Once a railroad route for shipping gold from Breckenridge to Denver, Boreas Pass Road is today recognized as a scenic fall drive. The views, however, don’t disappear in winter and the route lends itself to more than just driving.
On the Breckenridge side, the famed Aspen Alley begins near the Boreas Pass winter gate and offers a sweet fall ride through (you guessed it) a tunnel of aspens. The trail eventually drops riders at the Stephen C West Ice Arena, via Illinois Creek. Above the winter gate, ride the road up to Baker’s Tank and descend the singletrack for a quick, fun loop.
The road itself offers sweeping views of the Tenmile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Aspen groves make this one of the best spots for fall colors in Breckenridge, no matter the mode of travel.
When the snow flies, Boreas Pass Road is perfect for cross country skiing and alpine touring. The gentle grade makes it a mellow route and numerous view spots offer excellent options for a hot chocolate break. Snowshoeing is also an option, but be courteous and stay outside ski tracks.
As you climb, think back to the gold rush days when the rotary plows used giant snow-blowing blades to clear snow from the narrow-gauge railroad tracks. After, be sure to stop by the Railroad Park (189 Boreas Pass Road) and take a look at the old train plow.
When the snow melts, Boreas Pass Road is an excellent out-and-back ride that can be done on a hybrid-style bike ride. Go-getters can take the Gold Dust trail over to Como and return via the road.
For walkers and runners, the stunning views and gentle grade make this a great option for a simple out and back.
If You Go
Parking is available at the winter gate, where the road turns from pavement to dirt. See trail maps at BreckenridgeTrails.org or visit the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.) for local hiking and biking options.