Breckenridge Stables' herd of more than 100 steeds trots along for scenic trail rides, Western-style lessons, and historical tours of the town. As horses deftly navigate the Tenmile Range, guides point out local wildlife along the continental divide, the imaginary line drawn when Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox broke up. During colder months, Breckenridge Stables' custom-built mountain sleighs keep passengers snuggly during sleigh rides as a team of belgian, clydesdale, or percheron horses canters through the Colorado air.
Inner tubes zip down the groomed, 1,200-foot tubing lanes at Frisco Adventure Park, offering passengers an adrenaline-filled ride and scenic views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. Connected to the mountain’s ski slopes, the hill invites snow-sliders to glide down its snowy expanses without the trouble of balancing atop skis or ending up in slapstick montages involving low-hanging branches. Ski lifts return patrons to the snowy peaks after a trip down the hill, ensuring 60-minute sessions are efficiently filled with riotous fun.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Free street parking
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Your admission to the Holden/Marolt also gives you admission to Wheeler/Stallard Museum.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Wheeler/Stallard Museum
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
The Aspen Historical Society is passionate about presenting Aspen's history. Our town's history is rich and colorful and we use a variety of tours and museum exhibits to tell the stories that make it up. Keeping the history going is integral to continuing to develop Aspen as a world-class place.
What special training do you or your staff have?
All of our guides and museum docents are NAI-trained and certified. NAI stands for the National Association for Interpretation. It's an extensive five-day program so that they are fully equipped in thematically designing tours and paying attention to guest's needs.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Each guest, or group of guests, is guided through the museum with their own docent. The experience is very intimate, and allows for a lot of dialogue and customization of tours.
Paddles slice through churning waters, keeping rafts on their course down Clear Creek as it cuts through the Denver Mountain Parks . At the base of the red crags of Gore Canyon, the white-capped water of the Colorado River foretells rafters’ trips through daunting class IV and V rapids. Elsewhere, guests make like protoplasmic coat hangers as they zipline over the scenery of Idaho Springs.
But rafting trips and zipline tours are just the beginning. Arkansas Valley Adventures leads all kinds of expeditions through Colorado’s mountains and valleys, tossing in ATVs, hot air balloons, helicopters, horses, and fishing rods with the paddles and ziplines. While flying down the Eagle River explorers will have plenty of chances to get in touch with their rugged side and ask ancient rock faces whether the paleo diet is an apt reflection of the habits of early humans.
Today, Breckenridge is a world-class ski town, complete with high-end shopping, vibrant nightlife, and outdoorsy splendor. But in 1859, it was just a shabby mining camp on the cusp of a gold-fueled population boom. Clearly, much has changed over the years. The nonprofit Breckenridge Heritage Alliance helps keep that history alive by preserving the town's historic sites and honoring the prominent people who helped shape the community. Thanks to the work of the alliance, visitors can pay a visit to the Victorian home once belonging to William H. Briggle, an early 20th century mayor, and his wife, the town's first Lady of Refinement. Or they can take a guided tour of the Washington gold and silver mine, one of the area's largest with more than 10,000 feet of underground workings. Similar exhibits explore the history of Summit County skiing, its pioneering railroads, and its haunted historic district, with tours available to suit all ages.
At American Safari Ranch, visitors receive the hospitality and historic charm of an authentic turn-of-the-century homestead. During the day, guests set out across the vastness of the Rocky Mountain wilderness, exploring thousands of acres by horseback, ATV, or off-road penny-farthing. Year-round horseback tours allow riders of all skill levels to travel the grounds at a leisurely pace, and pony rides extend the experience to children. At night, enjoy a hearty meal at an onsite restaurant, kick back for a drink at the saloon, or step outside to admire the star-strewn sky. Private accommodations in log cabins and lodge rooms embody the frontier spirit with wooden fixtures, Old West relics, and room service from the ghost of John Wayne's butler. The ranch makes the perfect setting for a Western-themed party, and staff are happy to provide catering, activities, and even karaoke.