UPDATED December 2016

Driving around Breckenridge? The best tip from locals — don’t drive. Instead, take advantage of the free bus system, or opt to walk or bike (here’s how).

If driving is the best option for you, you’ll have to weigh convenience versus price when it comes to parking. Winter parking rates (see summer here) typically go into effect on Breckenridge Ski Resort’s opening day. New this year, Breckenridge will start paid parking on and around Main Street on Dec. 1, 2016.

Breckenridge, Colorado by Bob Winsett

With a free shuttle system and easy access to town and slopes, Breckenridge is best (and easiest) experienced on foot. Photo by Bob Winsett

Close-in Breckenridge Ski Resort day parking

If you want to park close to Breckenridge Ski Resort’s gondola or to Peak 9’s slopeside chairlifts, you’ll pay a price, but it’s not too bad, particularly if it’s a weekday. Handicap parking is available at the Beaver Run & North Gondola Lots, and many town lots. See details of all lots on this map.

Gondola South Lot, Gondola North Lot, & Gold Rush Lot:

  • Monday thru Thursday- $5
  • Friday thru Sunday plus Holidays- $12
  • Save with Parking Packs (starting at $50) and Season Parking Passes (starting at $219). See pass details online.
  • Drive up with 4 or more people in your vehicle and receive a $5 discount

Beaver Run Lot (Peak 9 Slopeside):

  • Mon thru Thursday – $15
  • Friday – Sunday + Peak Days – $20
  • Drive up with 4 or more people in your vehicle and receive a $5 discount

Town of Breckenridge paid parking lots with easy ski access:

  • Wellington Lot: Monday thru Thursday – $6.50, Friday thru Sunday – $12
  • Dredge Lot: Monday thru Thursday – $6.50, Friday thru Sunday – $12

The gondola takes you to the base of Peak 8’s chairlifts, so parking there takes a bit more time than shooting over to Peak 9’s Beaver Run area. However, Beaver Run costs more and offers less parking spots overall. See the location and details of all lots on this map.

Bikes are becoming a more common winter mode of transportation in Breckenridge. Photo by Bob Winsett

Bikes are becoming a more common winter mode of transportation in Breckenridge. Photo by Bob Winsett

Free day parking

Your best bet for free parking is the Satellite lot at 1690 Airport Road. For those arriving from the south, the Ice Rink lot on Boreas Pass Road offers free parking. The town recently increased shuttle service to and from these lots to 15-minute intervals. Since these more frequent shuttles are relatively new, please note that not all town web pages are up to date.

Parking on & around Main Street

A handful of town lots offer free 3-hour parking; these spots are best for quick shopping and dining trips. Paid parking on and around Main Street begins December 1, 2016. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Paid street parking starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m.
  • Parking lots in the core of Town have varied start times and pricing (see the map below).
  • Pay by downloading the Passport Parking app (easiest) or locating a nearby kiosk.
  • To get the first 15 minutes free you must sign in via the app or kiosk.

Overnight & oversize vehicle parking in Breckenridge

Overnight passenger vehicle and RV/trailer parking is available at the Satellite Lot at 1690 Airport Rd. for $5 per 24-hour period. The 24-hour self-service pay machine only accepts credit cards. You can leave your car, truck, RV or camper overnight, but you cannot stay in the vehicle. Overnight parking is limited to 14 days. A free bus shuttle runs between the lot and town (and the ski area). Please keep in mind that this is the only location for overnight and oversized vehicle parking.

Interactive Google Map: Click on each lot for detailed parking info

Traveling in summer? Click over to Breckenridge’s summer parking information, many lots are free from May through mid-November.

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Travel FAQs is a series of posts based on the most popular questions from our readers and visitors to the Breckenridge Welcome Center. Got a question? Email the Breckenridge Welcome Center at infostaff@gobreck.com; we’ll give you a personalized response and post answers to the most popular questions here on the blog.

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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