Trails & Trailheads

COVID-19 Operations 

While there are currently no closures to County Open Space and trail property interests related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the Governor’s Public Health Orders contains specific Social Distancing requirements that should be applied on trails, at trailheads, and in the backcountry:

Social Distancing: To reduce the risk of disease transmission, individuals shall maintain at least a six-foot distance from other individuals, wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly clean high-touch surfaces, and not shake hands.

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Summit County has hundreds of miles of trails and dozens of trailheads that residents and visitors can use for a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, horseback riding and motorized riding. Some uses may be prohibited on certain trails, according to regulations by the U.S. Forest Service and other jurisdictions.

Summit County maintains approximately 45 miles of natural surface trails and 40 miles of dirt roads. Many of these are shared ownership with the Town of Breckenridge and/or U.S. Forest Service. In addition, users can find over 300 miles of hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and off highway vehicle routes in the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest. Open Space and Trails maintain more than 100 trailheads and local trail portals accessing the extensive and diverse trail system within the county.

View Summit County's Open Space and Trails Maps.

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Trail Etiquette

Please follow trail etiquette when on paved and 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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