Recpath Winter Grooming

Summit County, the U.S. Forest Service and the towns of Breckenridge and Frisco have partnered to groom the Summit County Recreational Pathway System between Frisco and Breckenridge.

Allowed winter uses on the Recpath include:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Bicycling
  • Walking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Other non-motorized recreation.

Closure Alert

From March 14 to 29, the Town of Breckenridge will temporarily close the Recpath between Shores Lane and Gateway Drive (Gold Hill Trailhead) for the installation of a raw water line under the Blue River. 

The county understands that this may be an inconvenience for some recreationists, but, with the current snowpack and river conditions, it is imperative that the Town's work for this pipeline be done now. Once the work is completed, the snow alignment will be restored for winter use as conditions and weather allow.

Skier on the Recpath

Sections

The groomed section of the Recpath now extends from the new Dickey Day Use parking area at the top of the Frisco Adventure Park to the Breckenridge Recreation Center, offering over 8 miles of fee free, winter recreation. The grooming now effectively connects the Gold Run Nordic Center and Frisco Nordic Center, as well as both towns. The grooming services also increase winter trail access to and from Summit High School and several residential neighborhoods along the route.

Operations and Uses

Grooming operations will include track-setting for classic Nordic skiers, as well as laying corduroy for skate skiers, cyclists and other non-motorized users. The project partners ask that cyclists and walkers avoid the classic ski tracks so they remain usable for skiers. Grooming will continue twice weekly, or as needed through April 30, as long as there is sufficient snow to prevent impacts to the pathway and surrounding natural areas.

The groomed portion of the Recpath is free to use, but trail passes are still required at the Frisco Nordic Center and Gold Run Nordic Center. Both of these Nordic centers, along with Breckenridge Nordic Center, offer joint passes, which may be used at all three locations.

Etiquette

Users are encouraged to be respectful and courteous to one another on the multiuse pathway and to use proper trail etiquette, including packing out all trash. Just as in the summer, dogs are required to be leashed when on the pathway, and motorized uses are not allowed. Pet owners are required by law to pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly in a trash receptacle.