Boreas Pass makes a great summer route to reach Breckenridge from the south. The 22-miles drive leads you from Como in Park County, up over an 11,481-foot summit, down into Summit County and Breckenridge.
The road is lined with aspens making it a perfect autumn drive. It’s a low-clearance, 2WD road, but it’s dirt in places, so bad weather may deter non 4x4s.
The originally began as Breckenridge Pass in the 1860s as a route to reach the gold mines. It was widened to a wagon road that could handle stagecoaches in 1866. IN 1882 a railroad track was laid, connecting Como and Breckenridge. It ran until 1937. It was made into an automobile pass in 1952.
Biking – Bikers make use of the pass.
Camping – Dispersed campsites are found on both sides of the pass. Selkirk is the one campground on the pass. It features fifteen, first-come, first-serve campsites.
Hiking – There are numerous trails on the pass.
OHV – Dirt bikes, ATVs and snowmobiles are permitted on certain sections.
Winter Recreation – Cross country skiers can rent out the Section House, which is open only in the winter. Snowshowing and snowmobiling are common winter activities.
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