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Take a Drive in the Rocky Mountains
There are so many great ways to enjoy the outdoors - hiking, fishing, snowshoeing - endless options! But, sometimes it's good to be able to get in the car and explore the mountains. Any parents in the crowd know that car naps can be a saving grace! Or, maybe you need a solo mission to get away for a few hours - this is Dave 100%. Whatever your reason is, we've got a few suggestions for a great drive. Let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back, pack a lunch, or plan stop along the way if your route takes you to a mountain town with some options. Don't expect places to be open super early or super late, as things tend to run on "mountain time" 'round these parts.
Activity Planning for Breckenridge Weddings
You could take these suggestions and incorporate them into your wedding week, or bookmark this post and plan on a follow up trip to drive the ones you missed. We’ve got great stops along each of these drives that would make for an incredible portrait session or ceremony location. Get a map and see if there are any hiking trails that you might want to check out. Drive carefully, be patient with others on the road (they're probably sight seeing, too), and be sure to take lots of pictures! Then let’s chat about what you saw and where you’d like to go for your wedding day with us!
1 - Boreas Pass Road to the Section House
This mountain road closes down in the winter, but not before becoming the go-to spot for leaf peeping near Breckenridge. You can walk this road, but expect to get dusted by cars. Go early or late to avoid the crowds. Weekends are especially busy. Hint, there are other trails in the area for the golden aspens, but take the road past the yellow leaves on up to the Section House. There you'll see some restored cabins and a section of train, as this was actually an old railroad route.
2 - Hoosier Pass to South Park City
Head south from Breckenridge past the Breckenridge Brewery and drive over Hoosier Pass to Alma, and then on to Fairplay. We live in this area in a pretty little spot called Valley of the Sun, so we’re a little partial to this particular drive. Once you make it to Fairplay, there you'll find a collection of buildings in a historic park called Old South Park City. Wander around and imagine what it was like to be up in these mountains, away from your friends and family, trying to strike it rich.
3 - Fremont Pass to Leadville
Head west on I-70 from Frisco, and go through scenic Ten Mile Canyon. Take the Copper Mountain exit and head south. You'll pass the Climax molybdenum mine along the way to Colorado's highest incorporated city, Leadville. Thehighest incorporated town is Alma. Both these mountain towns reside at over 10,000 feet. Neither is a ski town, so they have their own unique feel to them. Hang out in a bar for a beverage to meet a local character or two.
4 - Vail Pass to Beaver Creek
A variation on driving west from Frisco is to keep going on I-70 past Copper Mountain towards Vail. You'll crest Vail Pass, a popular recreation area both summer and winter. There is a fee during the winter, so be aware if you plan to stop. There is a decent restroom at the pass, and it's an excellent spot for viewing wildflowers on Shrine Ridge.
5 - Loveland Pass to Georgetown
Head towards Keystone and keep going past Arapahoe Basin and drive over Loveland Pass. If you do this during the summer, you can get out and hike the alpine tundra for a unique mountain experience. No trees and little air, your breath will be taken away if it hasn't already. Drop down and head towards Georgetown on I-70. There's a nice visitor's center there as a pit stop before heading to Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs on your way to Denver, or come back and maybe try out the new Baker's Brewery in Silverthorne. That's a full day. If you have any suggestions for a drive, please contact us to share your tip!
Powder Skiing in Breckenridge
It's the last week of the ski season, so that means I'm looking back at one of my favorite clips from this past winter, A Powder Day on Peak 6 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, a video by Stacy Sanchez. For now, we should all be happy for the snow that we got and the times we had on the mountain. But, we're definitely looking forward to next season already. There are so many lines just waiting for us to come back. There are many lifetimes of adventures at the world-class ski areas. And soon it will be hiking and biking season in the high hills.
Summer Weddings in the Colorado Mountains
Many say that you come for the winters and stay for the summers, and the cliche is true. The warmer, not-so-snowy months above 10,000 feet are downright glorious. Hot, sunny days, and afternoon thunderstorms are a welcome change to frigid winds and cold snow. Gardeners attempt to grow things in the few short weeks, and the tourists come back to explore all the mountains have to offer, besides skiing. One of those things includes having a wedding.
Bring the fam and invite the friends to join you for a few stellar days for a Breckenridge wedding adventure. There are no guarantees that it won't rain on your day, in fact, I'll be the first to tell you that it probably will rain. At some point. But, it usually blows out pretty quickly, so just have a back up plan and don't overthink it. Please contact us to learn more about how our team can help you save time and money with a custom wedding package that's right for you.
Part of the allure of having a winter wedding in Colorado is the skiing, and that's why I'm sharing this video about the "Elk Preserve: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Keystone, Colorado." It's an amazing set of neighborhood trails that end up reaching all the way to Breckenridge. The Colorado Trail even crosses by at a few places. Sections lead towards the Keystone Ski Resort, or stick to the ones off the beaten path. If you're looking for a non-aggressive outdoor winter experience, and have some skiing ability, then you'll enjoy the challenge of cross country skiing. As long as you have a strong snow plow and can turn, then you should be ok. Please contact us to learn more about all the different activities, options and secret stashes that you won't find anywhere else.
This vlog (video blog) is about Turk's Trail: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Breckenridge Colorado. I see lots of images from photographers and couples that seem to go to the downtown area, and maybe outside the venue for a few pics. If you have time and want an adventure, you should head over to the Town of Breckenridge trail system to explore some areas that are truly unique. Downtown classics include the Snowplow Rotary Park, the Blue River Plaza by the Riverwalk Center, and the oldest bar west of the Mississippi, the Gold Pan. If you need more suggestions for photo shoot locations near the Breckenridge and Summit County area, please click here. If you're done searching for locations, photographers and just want some help putting together an all-inclusive destination wedding, elopement, vow renewal or engagement, then please contact us. We want to help you figure it all out without stressing.
If you're a professional wedding vendor or service provider, please go here to see all the different options for promoting your business via this niche website that covers the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Video shot, edited and produced by Stacy Sanchez.
A short drive from our house is a classic winter destination activity, the Sallie Barber Mine: Cross Country Skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado is the subject of my first video using my new GoPro camera. I've studied the helmet cams for years, and this camera has evolved to include an app, a touchscreen, and a plethora of accessories to customize where and how you use the camera. I look forward to creating videos about other family outings and activities, as well as Colorado wedding venues, ceremony and location spots that you just can't visualize from a magazine, or even still images on a website.
This is our efforts evolving, and that means showing what it means to live the Breck life and have fun and go skiing. We love the downhill experience at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, or even the groomed trails of the Breckenridge Nordic Center, but there's nothing like driving 5 minutes up the road to a backcountry ski on an old mining road by the dredge piles in French Gulch.
And if we know this much about trails, just imagine how much we know about the different venues, homes and locations for weddings up here. It's not easy, and it all takes time. Please contact us to learn how we can help best.
8 Winter Activities in Breckenridge, Colorado
When you plan a destination wedding in the Rocky Mountains, you have at least 8 Winter Activities in Breckenridge, Colorado that you can choose from. The given are the first ones I mention, and that's the world-class skiing and snowboarding you can find at all the major ski resorts. Summit County, and Breckenridge in particular, has nine ski areas within an hour's drive. A free bus runs between towns or brave the roads. Just drive slow.
If you don't have you own gear or much experience in the mountains, then please rent and take a lesson from a seasoned local. A few minutes getting some pointers will go a long way in making your time in the woods fun and happy. Dress wrong and it can be really cold. Ask us how we can help pull it all together and find the right activities for you and your destination wedding experience for the Breckenridge area.
And, there are many opportunities for low or no impact activities around town. Check back for that family-friendly blog about what's good for those not shooting GoPro videos to share back home. Contact us to learn how we can help problem solve and find the right vendors and services for your group while saving you time and money.
1 - Skiing & Snowboarding
Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek. That pretty much says it all. Buy a lift ticket and explore the magnificent mountains with terrain for all abilities.
2 - Nordic Skiing
All the major ski areas have one, if not two, Nordic ski operations for cross country skiing and snowshoeing on fairly flat trails.
3 - Tubing
Look up tubing at Copper Mountain and the Frisco Adventure Center, but you'll have to head up to Keystone's tubing area where a snow fort is too.
4 - Snowmobiling
Several operations guide snowmobiles along the Continental Divide and in the nearby backcountry of Breckenridge.
5 - Ice Skating
Silverthorne and Keystone have ponds, while Breck, Vail and Beaver Creek offer structures and skating centers will full-service operations.
6 -Dog Sledding
No, you don't say mush. We'll get you dialed in on what all your dog sledding adventure wedding or elopement will entail. But, you can wear one of those furry hats if you like.
7 - Snowshoeing
A slower-paced activity for those who enjoy the snow and varied terrain of hiking without any of the sliding that comes along with skiing.
8 - Mine Tours
And, if you have enough energy to leave the house after dogsledding, skiing and ice skating, you can head over to the Country Boy Mine for an underground tour of a working mine.