Trails: Paved and Natural Surface

The Summit County Open Space & Trails Department offers paved recreational pathways and natural surface trails for multiple modes of recreation.

Summit County Recreational Pathway System


Summit County Open Space & Trails maintains an attractive and safe paved Recreational Pathway System (Recpath). Over 200,000 riders are on this amenity annually between May through October.  With elevations ranging from 8,777 feet to 10,563 feet there is a wide range of skill level rides and the Recpath serves not only as an amenity for commuters but also for training rides and visitors looking for a scenic ride. Riders can not only take a leisurely bike ride along the Dillon Reservoir on a paved separated pathway but they can also take the Recpath, climbing 1500’ over 13 miles to get from the Town of Frisco to the top of Vail Pass. Looking for an easy downhill ride? Get dropped off at Vail Pass and ride the 13 miles downhill through Ten Mile Canyon for a beautiful ride with almost no effort on the user’s part. Over 38 miles of the infrastructure is built and maintained by Summit County Government with an additional 12 miles maintained by the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne; Keystone Resort and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)  which connect seamlessly into Summit County's jurisdiction. 


User groups on the Recpath include: dog walkers, runners, families with toddlers on strider bikes and in chariots, tourists riding to take in the views, professional riders training for an upcoming race, skateboarders and locals commuting to work. This is a multi-use pathway: please respect all users and follow the Recpath Rules and Regulations. The Recpath connects into a few of the transit stops along with some of the town playgrounds to serve as destination points.  

Recpath Map
Recpath Rules and Regulations
Recpath Etiquette  
Guidelines for Use of Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices
Picture of bicylist on Recreational Pathway

Natural Surface Trails


Summit County maintains approximately 38 miles of natural surface trails. Many of these are shared ownership with the Town of Breckenridge and/or United States Forest Service (USFS). In addition, users can find over 280 miles of designated natural surface trails under USFS ownership. Summit County frequently maintains the trailheads and entrances to the large and diverse trail system within the County.  
  
Please stop by one of the local information centers to purchase a trail map or view the Town of Breckenridge website
 
For current trails conditions, check out the Town of Breckenridge Trails page.

Information regarding hiking on USFS trails can be obtained on the Virtual Dillon Ranger District website or in person at their office located at 680 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, CO 80498.

Check out the video below to learn about an easy/intermediate loop in the Breckenridge area, which includes Turk's Trail and the B&B Trail.

Trail Etiquette 


Please follow trail etiquette when on natural surface trails and be sure to follow use regulations. Please be conscious of what trails motorized and/or mechanized vehicles are prohibited on.
  • Ride on open trails only – respect trail closures including seasonal or short-term closures.
  • Do not pass off the trail, yield to other users.
  • Never ride in designated Wilderness areas, which are closed to bikes.
  • Don’t skid.
  • Don’t ride muddy trails.
  • Don’t ride around water bars – erosion is a trail’s worst enemy.
  • Stay on existing trails.
  • Don’t shortcut switchbacks.
  • “Leave No Trace” (energy bar wrappers, punctured tubes, etc.).
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