Trails & Access: 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 extensive paved Recreational Pathway System (Recpath). More than 200,000 cyclists and pedestrians use this amenity each year between May and October. With elevations ranging from 8,777 feet to 10,563 feet, there is a wide range of difficulty levels, with routes suited to a variety of interests and abilities.
Riders can choose from a leisurely bike ride along the Dillon Reservoir to a 1500-foot climb over 13 miles from the Town of Frisco to the top of Vail Pass. More than 38 miles of the pathway 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).
User groups on the Recpath include dog walkers, runners, families with strollers, 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 with many resorts, transit stops, trailheads, playgrounds, town centers, schools, parks, playgrounds and other attractions.
Tenmile Recpath Closure May 24-25
The Tenmile Recpath will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, May 24-25, for tree-cutting work by Xcel Energy. Crews will be cutting branches and felling trees to create clearance for power lines.
The closure will stretch from the Frisco park-and-ride at the west end of Main Street, all the way through to the Copper Mountain Frontage Road.
Natural Surface Trails & Access
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 maintains a number of trailheads and portals accessing 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.
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.).