Fishing for Fun on Lake Dillon with Big Ed’s Fishing Adventures

Coming to Keystone in the summer is a family tradition.  We bring 4 generations of family from grandparents to little kids.  We stay in one of SummitCove Lodging’s large, beautiful homes, this summer it was the Keystone Grand Lodge #633. We always plan group activities but with varied age groups and interests, we have found it challenging to find an activity that everyone wants to do and can do.  However, this summer we found the perfect outing for everyone in our family! Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures! We have a bunch of fisher people in the family and a few that have never fished at all. The wonderful part about Big Ed’s is they had a boat big enough for all of us and for the family that did not want to fish it was only $40.00 for them to come on the boat with us.  SummitCove also had a coupon so the kids could fish for free with a paying adult in their summer discount book. It was something everyone in our group could enjoy and afford!

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We had a beautiful day on Lake Dillon.  The water was calm and the views were amazing!  Our fishing guide was fantastic and knew exactly where to take us to catch the most fish.  We caught Rainbow and Brown Trout. The kids were delighted with how many fish they caught and the more serious fisher people could not believe the size of the trout.  Our non fishing family members said, they would not have missed this day on the Lake and watching everyone catch fish was a highlight. At the end of our fishing trip our guide felt like family and he gave us so much information about the area that we never knew!  


In the winter Big Ed’s even offers ice fishing trips!  Honestly, I have had zero interest in ever doing this but after spending a day on the lake with Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures there is no way we are not coming back to try ice fishing with them in the winter.  It will be the day we rest our ski legs, but still enjoy the Colorado sunshine!


Big Ed’s made our summer trip to Keystone memorable.  The photos we took, the fish we caught and the memories we made are some of our favorites from this trip.  We look forward to coming back and creating more family memories with Big Ed’s.

Summer Chuckwagon Dinner Wild West Fun Perfect for Our Keystone Family Reunion

Our family reunion was in Keystone, CO this summer.  We booked our lodging with SummitCove Vacations and they did an amazing job with our reservations, keeping us organized and helping us plan activities.  One suggestion they made was going on a chuck wagon dinner with Two Below Zero. Not only was this the best suggestion but SummitCove also gave us a coupon for 10% off.  Regular price is $69 for ages 13 years-adult, $49 for ages 4-12 years and kids under 3 years are free. This experience was some of the best money we spent on our vacation! 


I called Two Below Zero and spoke to a friendly and informative lady.  She explained that the Chuck Wagon Rides are about 3 hours and include the wagon ride, dinner and a Wild West Show.  She said they also offer vegetarian and gluten-free options at dinner. I was glad I called in-advance because we have a large family and much to my surprise they had room for 35 of us, so I booked our chuck wagon dinner.  No one really knew what to expect but everyone was looking forward to it!

Summer chuckwagon rides
The ride to dinner! So much fun!


Finally, it was vacation time and the night for our Chuck Wagon Dinner with Two Below Zero.  We arrived at their office in Frisco and the Cowboys loaded us up on buckboard wagons.  The wagons were pulled by large, gentle mules. Our Cowboy drove the mules and guided us through a beautiful forest, with amazing views, to their campsite where we would eat our dinner.  It is a good idea to put on sunscreen and bring sunglasses. We also brought light weight jackets for the ride back. The campsite also had a game corral to play in while we waited for dinner.  The kids and adults played horse shoes, cowboy golf, corn hole and tried ropin’. None of us were very good at ropin’ but we were all good at eating the fresh, homemade biscuits with honey!


Next a dinner bell was rung and we sat down for dinner.  We were served delicious BBQ beef brisket and BBQ chicken.  We ate savory cornbread, corn on the cob and delicious beans.  For dessert we enjoyed a rustic warm apple cobbler. We also ordered beer and wine for the adults.  We had full bellies and the next thing we knew there was a bunch of hootin’ and hollerin’ and the Wild West Show began!


From the youngest member of our family (3 years old) to the oldest member of our family (77 years old) we were delighted by The Jackman Brother’s hilarious play!  It is a comic act with the Sheriff chasing “the bad guy”. These brothers perform amazing stunts and involved the audience. My daughter and nephew were picked to participate for part of the act and it was a highlight for the entire family!


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Enjoying the Wild West Themed Dinner

Before you know it the sun is going down behind the mountains and it is time to get back on the wagons and return.  We watched an amazing sunset and then the stars started to slowly pop out. Everyone is smiling from ear to ear. We talk, laugh and cuddle our kids on the way back.  At the end we thank our Cowboy guide and tip him kindly. He told us jokes, stories and gave us cool information about the area.  


We get back to our cars and we realize that for the past 3 hours we were not in 2019, were back in the Wild West with the beauty of the Rocky Mountains all around us.  It was an experience our family will never forget and one of the highlights of our family reunion. We live an hour away and plan to come back with friends and anyone who comes to visit us.  Two Below Zero does an amazing job and we can’t wait to come back and share the experience with more people!


Beat the Summer Heat with a Trip to Keystone This Summer

Temperatures have recently skyrocketed across the US, reaching over 110 degrees in some areas! Denver, CO hit the 101 mark a few days ago on Friday, July 19, which tied the record for hottest temperature on that day in Denver, originally set in 2005.  Beat the summer heat by planning a trip to the mountains before summer is over!


The base of Keystone Resort sits at 9,280 feet in altitude, bringing cool and pleasant average daily temperatures that typically range in the 70’s to low 80’s during the day and 50’s overnight.  Even if it does feel warm during the day, you can count on things cooling off at night.


Lakeside Village paddle boarding
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Keystone Lake


Keystone is also home to all sorts of ‘cool’ activities that allow your to get out on the water.  You can spend a day in Lakeside Village at Keystone Lake on a kayak, paddle boat or stand-up paddle board.  Your kids will love to feed the local fish and explore the lake!  Head over to Lake Dillon for a kayaking Island Tour with Adventure Paddle Tours or rent a pontoon boat and go for a spin around the lake. Grab your fishing rod and cast out into the Snake River. Book a whitewater rafting trip with Performance Tours! Or even simpler, book a condo with an outdoor pool and enjoy relaxing poolside with a good book or playing in the water with your kids! We love The Springs Pool Area at River Run Village, it even has a small water slide for your kids!


Take a dip at the Springs River Run Pool Area
Cool off at The Springs Pool Area in River Run Village


Prefer to cool down with a cold beverage on a sunny patio?  In the heart of River Run Village, check out Happy Hour at New Moon Cafe or Montezuma Roadhouse.  Or, on Fridays, check out the Friday Afternoon Club!  The F.A.C. happens every Friday of the summer, with free gondola rides to the top of Dercum Mountain, where the is live music with a view, food and drink specials and yard games like cornhole and ladder golf! Hike around or just sit back and relax as you enjoy the music and incredible 360 degree views!


You’ll find tons of ways to cool off during a summer visit to Keystone Resort, Colorado! Book summer lodging with rates starting at $79 a night!


Digging into Mountain Biking Dirt Camp for Kids at Keystone!

My 12 year old daughter is fearless.  She loves any sport that involves going fast and defies gravity.  Her favorite sport is rock climbing and she can do that at a gym any day of the year, but when the weather is nice, she is a mountain bike girl all day long. She mastered the uphill skills near our home in Golden, but was not super confident on the downhill sections.  Last summer, we noticed that Keystone was offering ‘Dirt Camp’ for kids ages 9 – 13 and she begged to get in on the action. She loved every minute of it and learned some great bike skills. All winter she waited for the 2019 dates to be announced and made sure we blocked the dates off until she could register.  


The first session of 2019 Keystone ‘Dirt Camp’ started on June 24.  She walked into the bike school building and noticed her favorite bike coaches from last year were back.  They all greeted her by name and after a round of fist bumps, checked over her bike for mechanical issues. We walked over to Keystone Sports to get her outfitted with downhill gear, with her coach in charge of making sure everything fit properly.  

Summer Mountain Bike Dirt Camp for Kids at Keystone CO

Coaches spent the first day helping the kids practice the skills they would need on the mountain.  Track stands, wheelies, slow speed turns, cornering, etc.. Torrey felt like she mastered the techniques by the end of the day.  When she returned to our condo at the Springs building, she was beaming with pride that she had gotten ‘camper of the day!’ She spent the evening in the pool telling her friends that they should go to the next camp session.


The next day, the campers hit the mountain to practice their newly acquired skills. Torrey reported that they couldn’t do some of their favorite trails, like “Girl Scout” because of snow at the top.  They were able to do “River Run” and she felt like she was working beyond her comfort zone. By day 3, she said she was really trying to push herself and maybe went too far. She took a hard fall, but was glad that she had a full face helmet and compression jacket.  Her instructor let me know that they looked her over thoroughly and felt she could finish the day. At the end of day 4, Torrey was sore and tired. She had backed off on her speed and felt safer, but she was working hard to master the tough terrain of blue trails. Though she was tired, she was so excited to get to class on day 5.  As I dropped her off, she asked if she could register for the next session, happening in a few weeks on July 15 -19.


If you have a child interested in developing their mountain bike skills, I highly recommend Keystone Dirt Camp! The instructors are fantastic.  In fact, they are considering hosting a similar camp for women that I just might look into for myself and a group of friends. After all, I need to keep up with Torrey! Each camp entry includes one on one instruction, Dirt Camp swag, daily bike, equipment & storage during the camp, a daily bike haul ticket and trail access. 

A Day On the Water With Adventure Paddle Tours

Our family loves being out on the water and on our last summer vacation at Keystone, we wanted to get out onto Lake Dillon.  Some family members had an interest in learning stand up paddle boarding and others were more comfortable being in kayaks.  So we called Adventure Paddle Tours and they offer both kayaks and SUPs to use during their guided tours with a shuttle pick up.  They had a number of different trips including an ‘Island Tour’, a ‘Family Tour’ and a ‘Sunset Tour’! Needless to say, we booked our tours and met our guide at Lake Dillon Marina.  

Adventure Paddle Tours

It was a beautiful, sunny day and everyone was excited.  We got our life jackets and our guide gave us a lesson before we ventured off.  The stand-up paddle boards were thick and easier to stand on then we thought, so that was a relief.  The kayaks were in really good shape too. I really liked having a guide with us, especially with our kids.  I was able to enjoy myself more knowing there was an experienced adult with us. Our guide also knew exactly where to go and spotted so much wildlife that we would have missed.  We saw a bald eagle, several trout, foxes and deer.  


We were on a 2-hour tour and with the wind on our backs we were able to see a lot of the lake in that time.  Just when everyone was starting to get tired we were at the end of our tour. I loved the shuttle that picked us up on the other side of the lake.  Because we did not have to go back to our starting point we were able to see more of Lake Dillon. We also enjoyed the shuttle ride back to the marina because as the kids said, “it was a fast boat!”  


We will definitely do this again!  This was an amazing experience and built confidence in all of us.  Now when we drive by Lake Dillon my kids say, “we know every part of that lake and we want to do it again!”  Thanks Adventure Paddle Tours, we made memories of a lifetime with your company! 

Mardi Gras Celebrations at Keystone Resort

Head to Keystone to celebrate Mardi Gras 2019 with live music and an all you can eat Gumbo Cookoff in the River Run Village Events Plaza!


On Tuesday, March 5, celebrate Mardi Gras in Keystone.  Spend the morning out on the ski slopes – wear your beads and craziest bright colored attire!  In the afternoon, head down into River Run Village where there will be a Gumbo Cookoff and live music all afternoon.


Tickets for the Gumbo Cookoff include unlimited tasting from 2:30 – 5 pm.  Some of the area’s best restaurants and home chefs will be on hand serving up their take on the best gumbo, in two categories: either Seafood / Exotic or Chicken & Sausage.  Tickets for the Gumbo Cookoff are $12 for adults online in advance or $15 at the gate.  Kids tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the gate. Once you’ve had a chance to taste them all, you have the opportunity to submit your vote for your favorite and help to choose the People’s Choice winner!  If you just want to go and check out the music or grab a drink – the music is free to attend!

Taste Every Gumbo in Keystone for Mardi Gras

Schedule of Events:

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: DJ Spinnin’ Tunes
  • 2:30pm – 5:00pm: Gumbo Tasting
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Gumbo Judging
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: FREE Live Music by Chris Daniels and the Kings
  • 5:00pm: Gumbo Winners Announced


Don’t have a Mardi Gras lodging reservation yet? You’re in luck! Book a SummitCove Mardi Gras package: stay 2 or more nights with SummitCove Lodging, including the night of March 5 and you can take 10% off your stay and get 2 free adult tasting tickets for the Gumbo Cookoff! We recommend staying in River Run Village to be in the heart of the action… just walk back to your condo when the event is over, unless you are too full to walk! Then we recommend a wagon!

Ring in the New Year at Keystone Resort – New Year’s Eve Celebrations

What’s happening in Keystone on New Year’s Eve?  Ring in 2019 the way you want, with fireworks, live music, amazing cuisine, drinks and the torchlight parade!


Kidtopia Winter Movie Matinee
Head to Kidtopia headquarters for a winter movie matinee before the New Year’s Celebrations begin! Movie is PG, family friendly and begins at 4:30 and is free to attend! Free popcorn will be provided!


Ski & Ride School’s Torchlight Parade
Enjoy the Ski & Ride School’s unforgettable New Year’s Torchlight Parade in River Run Village at 6 p.m, headed down the face of River Run.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Lakeside Village fireworks at 9pm.  Spend the evening ice skating under the stars with hot cocoa or a warm beverage and top it off with fireworks display to ring in the new year.  Or, watch the show from the warmth of the Bighorn Bistro with a fancy cocktail or Colorado craft beer in hand with loved ones!

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New Year’s Eve Concert: Trout Steak Revival at Warren STation
Cap off 2018 by dancing the night away with Colorado’s next best bluegrass band – Trout Steak Revival at Keystone’s very own Warren Station in River Run Village! Meadow Mountain will be opening the show, with doors at 8:30 and Meadow Mountain from 9 – 10 pm.  Trout Steak Revival takes the stage from 10:15 – 12:30 am, with a countdown celebration and free party favors! Tickets are just $20 in advance online, so get yours now!


New Year’s Eve at Snake River Saloon
Zuma Road will be ringing in the new year at the Snake River Saloon in Mountain House! Cover charge at the door and saloon will be open until 2am!


SummitCove Lodging still has a few properties available for rental over the New Years holiday! Book your stay today and ring in the new year in the mountains!



Keystone Science School Now Offers Winter Break Camps

Whether you live here in Summit County or are visiting for the holidays, you can now send your kids to Keystone Science School over winter break!  The camps are indeed scheduled with Summit County’s School District Calendar, but coincidentally, the dates also align with many of our guests holiday vacations.  There will be both day and overnight camps available for kids ranging in ages from 5 – 17.  The camps focus on science and technology, mixed with adventure through interactive education. The are aimed at helping kids work on developing their scientific and critical thinking skills, plus having fun with their peers.


Kids Sledding on Hill in Keystone

Keystone Science School came up with the winter camp idea after surveying and listening to local parents as they spoke of hardships over break in finding child care as well as keeping kids stimulated and engaged over school breaks.  This is a chance for parents to drop them off at camp for a fun time instead of trying to find child care. KSS will offer potential campers with the same model from their summer camp, but instead with winter-based activities, such as snow-science and winter hiking.  They will dig snow pits, learn about snow and snow stability.  Other activities may include cross-country skiing, sledding, campfires, snow forts, arts and crafts, archery and more.

Keystone Science School’s winter camp is happening on December 27–28, 2018 and again from January 2–4, 2019. The cost is $65 per day for day camp and $85 per day for overnight camp. For more details, visit

Happy Halloween from the SummitCove Lodging Team!  

We are spoooktacularly busy up in Keystone today.  We woke up to freezing temperatures and a chilly snow-filled Halloween!  We had some help from Mother Nature providing some good cold temperatures and some natural snowfall, but to make sure we have a good solid base, Keystone has the snow guns blowing hard and are working to make sure we are ready for our opening day next week on Friday, November 9!  


SummitCove Lodging Staff Dressed Up for Halloween 2018
Happy Halloween from Snowy Keystone! 10/31/2018


If you are around in Keystone today please stop by and say hi and enjoy some scary stories and ghooling good times!  We have a secret stash of candy and are offering free snow dance moves to kids that come in the front desk dressed up today!


With some ghostly good luck we have snow in the forecast for Keystone for most of the next 7 days and a high temperature of 34 for the next 10 days.  We are certain to have enough ghost dandruff (fresh snow) to enjoy some howling fast first runs of the season on November 9th.


Have a safe, fun and scary Halloween from your friendly SummitCove Team!

The Rumors Are True! Kids CAN Ski Free in Colorado This Winter

The rumors are true! Your kids really CAN ski free this winter in Colorado and even at Keystone Ski Resort!

Kids having fun with family at Keystone

Here’s How:

Signup for the ‘Arapahoe Basin Kids Free 2 Ski’ program online or in-person by December 17, 2018.  This awesome program provides kids ages 6 – 12 with 2 free lift tickets at Arapahoe Basin for the upcoming 2018 / 2019 ski season. There are some requirements, so please read all of the rules first. We love it because there are NO BLACKOUT DATES and you can sign up online, from anywhere!


The second way to get free lift tickets is with the Epic Schoolkids Colorado Pack, which offers 4 days or skiing or snowboarding at each of 4 mountains including Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek.  There are holiday blackout dates and some other requirements, but this is still an incredible deal! 4 days at each of the 4 resorts equals up to 16 possible free days out on the mountains – what!?


Both of these amazing programs not only offer kids ski free options, but they include lesson options too! At Arapahoe Basin, kids can take advantage of a 50% off ‘first-timer’ ski or snowboard lesson if they qualify and are new to the sport.  With the Colorado Schoolkids Program, a free one-time lesson is provided from 11/26 – 12/15, 2018 or from 1/17 – 1/31, 2019. Reservations are required for all lessons.


The rumors are true! Kids do ski free in Colorado! Take advantage of these great offers this winter and save some money on your upcoming family ski vacation.  Be sure to read the fine print on both programs and signup prior to your visit. Now that you have your child’s lift tickets, how about booking your lodging?  SummitCove has a variety of family and budget friendly lodging options at Keystone Resort.  We have properties that are just a minute walk to Keystone ski school and the River Run gondola or larger townhomes with private hot tubs and more space for families.  Speak to a SummitCove Keystone Vacation Planner today at (970) 368-7023 or book a vacation rental condo in Keystone online.