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Blue River Haven in Breckenridge

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With soaring Gore Range to the west and the Williams Fork Mountains to the east, Blue River, Colorado is located just a few miles south of Breckenridge real estate in popular Summit County.  Find yourself a beautiful Blue River Breckenridge home for sale in a private, wooded setting like Blue Rock Springs, Mountain View or Crown.  And mosey down to the Pennsylvania Creek, Spruce Creek, Indiana Creek and Quandary Creek, or Goose Pasture for a wonderful afternoon picnic near your Breckenridge real estate.

Located only 76 miles from Denver real estate and amenities, Blue River, Colorado is the perfect place to retreat.  Many people have a second home in Blue River or an investment property in Blue River to share.  But hundreds love it all year long.  The educated population commutes an average of only 15 minutes to work in towns to the north like Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne and Montezuma, and Alma and Fairplay going south on Route 9.

The Blue River itself is a tributary of the Colorado River.  It is approximately 75 miles long rising in southern Summit County on the western side of the Continental Divide in the Park Range near Quandary Peak.  It flows north past Blue River and Breckenridge, and through the Dillon Reservoir.  The “Blue” is quietly becoming one of the most productive year-round streams in the west, with browns and rainbows growing to incredible sizes as they feed on lots of shrimp.  It also provides thrilling whitewater areas for people who like to splash around a bit. 

On an archeological note, taking the river going north, you’ll see a valley following a long, narrow basin of sedimentary rock between two granite uplifts and then the river passes some steep bluffs of black Mancos shale.  This is the locale for the former bed of the great Cretaceous Sea.  The Ute’s and traders made good use of the river for centuries.

Then, in 1859, Ruben J. Spalding and his party scaled Hoosier Pass from the South and discovered gold.  The national attention drew thousands into the county’s mountains.  Using a mining process called dredging, they scooped up rocks and gravel from the riverbed and processed the gold.  The rock piles remain from the nine dredges that worked the upper Blue Valley until 1942.  The operations grossed an estimated $224 billion in gold by today’s standards.

Time marches on and the prize possession now is the hundreds of inches of clean white snow blanketing the mountains every year, welcoming millions of downhill skiers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers to four destination ski resorts clustered within 15 miles of each other in the county.   

The whole family will find great recreational and cultural options all summer, too.  There’s designer golf, tennis, shopping, sightseeing, restaurants, sailing, biking, wildlife viewing, hunting, rock climbing, fitness center/gym, racquetball, cinemas/movie theaters, live theatre, museums, and horseback riding.  There are drives like Boreas Pass Off-Highway and hiking going all directions such as on the Crystal Lakes Trail.

Served by competitive county schools, medical facilities in Leadville and Vail, airports in Aspen, Eagle County, Leadville and the international airport in the metro area as well as bus service into the area, people are content with the lifestyle, local amenities and attractions.

The young community of about 900 is employed in industries such as the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services, retail, construction, finance, insurance, real estate, property management, waste management, scientific, professional, management, and administrative.  No surprises there!  With all of the choices, the ability to telecommute, and your own ingenuity, you, too, can find a way to live your dream next to a Rocky Mountain river.

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