The Old Dillon Reservoir Trail is located off of Dillon Dam Road, near the Lake Dillon Reservoir. This is a relatively easy hike, capping out at about 1.7 miles round trip and about 200 feet in elevation gain. It is a perfect choice to do with kids, elderly or if you only have an hour. It would also be a good ‘first’ hike to do to get you acclimated to the area and altitude. Even though it is quick and considerably ‘easy’, it offers up some of the best views in the area! This trail can be done in any season and is very rewarding, without too much work. The hike starts out in the trees with shade and then opens up once you reach the lake.
The hike has incredible 360 degree views of Lake Dillon, Buffalo Mountain, Ptarmigan Peak, the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide. You’ll enjoy the fall foliage all the way up to the top, where you will find the Old Dillon Reservoir, which was built in the 1930’s. You can even see Keystone’s North Peak from here! Bring a fishing pole (if you have a Colorado fishing license) or just enjoy the stroll along the lake. This hike shouldn’t take you more than an hour to complete.
If you are traveling from Keystone, head towards Dillon and take a left onto Dillon Dam Road, at the stoplight near the movie theatre and grocery store intersection. Then travel on the Dam road for about 2.1 miles and you will see the trail head on the right.
The fall colors in this area are currently just beginning to peak, so we recommend doing this hike within the next two weeks to see the best colors. The photos featured were taken on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Get out there and enjoy this wonderful Summit County hike!
Head to Keystone this weekend for some Labor Day weekend fun and family friendly events! On Friday, head up the River Run Gondola – FOR FREE at the Friday Afternoon Club! Head to the top for some pre-5K stretching on a mountain top hike and then sit back and enjoy live music and drink specials. On Saturday, participate in the Das Bier Burner 5K at noon to earn your free brat and beer at Keystone Oktoberfest, which kicks off after the race from 1 – 6 pm. Keystone’s Oktoberfest is one of the most family friendly in all of Colorado, with dancing, face painting and performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers dancers. German Fare and of course Oktoberfest beers, live music and polka dancers complete this great event at Keystone. On Sunday head to Lakeside Village for ‘A Taste of Keystone’ where you can sample delicious cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants as you take in the views and enjoy live music around the lake. Rent a stand up paddle board or paddle boat for a fun afternoon in the sun.
The is the only race that rewards you with a brat and a beer afterwards, it’s the Das Bier Burner 5K in Keystone, Colorado! This fun and family-friendly event supports local charity, SOS Outreach who works with at-risk youth to improve their lives and skills through adventure programming, such as skiing and hiking! The Das Bier Burner 5K 2018 is in its 5th year and is fun for everyone involved. Dress up in your favorite lederhosen or dirndl, Yeti costume or as a beer stein – whatever it is, make it good because you will want to win the Freshies Drink Gift Baskets offered up at the audience-judged costume contest!
The race starts and finishes at the entrance to River Run Village in the heart of Keystone Resort. Runners head east on the Keystone bike path towards Settler’s Creek and back through the Alders neighborhood. The course crosses the bubbling Snake River multiple times and eventually heads back past the River Run Gondola and straight into the village where the crowds will be cheering you on! Cross the finish line and then shortly after, head into Oktoberfest to claim your free brat and beer! All registered runners receive a commemorative event t-shirt and goody bag filled with schwag! You’ll also have tickets for a free brat and beer (if you are over 21) at Keystone Oktoberfest!
Keystone Oktoberfest runs from 1 – 6 pm in River Run. The event is free to attend with German fare and drinks available for purchase. You can also pickup an Oktoberfest commemorative beer stein that includes 3 drink coupons for just $35. The afternoon will feature live music from festival favorite, ‘Those Austrian Guys’ and live performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers dancers. Kids can dance and have their faces painted. There will be other kids activities all day long.
Get registered for the Das Bier Burner 5K today before registration rates go up on August 16!
We all love Keystone in the winter and enjoy hitting the slopes! But have you ever checked out the many things to do over the summer? Summer is a great time to try the many different things Keystone has to offer. From hiking to biking to swimming, read on about some of our favorite things to do over the summer months here in Keystone, Colorado!
1. Horseback riding is something you should definitely experience in the mountains. Saddle up at Keystone Stables and ride through the White River National Forest. The wrangler will guide you through some great trails, that may get steep but are a ton of fun.
2. Not ready for the snow to be gone and still want to do snowy activities? Don’t worry, you can still go snow tubing in the summer! The tubing hill is located at the top of the mountain at Adventure Point. Get on the magic carpet and sled down with your friends and family, winter AND summer!
3. Kidtopia Headquarters still has fun activities in the summer for kids. The ice skating rink melts and turns into a mini golf course. There is rock climbing, panning for gold (gems), a bungee trampoline and tons of other free and fun activities. You can even head through a maze at the Montezuma Shaft Maze. Your kids will not get bored from all the activities at Keystone’s Kidtopia.
4. Fishing never gets old out here in Keystone. Try out fly fishing along the Snake River with one of the best guides in Keystone. Check out http://thecoloradoangler.com/guide-service/ Great for all ages. Not to sure about the fly fishing in the rivers, no worries with Lake Dillon so close. Rent a pontoon boat and tug along the lake fishing and soaking up the sun. Rent at http://www.bigedsfishing.com/
5. We love the sleigh ride throughout the winter to have a fun dinner and listen to live music. There is also a summer version that you can do. Jump into a wagon like the olden days to get to dinner and then enjoy a Wild West Show and live entertainment with their Chuck Wagon Dinner! SummitCove guests receive a special discount with Two Below Zero.
6. Keystone had some great hiking trails in Keystone or near Keystone with a short drive to. Hiking can be easy to hard depending on what you enjoy or if you have kiddos.
– Tenderfoot Trail: Easy- 2.6 miles – Oro Grande Trail: Easy- 3.5 miles – Sapphire Point: Easy- .7 miles one way – Old Dillon Reservoir Trail: Easy to Moderate- 1.7 miles – Dercum Hill: Moderate- 7 miles round trip – Mount Royal trail: Moderate- 4 miles round trip – Buffalo Mountain: Hard- 5.5 miles
7. Take the lifts up the mountain to have a picnic or to grill out. Great for scenic views up the mountainside at 11.640ft. Fun to ride up the lift or Gondola and then hike down. Make it romantic and have a proposal up there. Awesome views and great way to experience the summer days. Don’t forget your camera! Every Friday you can ride the River Run Gondola for FREE from 1 – 7 pm as part of the Friday Afternoon Club!
8. White water rafting is a great thrilling adventure if you want to go outside your comfort zone. Raft along the Colorado or Arkansa river, choose from a range of class levels with a guide. Can enjoy a half day or full day. Don’t worry about having your camera and losing it, there is a photographer that goes with and takes action shots of your trip for a lifetime of memories. www.performancetours.com
Enjoying the wide open views
9. Mountain biking is a huge hit in the summer months here at Keystone. There are few places here that you can rent bikes and ride them on the mountain. From easy to hard trails, be prepared to get muddy and dirty. Check out Mountain View Sports on trips and rates for your mountain biking fun.
11. Want something more thrilling? Check out ATV tours. Rent an ATV and scale the mountain. Choose morning or afternoon tours. Morning tour includes lunch. Have hours of fun with family or friends. With professional guides to take you through the rugged landscapes and see awesome views.
12. Want to fly over the mountains? Take a hot air balloon ride. This will be a great adventure flying over The Rockies. Pick pine cones from treetops, splash-n-dash in the lakes or rivers, and spot wildlife from above it all!
13. Keystone has Olympic Size Tennis Courts that have had Olympians come from all over to play on the courts. Feel like an Olympian and have a match with your family at the Tennis Courts off Tennis Club Road. Stay in Tennis Townhomes, Quicksilver Condos or Cabin in the Pines to be within walking distance of the Tennis Center!
14. Want to sail through the trees at 11,500 feet in the air? Zip Lining is for you. Fly side by side over deep canyons and creeks with two Certified guides. See old gold mining claims, the tallest mountains in North America, and wildlife. Top of the Rockies Zip Lines will take you on a fun ride and if you are staying with SummitCove Lodging, you’ll receive a special price!
15. Into swimming? SummitCove has alot of great lodging options with awesome outdoor pools. Check out the Springs with the water slide, Expedition Station, Dakota Lodge with views of the mountain, or Lakeside with access to the Lodge and spa. Pools never close out here in Keystone so enjoy summer swimming while staying in Keystone.
Join us this summer for family fun and try out one or all the activities that Keystone has to offer! We hope to see you this Summer!
The new Kidtopia Summer Signature Event, Stars and Guitars, comes to you over the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend. There will be tons of free activities and events for the whole family to enjoy together, including a concert from the Grammy-Award Winning Band, The Okee Dokee Brothers.
The event kicks off on Friday, June 29 and runs all the way through July 4. Daily Kidtopia activities are mixed with weekly summer activities, as well as special events tailored specifically for this fun weekend in Keystone. Some of the weekend highlights include the Friday Afternoon Club, Stars and S’mores, Fishing Derby, Wild West Night, Kite Flying, The Independence Day Celebration and the annual 4th of July Bike Parade! Start packing and head to Keystone for the 4th of July! Your family will thank you.
Mountaintop History Walk 3 – 4p.m. | Keytop Overlook Deck | Free
Friday Afternoon Club Summit House | Dercum Mountain 1 – 7p.m. | Free scenic gondola rides 4 – 7p.m. | Live music, outdoor activities, and food & drink specials Take a free gondola ride to the top of Dercum to enjoy the live music while you play yard games and enjoy a cold beverage!
SATURDAY | JUNE 30TH
Super Snake River Science 9 – 11a.m. | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
Kidtopia Kidzfest 11a.m. – 3p.m. | River Run Village Square | Free
Camp Night with Friends of the Dillon Ranger Disctrict 5 – 7p.m. | Adventure Center | Free
Stars & S’mores 8:30 – 10p.m. | Keystone Lodge & Spa Terrace | Free Everyone is welcome to join the instructors of the Keystone Science School for a night of stargazing and s’mores! Learn how to identify constellations and make the perfect campfire treat.
SUNDAY | JULY 1ST
Strider Balance Bike Races 9 – 10a.m. | Registration 10 – 11a.m. | Strider Races River Run Village Square | Free Little kids will have their first taste of competition at the strider bike races and have a chance to earn prizes.
Grammy Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers Mountaintop Concert 12– 4p.m. | Keytop Overlook Deck | Free with Scenic Gondola Pass Purchase a gondola ride or a summer adventure pack ticket to ride to the top of the mountain to see this free live concert with The Okee Dokee Brothers, with a chance to meet the band after the show!
Lakeside Village Independence Celebration & BBQ 11a.m. – 10p.m. | Lakeside Village The perfect day of family fun in the mountains. Bounce houses, face painting, kites, hiking, BBQ, drinks and live music that ends with fireworks over the lake!
Go Fly a Kite! 3 – 4p.m. | Lakeside Village Gazebo | Free
Kidtopia Independence Day Party 12p.m. – 6p.m. | Decatur Field | Free – Bounce Houses – Face Painting – Balloon Artist – Kite Decorating
Independence Day Fireworks 9:30p.m. | Lakeside Village | Free
WEDNESDAY | JULY 4TH
Bike Decorating & Parade 10:30 – 11:30a.m. | River Run Village | Free Head to River Run with your bike to load on the decorations and take part in the parade!
Now is the time to start making your Independence Holiday plans in the mountains. Book a large private home and bring your extended family to Keystone or a smaller condo on the Lake and watch the fireworks from your living room!
If you are still looking to make plans for the upcoming weekend, look no further! Head to the hills at Keystone Resort for the Bacon & Bourbon festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018.
If you’ve never been to this festival, you are in for a real treat. Thousands of pounds of bacon will be on hand for tasting, prepared in a multitude of ways. Some of the country’s best bacon purveyors will be sizzling up classic strip-style bacon for tasting. You’ll also see Keystone & Summit County restaurant vendors getting creative, creating all sorts of bacon flavored dishes to try. Bacon in pasta. Bacon on pizza. Bacon on top of bacon. Gourmet bacon dishes. Bacon street food. Bacon desserts. Bacon beverages and more! You’ll find some of the most unique and interesting dishes, all incorporating bacon in unexpected ways at this festival, truly a bacon lovers dream!
There are 3 types of tickets available for the festival – a kids ‘Piglet’ ticket package, the ‘Swamplin’ Swine’ mid-level ticket package and the ‘Hungry Hog’ ticket package- for those serious bacon lovers or anyone (21+) who wants in on the bourbon tasting. All ticket packages are good for a single day and include UNLIMITED bacon strip samples, varying numbers of the bacon ‘cuisine’ types of dishes, as well as a beverage or two and a commemorative event trucker hat. Book your tickets and lodging together with SummitCove to save up to 20% on the weekend. SummitCove has vacation condos located right in the heart of River Run Village, so you can walk to and from the festival.
Not a bacon lover? Have no fear! Skip the bacon tickets and just come to enjoy a beverage and the free live music. You can also head to any one of the village restaurants to enjoy a meal of your choice, bacon or not, at any time! Ticket & lodging packages will be on sale until 1 pm on Friday! Book now! Be sure to stop by the SummitCove tent once you are at the festival to pick up your free pair of pig-nose sunglasses!
There’s nothing quite like the smell of thousands of pounds of sizzling bacon wafting across the village in a beautiful mountain setting. Take in the delicious smells, tastes and sounds of the Bacon & Bourbon Festival at Keystone Resort, happening next weekend on June 23 & 24 in River Run Village.
Look forward to fun and original bacon dishes, like Bacon Ice Cream, BLTS, Bacon Tacos, Bacon on Pizza, Candied Bacon, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Bacon Bloodies and more! Keystone’s best restaurants serve up all sorts of dishes that include bacon in the most original ways.
This fun festival is as unique as they get, complete with great music to go with the delicious food! Festival favorite cover bands, Hell’s Bells and Lez Zepplin will both be back, rocking out on both days again for the 2018 festival. Take part in one of the Bacon Education Center Events to learn more about the salty goodness we all love so much. You will even have the chance to become a certified “Master Swinelier Certificate” from the Bacon Education Center!
Purchase a Bacon & Bourbon Festival ticket and lodging package from SummitCove Lodging and you’ll save up to 20% on the weekend. There are a number of different ticket packages available depending on how much bacon you plan to enjoy. Yes, this and all of Keystone events are family friendly and there is a ticket package for the kids! The kids ‘Piglet’ Package is for kids 12 and under and includes 3 tasting tickets for bacon cuisine, unlimited bacon strip samplings and 1 lemonade. The one-day ‘Swamplin’ Swine’ Package is good for unlimited bacon strip samplings, 4 tasting tickets and 2 beers or non-alcoholic beverages. If you are going all in, opt for the ‘Hungry Hog’ Pack which gives you 8 tasting tickets, unlimited bacon strips, and access to the Jim Beam Bourbon Tour. All tickets are good for just one-day, so purchase two if you are looking to enjoy the whole weekend. All of the ticket packages also include a commemorative event trucker hat!
Looking to be in the middle of it all? We recommend Jack Pine Lodge, Silver Mill Condos,Buffalo Lodge or Black Bear condos to be closest to the festival. If you want to be away from the village sounds, consider booking a condo outside of the main village for some peace and quiet after the festival ends!
The Keystone Aqueduct was built to bring much needed water from Keystone Gulch to Keystone Ranch. The Aqueduct is still in use today to fill up the Keystone Ranch Reservoir to water the two golf courses at Keystone, The Ranch and The River. One really great and fairly easy ride or afternoon hike is the Aqueduct trail in Keystone which is fully open to the public. You can begin this trail from the parking lot of Keystone Gulch Road and Soda Ridge Road. The trail begins right at the gate of the road and sneaks off into the woods. Soon after you go into the woods, you will come across a small wooden bridge crossing over the creek which is easy to ride across, but you might just want to take some pictures of the creek…it’s a great view! Start climbing next to the creek and you will see a really steep turnoff to the right. Keep going straight and avoid the extremely steep climb to the aqueduct. When you get to a clearing, take a hard right to head West on the Aqueduct trail. The Aqueduct trail is pretty wide, but you will come across a narrow area with sturdy boards covering the pipe. It is best to walk your bike in this area as is can get slippery especially when wet. After the boardwalk area, the trail really opens up and it’s an easy flat ride. Be careful in this section, however….the Keystone Stables run their horse ride tours in this area and you may come upon a crew of trail riders. Always stop and pull far over and communicate with the people on the horses so the horses do not get spooked and injure the rider. You will eventually come to Keystone Ranch Road. From here you can cross the road and enter the Soda Ridge Trail System or continue into Keystone Ranch for some incredible views, especially in the early morning or evening just before sunset. This trail is also spectacular for viewing the fall colors over the Keystone valley.
Continue on the Aqueduct through the open fields. You will come to a fork and you may take either the “high road” or the “low road”. The high road will bypass the neighborhood, but it is a steep initial climb. Both trails converge again into the Keystone Ranch. Going through the neighborhood is a fun ride and you go between property lines of some really nice homes!
Once the trail converge, you have a special treat ahead with some great single track and some ups and downs. The final descent spills you about 1/4 mile into Keystone Ranch and easy access to the Colorado Trail just 2 miles away. At this point, you can turn around and go back, or you can ride the dirt road back. The dirt road turns to pavement and you can follow that all the way back to the top of Soda Ridge road and take the Aqueduct trail back to Keystone Gulch again.
Summer season is just around the corner! Starting today, the Keystone Stables and Keystone Lake are both open for horseback riding, boat rentals, and stand up paddle boarding. Official opening day for summer activities at Keystone Resort is a week from now, Friday June 8th. On the 8th the River Run Gondola and Summit Express chair lift open for scenic rides up the mountain and the play park will be officially up and running. The Play Park at River Run Village includes a climbing wall, mini golf, bounce house, bungee jumping, gem panning and more. Each activity can be purchased separately. For a full day of family fun, there is the Keystone Adventure Pack for $55 a person which includes a scenic lift or gondola ride, a $15 lunch voucher at the Overlook Grill, a gem pan, and all the bounce house, bungee jumping, rock climbing, boating, and mini golfing you can pack into one day. Season play park passes are also available for $170 and includes fun all summer long at Keystone!
One of the most popular activities at Keystone’s summer season is the downhill bike park. Featuring 55 miles of lift serviced terrain, the Keystone Bike Park is a mountain bikers haven. Jumps, berms, pump tracks, and more are all included in this professionally maintained park. Progression focused lessons and camps are available for beginners or experienced riders that want to focus on improving skills. Age and gender specific lessons are available to ensure you get the most out of time on the track. SummitCove guests can receive discounts on downhill mountain bikes at Norski Sports in River Run Village.
Still want to play in the snow in July? Head up to the Keystone Tubing Hill open during the summer season! Natural snow sticks around almost year round at this high elevation tubing hill at the top of Keystone Resort. Tubing costs $34 a person for a one hour session or an $44 option that includes one hour of tubing and one lunch voucher at the Summit House grill. You’ll love the unique combo of snow and sun!
Relax and rejuvenate after hiking and biking with Mountain Top Yoga at Keystone Resort. Scenic views and fresh mountain air promote even more tranquility at this professionally guided yoga class. Packages offer the lift ride, yoga class, and lunch. Year round yoga is offer at Studio K in Keystone’s Lakeside Village.
State of the art tennis facilities are also available Keystone Resort. Soak up some sun at the beautiful outdoor courts which can be rented for $12 an hour or get some exercise on those rainy afternoons at the indoor courts that rent for $24 an hour. Rackets and ball machines are also available for rental and there are always tennis pros on hand ready to give drop-in and custom lessons. Step up or your game or just learn how this summer at Keystone!
Enjoy seemingly endless activities offered by Keystone Resort, explore the many hiking trails in the Keystone area, or bike around the Keystone Bike Path that connects to Dillon and Silverthorne! After a full day of adventuring in the Rocky Mountains, relax in one of SummitCove’s beautiful vacation rentals. Whether you want to stay in River Run Village to experience the play park or stay near the Keystone Ranch Golf Course in a private home, SummitCove has the perfect property for you and your group!
Both golf courses at Keystone, The River and the Keystone Ranch Golf courses are now in full swing for the summer 2018 season. Never golfed here before? Check out what’s in store for your golf getaway at Keystone with not one, but two great mountain golf courses.
THE RIVER COURSE AT KEYSTONE Par: 71 Total yardage: 4,762 – 6,886 yards
Designer: Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry The par-35 front nine follows along the path of the Snake River and the par-36 back nine winds through a lodgepole pine forest. This course boasts incredible views, challenging elevation changes, variable bunkers, various water hazards, and five sets of tees on each hole to offer a fun and interesting game to golfers of all levels and abilities. You may even spot wildlife during your game, such as a moose or elk!
KEYSTONE RANCH GOLF COURSE Par: 72 Total yardage: 5,582 and 7,090. Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
This course is a classic mountain course that works through tall pine trees, across open meadows and over a nine-acre lake! Enjoy panoramic views as you take in a traditional Scottish-style course on the front nine holes and then go through a rolling mountain layout on the back nine with beautiful views.
There are some great deals available for you while you are here too! Looking for the best deal? Book a twilight tee time after 5 pm and you’ll enjoy rates starting at just $60. Even better, junior golfers 17 and under are FREE after 5pm, so this is a great activity to do with your kids! If you are planning on golfing alot this summer, you may want to consider purchasing a golf season pass. The ‘Summer Fore Pack’ offers up four transferable rounds at either the Keystone Ranch or The River Course between July 1 and August 31. Play must occur after 11 a.m. and 7-day advanced tee times available, for just $440 or $280 for military members. The Spring & Fall Fore Pack offers the same deal, but is valid from now — June 30 and again September 1 — Closing Day at $320. Golfing more than 4 times? How about the Colorado Buddy Pass? This gives you access to Keystone’s two award-winning courses with 12 transferable 18-hole rounds. Tee times are available for any date or time. Golf car rental and practice facility included on day of play. Cost for this pass is $1,320. There are also some other higher level passes available if you are interested in unlimited golf or for couple’s packages.
If you are new to the game, you might want to consider taking a lesson while you are visiting Keystone. Take a private lesson with a PGA Pro for $100 an hour or $50 for a half our. Or, choose a private lesson with a PGA Apprentice for $80 an hour or $40 for a half hour. Keystone also offers all sorts of clinics and events all summer long. There are various clinics available for seniors, just ladies, juniors and more. Many of the clinics include breakfast, lunch, and / or rentals. To book all lessons and clinics, please call 970-496-1520.
You’ll love both of Keystone’s Golf Courses and will want to test them both out during your visit! Head to Keystone this summer for some of the best golfing in the mountains.