If you want to enjoy our picturesque mountainous winter wonderland, but want to take a break from skiing, snowshoeing is the perfect solution for you! Snowshoeing is a great way to get some exercise, clear your head, and explore the outdoors while escaping the crowds. Whether novice, expert or somewhere in between, let us be your guide to snowshoeing in Summit County!

Avalanche Awareness

Avalanche safety awareness isn’t just for backcountry skiers; it’s for snowshoers too! Before heading into the mountains, it is imperative that you are prepared! You should not venture into avalanche terrain without proper training and equipment.  You are responsible for ensuring you are aware of and prepared for avalanche risk before venturing into uncontrolled or backcountry areas!

Snowshoe Rentals

Investing in snowshoeing equipment (or bringing that equipment in your carry-on) can get expensive. As an alternative, rent your equipment from one of these outdoor equipment outfitters!

  • Location:
    • 435 N. Park Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424
    • 500 Village Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Rental Cost:
    • Single Day Rental- $20
    • Multi-Day Rental- $18/day
  • Location:
    • BlueSky Breckenridge: 42 Snowflake Dr, Breckenridge, CO 80424
    • Main Street Station: 505 S. Main St. Unit C8, Breckenridge, CO 80424
    • Marriott’s Mountain Valley Lodge: 655 Columbine Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Rental Cost: $25 per day. Currently offering a 30% discount for $17.50 per day.
  • Location: 203 N. Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Rental Cost:
    • Single Day
      • Walk-in: $27
      • Online: $21.60
    • 2-5 Days
      • Walk-in $25
      • Online: $20
    • 6+ Days
      • Walk-in: $23
      • Online: $18.40
  • Location: 324 N. Main Street
  • Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Rental Cost: $16 daily, $13.50 multi-day (3+)

Check with the Activities team at your resort for snowshoe rental availability! Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grand Colorado on Peak 8: $25

Grand Lodge on Peak 7: $25

Grand Timber Lodge: Rentals available at Christy Sports!

Snowshoe Trails

With hundreds of miles of trails in the area, Breckenridge is the perfect place to start your snowshoeing adventure. Be sure to pack enough food and water for the day and wear waterproof boots and outerwear; wearing layers is essential for exercising in the cold. Enjoy the peaceful winter serenity from these favorite local trails!

Sallie Barber Mine Trail is an easy 2.8-mile trail with minimal elevation gain making it a great family trail. The trail leads through forest to the Sallie Barber Mine where visitors can see mining equipment. This is a heavily-trafficked trail.

Peaks Trail is a heavily-trafficked trail that leads from near the Northside of Grand Lodge on Peak 7 all the way to Frisco. The entire duration of the trail is 15.3 miles, but you can hike for as long (or short) as you choose! The trail leads through forest with some beautiful overlooks.

Iowa Hill is a shorter, but steeper trail located off of Airport Road. The trail is only 0.7 miles long leading through the forest to mining equipment and structures. This is a great trail to see the mining history of Breckenridge!

Gold Hill is a 2.90 mile out and back trail located off of Highway 9 on your way into town. With minimal elevation gain, this trail is rated as easy! Gold Hill trail wanders through the forest, leading to beautiful vistas of the Tenmile Range and Lake Dillon.

Sawmill Reservoir is a Breckenridge classic, especially for those staying at Grand Timber Lodge. Easily accessed from the property, this easy trail is 1.3 miles in length and leads to a lake. Keep in mind there is no parking at this trailhead, but it can be accessed from Grand Timber or via bus. A great alternative for a day off of skiing!

Little French Gulch Trail is moderately challenging at a length of 4.8 miles. The trail starts at the end of French Gulch Road, following alongside a creek towards Mount Guyot. Little French is a great place to find some serenity.

The Breckenridge Recreation path is a groomed trail that weaves through Breckenridge following the Blue River. The rec path would be a great option for beginner snowshoers who do not want to venture into the backcountry. You’ll see recreationists of every kind- from cross-country skiers to fat bikers to snowshoers!

B&B to Reiling Dredge to Minnie Mine is a 2.90-mile loop. This trail is moderately-challenging. Snowshoers will experience some amazing scenery along with some mining relics. This trail would be a good option for those snowshoers open for a little bit more of a challenge!

Guided Tours

Are you wanting to try snowshoeing but aren’t sure where to start? Guided snowshoe tours are a great way to get your start! You will learn about snowshoeing equipment and technique, mining history, flora and fauna of the Breckenridge area, and get to explore some beautiful trails!

Hike Through Gold Mine History

This hike tells the story of hydraulic mining — how gold was extracted from the surrounding hills using high-pressure water hoses.

  • Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
  • $25 per adult, $15 per child

Gold Mine and Dredge Boat Hike

Explore the Golden Horseshoe, one of Colorado’s most fertile mining regions and home to dozens of early mining operations.

  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
  • $25 per adult, $15 per child

Self-Guided Snowshoe Adventure

Navigate marked trails on your own Self-Guided Adventure anytime from 9am – 4 pm daily.  Reservations are not required for self-guided snowshoeing.

Guided Snowshoe Adventures

Guided Snowshoe Adventures offers an incredible history of Breckenridge and the surrounding area.  Each guide will give you a unique interpretive experience with information on Summit County, Colorado’s local ecology and history. These adventures are more than just a snowshoe hike – they’re an experience to be enjoyed from beginning to end.

Guided Group Snowshoe Adventures

Group tours are scheduled daily at 10:30am and 12:30pm. These snowshoe tours last 1 and 1/4 hours and will be a maximum group size of 8. These tours will traverse the Cucumber Gulch Preserve and are a great way to meet new people and maybe find a snowshoe buddy for another day.

    • $80 per person
    • Trail pass included; rentals are an additional $25 when booked in advance online.
    • Please, no children under 13 on group tours

Guided Private Adventures 

Private Adventures are a great way for our friendly and knowledgeable guides to customize the experience for your needs. For those new to snowshoeing and the mountain environment, a personalized guided tour is a gentle way to have a soft adventure, explore and discover the mountains while our guide helps you learn new skills to go out on your own.  Private Adventures are a great way for individuals, families, and private groups to get the most out of their winter experience.  Guides are very knowledgeable about the alpine environment, local wildlife, and mining history and are eager to share their love of the area with you.

    • $120 for first person, $80 for each additional person
    • (All Youth 12 and under are asked to book a Private with a chaperone)
    • Trail passes are included. Adult Rentals are an additional $23 For adults and $18 for Youth/Seniors.

Jessie Mill Guided Snowshoe Tour

Explore one of our iconic mining structures in the Golden Horseshoe — the Jessie Mill. Our experienced guides highlight the rich mining history of the area as well as our local wildlife. This two-hour tour on gently rolling terrain is appropriate for families and children, ages 7 and up and those new to snowshoeing and/or high altitude. Price includes trail pass fee. Rentals are available for half price.

  • Offered Daily
  • 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • December 11-March 31
  • $60 adults, $40 under 13

Dry Gulch Guided Snowshoe Tour

This tour passes many of the highlights of our area (the Jessie Mill, the Jumbo Mine, and the abandoned town of Preston) on the way to our quirky destination of Dry Gulch, an old mining claim.  Your guide will explain the history of our valley and its mining industry and also highlight the sub-alpine environment through which we pass.  Guests will make a circuit covering both sides of the valley providing many scenic stopping points and beautiful views of the Ten Mile Range.  This is a strenuous tour recommended for adults and children at least 12 years old.  This tour can take three to four hours, depending on the conditions. Price includes trail pass fee. Rentals are available for half price.

  • Tuesdays
  • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Offered December 14-March 29
  • $60 adults, $40 under 13

Jumbo Overlook Guided Snowshoe Tour

This tour passes the iconic Jessie Mill and the abandoned town of Preston on its way to the Overlook at the old Jumbo Mine.  Your guide will provide commentary on the historical structures that we encounter and about the history of the area and its natural wonders. Guests will snowshoe through the forest on tree-lined paths, but will also have the opportunity to break trail in open snowfields.  This tour is moderately strenuous and is recommended for adults and children over 12 years of age. Depending on conditions, this tour will generally take between two and two and a half hours. Price includes trail pass fee. Rentals are available for half price.

  • Thursday & Sunday
  • 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • December 19-March 31
  • $45 adults, $22,50 under 13

Full Moon Snowshoe Tour

Experience the great outdoors in the light of the full moon! Let our experienced guides lead you on a wild adventure, sharing stories of our historical and natural environment. The fee includes snowshoes and headlamps. Post-tour, we return to the Clubhouse for socializing and a light snack. Available for ages 10+.

  • Full moons
  • $70

One of our local non-profit organizations, Friends of Dillon Ranger District, offers guided snowshoe tours as part of their educational outreach programs. These events are free and open to the public! Keep an eye on the FDRD events calendar for guided snowshoeing throughout the season.

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