About Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge, Colorado (elevation 9,600’) is a Colorado ski town located at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range. It’s best known for its ski resort, year-round alpine activities, and Gold Rush history. The Victorian-style core of this former mining town is preserved as the Breckenridge National Historic District, which includes most of the colorfully-painted buildings (primarily shops and restaurants) along Main Street.
Ski trails were first established1961. Since then, Breckenridge Ski Resort has made the town a popular destination for skiers. Summer in Breck attracts outdoor enthusiasts with hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, wildflower viewing, fly-fishing in the Blue River, boating in Lake Dillon, white water rafting, alpine slides, and many shops and restaurants up and down Main Street. Ullr Fest is held during January of every year. Ullr Fest is a week of celebrating snow and honoring the Norse god Ullr. There are many summer activities, including an annual Fourth of July parade.
Miners entered what is now Summit County during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1859, soon after the placer gold discoveries east of Breckenridge near Idaho Springs. Gold mining boomed during the 1860’s, and eventually decreased in the late 1800s. It was revived in 1908 by gold dredging operations along the Blue River and Swan River. About one million troy ounces of gold was pulled from the Breckenridge mining district. The gold mines around Breckenridge are all shut down, although you can see many remnants today throughout the area.
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