Information on Breckenridge, Alma and Surrounding Area

Breckenridge, CO
Whether you’re looking forward to a day off the slopes or searching for a little alternative adventure, Breckenridge, only 12 miles from Pete's cabin, has as much to offer off the mountain as it does on any of its 155 trails. As the largest historic district in Colorado, the town of Breckenridge features a wide variety of shops, activities, culture and attractions to entertain. Learn more about Breckenridge's History or check out our list of 101 things to do in Breckenridge.

CLIMATE: (Temperatures in Fahrenheit)
- Winter Temperatures: 28 degrees daytime / 15 degrees night time
- Summer Temperatures: 70-80 degrees daytime / 50 degrees night time
- Average days of sunshine per year: 300

- Breckenridge: 3,535
- Summit County: 28,296

- 7 miles long 2 miles wide
- 5.3 square miles
- 2,200 developed acres
- 1,100 undeveloped acres (30 percent town-owned land has been set aside for open space) 95 percent build out
- 41 acres of town-owned parks

Restaurants and Bars: 76
- Shops/Boutiques: 203
- Liquor Stores: 5
- Grocery/Convenience Stores: 5
- Historic District: 249 Structures

Dentists: 5
- Medical clinics: 5
- Pharmacies: 1
- Golf courses (public): 1
- Skating rinks (public): 1 year-round / 3 winter
- Tennis court facilities: (public) 2 indoor / 12 outdoor (summer)
- Museums, art galleries: 18
- Library: 1
- Fitness facilities (public): 2
- Ball fields: 3
- Soccer fields: 2
- Public Parking Lots: 13

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Alma, CO

Alma is the highest incorporated town in North America at 10,578 feet. Founded in 1873, the town boasts an estimated population of 275 (2000 census: 179), with an estimated 1,000 residents in nearby subdivisions. Just 2 miles south of Pete's cabin, you can mix with the locals at one of its restaurants/bars, or the health food store/coffee shop, explore intriguing shops, and mail off the treasures you bought at the post office, and inquire about life above it all at one of the real estate offices.

There are five 14ers that rise above the town: Sherman (14,007), Mt.Bross (14,172 feet), Mt. Lincoln (14,286 feet), Mt. Democrat (14,148 feet), and Mt. Cameron (14,238 feet). There are many 12 and 13ers as well! Many old mining claims crisscross the high mountains, with several that are still operational. In the height of their heyday, the mines produced over $1,500,000 in minerals annually. Some of their colorful names include the Orphan Boy Mine, Dolly Varden Mine, Sweet Home Mine, Little Daisy Mine, and London Mine.

There are many great things to see and do in and around Alma. The Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area lies just below treeline on Mt. Bross and is a favorite location for photographers, artists, and those that just love hiking and taking in the views. Bristlecone Pines are native to the Rocky Mountains and are thousands of years old. For a driving adventure, take a drive up Buckskin Gulch all the way to Kite Lake, past remnants of the mining days, such as the Paris Mill, and visible high on the bluffs overlooking Buckskin Creek, the Hungry Five Mine with buildings still clinging to the sheer rock.

For a relaxing change of pace try fly-fishing on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River or angling on the shore at Montgomery Reservoir. So much to do and see!

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