Breckenridge Real Estate For Sale Blog

Jan. 20, 2022

Another Day in Paradise

We're in the midst of winter paradise here in Breckenridge. The snow is deep and the sun is shining bright. Our town is a beloved place for hundreds of thousands of people all over the country. From the beautiful backdrop of the Ten Mile Range to the magical undercurrent on Main Street, Breckenridge has something special to offer everyone who visits or lives here year round. The parking lots might get full on weekends and holidays, but the terrain is vast and Breckenridge still holds hundreds of hidden pockets to find peace and solitude out in nature. 

As an international destination, there are countless blogs and articles about where to go and what to do in Breckenridge, including here on our own website. For winter activities, you'll find Isak the Troll, the gondola, dog sledding, Main Street shopping and of course skiing and snowboarding mentioned again and again. What you won't find are the hidden gems; the lesser-known trails and activities that mostly only the locals know about.

If you want to escape the mainstream, think about trying an activity you've never done before, something not as popular as skiing, but will still allow you to be active in the outdoors and reflect on your love for the mountains. You can try ice fishing and learn how they make holes through 4 feet of ice (sit in an igloo or out under the sun), try riding a Timbersled (a dirtbike built for the snow with a ski on the front and snowmobile track on the back), or try earning your turns with alpine touring in the backcountry (hire a guide and/or do your homework on backcountry safety). You don't have to be an extreme adventurist to try something entirely new. There is an expert outfitter for all of the winter activities the Rocky Mountains have to offer, to help beginners stay safe in high alpine conditions. 

If you are one of those people who draws energy from a crowd, the best places for people watching are at the Riverwalk Center on Main Street or the T-bar patio at the base of Peak 8. Grab a coffee or hot chocolate, soak up the sun and the stunning mountain views and check out the ski fashions from all over the world. Strike up a conversation and make a new friend or sit quietly and listen for how many different languages you'll hear over the course of a few hours. 

When hunger strikes, your choice of cuisine is unlimited! Replenish the calories burned on the ski hill with an assortment of filling comfort foods or plan a special night out at one of the fine dining establishments where you can find fresh fish flown in the day you eat it or locally-farmed products such as Colorado lamb. Breckenridge is all about the outdoor lifestyle so don't be concerned with showing up in ski gear at a white tablecloth restaurant. 

Back to those hidden gems mentioned above, the lesser known trails that only the locals know about....how can you find them? You'll either have to put in the years of learning on your own, or make friends with a local who can give you hints on where to find the secret smoke shacks and hidden backcountry huts. The same is true for finding a new home in a tight real estate market. Only a local expert can provide the knowledge to help you become a local (or an almost-local as a second homeowner) and then bust away from the crowds and live here like a local in our winter paradise. We are always honored to put our decades of Breckenridge knowledge to work and be the local expert you are looking for. Please call us today. 970.485.1480. 

 

Posted in Breckenridge
Jan. 7, 2022

Short Term Rental Update for Breckenridge

Short Term Vacation Rental Zones, License Types, and Regulations

 

Effective Dec 16 2021:

Resort Overlay Zone

·       The Resort Overlay Zone acknowledges the distinction between neighborhoods and resort communities. Resort Licenses allow for greater occupancy and no restrictions on number of nights rented. Overlay Zones include Copper Mountain, Keystone, Tiger Run Resort, and unincorporated areas at the base of Peak 8. No limit on nights short-term rented

·       Occupancy is determined by the greater of either 2 people per bedroom plus 4, or 1 person per 200 square feet of living area. (Please see exceptions for properties on septic systems and condominiums containing egress components less than 44 inches wide and without a sprinkler system, as stated in Section 6.1.f of the STR Ordinance.

Neighborhood Overlay Zone

The Neighborhood Overlay Zone applies to neighborhoods outside of the Resort Overlay Zone. If a property is in one of these zones a type one, two, or three license must be obtained. Occupancy in the Neighborhood Overlay Zone is limited to a maximum of 2 people per bedroom plus 2. (Please see exceptions for properties on septic systems, as stated in Section 6.1.f.iii in the STR Ordinance)

Type I

This license may only be obtained by a property owner who lives at their property as their primary residence.  For information on primary residence requirements, see Section 5.2.j of the STR Ordinance.

·       When the property owner is present and offering a bedroom for rent, there will be no limit on the number of nights that the bedroom may be rented annually. 

·       When the property owner is out of town and wishes to rent the entire home, a maximum of 60 nights per year will be permitted.

Type II

·       Property owners with this license can short-term rent no more than 135 nights per year.

·       The remainder of the year, the property owner may use the residence in any manner which is compliant with all other codes and regulations.  For information on long term renting, please visit the Summit Combined Housing Authority and Lease to Locals websites.

Type III

·       An application for a Type III license will only be accepted once a property owner has received approval for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the Planning Department. Conditional Use Permits are discussed in Section 3821.05 of the STR Regulations and Section 12300 of the Land Use and Development Code.

·       A CUP and Type III license would allow property owners to rent more than 135 nights per year. In addition, lots in excess of 40,000 sq. ft. may request greater occupancy which will be reviewed in the CUP process. 

·       The minimum standards to request a CUP review are differentiated by building type as described below:

o   Single Family-- Must meet one of the two requirements: 

§  100 ft. separation between all indoor and outdoor occupied spaces on the STR property and all neighboring properties, including but not limited to: residences, attached garages, patios, hot tubs, fire pits, and decks  OR

§  An approved accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on the property that is occupied by a local resident employed in Summit County for a minimum of 30 hours per week

o   Multi-Family--Must meet all 3 of the following requirements:

§  Direct shuttle to ski area or transit stop within 100 ft. of property.

§  Recreational shared amenities, at least 3 of the following: pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis/pickle ball court, game room, or other substantial amenity as approved by the Review Authority

§  A minimum of 100 units in the HOA

 

Breckenridge Short Term Rental Vacation Rental Regulations

Currently there is a waiting list for short term rental applications, those who are interested in applying for the waiting list must fill out the form located at https://www.xpressformsbuilder.com/viewer/4883bbc6-5a3d-41f6-9b59-ce4900936666

·       On November 23rd, 2021 the Town Council passed a new ordinance No. 35 amending Chapter 1, Title 4 of the Breckenridge Town Code concerning the annual accommodation unit regulatory fee. Please find the entire ordinance text here.

·       Due to the new ordinance, our annual accommodation unit licenses renewal process will be delayed until December 28th, 2021. 

·       The regulatory fee will be $400 per studio/bedroom per year for 2022 in addition to the current business and occupational license tax. The regulatory fee is required to be kept separate from the Town’s general fund. All dollars generated by this regulatory fee will be used to support the Town’s workforce housing policies and programs, including buy downs, lease to locals, acquisition of deed restricted units, and/or construction of new units.

·       The billing for 2022 will be loaded in our new software https://breckenridge.munirevs.com on December 28, 2021, and due by January 27, 2022. We will notify the license holders via email from support@munirevs.com

·       The 2021 expired license will be under a grace period until January 27, 2022, awaiting confirmation of the renewal by submitting a payment.

·       FAILURE TO REMIT A PAYMENT ON TIME WILL RESULT IN A TERMINATION OF THE LICENSE.

·       RENEWAL REQUESTS AFTER JANUARY 27, 2022 WILL HAVE BE CONSIDERED NEW APPLICATIONS AND WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE WAITING LIST PROCESS

·       2022 license billing will not be loaded in xpressbillpay.com. The renewal billing will be available through breckenridge.munirevs.com only.

 

Exempt Properties

Rental units within the properties listed below are exempt from the cap ordinance because they are a part of a condominium/hotel that has an on-site 24 hour staffed desk, a 24 hour telephone system that is monitored by a person, and 24 hour private security capable of responding to complaints involving the property's accommodation units within a reasonable amount of time.

BEAVER RUN RESORT

MOUNTAIN THUNDER LODGE

BLUESKY

LIFTSIDE CONDOS

THE CHATEAUX

ONE SKI HILL PLACE

CRYSTAL PEAK LODGE

RIVER MOUNTAIN LODGE

GRAND COLORADO ON PEAK 7

VALDORO MOUNTAIN LODGE

GRAND LODGE ON PEAK 7

VILLAGE AT BRECKENRIDGE

GRAND TIMBER LODGE

WATER HOUSE

MAIN STREET STATION

 

Town of Frisco Short Term Rental Regulations

Anyone renting their Frisco property, or seeking to rent a property in Frisco, for less than a consecutive thirty-day period should be aware of the town’s requirements for Short-Term Rentals (STR). These requirements apply regardless of how the properties are marketed – through a management company, online such as VRBO and Airbnb, newspaper or word of mouth.

·       Each STR unit is required to have a Short-Term Rental license and pay taxes

·       Effective August 1, 2021 – The STR license application fee will be $250 per year

·       Designation of a 24/7 Emergency Contact (Responsible Agent) who is available 24 hours per day/7 days per week to respond to and resolve complaints.

·       There is a maximum occupancy of 2 occupants per bedroom plus 4 additional occupants. For example – if you
have a 2 bedroom unit, your maximum occupancy is 8.

 

Town Of Silverthorne Short Term Rental Regulations

A valid short-term rental license is required for each short-term rental property in the Town of Silverthorne. A short-term rental property is defined as “a residential dwelling unit, or any room therein, available for lease for a term of less than thirty (30) consecutive days.” The license is required regardless of how the properties are marketed (through a management company, on-line through websites such as VRBO and Airbnb, newspaper ads, word of mouth, etc.).

Deed-restricted properties are prohibited from being rented on a short-term basis. Individual homeowner associations may have additional requirements, restrictions and covenants related to short-term rentals. If the short-term rental property is part of a duplex, the owner of the adjoining unit is required to be provided written notice seven days prior to filing an application.

Short-term rental licenses are non-transferable/non-refundable in event of property sale. The license number must be displayed in all advertising for the property.

o Studio –$150
o One Bedroom - $200
o Two Bedrooms –$250
o Three Bedrooms –$300
o Four Bedrooms –$350
o Five bedrooms (new tier)* – $450
o Six or more bedrooms (new tier)* – $500

The maximum occupancy for a property is two people per bedroom plus two people. All reservations and advertising needs to comply with the maximum occupancy for the property. The number of bedrooms for a property is determined by the Summit County Assessor’s Office.

 

Town of Dillon Short Term Rental Regulations

The Town of Dillon implemented an ordinance specifically regulating Short-Term Rentals (STRs).  Town Council discussed this subject at several work sessions from September through December 2018, sent out a mailing on the proposed ordinance and held a public input meeting on October 4, 2018.  The ordinance implementing the new STRs licensing application, fee and regulations within the Town limits was approved by Council on December 4, 2018 and became effective January 1, 2019.

·       If you are renting your residence or part of your residence for a period of less than 30 consecutive days, you are operating a short-term rental. 

·       All owners renting their property for a period of less than 30 days must apply for a short-term license and pay a fee of $50 by June 1 of each year.

·       All short-term rental licenses expire on May 31 of each year. The calendar year fee is $50 regardless of when the license is obtained. No refund shall be made to any person who discontinues business during the taxable year and no payment shall be transferable.

·       The person or company remitting the sales and lodging taxes must also obtain a business license and pay an occupational tax of $60 by January 1 of each year.

All income from short-term rentals in the Town of Dillon is subject to an 8.875% sales tax and a 2% lodging tax. A sales tax license must be obtained from the Colorado Department of Revenue.  Sales tax is remitted to the State of Colorado.  Sales tax applications can be downloaded from the Colorado Department of Revenue website at www.taxcolorado.com or by contacting them at (303) 232-2416.  The lodging tax is remitted directly to the Town of Dillon. Forms must be filled out regardless if any income was generated and remittance forms are due by the 20th of the month for the preceding month.   If you file your sales tax on a quarterly basis, you may also file your lodging tax quarterly.  The payments are then due by the 20th of the month following the end of the month or quarter.  The State of Colorado will determine your filing frequency.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices at str@townofdillon.com.

 

Blue River Short Term Rental Regulations

Property Owners must complete a 2021 Short-Term Rental License Application available on the Town website or by contacting the Town Manager at michelle@townofblueriver.org.  The Short-Term Rental Application is required by Sec. 6-1-70 of the Blue River Municipal Code. Completed applications may be emailed to michelle@townofblueriver.org.

New Applications: $200

Renewals: $150

The applicant is required to submit the following items with the completed application:

·       Documentation of a sales tax license from the Colorado Department of Revenue. Sec. 6-1-70(a)(5), Blue River Municipal Code.

·       A completed Self-Inspection/Compliance form. Sec. 6-1-70(a)(6), Blue River Municipal Code.

·       Payment of an application fee in the amount of $200.00 for a new license. Sec. 6-1-70(a)(3), Blue River Municipal Code. Property owners requesting a renewal license are required by submit a $150.00 fee. Sec. 6-1-100(c), Blue River Municipal Code.

·       Completed applications with the required documentation may be emailed to michelle@townofblueriver.org. Application fee payments may be made online at: https://townofblueriver.colorado.gov/pay-online and select Short-term Rental Registration. Payment may also be mailed to: Town of Blue River, PO Box 1784, Breckenridge, CO 80424.

·       All new license applications will be reviewed by the Town Manager and will be approved, conditionally approved, or rejected within thirty (30) days of receipt of a completed application. The Town Manager may impose written conditions of the issuance of a license. Sec. 6-1-80, Blue River Municipal Code.

·       All licenses will expire on December 31 of the year in which the license was issued. 

·       Property Owners are required to pay taxes on the short-term rentals. Sec. 6-1-110(f), Blue River Municipal Code. All rentals of short-term accommodations are subject to State, Summit County, and Town of Blue River sales tax, as well as the Town of Blue River lodging tax.  The total tax to be collected is 12.275% of the rental fee. When listing with a hosting platform, verify the address is BLUE RIVER.

·       To be remitted to the State of Colorado: 8.875%.  [Blue River Sales Tax: 2.5%; 2.9% State sales tax, 2.0% Summit County sales tax, 0.75% County mass transit tax (Summit Stage), 0.725% Special District sales tax (Summit Housing Authority)].

·       To be remitted directly to the Town of Blue River: 3.4%. NOTE: Hosting platforms do not collect or remit the 3.4% Lodging Tax to the Town of Blue River. You must remit the Lodging Tax to the Town. It is your responsibility to confirm that the hosting platform remits the sales/state taxes. Please visit our website to submit rental tax information at: https://townofblueriver.colorado.gov/lodging/short-term-rental

·       Advertisements of short-term rentals are required to include: (1) reference to the Town-issued license number; (2) the maximum occupancy limitation imposed for the STR; and (3) the maximum off-street parking limitation imposed for the STR. Sec. 6-1-110(c), Blue River Municipal Code.

·       STR Property owners are required to post a written notice of requirements on the interior side of the primary entry door of the property and also prominently placed on the counter of the dwelling unit’s primary kitchen counter. Sec. 6-1-110(e), Blue River Municipal Code. The Town will provide the poster.

·       If any information changes on the STR application, property owners must notify Michelle Eddy within ten (10) days of the change. Sec. 6-1-110(h), Blue River Municipal Code.

·       Property Owners are required to read all the requirements applicable to STRs in the Town of Blue River Short-Term Rental Ordinance 2020-15.

For questions, contact Michelle Eddy at (970) 547-0545 ext. 1 or michelle@townofblueriver.org

 

Resource Links

Summit County STR  

https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1221/Short-Term-Rentals

Full Summit County STR Ordinance https://www.summitcountyco.gov/DocumentCenter/View/23986/STR-Regulations?bidId=

Town Of Breckenridge STR Ordinance

https://www.townofbreckenridge.com/home/showpublisheddocument/20704/637697413616900000

https://www.townofbreckenridge.com/your-government/finance/short-term-rentals

Town of Frisco STR Ordinance

https://www.friscogov.com/departments/finance/sales-and-lodging-tax/short-term-rental-license-application-process/short-term-rental-regulations/

Town of Silverthorne STR Ordinance

https://www.silverthorne.org/town-services/finance-administrative-services/short-term-rental-license

Town of Dillon STR Ordinance

https://www.dillonco.gov/business/dillon-short-term-rental-str

 Town of Blue River STR Ordinance

https://townofblueriver.colorado.gov/lodging/short-term-rental

 

Posted in Breckenridge
Nov. 22, 2021

Breckenridge Christmas Holidays 2021

Breckenridge needs no excuse to throw a party! Along with the national holidays, we have a slew of celebratory traditions unique to our little mountain town. Events are scheduled all 12 months of the year, but the winter holidays are extra special in a town where every snowfall feels like Christmas.

 

Ski season is officially underway and was marked with a christening of the new parking garage. Breckenridge Ski Resort is open and will be celebrating its 60th anniversary all season long!  

 

The spirit of Christmas officially kicks off on December 4, 2021 with mountain-themed events starting at noon.  The Holiday Dog Parade at 3:45 will put a smile on your face even if you are a holiday grinch. Children 12 and under will run down Main Street in the Moose March at 4:20pm followed by hundreds of Santas in all shapes and sizes in the infamous Race of the Santas.  The highlight of the day happens as soon as the sun sets at 5pm. A true Winter Wonderful comes to life with the Lighting of Breckenridge. Nearly 250,000 LED lights at the Blue River Plaza in the heart of Breckenridge against the backdrop of the Ten Mile Range is a spectacular scene. Mingle among the Aspen trunks twinkling with white lights glowing on the snow all season long. The lights stay in place until the end of March.  

 

If that’s not enough, no worries, because there’s more! Ullr Fest takes place December 9-12. Activities such as the Shotski, curling at the ice rink and an ice skating show are on the schedule. The main event is the Ullr Parade which takes place Thursday, Dec 9. This is THE most entertaining Breckenridge parade of the year! New this year for Ullr Fest is a movie screening which will take place on Sunday, December 12 at the newly-opened Eclipse Theatre. The Art of Flight is the world’s most progressive snowboard film, sponsored by Red Bull. 

 

No resting after the holidays!  

 

One of Breckenridge’s most popular signature events, the International Snow Sculpture Championships takes place January 24-30, 2022. Enormous 12-foot blocks of snow will be transformed into masterpieces hand carved out of snow. Teams from all over the world compete to have the best sculpture or at least the popular vote. Visitors can participate from beginning to end by helping to stomp snow into the 12-foot blocks, viewing the sculptors as they work throughout the week, and voting on their favorite sculpture.

 

The beauty and magic of Breckenridge is celebration in and of itself. You don’t have to be attending a special event or sending it on the slopes to have a wonderful time. Every snowfall, every sunrise and every sunset are unique and spectacular. Come for a visit and you’ll see why the real estate market is one of the hottest in the country. You will need a realtor with expertise and decades of knowledge about the market and community networking that runs deep. Give us a call or email today.  970.485.1480.

 

Posted in Breckenridge
Sept. 17, 2021

Fall in Breckenridge & Summit County

The gold rush of Fall makes September the shortest and sweetest month of the year. Golden aspen leaves against a bluebird sky is an incredible sight to behold. No matter how many years you’ve witnessed the change, the splendor never grows old and the same groves always looks different depending on the weather.

In Summit County, aspens are our primary fall foliage with their mostly-yellow leaves and occasional light red. However, there are some other native species such as cottonwood and white poplars that tend to change color a little bit later than the aspens and typically have more orange in the fall mix. These species help stretch leaf season into October most years.  Around the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge is a great place to see a variety of deciduous trees including the ones that often still have their golden leaves when we get the first dusting of the snow for the upcoming winter season.

It’s no secret that the best leaf viewing is along Boreas Pass and through the aspen tunnel. It’s also not a secret that you’ll likely find crowds of cars, bikes and pedestrians up there depending on the day and time you make a visit. Weekdays and early mornings are best, especially because late afternoon the westward setting sun shines directly on Boreas Pass causing shadows and glare.

Why not trying to hit up some of the lesser known spots to see the leaves? There are many other amazing groves all over Summit County and nearby.

Scenic drives:

  • South of Breckenridge on Highway 9 to Hoosier Pass. 
  • West on I-70 over Vail Pass. 
  • East on Tiger Road just off Highway 9 north of Breckenridge.   
  • East of Breckenridge on French Gulch Road at the end of Reiling Road.

Easy trail hikes include Sawmill Reservoir, French Creek, Pence Miller, and Gold Run. 

While you’re on the trail and looking up at the leaves, don’t forget to look down now and then. Our wet and warm summer gave us bumper crops of wildflowers and mushrooms that are mostly gone, but now we’ve got clusters or wild berries in orange, blue and red. 

Following a summer with a lot of hazy skies, Fall 2021 seems a bit more spectacular than ever. Our bluebird skies are back and warm temps in the 60s are in the forecast.  Get out for a stroll, hike or bike ride before we have deep snow on the ground.

Demand to buy a home in Breckenridge or Summit County has not slowed and inventory is still historically low, but with a network decades in the making, we can help you find your dream property. Call us today at (970) 485-1480. 

Fall leaves in Breckenridge

 

 

Posted in Breckenridge
Aug. 19, 2021

Mushrooms and Moose

Mushrooms and moose? What do the two have in common? They both live in Summit County, both are fun to seek out, both are wild and both can be dangerous. That may be where the similarities end, but with the moose population growing and a strong monsoon creating a bumper crop of mushrooms this summer, we thought you might want to read about both.

July 2021 was wet and warm, perfect for mushroom “fruiting.” Some mushrooms are edible and some are deadly poisonous. If you want to pick and eat the mushrooms you find, you must have a permit from the Forest Service and avoid areas that are off limits such as the ski resorts and Eagles Nest Wilderness in the Gore Range. More importantly, since some mushrooms are poisonous, you must also do extensive research before deciding to imbibe in wild shrooms. Unless you have done your homework, we recommend thinking of mushrooms like wildflowers. Witnessing their whimsical character, diversity and documenting your findings with photos is adventure in itself. There are more than 2000 species of mushrooms statewide. Mushrooms thrive in the higher elevations of Colorado in cool, dense and healthy forests. Look on the ground and around dead tree stumps. They’ll be easier to spot looking upslope.

The Colorado Mycological Society (cmsweb.org) offers education and events for those wanting to learn more about these wonderful fungi. There are also numerous mushroom festivals and fairs around our outdoorsy state.

It wouldn’t be highly unusual to spot a moose while out hunting for mushrooms in Summit County. Moose most commonly inhabit wetlands around rivers, creeks, lakes and low-lying areas that tend hold water but are thick with tall shrubs and grasses. The Cucumber Gulch Preserve underneath the Breckenridge gondola is a perfect example of the terrain and foliage that moose are drawn to. The preserve is a protected habitat for moose in Summit County and each year the gondola stops running mid May to mid June for moose-calving season.

Moose are not native to Colorado. In 1978, twenty-four moose (male and female) from Utah and Wyoming were transplanted to Colorado by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Although the moose prefer the woods and wetlands, it’s not uncommon to see a bull moose or mama moose and calves checking out the scenery in town. They can be seen nonchalantly strolling Main Street in Breck or Frisco, bedding down in someone’s yard, or creating a scene on the ski slopes. Because they are slow moving and lanky in appearance, many visitors think they are harmless are known to inch closer for better photos. However, you “moost” not approach the moose. They can charge in the blink of an eye, run up to 35 mph, jump fences, and are very protective of their young. Moose attacks occur several times a year. Not only is it dangerous to approach a moose, but it’s also illegal and disrespectful. Give them their space, view from a distance and do not approach. Having a dog off leash that chases wildlife is also illegal and can result in fines and/or your dog being trampled.

House hunting in today's market can be a bit like hunting for mushrooms and moose- you have to know where to look. We can help you find the elusive mountain property or buyers for your existing mountain property. Call or email us today! 

moose and mushrooms

 

Posted in Summit County
July 11, 2021

Summit County Wildflowers

Like snow in the winter and the golden leaves of fall, the fleeting nature of wildflowers makes them all the more special. Wildflowers provide seeds, nectar, pollen, and leaves as a source of food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals. Flowers are known to have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing. Combine that with the health benefits of physical exercise and you’ve got yourself one of the best summer activities in the state- a wildflower hike.

Summer does not come quickly in Colorado, but that late season snow melt , 300+ days of sunshine, and our high altitude make it one of the best places in the country to see wildflowers. The blooms start to show up in mid June, peak in mid July and stick around through mid August depending on the weather. With the aspens and pines towering high over your head and a bluebird sky, a meadow of red, yellow and purple wildflowers is a breathtaking sight.

There are dozens of wildflowers to be discovered, but the most common ones you’ll see in Summit County are the red Indian paintbrush, purple Lupines, white or blue Alpine forget-me-nots, violet Larkspur, and our state flower, the blue Columbine.

Where to Find the Wildflowers in Summit County

All types of wildflower hikes can be found in Summit County from short to long, close to town or high-alpine adventures. Our favorites are listed below. Directions can be found on your favorite trails app.

Northern Summit County: Cataract Lake and Salt Like Trail

Southern Summit County: Hoosier Pass, Black Powder Pass. and Baldy Trail

Western Summit County: Mayflower Gulch

Breckenridge: Breckenridge Alpine Garden (just behind the Breckenridge Associates office on the river walk) and Breckenridge Ski Resort (the runs are open for hiking and biking in the summer). 

Just to the west of Summit County, a great spot to find Colorado wildflowers is at Shrine Ridge on Vail Pass. 

Wildflowers can grow in your own yard in Summit County! We can help you find the perfect home with room for a flower garden or any other special amenities you are looking for in your mountain home. Call Stephany Epps today at (970) 485-1480.

breckenridge wildflowers hikes

 

 

 

Posted in Summit County
June 14, 2021

Breckenridge Summer Returns to Pre-Pandemic Normalcy

If you’ve ever visited Breckenridge during a summer previous to 2020, you likely fell in love with our mountain town and plan to return regularly. Outdoor activities are abundant and when you're ready to relax with some nice entertainment, the event lineup has something everyone in the family can enjoy. Summer 2021 will resemble summers previous to last. With the exception of frequent but short afternoon showers (that keep our forests healthy), Breckenridge summers are nothing short of perfection.

Here are the Top 3 Breckenridge Summer Events we want you to know about:

Fourth of July:  Fireworks were banned in 2019 for the protection of our environment and the wildlife that also call this place home. Otherwise, this year’s Fourth of July traditions return including the Firecracker 50, chalk art, 10k trail run, live music and the Main Street Fourth of July parade which passes right in front of the Breckenridge Associates office.

Breck Create: What sounds more ”mountain town” than a bike-in movie? Pedal up or walk onto the lawn at the Breckenridge Arts District on Ridge Street for an outdoor movie on the big screen. Movie themes will be geared towards those who love the outdoors and will play June 23, July 28 and Aug 25.

National Repertory Orchestra: The NRO serves to provide the community with free classical music events and to introduce children of all ages to orchestral performances. The NRO symphony is made up of young adult musicians across the globe who are preparing for professional careers. They’ve had an extra year to prepare for this summer’s performances which are sure to stir emotion and bring smiles to the souls of all who listen. Opening night is June 26 at the Riverwalk Center with live performances around Breckenridge and Summit County through July 31.  

For a full list of Breckenridge Summer 2021 activities and events, click here

Posted in Breckenridge
Jan. 7, 2021

Nordic Skiing in Summit County

If you are looking for an alternative to skiing and avoiding the crowds, then maybe look at Nordic Skiing.  The county has several options to get outdoors, but not have to be waiting in the lift lines.  The local Nordic Centers have equipment to rent to make it hassle free.  Here is a list of Nordic Centers in Summit County.

 

 

Gold Run Nordic Center is located on the north end of Breckenridge, near Highway 9 off Tiger Road at the Breckenridge Golf Course. Trails wind through the golf course and have a steeper, longer set of trails that head up into Gold Run Gulch.

Breckenridge Nordic Center is located on Ski Hill Road, before you reach the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Trails circle around the Shock Hill subdivision, Cucumber Gulch and also head to steeper trails to the north of the ski resort.

Frisco Nordic Center is right off Highway 9 on the south end of Frisco. This is large Nordic Center with great beginner terrain and easy trails, as well as lots of up and down that extend to Lake Dillon.

Keystone Nordic Center is nine miles of groomed trails in Keystone and you are able to access to 35 more ungroomed miles in the surrounding National Forest.

 

Copper Mountain Nordic Center offers free trails along the golf course and West Village.

 

Posted in Breckenridge
Jan. 7, 2021

Welcome 2021 from Breckenridge

Happy New Year!  If you are looking to plan a trip to Summit County in the coming months, you will be happy to know that we have moved to level orange on the COVID dial this week.  We are hoping to continue to have our daily cases decline which will allow even more opportunity to return to a more “normal”.  Restaurants and business are working toward with the 5 Star Certification Program, which would allow them to move to level yellow on the dial if the county can maintain 7-days of declining/maintain numbers (350 cases per 100,000).  Currently, Summit County is allowing restaurants to operate at 25% capacity.  To ensue that you get a table, it is highly recommended that you make a reservation ahead of time.  Take-out is still an option as well! 

If you are in the mood to go some shopping, retailers can operate at 50% capacity.  You can get your shopping done or just browse at a safe distance. 

Short-term rentals are also allowed to book reservations at this time.  The restriction is that households can not be mixed.  Visit the Summit County COVID page for a full update on rental restrictions. 

We are so glad that we are a community that is surrounded by beautiful open land to allow us to still get a small dose of “normal”.  Hope that you are all staying well and healthy!  See you in the mountains soon!

 

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Dec. 23, 2020

Merry Christmas from Breckenridge

Merry Christmas from Breckenridge!  Although this year many of us are celebrating in different ways than past years, I hope that everyone can enjoy the season.  I hope that in the coming year we will be able to go back to a time when we can gather around family and friends to celebrate together.  May you have a wonderful holiday season!

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