Iowa Hill Trail, in the heart of Breckenridge, CO

While wandering around Breckenridge, CO, we stumbled upon the most unique history hike close to the town of Breck. Perfect for families and visitors. A hiking trail with historical mining exhibits and interpretive signage.

Taking you back to the days of gold panning while hiking through the beauty of the Breckenridge area.


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A well-marked trail and a steady incline through aspens and ponderosa pines lead us to the beginning of several stopping points with really quite staggering original mining exhibits. Eventually taking you to the Iowa Hill Hydraulic Placer Mine area.



This hike takes you back 100 years in Breckenridge.

Starting at 9,600 ft in elevation the trail zigzags its way close to 10,000 ft. elevation. Along the way find yourself engrossed in how all this came together and how did they get all this up this mountain! So well done this is sensational.

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Reaching the top of the hike you can grab a bench and admire the sweeping views of the town of Breck and the surrounding mountains.

Nothing boring or lacking in this hike, a workout, amazing history, the smell of pines, and quiet with only the sounds of small critters and birdsong.





The unusual large round “something” without signage appeared on our hike and pondering that for a while we came to no conclusion of what it is …

Find out what the large round twig “thing” is by doing a guided hike with Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. They are well known for guided hikes throughout Breckenridge and with their extensive knowledge of the history of the area, you may want to join them on a guided hike on Iowa Hill Trail.

Visit, Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, for more information on this hike and other hiking excursions.




As you keep going around the loop a restored original boarding house brings lots of imaging about how it really was to be a miner in Breckenridge during the 1800s. Always love to see old buildings, cabins, and remnants of the past.



A great adventure if you are wanting a moderate, short, yet interesting hike with fresh air. Great for kids, getting the dog out, entertaining the relatives, and surrounding yourself with nature.

Are you familiar with the principles of the outdoors?  > LEAVE NO TRACE 

Approx: 2 mile loop
Rated: easy, moderate
Starting elevation: 9,600 ft.
Family friendly
Dog friendly
Beginner hiker friendly
No mountain bikes
Located in Summit County, CO



To get to the Iowa Hill Trail Loop: Head north from the town of Breckenridge on Hwy. 9, turn left at Valley Brook Rd. Take a right on Airport Rd for about a ¼ mile. The trailhead is on the left with a designated sign and parking area.


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