5 Reasons to Visit Breckenridge in May

Breckenridge, Colorado is well know as the perfect mountain ski town for many reasons. What many may not be aware of is that Breckenridge is not just a seasonal town. With amazing activities available year round, there are so many reasons to visit Breckenridge in the month of May.


May is a very special month for us because it is the official start to whitewater rafting season! With the snow melting quickly, our rivers are starting to flow during May AVA Rafting groupand the river trips are excellent! You will experience excellent whitewater conditions, as the snow often melts quickly this time of year, and the rapids prove extremely exciting.

There are additionally a few other incentives to book a May rafting trip, including lower prices, less crowds, and great whitewater! Since many do not think of this month as a great time to come enjoy the river, you often get to raft on smaller trips with less people on the river. This creates a more intimate experience with your family.

You will often find lower rates during May on all your favorite river trips, and our May river trips are all located in easy proximity to the beautiful mountain town of Breckenridge.


Do you want to stay out of the water this May? Come enjoy a high flying mountaintop zipline tour at either of our two incredible courses! Our zipline courses will be running in full force at this time of year and May is an excellent time to enjoy a tour as the weather will be beautiful! Come in enjoy 7 lines at our Granite, Co location or 6 lines at our Idaho Springs, Co location!

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With many of Summit County’s incredible trails starting to thaw after a long winter, May is the perfect month to hike. Many high mountain trails will be waiting for you of all difficulty levels. For an easy hike, check out the Mohawk Lakes trail! This low incline trail is perfect for the whole family.

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For a little more excitement and even more elevation, the Mount Royal hike in Frisco is the perfect intermediate hike to test your abilities. The summit offers an incredible view! For those looking to tackle a 14’r, the Quandary peak trail is an excellent but difficult hike that will amaze those who concur it!

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Arguably Summit County’s most popular spring time activity, road and mountain biking will be starting up in full force. Enjoy the miles of paved and maintained bike paths that cover all of Breckenridge and connect the entire county or, check out the many mountain bike trails that will also be thawing out in May.

Spring Skiing

Did you think skiing was over for the season? Think again as there will still be beautiful spring skiing available into May at Breckenridge Resort  Just a short 20-30 minute drive from Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area  stays open until June with the longest ski season in Colorado. If visiting in May, you could even ski in the morning and bike in the afternoon! May is the perfect time for those multi-activity enthusiasts that want to participate in many great activities all in one trip!

Skiing at Breckenridge

May Events in Breckenridge

In May, locals and tourists fill the restaurants and bars on Breckenridge’s Main Street, flocking to enjoy the warmer weather. Although there are no large festivals in May, there are many local events happening on a daily and weekly basis. Check out the calendar to see what is going on during your visit! Silverthorne also hosts its First Fridays events, highlighting local artists, musicians, and restaurants in a celebration of community on the first Friday of each month.

The month of May hosts multiple opportunities for visitors and locals to get outside and enjoy the Breckenridge area! Ski, raft, or even do both in one day–Breckenridge in May has something for all outdoor enthusiasts!