For many people looking to plan a vacation to Keystone Colorado can become overwhelming. We want you to know that we understand and we will try to do our best to provide you with as much information on planning your vacation as possible. Keystone has many lodging options and how are you supposed to know where to stay? A lot of the answer will depend on you, your group, what your budget is for the trip, how many people you are coming with, and what your needs for a property are, and of course when you are coming to Keystone and what is still available.
Keystone Colorado Lodging Introduction
First we should start with a brief introduction to Keystone: Keystone has several neighborhoods that define the general area of Keystone Resort. Looking at a Map and reading left to right you will have East Keystone, River Run Village, Mountain House, North Keystone, Lakeside Village, West Keystone, Keystone Ranch, and further down the road the SummitCove area. Keystone is relatively small in size and in the summer you can drive from one end of Keystone to the other in under 10 minutes. There is only one stop light in town and one gas station, so relax, if you stay in East Keystone you are not stuck out in the boonies.
Keystone has two base areas where lifts will take you up and you can ski back down, River Run Village, where you will find the Gondola and the Summit Express lifts, and Mountain House Base Area, where you will have the Argentine Lift, Peru Express, and the Discovery Learning Area.
The majority of lodging options are going to be what we call “walk to lifts” which means that you can not ski straight to the building but instead ski to the bottom of the hill and then walk over to the condo. This is also going to be where the majority of shops and restaurants and ski rentals places will also be found.
Ski In Ski Out in Keystone – Really?
If you are looking for ski in and ski out lodging, Keystone Colorado really only has 2 buildings that you can actually ski to without taking off your ski’s. These two buildings are Lone Eagle above River Run, or The Timbers at River Run. These are two premium buildings that are perched on the hillside skiers left as you are coming down into River Run Village. These buildings are truly amazing, luxurious, perfectly located, and very well appointed. They are typically going to be in very high demand and are priced accordingly. However right on the other side of the river is the majority of the River Run Condos.
What is Walk to Slopes Lodging?
Most of Keystone Resort Lodging is what is technically called “Walk to the Slopes” Most of the River Run Condo’s are going to be walk to slopes as well as the majority of the vacation rentals at the Mountain House Base Area.
In River Run Village you will find lots of different buildings all within an easy walk over to the Keystone Gondola. Here you will find Jack Pine Lodge, Black Bear Lodge, Arapahoe Lodge, Silver Mill, Expedition Station, The Springs, Red Hawk Lodge, Red Hawk Town homes, River Bank Lodge, Mill Creek Condos. All of these buildings are an easy walk to shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more. Easy access to skiing, ski school, rental equipment, and within a mile of our Keystone Check in Office.
In Mountain House base, Keystone Resort’s original base area, you have a couple of buildings that are right at the base area, Chateaux DuMont and Slopeside Condos. Those are within a minutes walk to the lifts. In Mountain House you also have Cinnamon Ridge, Gateway Mountain Lodge, Hidden River Lodge, Ironwood Townhomes, Key Condo, Liftside, Ski Run Condos, Snake River Townhomes, Snowdance Manor, Tenderfoot Lodge, Campfire Mountain Town Homes, The Inn at Keystone, Frostfire Condos. From these properties you can walk over to the ski lifts, restaurants, shops, rental shops and bars. You will also typically find that these properties are will usually have a Keystone Shuttle stop within walking distance to get your around Keystone free of charge. The properties in Mountain House are generally a little bit older, but a little bigger than the properties in River Run Village.
East Keystone Lodging Options
East Keystone is tucked back in the hillside East of River Run Village down Montezuma Road. The vacation rentals you will find here will be Settlers Creek, Trappers Crossing, and Ski Tip Ranch, you will not find shops and bars back here but you will find some peace and quiet and some very impressive vacation rentals, these properties are newer, larger, and very well done. Many of the places you will find have updated kitchens, larger floor plans, wonderful mountain views, and hot tubs tucked outside. These are not only great during ski season but are among the most highly demanded properties for your summer vacation.
North Keystone Accommodations
North Keystone has several larger town homes including Tennis Townhomes, Quick Silver, Saint Johns, Mossy Rock Lodge, Cabin in the Pines, The Enclave, Oro Grande Condos, and the Keystone Sanctuary. These properties tend to sleep larger groups, great for family reunions and coworkers all needing thier own bedroom. The Keystone Conference Center is also located in North Keystone and the buildings in North Keystone are just a short ride away from the ski slopes in the Winter and are on the bike path in the Summer!
Is Lakeside Village right for me?
Lakeside Village is perfect for the Keystone Conference goer or the family looking for fun on Keystone Lake. You will find the Keystone Lodge and Spa, Lakeside, Lakeshore, Willows, Mall, Edgewater, Decatur, Montezuma, Lenawee, Argentine, and The Seasons here in Lakeside Village. The Lake is a summer haven, shops and restaurants are located around the lake and you will find this a perfect spot for people watching while enjoying a beverage lakeside. In the winter, this becomes the center for Ice Skating professionals and rookies alike, enjoy Christmas on the Lake and bring in New Years with Fireworks over the Lake. With the Conference Center within walking distance, this is also the perfect spot to stay if you are in town for a meeting. The Keystone Resort Shuttle will also pick you up from this neighborhood and take you to the lifts in the winter.
Forest Condos and Evergreen Condos
West Keystone is perfect for people looking to get a great value on a large place. This area is spread out and has more of a residential feeling than being’ down town’, you might refer to this as staying in the burbs, but with really good public transportation in place it makes getting around town a piece of cake. The properties you will find in West Keystone which are sometimes referred to as Forrest Condos and Evergreen Condos include: Star Fire, North Star, Soda Springs, Wild Irishman, Flying Dutchman, Keystone Gulch, Homestead, Pines, Lodgepole, Antlers Gulch, Saw Whiskers, and the Keystone Stables. Great properties with great amenities for both summer and winter. This area is ideal for someone looking for a value in Keystone, and does not mind a short shuttle ride in exchange for a little more privacy and a lot more room! Bike trails and plush green grass lawns will hook up with world class golf courses over here also.
Keystone Ranch Private Homes
Keystone Ranch is around the corner, down the road, around the corner and stuck perfectly centered in the middle of wonderful. This neighborhood is surrounding the Keystone Ranch Golf Course and is a real getaway from the crowds in Keystone. Made up of large private homes you will enjoy the benefits of staying in your own home. Easy access to the Ranch course and the Keystone Ranch Restaurant and among some of the reasons why people love staying in the Ranch. This neighborhood is perfect for people looking for a private home, staying for a while and wants to be in a comfortable property, does not mind driving to the slopes or driving to go out to eat but would rather have a home you can enjoy your friends and family.
Summit Cove, Colorado
Halfway between Dillon and Keystone you will see a road off the side that cuts over towards Breckenridge called Swan Mountain Road, this area here is the Summit Cove neighborhood. Although you might find a ‘cheap’ place here, you may not love the atmosphere. It is truly a local’s neighborhood and is about 5 miles from the slopes at Keystone.
Just tell me where I should stay already and let’s go on vacation!
So where is the best place to stay in Keystone? If you want ski in ski out then Lone Eagle or the Timbers, if you want night life and village atmosphere stay in River Run Village. If you are looking for a high end place tucked in the woods you might choose to stay in East Keystone. If the lowest price is your biggest objective, possibly take a look at some of our studios. If you want a private home in Keystone you have options throughout Keystone. If you are looking for the best value for walking to the slopes then Mountain House is for you. Larger groups look towards North or West Keystone. If you are attending a conference and want to walk to the Keystone Conference Center, then take a look at Lakeside Village or North Keystone. These are just some hints, call one of our Keystone Vacation Planners today and they can help you find that perfect property in Keystone!