Top 10 Things to do in Breckenridge During October

Breckenridge is known for its ski and snowboarding runs in the winter and its hiking/biking trails during the summer. So what are the best things to do between those seasons?

Scenic Float Trips Close to BreckenridgeUpper Colorado River Trips

During the fall season most whitewater rafting has ended and the more scenic float trips are the place to be. If you take a short hour drive to Kremmling, CO you can experience one of these trips on the Upper Colorado River. Want a bit more excitement? Take out the Kayaks or the Stand-Up Paddle Boards that go out with this trip.

Leaf Peeping

Breckenridge Fall Leaves
Photo by Austyn Dineen

People come from all over the state to check out the fall colors. Aspen trees are unreal during this time of the year, early October is probably the time you will get the most colors in the month of October. Whether it is hiking, biking, or taking a scenic car ride the beautiful views are all over the Breckenridge area.


Summit County Fall Fly Fishing
Photo by Phil Lindeman

Another perk of low water is the endless amount of opportunities to fly fish in rivers that you can easily wade and walk through. The relaxing whips of a fly fishing rod is a great way to vacation and get away from all the stress of the world. Don’t forget to get your fishing license online at Colorado Parks and Wildlife before heading out on the water and make sure to screenshot the license before losing service out on the water.

Festival Season

Breck Oktoberfest
Photo by Austyn Dineen

Although most are postponing till the 2021 season this is great activity for the whole family. They have many different festivals but some of the crowd favorites are Bourbon and Bacon fest, Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, Oktoberfest, Breckenridge Film Festival, Breckenridge Wine Classic, and Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival. These are great ways to meet the locals while also enjoying the downtown area of Breckenridge.

Main Street

Breckenridge in the Fall

Breckenridge downtown looks a lot like it did many years ago. This historic mountain town has great views of the runs, the trees, and historic buildings. Stop in some shops and support the unique products the locals have to offer. Adults can enjoy a nice drink at Breckenridge Brewery while the kiddos enjoy a new take on rolled ice cream from Stir Pan Creamery.


With the weather cooling down and not being in the hot summer sun this is the perfect time to hope on an off road vehicle and adventure around the back-country of Colorado. These rentals are out of Kremmling, CO that is going to be a quick hour drive from Breckenridge. These trips enhance the likelihood of seeing Colorado’s vast wild life. You may see antelope, mule deer, hawks, elk, coyotes, bighorn sheeps, and eagles while exploring the beautiful gore canyon.

Bike Riding

Colorado Biking

Breckenridge is full of biking and hiking trails. If you are looking for an easier trail I suggest checking out Sallie Barber Trail, this trail is an easy incline with a 9.5 miles loop. Another quick and easy one would be the Tiger Road trail, this trail is about 6.5 miles out and back. One thing to know about Tiger Road Trail is if it is raining or wet outside it will be muddy and difficult for beginner mountain bikers. Be sure to be aware of the hikers who share these trails.

Horseback Rides

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What better way to be one with nature than riding horseback through the beautiful fall colors. Breckenridge Stables would be your closer option but with a short hour commute to Buena Vista you could do Mt. Princeton Stables and soak in the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs to cap off a great adventure.

Disc Golf

Summit County Disc Golf
Photo by Hugh Carey

Summit county is known to have some of the best Disc Golf courses in the country. My personal favorite is the Peak One Disc Golf Course, this course is located right next to the water of Dillon Reservoir and it is free of charge. Another great free course in this area is the Lake Dillon Disc Golf Course, this one has interesting basket placement in that some of them you throw from the top of a hill down about 70 feet into the basket and it has spectacular over views of the Keystone/Dillon Reservoir area.

Troll Sculpture

Photo by Jenise Jensen, courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts

This 15 ft tall natural sculpture is named Isak Heartstone who was created by the Danish artist Thomas Dambo. He is known for making my personally favorite type of art, upcycling. He builds amazing pieces of art out of recycled goods and trash.