Historic Tours of Breckenridge


06/23/2016 | By Summit Vacations

Are you a history buff looking for something to do in Breckenridge this summer?  Do you enjoy exploring historical landmarks and old homes? Or are you just a visitor with an interest in old local legends, scandals and ghost stories? If so, then Summit Vacations is sure that a historic tour of old Breckenridge is the perfect activity for you!

Breckenridge is an old mining town with a rich history. This outpost originally acted as a post office stop between the states and the Utah territory in the early 1800’s. Named after a treasonous vice president in 1859, Breckenridge was a literal gold mine for continental divide crossing pioneer prospectors. Beginning in 1961, Breckenridge started to become what it is today when it opened several ski trails on Peak 8.  Now it is home to the best snow and ski trails in Colorado, along with 4,500 cheerful permanent residents and abounding with many more happy seasonal visitors who enjoy awesome winter and summer activities.

There are plenty of ways in which you can explore Breckenridge and discover more about it's abundant history. You can stroll through history on a walking tour in the historic district, roam through one of its many glorious Victorian homes, tour an abandoned gold mine or see a curated history by visiting one of its museums.

Historic Walking Tours

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Walking Tours of Breckenridge

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance has put together a wonderful list of exciting tours to teach you all about the grand, noble, common, ghastly and scandalous histories of the people and events that once populated this great town. Some of the tours offered through BHA can be found in the following list.

Address: 309 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Phone: (970) 453-9767

Hours: Tours open year round. Call for reservations.

Website: http://www.breckheritage.com/

Historic Walking Tour of Breckenridge

Follow a local expert around the historic district and hear all about the many adventurous people that made their way to Breckenridge over time. 

Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour

Listen to incredible anecdotes pulled from Breckenridge’s sordid past in surviving establishments and sample the local drinks!

Breckenridge Haunted Tour

Come along for a spooky evening of ghost stories, eerie tales and haunted accounts about the souls that once lived and may still reside in Breckenridge. 

Tombstone Tales at Twilight Tour

The Tombstone Tales at Twilight Tour takes an interesting look into the history of Breckenridge’s earlier residents by visiting them at their final resting place.

Victorian Tour & Tea

Learn about mining town life as seen from the viewpoint of Breckenridge’s original leading lady, Katie Briggle, then spend some time in the restored Briggle Victorian home and indulge in a sumptuous Victorian tea service.

Breckenridge Tours

Breckenridge Tours is owned and operated by two of the best and most entertaining tour guides in town. These ladies offer a good selection of tours to take and love doing it. Tickets can be purchased at their website, where you can also find tour times and locations.

Phone: Gail (970) 343-9169 OR Jamie (970) 485-2894

Website: http://www.breckghosttours.com/

  • Ghostly Tales Tour
  • Strange But True Tour
  • Walk with the Dead Tour
  • English Tea Tour
  • Wild West Tour 
Landmarks and Museums

Edwin Carter Discovery Center

The Edwin Carter Discovery Center is a museum quite unlike any other. Edwin Carter was a prolific taxidermist who turned his house into a museum, putting his work on display for all to see. After death, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science acquired nearly 3,300 pieces of his handiwork. The Discovery Center pays tribute to his great contributions to science and his work in preserving an image of what the environment and local wildlife of the Rocky Mountains was like in his time.

Address: 111 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Phone: (970) 453-9767

Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm

Website: http://www.breckheritage.com/edwin-carter-discovery-center/

Summit Ski Exhibit

Come learn all about Breckenridge’s long history of skiing at the Summit Ski Exhibit. Listen to local experts, see vintage snow clothing and ski equipment, and watch a great documentary!

Address: 308 Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Phone: (970) 453-9767

Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am-4pm

Website: http://www.breckheritage.com/summit-ski-exhibit/

Red, White & Blue Fire Museum

This great little museum chronicles the brave men involved in the Breckenridge Fire Department throughout history. Established in 1880, the Breckenridge Fire Department was made up of three departments; the red, white and blue, all very important in preventing fires in a town built out of wood!

Address: 308 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Phone: (970) 453-9767

Hours: Open Monday-Tuesday, 9am-4pm

Website: http://www.breckheritage.com/red-white-blue-fire-museum/

Country Boy Mine

This historic mining site nestled in the Rocky Mountains has been restored to give future generations a picture of what Breckenridge looked like in the days of the old west. When you come to Country Boy Mine, make sure to take a mine tour, shop at the general store, explore the exhibits, pet the burros, and slide down the ore chute! Don’t forget to test out authentic equipment and try your hand at gold panning. Could you have made it as a 19th century miner?

Address: 0542 French Gulch Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Phone: (970) 453-4405

Hours: Open Summer Season 9:30 am- 5:15 pm

Website: http://www.countryboymine.com/

Tags: Breckenridge, Things to do