Summer, fall, winter or spring, Breckenridge pops with scenic nooks and crannies, just waiting to be photographed.

Of course, you’ll want to get plenty of pictures of family and friends to illustrate your personal story of Breckenridge, but here are a few unique, easy-to-find places to snap a picture-perfect scene.

Flags over Breck

Flags over Breck

If you’re heading into Breckenridge from Frisco, you’ll see huge flags of Colorado and the United States. Take a right into the quaint store that sells log-carved bears and other fun animals, and point your camera high to capture the flags and Breckenridge Ski Resort in the background.

Breckenridge Golf Course

course, pondYou don’t have to pay big bucks to enjoy the views from Breckenridge Golf Course. Just park in the lot, walk around the clubhouse, and snap a few shots of mountain peaks backing the pond.

On your way out, pull over on the side of the road (be quick about it, though), and point and shoot at one of the holes on your left-hand side for a green foreground with Breckenridge’s mountains in the background.

Mining history

Country Boy Mine has great artifacts to photograph.

Country Boy Mine has great artifacts to photograph.

Country Boy Mine is rich with history, and it’s worth a guided trip through the mine itself, but while you’re there, make sure you take plenty of pictures of the surrounding scenery, including the mineshafts and old buildings. These make great black-and-white and sepia prints.

A quirky little shot

This VW bug permanently lives just off of French Street.

This VW bug permanently lives just off of French Street.

A local doc owns a cabin and an orange VW on French Street. The VW has remained wedged between trees and an old cabin for years and years, and it’s really fun to watch the Volkswagen amass snow throughout the winter. But, it’s great to see it in all its bright, rusted orange glory in the summer and fall, so catch it while you can.

Hike to it

Just about any hiking trail you choose in Breckenridge will render amazing views. This one was taken from the hike up Peak 10, on the way to Fourth of July Bowl, which people often ski in July. It looks toward Imperial Bowl.

Imperial bowl

To get there, start from Beaver Run parking lot, take the dirt road, and drive as far as your car will allow, but be careful; the road gets rough, so hiking is the best way to enjoy the surroundings.

Heading south

Two directions on the south end of Breckenridge are sure to please you with photo ops. First, you can head up Boreas Pass Road up to Overlook Drive at The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge, where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Breckenridge.

Blue riverThen, come down the hill, turn left on Main Street (south) and drive toward Blue River. There, you’ll find the Goose Pasture Tarn.

There’s a parking spot on the left, but you’ll have to walk along the highway to take a picture of the water, so please be careful, as there isn’t a shoulder to walk upon, and the tarn and land around it below the highway are private property.

On the other side

Breck from BasinFrom the other side of the county, namely the top of Arapahoe Basin, you get a stunning overview of Breckenridge. In the summer, you’ll have to hike up the mountain, but the view is worth it. In the winter, it’s just two chairlift rides up Black Mountain and Lenawee, then a short little walk up to the top of Montezuma lift, and voilà — breathtaking views.

Of course, this is hardly a comprehensive list of off-the-beaten-path photo opportunities. Find your own, and share them with us through Instagram using #breckbecause. Happy hunting!

 

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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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