Once the snow melts, Keystone turns into the ultimate outdoor playground. There are hundreds of trails to explore, a fun lake, incredible scenery, two golf courses, a killer bike park and tons of fun activities to try. There are so many great summer events including two Keystone Restaurant Weeks, six unique summer festivals, bike races, Kidtopia Kidzfest, Frontier Day, Chalk Art & Chocolate Day and lots of weekly family events such as Kids Discovery Days, Wild West Nights and more. Keystone is the place to spend your summer family vacation or to enjoy a mountain getaway weekend. Check out our top 10 reasons to start planning your Keystone Summer Getaway!
1. Scenery Like No Other
Head up to the top of Dercum Mountain via the River Run Gondola or Summit Express chair lift and you will be amazed at the scenery once you arrive at the top. At 12,408 feet, the incredible views of Lake Dillon, North Peak, Buffalo Mountain, Breckenridge, and the Continental Divide will take your breath away. There are tons of hiking trails to explore at the top and you can also choose to hike back down to the bottom.
2. One of the Best Bike Parks in the Country
Keystone is known for it’s downhilling and with everything from greens to blues to blacks, there is a trail for every rider and ability level. There are also more than 100 miles of single track at Keystone so you’ll never get bored with the same trail! Not into the dirt? Check out the paved bike path for a smoother, more predictable ride. The path runs through every town in Summit County, so let your pedals take you on an adventure!
3. Festivals & Events for Every Personality
Keystone is home to 6 unique summer festivals that really do have something for everyone. From bacon to wine to beer to music to Colorado cuisine, there is surely a festival designed just for you! All summer festivals are family friendly with just as many activities slated for the kids as the adults. Don’t miss the 20th Anniversary of the Bluegrass & Beer Festival this August!
4. The Most Kid-Friendly Resort Around
Keystone is home to Kidtopia, which is a season long festival for kids. Daily activities such as Wild West Nights, Kite Flying, Gold Panning, Face Painting, Discovery Days and more will keep the kids busy and having the time of their lives!
5. Summer Savings
When you stay with SummitCove Vacation Lodging, you’ll receive exclusive guest discounts on all sorts of summer activities including whitewater rafting, bike rentals, summer tours, fishing, golfing and more! Lock in the savings and enjoy a summer vacation that won’t break the bank.
6. Big Fun at the Adventure Center
One of the best spots to be in Keystone during the summertime is at the Lake! Rent paddleboats, stand up paddle boards and kayaks and cruise around the lake, or feed the huge fish! Checkout their ‘Sunday Funday’ with happy hour specials on rentals from 2 pm – 5 pm on Sundays.
7. Great Places to Eat
Whether you are looking for a fun summer patio for lunch or happy hour or a fancier evening dining experience, Keystone has an array of amazing restaurants to choose from. Some of our favorites include the Snake River Saloon, the New Moon Cafe, Zuma Roadhouse and the Bighorn Bistro. Come in early June and be apart of ‘Keystone Restaurant Week’ which offers tons of great deals, culinary specials, wine pairings and more at restaurants all over Keystone to kickoff the summer season.
8. Dillon Summer Concerts are Just 10 Minutes Away
Free live music every Friday and Saturday night all summer long at one of the most beautiful venues in Colorado, the Dillon Amphitheatre! Enjoy a show parked on a blanket under the stars as you overlook the Lake Dillon Reservoir with the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the backdrop. Stop at the Arapahoe Cafe for dinner and a cold one before the show!
9. Hundreds of Miles of Trails to Explore By Foot or Bike
There are endless choices for trails in Keystone and Summit County. Walk to waterfalls, mining ruins, mountain vistas, along rivers… the possibilities are endless! Many condos in Keystone have trails right outside the back door!
10. Friday Afternoon Club
There’s no better way to spend a Friday Afternoon than in Keystone. Enjoy FREE gondola rides to the top of Dercum Mountain and then enjoy live music, food and drink specials and tons of fun yard games like cornhole, slacklining and horseshoes. Stay for sunset or go on an afternoon hike. Did we mention it’s FREE!?
Written By: Alyssa Hubbard