My kids started school last week. It was hard to come back from our summer in Colorado to the Georgia heat. The whole summer was a fantastic experience and I have my fingers crossed we can do it again next year. We packed a lot into a month, but there is still a lot to see and do in Colorado, so a return trip might be in order. Here are the highlights of our final days in Breckenridge and links to all our Colorado posts so you can plan your own vacation.
Summer in Breckenridge: Breckenridge Stables
Riding through the mountains on horseback was at the top of my list of things to do this summer, so we visited Breckenridge Stables for a trail ride. Our family enjoys riding horses, but we are not skilled riders, so this nose-to-tail ride was perfect for us. The route we took through the mountains was pretty and crossed varied terrain. The rides go out rain or shine, as we found out, so you may want to bring a slicker just in case. Anyone who has spent a summer in Breckenridge knows the weather can change quickly. In August Breck Stables brings the PRCA Pro Rodeo to town. Unfortunately, we left before the first weekend, my youngest would have loved a second chance to try mutton busting.
Summer in Breckenridge: Breckenridge Rec Center
The Breckenridge Rec Center is along the Blue River Trail, a paved bike path that leads into the town of Breckenridge, making it easy to bike, walk or drive. Visitors to the Center can come for the day, get a punch card for multiple visits or purchase a membership. The rock climbing wall is my boy’s favorite part of the center. My older two learned to climb at sleep away camp a few years ago, so they were able to pass the belay test and climb without supervision; plus they could belay the youngest too. My favorite part was I could send the boys off on their bikes to climb without having to accompany them every day.
Summer in Breckenridge: Main Street Rambling
While strolling along Main Street, we got a glimpse of the neighborhood fox. There is a family that lives on one of the empty lots. The lot is between two historic log buildings and is a bone yard of old farm equipment, making for some fun pictures.
Summer in Breckenridge: Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, CO
In the late 1800’s some of the best known dinosaurs, (Apatosaurus, Stegosaurs and Allosaurus), were discovered along Dinosaur Ridge, outside of Denver and an easy stop off I-70. You can still see the tracks in the rocks along the ridge, so of course we had to check it out. We took the bus tour, which I recommend since it’s only $4 and the guide offers some interesting tidbits that aren’t on the signs. My youngest liked digging for fossils in the sand outside the small museum. I liked the maps of the area, which show a large river running right next to the ridge and was probably the reason for the well preserved footprints. Take the day and visit nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre (which is visible from the ridge.)
Summer in Breckenridge: Boreas Pass Hike
Boreas Pass is an old railroad stop that sits along the Continental Divide. We waited out a storm before our hike and when we got out of the car, my son watched the puddles running both east and west. Pretty cool. It seems impossible to get a train through here in winter, but they built drift fences along the track to keep the snow away. You can still see the tree stumps from the trees they cut to make the fence. It looks like Paul Bunyan came through with his ax. How long does a tree stump last?
Summer in Breckenridge: Where to Eat
To keep expenses in check, we ate in for most meals. The Sooper Market is an affiliate of Kroger and took our Kroger Plus card. We were excited to find the prices similar to those at home. We were expecting resort prices. We did go out a few times and here’s what we found.
- Empire Burger: Burgers are good. Fresh cut fries are great and the handmade margaritas are awesome. Even my Bud Light drinking husband was impressed and commented that we should learn how to make these.
- Kenoshau: If it’s not too cold, sit out on the back deck. They have a decent happy hour with a good hummus plate. We didn’t eat dinner here because the wait was too long, but the food looked good.
- Hearthstone: Visit this fine dining restaruant for happy hour and get $5 small plates. The brie quesadilla was fantastic.
- Crepes a la Cart: There was a line down the street every night for this food truck style eatery. I finally stopped for a savory crepe and my son had one of the sweet variety. Quite tasty. Bring cash, they don’t accept credit or debit cards.
- Daylight Donuts: I was a bit disappointed to learn this was a chain, but good donuts all the same. Bring friends and enjoy the extra large cinnamon rolls.
This was the final week of our month long adventure. If you’d like to see what else we’ve done, check out these past posts:
- Travel with Kids: Road Trip from Atlanta to Colorado
- Travel with Kids: Breckenridge Fun Park
- Mountain Bike School at Breckenridge Resort
- Travel with Kids: Breckenridge Resort with Kids
- Colorado Rodeo: Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park
- Summer in Colorado: An Active Family Vacation
- Five Educational Lessons at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- Breckenridge with Kids: Stories from the Past with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
- Summer in Breckenridge: Country Boy Mine Tour
- Colorado History Museum: The Definition of Interactive
- Summer in Colorado: Breckenridge with Kids