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Summer in the Rockies

Although the beautiful wildlife and mountain views are still here, Colorado’s summer activities will look a little different this year. After months of lockdown, Breck and Vail are once again welcoming visitors. Mud season is over, and the wildflowers are out. Hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails are open, as are local shops and restaurants with certain restrictions. Here are some things know to help keep Breck and Vail open. As of June 1, all short-term lodging facilities are able to accept reservations again. Hot tubs, pools, and saunas may remain closed to comply with CDC guidelines and ensure the safety of all guests and the community.

Much is the same, but a few things have changed. The first thing you’ll notice is that Main Street in Breck is open to pedestrians, bikes, elk and deer,—but closed to vehicles. Masks and social distancing precautions are widely observed, but they aren’t keeping avid hikers and cyclists from exploring the high country. With the transformation of Main Street into Walkable Main, a pedestrian-friendly reinvention of space, there is more room for outdoor seating at restaurants.  Diners will have to stay in the appropriate restaurant areas with their drinks and are not be permitted to walk up and down Main Street with an open beer or a cocktail. No sipping and strolling. Since most places are still seating with limited-capacity, reservations are highly encouraged. Curbside & dining-to-go options are available as well.

Masks/facial coverings are a requirement in town, and businesses have the right to refuse customers if they do not comply with the rules. Diners must wear masks to enter the restaurant, anytime servers come to the table, and anytime diners get up from the table. Specialty stores and boutiques have also opened with reduced capacity and mask requirements to better serve employees and guests. Massages, salons, and spas are open by appointment only. Events and festivals are postponed for the season and subject to change along with public health orders. The BreckConnect gondola and chair lift will reopen to the public on July 4.

While indoor attractions may be limited, the great outdoors of Colorado are still here to welcome you. Visitors should observe the 6 ft. of separation rule when possible around people outside of your group. Outdoor summer activities may be adjusted to provide the safest experience possible. Reservations are recommended for experiences with limited capacity. The hiking and biking trails are the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and find wide-open spaces. Outdoor recreation is not only accepted but encouraged here!

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