The Trails

Trail Etiquette


Town of Breckenridge Trail FAQ’s

This resource answers frequently asked questions about the open space and trails in and around Breckenridge. You can also email either alexs@townofbreckenridge.com / tonyo@townofbreckenridge.com with other questions. See you on the trails!

Where can I get a map of the trails?

The Hiking and Biking Trail map of the Breckenridge area is available free online. Or, a waterproof, hard copy can be purchased at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main Street) and local outdoor retail stores.

How can I find the trails?

The Town has hundreds of access posts or “trail portals” located throughout town, providing public trail access from downtown to the extensive backcountry trail system. Popular local trailheads include Carter Park (300 S. High Street), French Gulch (0562 French Gulch Road), Tiger Road (3000 Tiger Road), near the Stephen C. West Ice Arena (189 Boreas Pass Road), and in many other locations.

How many miles of singletrack do you have?

The Town of Breckenridge, together with Summit County, manages over 70 miles of singletrack trail in the greater Breckenridge area. Those trails connect to many additional miles of U.S. Forest Service-managed singletrack interspersed with various historical cart paths, burro trails, and double tracks. The total trail network length in the Upper Blue River basin in Summit County is over 250 miles.

What is the easiest trail access from Main Street?

The Pence Miller Trail can be accessed via Mountain Thunder Drive (50 Mountain Thunder Drive), one block west of Main Street. Carter Park (300 S. High Street) also offers immediate in-town access to the trail network.

Who owns the land under all the trails?

Land ownership beneath the trails varies widely but includes National Forest, public open space, and easements through private property. The Town of Breckenridge and Summit County have acquired over 4,500 acres of open space lands through their open space programs since 1996. Many trail easements have also been dedicated, allowing public trail access to private lands. Please stay on designated system trails to avoid trespassing.

Who maintains the trails?

The Town of Breckenridge Open Space & Trails employs seven seasonal trail technicians who maintain and build trails. Our crew is supported by several Summit County Open Space & Trails trail technicians, who together, manage much of the trail system throughout Summit County. The U.S. Forest Service also has a crew for the National Forest system routes. Volunteers greatly assist all land managers with trail construction and maintenance. Local volunteer opportunities can be found through the Friends of Breckenridge Trails, Summit County Open Space and Trails, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, and Summit County Off Road Riders, among others.

Are all of your trails non-motorized?

Most of the trails in the Town of Breckenridge trail system are non-motorized. However, the Golden Horseshoe, just east of Town, contains numerous motorized double-tracks and some motorized singletracks. The Golden Horseshoe area is largely managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County, and the Town of Breckenridge. All trails are closed unless signed open. Please travel on open system routes only.

How do I know which trails are dry and open?

The Town of Breckenridge maintains a seasonal trail conditions page (summer and winter). Once per week or more often as needed, the page is updated outlining trails that are dry, muddy, snowy, and open or closed. This tool allows trail users to educate themselves before using the trail system. Sound judgment is still needed so that users turn around and avoid muddy trails.

What is the muddy meter and how does it work?

The muddy meter is an innovative sign placed at several trail access points that allows trail users to communicate with others regarding the current status of the trail. There are three settings on the muddy meter: “Good, Fair, and Poor.” As trail users travel the trails, they are encouraged to adjust the muddy meter to the current trail condition, thereby educating other trail users in real time regarding local trail conditions.

How can I report a downed tree, a drainage issue, or other open space issue?

You can email alexs@townofbreckenridge.com / tonyo@townofbreckenridge.com or call (970) 547-4319 / (970) 547-3189 to report trail maintenance issues.

Why all the berms?

Berms are used on a limited number of multi-use trails to prevent trail damage and manage trail user speeds. Berms are elevated, in-sloped turns that allow hikers, runners, and cyclists to carry momentum through corners rather than stop and navigate each turn on a descent. Berms require less maintenance than a classic switchback trail design because cyclists do not have to aggressively brake or stop above the turn. When appropriately designed, all trail users (hikers, runners, mountain bikes) can maintain a more consistent speed on a turn. Berms exist on several local trails (Barney Flow, Carter Park, Slalom, V3, Sidedoor, and Aspen Alley) where the descent and soil types dictate their use.

Who has the right of way on the trails? Hikers? Uphill traffic?

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and equestrians. Descending cyclists should also yield to all uphill traffic. This approach is consistent with the International Mountain Bicyclists Association (IMBA) Rules of the Trail. Signs have been installed on some popular local trails promoting trail etiquette. Please, be courteous and share the trails!

Are there any downhill-only (directional) trails?

Locally, the B-Line, Barney Flow, and Sidedoor trails are designated downhill-traffic-only trails. Those trails are purpose-built for mountain bikes traveling downhill. All other trails on the system are open to two-way (uphill and downhill) traffic.

Where can I go that is hiking-only?

The local federally designated wilderness area – the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness excludes all bikes. Most of the Town and Summit County trails in the system are open to both bikers and hikers. A few trails (Iowa Hill, B&B Spur, and Columbine) are not recommended for bikes due to staircases or other barriers on the trails. Spruce Creek Trail/Mohawk Lakes and the high-altitude Wheeler Trail, although technically open to bicycles, see very limited bicycle use. Please, be courteous and share the trails!

What are the best trails for beginners or kids?

Locally, the Rec. Path is a good place for beginner trail users because it is asphalt and relatively flat. For dirt trails, the River Trail, B&B Trail, and the Wirepatch Trail offer less difficult trail access for beginners, and the French Creek, F&D Placer, and Reservoir Trails provide a more stable, compacted crusher fine trail surface. The Breckenridge and Summit County Hiking and Biking Trail map also highlights various trails that are labeled “easiest”. This map can be downloaded on the Open Space website for free or a water-resistant physical copy purchased at the Visitor Center and other local retailers.

What are the most challenging local trails?

The Town of Breckenridge is located at 9,600 feet in elevation and many local trails climb to above 11,000 or 12,000 feet in elevation, which can be challenging for any trail users. Some trails offer more technical challenges (roots, rocks, drops). The Wheeler Trail and portions of the Colorado Trail offer a challenging combination of high elevation, technical terrain, and steep grades. The Breckenridge and Summit County Hiking and Biking Trail map also highlights various trails that are labeled “most difficult”.

Where can I go that is dog-friendly?

Within Town limits, dogs are required to be leashed. Outside of Town limits, dogs may be under voice command, with the exception of the Rec. Path, where dogs are required to be leashed. Dogs are prohibited in select areas within the Town (Cucumber Gulch Preserve, Kingdom Park, Riverwalk Lawn, and the golf course). More information on dog uses can be found in the dog-specific Town brochure.

How can I learn more about the Open Space program?

There are many ways to learn more and get involved with the Town’s Open Space program, including: accessing the Town website (link to new website), contacting town staff (websiteopenspace@townofbreckenridge.com), volunteering for a Friends of Breckenridge Trails (link to new FOBT tab) event, attending monthly BOSAC meetings, and following the Open Space & Trails Program / Friends of Breckenridge Trails on Facebook and/or Instagram!

Is there anywhere to camp locally?

Camping is prohibited on Town or County open space lands but is allowed on the White River National Forest with a two-week maximum. Popular camping areas can be found along Tiger Road, the North Fork of the Swan River, and Boreas Pass. It is the camper’s responsibility to understand property boundaries to avoid being ticketed for illegal camping. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Dillon Ranger District for information on local National Forest camping options.

Can I pan for gold or collect artifacts?

Collecting and removing artifacts or natural features (including gold) from the Town or County open space lands is prohibited. This regulation is enforced to prevent the loss of our natural and historical heritage. Please, take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Dogs on trails

Staying Hydrated Is Easy

As a dog owner, you are likely in the habit of keeping some water on hand, especially during the warmer months. While this is always smart, it is not as necessary in Telluride, thanks to the dog-friendly atmosphere. As you and your pooch walk along Main Street, you will notice bowls of “Bow Wow Water” placed there to quench your furry friend’s thirst.

Forgot a Poop Bag? Telluride Has You Covered

Telluride even has regular dispensers around town with convenient and free green bags to clean up your dog’s waste. These are perfect for those times you left in a rush and forgot to grab your own bags or if you end up needing more than expected during your walk.
Dog Owners Guidelines

ebike rules

Riders should confirm the following details with local law enforcement to learn about their local rules and regulations for ebikes:

- Ebike peak power limit
- Top speed
- Throttle usage
- Minimum age requirements
- Helmet requirements
Learn More

Muddy meters

The Muddy Meters are distributed throughout the trail system offer users a chance to “report” on the trail conditions* on given trails. Please vote your conscience and slide the meter to the conditions you encountered when you use the trails.

Trail conditions can vary widely day-to-day, based on many factors: trail design, soil types, aspect, slope, precipitation amounts, and time of day, to name a few. Basically, if your bike or hiking shoes are muddy, or if your use left deep imprints on the trail, you should turn around seek other, drier trails.