5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

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.

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

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.

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

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 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

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!

7 Hiking Trails in the Colorado Rocky Mountains for Viewing Wildflowers [Video]

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Alpine Flowers in the Summer

It was a snow spring in the Town of Breckenridge (<-- here's a map link) and all that moisture led me to explore and make this list of 7 Hiking Trails in the Colorado Rocky Mountains for Viewing Wildflowers that you have to see to believe. The slow melting process drips life into blooms that sit under tons of snow and wait until the few days that it is warm enough to fulfill the cycle one more time. It is truly an amazing thing to see, the ski slopes and mountains covered in millions, probably billions of colorful wildflowers.

Adventures in Breckenridge and Beyond

Part of your wedding experience for friends, family and guests could be strolling through the shops along Main Street or you might even spend some time at the Fun Park on Peak 8. Check out the new roller coaster, but the alpine slide is a summer classic in Breck. However, if you're ready with a backpack with your 10 Essentials and want an adventure, check out the videos below. They are best completed with a backpack full of everything you need, a group of energetic friends, and a camera or two. Post a few on our Facebook wall, and be sure to use the hashtag, #breckweddings on Instagram so that everyone can see all the fun high country weddings. Please contact us with any questions. Videos created by Stacy Sanchez of Breckenridge, Colorado. That's me!

1. Cataract Lake - Silverthorne

2. Uneva Pass - Vail

 

3. French Gulch - Breckenridge

 

4. Peak 7 - Breckenridge

 

5. Shrine Ridge - Vail

  

6. Burro Trail - Breckenridge

 

7. Mayflower Gulch - Copper Mountain

 

Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge [Photo Shoot Location]

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Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge [Photo Shoot Location]

Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge [Photo Shoot Location]

Summer in the Rocky Mountains = Wildflowers

Living in the mountains for almost 20 years, and I still find new spots to share, like these Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge, a suggested Photo Shoot Location. Now, mind you this land traverses next to private property and is in a pretty secluded neighborhood, this area is meant for small groups, preferably less than 10 at a time. Just schedule the photographer and the bride and groom for a half hour on the trail near the Breckenridge Ski Resort. I've included a map below to show you where it's at. For a list of other recommended hikes near Breckenridge, click here to read a blog on The Flower Maven

Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Don't worry if you can't make it to this exact spot for your wedding photos on the big day. These flowers won't last forever, but the mountain vistas will. And these flowers come from long winter weathers and heavy snowfalls. Summer or Winter, then?  You have your choice of seasons, and whether or not you want a white winter backdrop instead of colorful wildflowers. But, consider this are surrounded by world-class ski areas like Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone and A-Basin. A winter wedding proposal can be a fun experience, and if you need some help to put all the pieces together on the sly, we're good at personalizing elopements and small vow renewals that are similar in intimacy.

Please be respectful of parking and don't step on the wildflowers. Tread lightly and please Leave No Trace when traveling in the mountains.

A Powder Day on Peak 6 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort [Video]

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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.

Elk Preserve: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Keystone, Colorado [Video]

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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.

 

Horseshoe Gulch: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado [Video]

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Breckenridge Winter Activity - Nordic Skiing

Lots of couples discover the Breckenridge Ski Resort and return to find lesser known gems, like today's feature about Horseshoe Gulch: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado. Once you've become comfortably downhill and are looking for a way to ski while escaping the crowds, click in to some cross country gear and go exploring.

Wedding Planning, Venues and Vendors

Many of the hiking trails in the Town of Breckenridge are packed down by walkers, skiers and snowshoers during the winter time. Some of them are good for dogs and kids. If you'd like to know more about adding a little adventure to your destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, please contact us to start the conversation. We work with numerous venues and vendors that we can then build into a custom wedding package for your gathering. And yes, we work with groups of all sizes and budgets.

2015 International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado [Video]

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One of my favorite events, the 2015 International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado just happened. If you visit Breck in the next week or so, they'll still be up. Well, not all of them. One of them has already toppled over. These works of temporary snow art are finite in their existence, being stressed by wind, the weight of the snow and the sun. I love seeing the finished snow sculptures, and the kid's interactive piece is always a hit, but I've grown to appreciate the skill and teamwork that's required to bring these dreams to life. It makes me of how we are a team, and when working with brides, planners and their vendor teams, we also bring visions to life. We help brides live their dreams planning a wedding in the mountains. It's not easy, it's not done overnight, but look what you can create when you put some time and energy into creating something beautiful.

Videos by Stacy Sanchez. See photos here.

 

Here's the teaser video I shot before the snow sculpting teams had arrived. It also shows a glimpse of what summer offers, the Blue River next to the Riverwalk Center, and a memorial to the 10th Mountain Division, the Soldiers of the Summit who fought in WWII. These brave men were ... "originally constituted as a unique mountain warfare unit, the division was the only unit of its size in the U.S. Army to specialize in fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions."

Please contact us with any questions about the winter and summer events that happen in Breckenridge and the nearby mountain towns of Frisco, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Keystone, Silverthorne, Vail and Beaver Creek. We can help you figure out when there will be live music, farmer's markets and more. We understand that all of this adds up to your overall wedding week experience for your family and friends.