan Dighe

So, you have been daydreaming about the mountains everyday at work, since your ski vacation this winter. As the weather has become warmer, visions of roaring rivers and winding trails fill your mind. Summer is here and it is time to start planning your next excursion, before these daydreams drive you crazy!

When to Visit Breckenridge

We are here to fix to all your outdoor cravings. The best time to visit is generally during the months of July, August, and September. During these months temperatures remain temperate throughout the day, with highs in the seventies and precipitation coming in small spurts, mostly in the afternoon.

Guided Hiking in RMNP

Day 1: Arrive in Breckenridge

Chances are, you will fly into Denver Airport and make the 1 hour and 45 minute drive to the beautiful mountain town. Once you get settled, it is time to start enjoying your vacation.

Breckenridge Summer

Begin your trip with a night out on the town in Breckenridge. Enjoy one of the town’s many quality restaurants along main street, such as the Blue Stag for the best meatloaf, Empire Burger for the town’s best burger, or hearthstone for a higher-end meal. After spending a night in your hotel or AirBnB, you should be somewhat acclimated to the altitude and ready for adventure (careful on the drinks your first night!).

Day 2: It’s time for an adventure!

Kick off the adventuring with a full day of rafting on the Arkansas on our Brown’s Canyon Sizzler. The Sizzler is a great trip for the entire family, featuring class three rapids safe enough for the kiddos (7+) and exciting for everyone else. For those looking to enjoy the beauty and scenery of the mountains, not to worry. Brown’s Canyon was recently recognized as a national monument due to its unique rock formations and features. Enjoy the scenery, enjoy the rapids, and enjoy a chicken fajita lunch on this epic day trip.

To get a fully authentic Colorado experience, we recommend camping on the second night. Not only will you save money on your lodging, but you can sleep under the stars and enjoy quality time with the family.

Day 3: Time to Fly High!

It is time for a full day aerial adventure with zipline and via ferrata courses. The scenery only gets better the higher you go, and even more fun at speeds of 15 miles per hour on zip lines. The Via Ferrata is a great introduction to climbing for beginners, and a great change of pace for people with some experience climbing. If you are looking for a more traditional rock-climbing experience (top roping), there are great climbing options across Buena Vista.

On your way back to Breckenridge, take a stop in Leadville, the highest incorporated municipality in the entire country. Leadville has a more traditional small-town Colorado vibe, with old store fronts and great views of the two largest mountains in Colorado, Mt Massive and Mt Elbert.

Day 4: Explore the mountains on foot

No matter how long your vacation is, make sure to get in at least a short hike. For those staying for longer, spend an entire day hiking Mohawks Lake (this is a difficult hike that can take up to 5 hours). we also recommend exploring one of the thousands of bike trails around Breckenridge.

Trails snake their way throughout the woods and atop the mountains surrounding Breckenridge, offering endless opportunities for those looking to get ‘lost’ for a day, or multiple days. and the Gaia app are great tools for finding the hike for you and navigating these trails without getting lost.

Rocky Mountain National Park Activities

Bringing the family to Colorado should be a fun experience for everybody. There are activities abound for mom, dad, and the kids, and we have only just scratched the surface. So, start planning today, and we will see you this summer!