Snowshoeing in Summit County

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!

Know Before You Go

Before heading into the mountains it is imperative that you are prepared! You should not venture into avalanche terrain with proper training and equipment. Know Before You Go, an avalanche awareness program, teaches methods to stay safe and avoid avalanches. The five essential steps of preparation are as listed below.

No online courses can replace an AIARE certification course and experience. You are responsible for making sure you are aware of and prepared for avalanche risk before venturing into uncontrolled or backcountry areas!

  • Always carry a transceiver, probe, and shovel in the backcountry to help you find a buried partner and be found
  • Always carry your gear on your body with your transceiver turned on
  • Consider riding with an inflatable pack to increase your chances of staying on top of an avalanche
  • Practice with your gear regularly. Seconds count and your gear only works when you can use it confidently and efficiently in bad conditions
  • Carry the gear and supplies you need to survive an injury or a long evacuation in winter conditions
  • Be able to communicate with your partners and rescuers
  • Remember that your gear helps you have a safer and more fun day – it does not guarantee your safety

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!

Alpine Sports

Alpine Sports is a family-owned outdoor equipment rental company, in operation since 2002. Alpine Sports offers top-of-the-line equipment and knowledgeable staff ready to assist with your outdoor adventures!

  • 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

Charter Sports

Charter Sports offers Atlas snowshoes for rent as well as poles and a carrying case!

  • 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: 8:00 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Rental Cost: $25 per day. Currently offering a 30% discount for $17.50 per day

Carver’s Ski + Bike

Carver’s Ski + Bike offers Tubbs snowshoes and equipment for all skill levels!

  • Location: 203 N. Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Rental Cost:
    • Single Day
      • Walk-in: $22
      • Online: $17.60
    • 2-5 Days
      • Walk-in $20
      • Online: $16
    • 6+ Days
      • Walk-in: $18
      • Online: $14.40

Snowshoeing 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

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

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

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

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.

Lily Pad Lake

Located in the Wildernest neighborhood of Silverthorne at the base of Buffalo Peak, Lily Pad Lake is another easy trail that the whole family can enjoy. At 3.3 miles in length round trip, this trail leads through Eagles Nest Wilderness to two lakes. When snowshoeing, the lakes will be covered in snow, but are nonetheless lovely.

Mayflower Gulch

Mayflower Gulch trail is located off of Highway 91 when heading towards Leadville. A bit further from Breckenridge, but it is worth the journey! This trail is very popular so it is recommended to arrive early! This easy trail leads into a stunning gulch surrounded by picturesque jagged peaks. There are several mining structures in the gulch and along the trail on the way.

Sawmill Reservoir

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

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.

Breckenridge Recreation Path

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

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!

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

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

Breckenridge Nordic Center

Self-Guided Snowshoe Adventure

Navigate our clearly 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 offer an incredible history of Breckenridge and the surrounding area.  Each guide will give you a unique interpretive experience with information on the local ecology and history of Summit County, Colorado. 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.

    • $70 per person
    • Trail pass included, rentals are an additional $23 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 individual needs. For those new to snowshoeing and the mountain environment, a personalized guided tour is a gentle way to 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, $75 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

Gold Run Nordic Center

Offered by Gold Run Nordic Center

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-April 3
  • $45 adults, $22.50 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 and providing many scenic stopping points and including beautiful views of the Ten Mile Range.  This is a strenuous tour recommended for adults and children at least 12 years old.  Depending on the conditions, this tour can take between three and four hours. 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
  • $45 adults, $22.50 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 by the light of the full moon! Let our experienced guides lead you on a wild adventure, sharing stories of our historical and natural environment. Fee includes snowshoes and headlamps. Post-tour, we return to the Clubhouse for socializing and a light snack.

Grand Lodge on Peak 7

Our Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Activities team offers a guided snowshoe hike of the nearby Peaks trail! Come join us for a lovely hike through a winter wonderland and learn about the vast wildlife and nature that Breckenridge has to offer.

  • Schedule changes weekly
  • $25 per person