Country Boy Mine – The Perfect Family Activity

People on Gold Mining Tour in BreckenridgeEver wonder what it was like to live back in the 1800’s and mine for gold? According to all accounts the life of a miner was a very difficult life. Miners worked long hours for very low wages and often in very dangerous conditions. Breckenridge was founded in 1949 by gold miners looking to strike it rich in the harsh and forbidding Rocky Mountains. Back then there were no roads past Idaho Springs and Fairplay and the only way into Summit County was a brutal hike over 11,000 feet and into the valleys of the Blue and Snake Rivers (current day Summit County).  In face it was so difficult to get here that it took the discovery of gold to convince people to make the perilous journey.

Gold mining in Breckenridge and Summit County started out as gold panning in streams and rivers. Soon though there were enough people and resources getting into Summit County that mines started springing up all over. Just outside of Breckenridge is a perfect example of a real gold mine from this period of Breckenridge’s History.

The Country Boy Mine is a real mine that is open year round giving tours of the mine and is the perfect example of how a mine like this operated. Our staff recently went and toured the mine and loved it. The main attraction is the mine itself. The guided tour takes visitors into the mine back about 1,100 feet stopping along the way to explain mining in the 1,800’s. You have to put on a hard hat and dress in a lightweight coat. The temperature in the mine is in the 40’s year round so if you come in the winter you will be surprised at how warm it feels compared to outside.

Exploring the mine site is a treat itself. There is a 55 foot ore chute you can slide down, gold panning, old mine equipment, pack animals, a general store and more. Visiting the site and taking the tour can be done in an afternoon and is the perfect break from skiing in the winter.

The next time you are visiting Breckenridge make plans to visit the Country Boy Mine located just a couple of miles outside of town. For more information on the Country Boy Mine visit www.countryboymine.com.

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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is coming to Breckenridge next Friday

Finish Line USA Pro Cycling Tour in BreckenridgeThe USA Pro Cycling Challenge is coming back to Breckenridge and Colorado this month. This year’s race will kick off August 20th in Durango and finishes up in Denver on August 26th. It is a seven stage, 683 mile race that will touch many parts of the Rocky Mountains and will feature the top riders in the world including Tour de France competitors and Olympians. 2011 winner Levi Leipheimer will be back to defend his title.

Last year was the inaugural running of the Pro Cycling Challenge and it was wildly successful. 135 of the world’s top athletes raced across 518 miles through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Nearly 1 million spectators viewed this race from the roadsides along the route and the race was broadcast to 161 countries.

This year promises to be even better with a similar lineup of the world’s top riders and grueling Rocky Mountain course. Many of the cities from last year’s race will be back this year including Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Crested Butte and new additions such as Montrose and Beaver Creek.

This year Breckenridge will host the Stage 5 start on Friday August 24th. The stage will start on Main Street at the Blue River Plaza at 10:50 a.m. and the riders will be off on their way over Hoosier Pass to Colorado Springs. There will be plenty of festivities and activities happening Thursday and Friday starting with the broadcast of Stage 4 on a big screen at the Riverwalk Center Lawn.

Later Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in the Blue River Plaza, grab your cruiser bike and join in the Breckenridge Cruisers ride to celebrate the Pro Cycling tour. After the cruiser ride swing into the Riverwalk center for the Telluride Mountain Film on Tour Presented by Summit Huts. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Friday promises a day full of events all celebrating the Stage 5 start.

  • 9:30 a.m. Start Village activities and autograph opportunities
  • 9:50 a.m. Rider ceremony
  • 10:50 a.m. Race start with 2 neutral laps through downtown Breckenridge
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Chalk Art with judging at 3pm, awards at 4pm taking place on the corner Washington Street and Main Street
  • after race start, on start line: Citizen Street Sprints
  • after race start, Ripstoke trials and mountain bike stunt show in the Blue River Plaza
  • 11-4 p.m. Watch the rest of stage 5 on the outdoor big screen in the Blue River Plaza
  • 4:30 p.m. FREE Maceo Parker concert at the Riverwalk Center

For more information on the Pro Cycling Tour visit http://usaprocyclingchallenge.com

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Have you heard of the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD)?

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District LogoDo you like to hike, bike, fish, ATV, ride horses and generally play in the woods of Summit County? Most everybody who comes to Breckenridge and Summit County in the summer or the winter will spend a good part of their trip in the Dillon Ranger District which comprises all of the National Forest land in Summit County. At 312,000 acres that is pretty much all of the woods, mountains, meadows, rivers, campgrounds and recreation sites in Summit County!

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is a local nonprofit organization that has been assisting the Dillon Ranger District with Trail Maintenance Projects since 2004. Local organizations, businesses, or groups within the community have stepped up to “adopt” a trail. What does that mean? Adopting a trail means that you commit to recruiting volunteers to help with at least 3 full project days out on your adopted trail!

Back in 2009 the FDRD approached the owners of Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) to see if there was any chance of creating a partnership. It didn’t take long for BGV to see the benefits of partnering with FDRD. The employees of BGV are all here in Breckenridge because of their love of the outdoors and care deeply about the natural beauty of Breckenridge and Summit County. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to add a crucial element in BGV’s efforts to give back to the community that they love so much and what better trail to adopt than the Peaks Trail which runs from Breckenridge to Frisco and starts right next to the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, BGV’s flagship resort.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations has just completed their 3rd official year of adopting the Peaks Trail. According to Sarah Slaton of the FDRD, “BGV is by far one of the most popular projects on our schedule and hosts a large amount of volunteers over their commitment of 4 days. They have done everything from building and maintaining turnpikes to creating drainage for the trail to building and repairing bridges etc. You name it and they have probably done it.”

Every year BGV commits to having several employees trained as crew leaders so that BGV can host these trail days. FDRD could not possibly supervise the large number of volunteers these projects bring in without their incredible Crew Leaders! Breckenridge Grand Vacations was awarded “Adopt of the Year” in 2011 and Michael Jensen was also awarded “Crew Leader of the Year” in 2010! Kaira Adam has been the driving force behind setting up these projects and getting people psyched about giving back. According to Kaira each year the program has grown in popularity with more employees interested in being trained as a supervisor than there are available slots. BGV also throws in with a BBQ for the volunteers at the end of each day. It is great fun for everybody involved.

If you love playing in Breckenridge and Summit County, consider giving back to the FDRD. There are many ways you can help. With over 60 projects a year, FDRD volunteers contribute thousands of hours maintaining and improving trails, planting trees, pulling invasive weeds, educating forest visitors, and much more. One of the best ways to pitch in is to volunteer your time on one of the many projects the FDRD has going. Donations are always accepted and greatly appreciated. Become a member of the FDRC. For more information visit the FDRD Website at www.FDRD.org  send them an email to info@fdrd.org or give them a call at 970-262-3449.

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Check out the Breckenridge BIKEBUS!

Breckenridge Bike BusThis idea is proof that there is still creativity in the world. Who would ever think that they could get together with 10 to 16 of their closest friends and pedal around town on what is effectively a mobile bar. What a thought! We here at Breckenridge Brand Vacations love to exercise, be outdoors, hang out with friends and occasionally party a little! The guys at Breckenridge Bike Bus were thinking about us when they built this little wonder.  We loved it so much we sponsored it!

Basically the idea is simple. The BIKEBUS is a large multi-pedaled vehicle where ten riders provide the pedal power while five other passengers can simply sit back and enjoy the ride. There is also a “standee” spot in the center of the BIKEBUS for a group member who serves as “Biketender.”The Breckenridge BIKEBUS will run up and down Main Street and Ridge Street in Breckenridge. A Breckenridge BIKEBUS driver steers and brakes — the passengers are the engine.

If you have a crew or even a small group this is a great idea. What an interesting way to get around town and not have to worry about driving. Look these guys up on your next trip to Breckenridge and see town in a whole new way. They will do charters so you can set the time and place.

For more information on the Breckenridge BIKEBUS visit http://www.breckenridgebikebus.com/.

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STAY IN BRECKENRIDGE

IMG_1152WE HAD A VERY GOOD TIME THANKS TO YOU FOR SHOWING MY FAMILY WHAT YOU HAD TO OFFER OUR STAY COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY BETTER I ASSURE YOU WE WILL BE BACK AT A LATER DATE AGAIN THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL STAY IN BRECKENRIDGE ITS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO HANG OUT,.

Name: LONNIE CLARK
City: BROWNFIELD
State: TEXAS

Another Great GTL Week

Family in hut in BreckenridgeWe continue to return to GTL annually and look forward to our summer week all year long. My children (ages 17 and 15) consider GTL their ‘summer place.’ We love the front desk staff, the 4pm cookies, resident foxes, beautiful accomodations and the relaxed, friendly crew and guests. There is something so exciting about driving up to the lodge after a long drive in from east Kansas to see Snow Flake Drive and the lodge sitting on the hill with all the beautiful flowers. Ahhh….thank you!

Name: Susan W
City: Lawrence
State: KS