For many people, the name Breckenridge is synonymous with the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Indeed, Breckenridge Ski Resort has a well-deserved fantastic reputation. However, the Town of Breckenridge itself is a thriving, year-round vacation destination, with activities that are suitable for people of all ages.

In the 1800s, Breckenridge was a popular mining town. Today you can explore the mining history of Breckenridge Colorado by taking a tour of the Country Boy Mines. You can also visit the Gold Pan bar, which, in the 1800s, was a popular miners bar. The Gold pan is the oldest bar in Colorado. In fact, Breckenridge Colorado's reputation as a party town began in the mining era. The famous minister Father Dyer, who skied across the Continental Divide to deliver the mail and the word of God, was none too pleased at the "ungodly behavior" displayed by the miners of Breckenridge Colorado. He thus decided to build the Father Dyer Methodist Church. However, his plan backfired when he refused to stop ringing his church bells and waking up the hung-over residents of Breckenridge. To retaliate, the townspeople used dynamite mining caps to blow up his church steeple. Bye, bye bell! Nonetheless, throughout the years, the church has been renovated. Today, it is a popular Breckenridge Colorado attraction.

When you visit Breckenridge, you should also pay a visit to the Barney Ford House and museum. Barney Ford was an escaped slave who came to Breckenridge Colorado in search of gold. He eventually opened Ford's Restaurant and Chop House, and became one of Colorado's most prominent black entrepreneurs.

Aside from exploring the interesting history of Breckenridge Colorado, there are a number of other exciting activities. Take a stroll along Maine Street in Breckenridge and explore the unique shops, restaurants and art galleries. At night, take in a play at the Backstage Theatre on Ridge Street, known for its high-quality theatrical performances. During the summer, take in a concert at the Riverwalk Theatre.

During the holiday season, Breckenridge Colorado turns into a winter wonderland. You can go dogsledding or snow mobiling. The Ullr Festival plays homage to the God of Winter. In mid-winter, the ice sculptures in Riverwalk Park attract visitors from all over the world. Of course, you can't talk about winter in Breckenridge without mentioning the Breckenridge Ski resort.

The Breckenridge ski area was the first to allow snow boarding in Colorado. As such, it is a popular snowboarding resort. Breckenridge also has some of the best beginner terrain in Summit County. Beginners will enjoy the long, flat Silverthorne Trail. Intermediates will love the wide, blue cruisers on Peak 9. When you start to gain confidence, try some of the blue/black trails such as America. For advanced skiers and riders, the new Imperial Express Super chair transports snow sport enthusiasts up to some of the more challenging bowls on the mountain. Since Breckenridge is part of the resorts in Vail, it is possible to purchase a ticket or vacation package that allows you to ski Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek. With great terrain, an excellent ski school and an exciting town, Breckenridge Colorado is definitely worth a visit.

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