Welcome to the Town of Breckenridge!
You are currently 9603 feet above sea level in the Upper Blue Basin. If you take a look around, you’ll see the impressive Tenmile Range to the West and the Continental Divide to the East. Founded in 1859 as a mining town, Breckenridge has a rich cultural history and has grown to 5,000 year-round residents. We know there are many more who consider Breckenridge their home away from home, and we believe that everyone who comes plays an important role in our community character.
Here we’re united by the ways that we recreate and take in the views. There’s no shortage of ways to enjoy Breckenridge, from a mountain bike ride on our 55+ miles of Town-owned trails to a stroll along Main Street. There’s something for everyone here, whether it’s biking, hiking, zip-lining, golfing, or yoga.
We live in a beautiful, high alpine environment. While out on our trails (or even in the core of Town!), you may run into our other residents: moose, bears, and foxes. It’s important to us that our animal residents have space to roam and live freely. We ask that you help us keep our wildlife wild by keeping your distance. We ask that you please don’t feed the wildlife or approach for a selfie. The zoom feature on your camera is perfectly designed for these moments! We hope that you simply take a few steps back and enjoy the magic of seeing a moose stroll across Main Street on a beautiful summer evening.
As you enjoy our town, you can help us in our mission to protect this place we all love. We want to make sure that Breckenridge stays a beautiful place to live, work, and play. We’re working to make Breck fully sustainable with 100% renewable energy by 2035. We hope you’ll join us in this mission while you’re here!
We’re working to eliminate single-use plastics here in Breck. At the Welcome Center and stores across Town, you can skip the 10 cent bag fee and buy one of our locally-designed reusable bags. Not only will they save you money and keep plastic out of the Blue River, but they’re also a beautiful souvenir and a great way to take Breck home with you. We also encourage using reusable water bottles while you’re here. Since we’re at the mouth of the headwaters, nothing you buy at the store will be as fresh as our Town water! Enjoy it from several water filling stations across Town.
As you walk along Main Street, you’ll see several green trash receptacles. We ask that you recycle everything you can! Recently, we partnered with Recycle America to put signs on our recycling containers to make it easy for our guests and residents to know what can and can’t be recycled. We also have a recycling station down on Coyne Valley Road where you can take things that might be a little bit harder to recycle during your stay. Above all, please be aware that coffee cups are not recyclable in Breckenridge and be sure to “chuck” your cup. Or, better yet, grab a reusable cup from our Welcome Center!
In Breckenridge, we’re all about “green commutes.” We’re ranked as a gold-level biking community, and most of our local hiking and biking trails start right in town, so you don’t need a car to get to the trailhead. We encourage you to hop on our free bus system that covers all of Town, the Breck Free Ride. In 2018, we moved 1.2 million people throughout Breckenridge, and we’d love to give you a ride!
Making it even easier to ride the bus is our new “My Free Ride App.” Available for IOS and Android, “My Free Ride” will show you the exact location of your bus and the time that it will arrive. Using the app, you can explore all of our transit routes and use the “Plan My Trip” feature to map how to get from where you are to where you want to go. Riding the Free Ride is a great way to see Breckenridge and enjoy your trip in a sustainable way. Who knows, you might even see me on your bus route!
Breckenridge is a real mountain town with friendly locals that love living here. We hope you enjoy being a local for however long you’re in town for and that you’ll join us in our mission to keep Breckenridge clean and green.
Mayor Eric Mamula