What to Do After the Last Leaf Has Fallen

There are still plenty of activities near Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center during the shoulder season

Fall in Breckenridge means fleece, pumpkin spiced everything and stunning yellow aspen trees. But after the last leaf has hit the ground and you cannot drink one more festive latte, what is there to do? Plenty, it turns out. If you are attending a meeting or event at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, there are activities onsite or within walking distance or a shuttle ride.


The Spa at Beaver Run, located in Breckenridge at the base of Peak 9, focuses on holistic wellness. The certified and experienced staff use all-natural products and provide services to help guests rejuvenate and recover. The massage offerings include the Signature Beaver Run Massage, which is the basic Swedish massage; Signature Beaver Run Facial Massage, with hot towels; and aromatherapy that help alleviate sinus pressure and headache tension from the altitude; Blue River Massage with hot stones, Therapeutic Massage, Couples Massage and more.


Don’t feel like a massage? The Spa at Beaver Run offers a full menu of therapeutic treatments, such as Hydro-Capsule Body treatments, which involve steam and a sugar scrub, Vitamin C Brightening Facial, hydrating hand treatment and other services. There is a covered garden patio, hot tubs and a 98-degree heated saltwater pool. Groups are welcome and spa guests do not have to stay at Beaver Run Resort to use the spa services.


Breckenridge is a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community, according to the League of American Bicyclists. The area’s paved trail system is much less crowded in the fall than in the peak summer season. Try a leisurely ride to Frisco, weather and trail conditions permitting (there was some early snow this fall and conditions change in the high country). Get on the Blue River Rec Path at the Breck Connect Gondola west of Main Street. The gondola is closed until ski/snowboard season begins, but the Welcome Center has restrooms, a water bottle fill-up and a parking lot. Another easy entry to the bike path is further north at the Breckenridge Rec Center. Bring your own bike or rent for a day or multiple days, as some bicycle shops continue their bike rentals through October.


The 69,000-square-foot Breckenridge Recreation Center is undergoing some renovations, but most areas are open. The facility has a gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, lap and leisure pools, a water slide, a racquetball court, basketball courts, indoor rock-climbing wall, an indoor track, weight training and cardiovascular equipment and many other activities. The Recreation Center is open to residents and visitors and is located at the north end of town. There is also ice skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, which is located on Boreas Pass Road.


A fall hike does not always have to be a leaf color watching extravaganza. The scenery is still stunning around Breckenridge even after the leaves have fallen. The Visitors Center on Main Street sells detailed maps of the area hiking trails, or if look one up online. As with any hikes, be sure to start early, bring food and water and dress in layers. Watch for changing weather and trail conditions. If running is more your speed, the local running store, Vertical Runner, offers group long runs, weather dependent.


The complimentary shuttle from Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center provides an easy way for guests to get to shops on Main Street, where you can find everything from fun souvenirs to elegant clothing, jewelry and gifts. Be sure to stop at the Summit Ski Exhibit, with photos, clothing, skis and other items celebrating Breckenridge ski history  There are restaurants on Main Street and on South Ridge Street, one block east.

There are also events, festivals, guided tours and Dia de los Muertos related events in Breckenridge. The Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival takes place October 21 at Riverwalk Center (near Main Street), An Evening with David Sedaris on November 9 and Arts District events. 

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