8 Activities to Live Breckenridge like a Local

Breckenridge is not only a travel destination spot for people all over the world, but many also call Breckenridge home, with locals knowing the best of Rocky Mountain activities year-round. Sometimes the best part of traveling is learning what locals are into, as they’ll likely lead you to some exciting events and activities outside of the highly advertised options. Here are 8 great ways to enjoy the Breckenridge area like a local!  

Breckenridge summer


From Scenic floats to adventurous white-water action, locals love to hit the waters in the summer on the days off or even grab a paddle after a long day at work! Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting has various river options for all levels within an hour’s drive, even offering evening times at some locations! 

rafting brown's canyon

  • Idaho Springs on the Clear Creek: 1 hour East of Breckenridge
    • Class III to Class V rapids (This location has later evening times)     
  • Buena Vista on the Arkansas River: 1 Hour and 15 min SOUTH of Breckenridge
    • Class III to V rapids (This location also has overnight and camping opportunities) 
  •    Blue River Express (Closest river rafting option 30 minutes North)
    • Class II to III rapids  (No outpost and would meet at MM 111- 112 )  

Aerial Activities: Ziplining and Via Ferrata

Experience Colorado from a completely unique angle as you fly through the trees or scale a craggy cliffside! These two aerial adventures both provide a thrilling land-based experience but differ in their execution.

two girls ziplining

Ziplining is a thrilling outdoor activity where participants glide through the air between platforms or trees, suspended by a pulley attached to a stainless-steel cable. The route often spans varying heights and lengths, providing participants with stunning bird’s-eye views of the surrounding landscape, combining adventure and excitement with the opportunity to appreciate nature   

A Via Ferrata course is an exhilarating outdoor adventure that combines rock climbing and hiking elements. It involves navigating a pre-set route along a cliff face, using steel cables, ladders, and iron rungs embedded into the rock for safety and guidance. The journey offers climbers a chance to traverse otherwise inaccessible mountain terrain while enjoying breathtaking scenic vistas. Regardless of one’s climbing experience, Via Ferrata courses offer an exciting opportunity to explore the vertical world safely under the supervision of experienced guides.


boy biking Breckenridge trails

Breckenridge has numerous opportunities to explore the town and its beautiful surroundings on trails or paved paths. Whether you choose to send it downhill on the trails at Breckenridge resort, get the entire family together for a fun ride on Summit County’s rec path system, or both, biking is a great way to get outside, experience the best of the Rocky Mountains, and get some exercise!

Our favorite local gear rental shop, Breckenridge Ski & Sport has a variety of bikes to rent including E-Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Leisure and Gravel Bikes, and Juniors Bikes. Check out a recent guide on bike trails in Breckenridge for every type of rider!


Lace up your boots and discover the local’s favorite Breckenridge trails that can get you new heights and sights in the Breckenridge area. Here are a few trails that locals know best!     

man sitting above alpine lake   

Check our guide to Spring Hiking in Breckenridge, as well as check AllTrails to view all Breckenridge hikes.

Eats and Treats:

For its size, Breckenridge boasts a robust restaurant scene. Dare to try some Rocky Mountain Osters, or at the minimum, sample a selection of local Colorado beers! Here are a few of our top picks: woman eating at restaurant

Stand Up Paddleboarding/ Kayaking

Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals can be found all over the area, and locals tend to enjoy paddling on Maggie Pond or Lake Dillon. Lake Maggi also offers SUP yoga, a unique and challenging experience for those looking to up their game!

woman stand up paddleboarding

If you are looking to learn and participate in a guided tour,  I suggest you check out our guided floats in Kremmling! These half day SUP or Inflatable Kayak tours take visitors on mild class II rapids down the Colorado River, offering time to relax, sunbathe, swim, and appreciate the beauty of the area. 

Live Music

Similar to great food and hip restaurants, the locals definitely know where to go for some groovy tunes in the area! Check these out below.man playing guitar on stage

  • Cecilias Night Club and Martini BarWith three different bar areas, this bar offers opportunities for patrons to enjoy craft cocktails, dance the night away, or catch up with friends.
  • Motherloaded Tavern-The Motherloaded Tavern offers live music in a cozy setting, serving yummy, comfort food.    


Here are just a few upcoming favorite festivals that locals get excited about! These showcase the best of Breckenridge’s food, drinks, music and culture that make this such a special place to visit, especially in the summer. 

outdoor music

These activities and festivals are an integral part of why Breckenridge is an amazing and exciting place to both visit and live! Come discover for yourself the best of Breckenridge and why locals call this beautiful place home. 

woman smiling outside

 Written by Sarah Wagner, Contributing Member of the Sales and Marketing Team

Edited by Rosa Canales, Marketing Specialist