by Nissa Haight | Adventures, Colorado, Destinations, Hiking, Travel
Breckenridge, Colorado is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.
However, the winter ski and snowboard season is the most popular time for families to vacation.
Whether you choose to visit in the summer or winter, there are some great budget-friendly activities the whole family can enjoy.
February 2021, my family and I went on a 5-day Ski/Snowboarding Trip to Breckenridge and enjoyed every moment!
The mountains are breathtaking with the highest peak of 12,998 ft.
We even got to experience a snowstorm that dropped over 12 inches of snow. As native Texans, it was a glorious sight to see!
During our trip, we were able to go sledding, hiking, Ski/Snowboard, and more. Therefore, based on our experience, I wanted to put together a list of some great things you can do in Breckenridge, Colorado when your family is on a budget.
1. Ride the Gondola – It’s FREE
Image Credit: Max Robolox – Google Images
Riding the Gondola is the BEST way to see the gorgeous town from above. Usually, you must have a ski lift in order to experience the awesome views, but not in Breck.
The Gondola is the perfect family activity to enjoy the scenic area.
There are two mid-stations that drop off passengers between Shock Hill and the base of Peak 7. It rises 391 feet in elevation and has 121 cars total.
So take the family and enjoy the sights from above!
Anywhere you hike in the rocky mountainous terrain, you are bound to see some epic scenery.
The wilderness and views you could experience are memories waiting to be made.
Plus, It is a great activity to get outside, explore, and get a little bit of exercise as well, all for FREE!
There are so many hiking trails in Breckenridge, that I suggest checking out alltrails.com to find the best one for you. They rank them from easy to difficult depending on your hiking abilities.
3. Window Shop / Walk Around Main Street
Main Street Breckenridge is the perfect little place to stroll around and enjoy a relaxed walk-through town.
There are so many cute places to shop and to pick up some delicious coffee.
If you ever get a chance to visit, no matter what time of the year, take the time to walk around and support the local shops. Even if it is a simple t-shirt or coffee purchase.
4. Go Sledding (Free Winter Activity)
This is one FREE activity that is super fun for all ages!
Since we were there in the winter, we got a chance to go sledding down the town’s hill.
The location of this hill is behind the elementary school and next to an activity center with tennis courts and a dog park.
There are sleds that some leave behind, or you can pick some up at the local shops.
Our whole family enjoyed the free sledding so much that we went more than once!
If you happen to go to Breckenridge during the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Summers, biking is a great way to enjoy the area.
You can bring your own or rent a bike while you are there. (Check out Groupon for deals)
This is an inexpensive way to get some exercise, explore the outdoors, and enjoy the beauty of the Breckenridge Mountains.
6. Go Skiing / Snowboarding
Okay, so we all know Skiing or Snowboarding isn’t necessarily a budget-friendly activity.
The ski lift tickets alone are pricy!
However, budgeting at least one-day, if you are going during Ski Season to the Mountains, is recommended if you enjoy the activity.
We were on a budget and decided to do one day of snowboarding while we visited the town in February.
The cost was well worth the experience for us!
If you are renting your skis and/or snowboard gear (including a helmet, pants (if needed), or jacket) check out AMR Rental Ski and Board.
They provided us with great gear, all fitted to our liking and for half the price of other rental places.
Breckenridge, Colorado is historically a gold mining/sawmill town.
There are some great museums that the whole family can visit to get a piece of the history. Including a high line railroad museum with a Train engine and themed playground specifically created for kids to enjoy.
Here is a list of some of the museums that are available to visit.
Barney Ford Museum
Edwin Carter Discovery Center
Briggle House Museum
High Line Railroad Museum
Breckenridge Sawmill Museum
You can check out more museums and tours here: Gobreck.com
Please keep in mind hours may be subject to change. Most of these museums are free to discover and donations are accepted.
8. Check out Groupon for Local Deals
One thing I love to check when I am in a new town to see what activities could be available on Groupon.
Sometimes you can find something really cool to do and for a cheaper price.
Visiting Breckenridge Colorado was a wonderful and memorable vacation.
If I ever get the chance to go back, I would in a heartbeat. There is so much to explore in the area, that our trip was not enough time.
So, if you love the outdoors, extreme sports, amazing coffee, and kind people then Breckenridge is a perfect vacation spot for you! Enjoy and explore the beautiful sights it has to offer!
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by Nissa Haight | Adventures, Camping, Gift Guides, Hiking, Products We Love |
Outdoor Subscription Boxes are the perfect gift for your adventure seekers.
Whether they love to camp, hike, fish, or just enjoy the great outdoors, gifting a subscription box is the way to go.
Each box is unique and comes with a variety of goodies that will benefit their individual outdoor activity.
But, with so many options out there which ones are the best and worth the price?
Well, we had the same question, so here is a break down to get you started in picking the best outdoor subscription box.
Subscription Boxes for Outdoor Gear
Epic Outdoor Gear right to your doorstep. Each box is at least a $50 value with high-quality brands.
Every monthly box has it’s own theme so you will be surprised every time.
All monthly boxes are also tailored to your liking after a brief questioner once you subscribe. Plus, there is also monthly outdoor challenges to get you outside and exploring.
One of the best outdoor subscription boxes for campers and adventure enthusiasts.
You can sign up for a monthly or quarterly subscription and receive the best in class branded gear for your adventures.
If you choose the monthly, you will receive $50 worth of gear every month. For the quarterly subscriptions, you will receive up to $350 worth of gear.
Plus, when you review their products you will also be eligible to earn reward points that can be cashed in for free box, apparel, or gifts for friends.
Steel to Reel Club
This outdoor subscription box is for those who are looking to embark on the skill of lone survivor.
Each box contains premium products for camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing hand-picked by professional survivalists.
This box subscription can get started on learning the necessary skills for outdoor life with the right gear.
Subscription Boxes for Campers
The Happy Glamper
Hello, Glamping Divas! Camping doesn’t have to be always roughing it.
You can enjoy the great outdoors and still have comfort.
The Happy Glamper Subscription box is the perfect box for Camping RVing woman. They come with jewelry, home decor, and more.
The best subscription box for campers and RVers of all kinds.
You can choose monthly or quarterly box options. Each box has its own theme and curated with 5 – 7 items from branded companies like Camco.
Get started on your adventure with the CampLife Crate.
50 States of Mine
As an RV’er, visiting every state you can is usually a huge goal. What if you could get a head start in experiencing the fun and local items before you visit?
Well, the 50 States of Mine Subscription box offers just that! Every month you will get items from a brand new state.
You can choose from a standard box or a premium box and receive 6 to 8 items every month. Plus, shipping is included!
Subscription Boxes for Hikers
Looking to start a new outdoor hobby and don’t know where to start on your hiking gear? This outdoor subscription box is perfect for new and even experienced hikers.
This box is sent on a quarterly basis and you will receive 5 to 7 full-size items worth $150-$200.
They also include tips on hiking as well as information on National Parks that you might want to visit.
Another perfect box for those who enjoy hiking and the great outdoors.
This box comes with more edible healthy treats along with a couple of gear items. It’s the perfect box to keep you fueled while on an adventure.
The Hiker Crate is a monthly subscription that renews automatically but can be canceled anytime.
Subscription Boxes for Fishing
Freestone Fly Fishing Company
If the outdoor activity you or a friend enjoys is fishing, then the Freestone Fly Fishing box is a great option.
Every box comes with a vinyl sticker, 12 -24 flys, and 4-5 angler items all worth a minimum of an $80 value.
Ships from Canada on the 5th of every month.
True Fly Supply
Looking for a monthly box that gives you more than fly fishing gear?
This box offers up gear for trout fishing, saltwater fishing, and warm water fishing. You choose which style of fishing box you desire more.
Plus, you’ll get a surprise item every month and free USA shipping.
Subscription Boxes for Hunters
Are you a hunter or have an avid hunter you’d like to gift a box too. The Mountain Hunter Subscription box is a great option.
Curated with quality and light-weight hunting products handpicked by professional hunters.
Each box will contain 3 to 5 items that are perfect for hunting adventures.
Barrell & Blade
A great box for those who enjoy the outdoors of curated interests like camping, survival gear, tactical gear, and more.
There are two box options; Option 1 offers items valued at $85+ and option 2 offers items valued at $175+.
Each box is curated with high quality and tested items from trained outdoor survivalist. So stock up on your gear with the Barrell & Blade Subscription box.
Subscription Boxes for Kids
Wild Child Box
A great option for your kid that loves to learn and adventure outside.
Keep your kid busy with the Wild Child Box.
All items are focused on children ages 3 to 10 and valued at $65 per box.
An outdoor kids subscription box curated by parents. This box is perfect to ensure your kiddos get outside and let their imagination run wild.
Think Outside was awarded the 2019 Parent’s Choice Award for its outstanding gear for kids.
Equipped with the perfect learning material to teach young ones about the outdoors. You will also receive a color of your choice day backpack so your kids can carry all the gear with them with your first box.
Subscription Boxes for Her
Wild Woman Box
This box is for the outdoor-loving women out there.
Curated and designed specifically with gear, healthy snacks, and body products for ladies.
If you love the outdoors and have a busy active lifestyle, this is the box for you.
Stay wild women!
Glamping is like camping but with all the modern luxury items and amenities.
This box is designed for the women who love to camp, hang out by the fire, and enjoy the outdoors.
This is a quarterly subscription box with each one containing 5 – 6 items valued at $120. Items you could expect are great for camping, home decor, candles, and outerwear.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these great outdoor subscription boxes available for Campers, RVer’s, Hunters, Kids, Women, and more.
These boxes are great for yourself or given as gifts during the holidays or birthdays.
Also, if you do choose to purchase a subscription, I am an affiliate with Cratejoy, Nomadik, and Cairn and will earn a percentage at no extra cost to you.
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by Nissa Haight | Adventures, Camping, Hiking, Products We Love |
Father’s day is right around the corner and I know there are many dads out there that enjoy the great outdoors. If you have an outdoorsy father or husband then this list of gift ideas is for you.
My dad is definitely an outdoorsy guy that loves to camp and fish during the summer. He drives 3 hours north to Broken Bow, Oklahoma to go tent camping and trout fishing. It is his downtime to breathe, relax, and do something he loves.
Maybe that’s why I love camping, fishing, hiking, and the great outdoors myself. After all, I am Daddy’s little girl!
But, what kind of gifts do you buy your father or the father of your children that you know they will love?
Well, here are some great ideas for campers, hikers, fishers, hunters, and ideas for those who enjoy grilling out to get you started. Everything can be found directly on Amazon and comes with super fast shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime Member.
Camping Gifts for Dads
Does your dad or husband enjoy camping? Are they always looking for the next best camping gear to enhance their camping experience?
Camping for many men is a hobby like fishing or hunting. The idea of getting to sleep in a tent, cook outside, and build a fire is honest fun while also being educational and fulfilling.
So, here are the best camping gift ideas for the outdoorsy men in your life.
Sorison Large Puffy Camping Blanket
This outdoor Blanket by SORISON is perfect for camping or any outdoor activities. It’s waterproof, durable, and easy to carry anywhere. Plus, it is machine washable!
Light Weight Double Camping Hammock
Great to enjoy a nice nap during the day or even skip the tent and snooze outdoors.
Waterproof Super Bright Head Lamp
Being able to see during the darkness in the woods is vital. It’s an extra plus when you don’t have to hold a flashlight and instead have a super bright headlight to illuminate your camping site.
Waterproof Fire-Starting Lighter
This lighter is great for the camping dads to be able to start a fire anywhere.
Solar Powered Camping Tent Light
Forget the batteries! Get your dad a solar-charged tent light to have when camping.
Campsite Storage Strap
This is amazing! Keeping things off the ground and easily being able to hang a lantern is a camping plus.
Hiking Gifts for Dads
My dad grew up hiking the Grand Canyon of all places. He lived just a couple hours away in Arizona and growing up him and his brothers would hike every weekend they could. It was some of the best adventures of his life.
If you have a Dad that loves to hike, enjoys new trails and challenges, then here are some great gift ideas for those outdoorsy men!
Folding Camping Chair | Backpack | Cooler
Everything about this is perfect for the hiking dad.
Genius Foldable Waterbottle
Perfect for day hikes and easy to carry and store once empty.
TrailBuddy Trekking Poles
Perfect adventure gift for your avid hiker Dad.
Timberland Waterproof Ankle Boot
My dad lives in these boots. They are great for hiking or everyday activities.
Perfect gift for a dad who enjoys sentimental items that are also very useful.
Waterproof and Breathable Hiking Socks
The perfect socks to keep your dad’s feet from blistering during a long hiking trip.
Grilling Gifts for Dads
I feel like grilling is the man’s cooking zone. Not to say women can’t grill either but for some reason, men just love to grill over the open fire. Who doesn’t like some delicious BBQ Grilled Chicken or a Juicy T-Bone Steak?
If the Dad in your life enjoys cooking out, here are some great gift ideas!
7 Piece Smoker Kit
My dad loves to smoke brisket in his smoker! It’s a great gift for the grilling dad.
Perfect for the father who likes to make a statement.
Bluetooth Meat Thermometer
Your Dad can keep an eye on the temperature of the meat straight from his phone with this cool thermometer.
BBQ Grill Accessories Set
What’s a grill master without an amazing grill set? this is perfect for the Dad in your life.
Fishing Gifts for Dads
Fishing is another great outdoor activity that a lot of men enjoy doing. My father, my brother in law, and my brother love to fishing. I even love to go fishing. Some of the best fishing I’ve ever done was in Alaska when I fished for Salmon and Halibut.
If you have a fisherman in your life, these are the best fishing gift ideas you can purchase on Amazon.
Vision Outdoor-Fishing Fanny Pack for Him
Perfect gift for the dad who likes to fish and be able to easily carry his bait, hooks, and beer.
Reelsonar Bluetooth Wireless Bobber Fish Finder
Probably that coolest fishing gear tech gadget to date! This device will help your dad find the fish underwater without wasting time.
Canvas Fishing Rod and Reel Organizer Carry Bag
The perfect fishing gear organizer that is easy to carry to remote fishing spots.
Fishing Chest Waders for Men
Everyone fisherman will benefit from having chest-high waders. Especially when they’re fishing in rivers. This is a great gift!
Hunting Gifts for Dads
My brother is a huge hunter! When I told him about this post, he gave me a list of wishes to consider for those hunters including new thermos and gift cards.
I definitely took his considerations when creating these Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Men. I hope your hunter will enjoy these as well!
Men’s Thermal Underwear Set
Perfect to keep him warm during the freezing hunting seasons.
APEMAN Trail Camera
Every Hunter NEEDS a trail camera! This helps them know when the game is coming to certain locations.
Shooting Wild | Waterproof Range Finder
This is such a great gift idea for hunters. It helps them calculate the distance for shooting.
Trail Camera Viewer SD Card Reader
This card reader is perfect for being on the go and wanting to quickly check the camera’s video.
Amazon Gift Card
If you’re still unsure, you can’t go wrong with a gift card!
I hope these Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Men in your life are exactly what you are looking for. Make your dad or significant other feels special and blessed to be a dad.
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by Nissa Haight | Hiking, Travel |
The Sunny City of San Diego has more to offer than just some gorgeous beaches. This city is home to beautiful natural hiking trails that will get you and your family outside and breathing that fresh air.
Hiking trails in San Diego are plentiful with the hill and mountainous terrain. The best hikes are those that get you close to nature and experiencing the beauty of the land. I also believe that hiking is a wonderful activity for kids to explore, learn, and exercise all at the same time.
So, get your hiking boots, camelbacks, and sunscreen ready, because the views while hiking in San Diego are spectacular!
1. Cowles Mountain Trail (Mission Trails Regional Park)
Distance: 3 Miles
Elevations: 908 Feet
Route: Out & Back
This beautiful trail is one of the top scenic hiking routes in San Diego. The Cowles Mountain gives you spectacular 360 panoramic views of Downtown San Diego, Mexico, North County, and Orange County.
The Cowles Mountain Trail is perfect for all ages! It is a moderate trail that is great for running, mountain biking, hiking, families, and dogs as long as they are on a leash. The trail is a bit rocky and little to no shade spots to rest, so maybe bring a hat and of course water!
2. Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail
Distance: 7.4 Miles
Elevation: 147 Feet
The Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail is wonderful for the whole family because it’s mainly flat. This is a great trail because you can choose to make your hike/walk/run as long or as short as you’d prefer. You may see many bikers, runners, and even horse-back riders along this trail.
This hike is popular because of the gorgeous waterfall and beautiful bridges. There is one precaution, however, and that is to be careful during the wet season. The trail tends to have muddy areas but it’s nothing that can’t be walked around.
3. Sunset Cliffs Park Trail (Sunset Cliffs National Park)
Distance: 1.7 Miles
Elevations: 150 Feet
Route: Out & Back
A very popular trail that is year-round and great for all skill levels to enjoy. This trail gives you an opportunity to see local wildlife and sandy beaches. Sunset Cliffs Park Trail is perfect for the whole family including dogs on leashes.
This hike is considered to be one of San Diego’s best hikes to watch the sunset over the coast. It is also a beautiful place for a romantic stroll.
4. Lake Miramar Trail
Distance: 4.9 Miles
Elevation: 98 Feet
Lake Miramar Trail is the perfect place to enjoy nature and still have the luxury of modern paved walk-ways. The trail is great for families of all types and is stroller/wheelchair friendly. Dogs on leashes are also welcome to enjoy a stroll.
Be cautious because it is a heavily tracked trail but it does provide bathrooms through the 4.9-mile loop.
5. Oak Canyon to Grasslands (Mission Trails Regional Park)
Distance: 3.7 Miles
Elevation: 344 feet
Oak Canyon to grasslands is a heavily trafficked trail great for kids and dogs on leashes. If you enjoy hiking with great views, nature, birds, and more then this trail is for you.
It’s considered a moderate trail because some places are a bit rocky and may require more solid shoes like hiking boots or tennis shoes with good traction. The Oak Canyon to Grasslands trail is a nice and peaceful hike but not much shade so bring a hat.
6. Seven Bridge Walk (Balboa Park)
Distance: 6.6 Miles
Elevation: 485 Feet
The Seven Bridges Walk is wonderful for everyone of all ages. The best times to go is between April and September. There are plenty of open fields that you may want to rest, so bringing a towel or blanket to sit on is recommended.
The trail is not shaded so a hat and water is a must to bring along. The trail does run through the city and it has stopping points with crossing streets, so keep the kids and pets close!
7. Visitor Center Loop Trail (Mission Trails Regional Park)
Distance: 1.4 Miles
Elevation: 160 Feet
This looping trail is great for the kids and pets. It is another heavily trafficked trail that many enjoy running and even horseback riding along. This trail is located partly along a river so you and the kids can stop and skip rocks or relax by the water.
The views are gorgeous and the walk is nice and peaceful. It’s a short loop to get out for a quick walk or run.
8. Tecolote Canyon Trail
Distance: 6.7 Miles
Elevation: 538 Feet
Route: Out & Back
This trail is a long hike but you can turn back at any time. It has stunning features and is accessible year-round. The trail is pretty easy for children to walk along and is dog-friendly.
You may want to avoid this trail, however, if it’s been raining as it can obtain mud and puddles during the wet season.
9. Bayside Trail (Cabrillo National Monument)
Distance: 2 Miles
Elevation: 205 Feet
Route: Our & Back
If you’re looking for the perfect family-friendly trail that gives you spectacular views of the coast, this is the one! This trail is easy and has access for strollers and wheelchairs.
This trail also located at the Historic Monument that commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo who was the first expedition to land at the San Diego Bay. Great historical learning site for the kiddos.
10. Nighthawk Trail to Black Mountain Summit
Distance: 3.9 Miles
Elevation: 846 Feet
Route: Out & Back
Nighthawk trail is a wonderful options for families who enjoy a little challenge as is can be quite rocky with a steady incline. However, the views and wildflowers along the trail are spectacular. This trail can also be made in to a loop if you desire to hike down Black Mountain Service Road.
The trail is also pet friendly with dogs allowed as long as they are leashed. You may even see some mountain bikers on this trail so keep an eye out. Shade is non-exsitent on the trail so you may want to wear a hat or sunglasses.
11. Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail (Cabrillo National Monument)
Distance: 1 Mile
Elevation: 45 Feet
Route: Out & Back
This trail is wonderful for all skill level hikers looking for a quick outdoor adventure. It has beautiful beach and wildlife scenery and is open year-round.
If you plan on bringing the kids, watch them closey as it could become slippery.
12. Mission Bay Trail (Mission Bay Park)
Distance: 6.3 Miles
Elevation: 52 Feet
Route: Out & Back
Mission Bay Trail is popular amongst the locals. It is used heavily for running, hiking, and biking. The trail is open year round and is pet and kid friendly. The path is paved the entire way which makes it great to bring along stollers or those in wheelchairs.
This trail also has great views of the Bay and you may even see ducks along the water. It is the perfect place for a morning or evening stroll.
I hope you enjoyed this great list of the best kid-friendky hiking trails in San Diego that you can explore with your whole family. Feel free to check out more options at alltrails.com. Thanks for stopping by!