I know that the sun is starting to wane and those fresh summer mornings give way to crisp dewy mornings. A light sweater will be required when sipping coffee on the deck and the snowflakes are still a month away, but there are so many reasons to fall in love with Fall in Keystone.
First of all, there are the COLORS! Colorado is known for providing for wonderful “leaf peeping” opportunities, but have you seen Keystone? The hills are sprinkled with reds, browns and the most brilliant yellows you have ever seen. Take a hike and enjoy collecting leaves to press, or bring your camera along in order to capture the brilliance and preserve your memories. The Keystone Aqueduct Trail is a great one, as it overlooks much of the Keystone area from a bird’s eye view.
Speaking of hiking, the trails that are normally crowded are empty. You might be the only one on the trail, or maybe you will catch a glimpse of Bullwinkle (just don’t try to pet him.) If you head up near Montezuma, you could catch a few photos of a real ghost-town. Make sure you bring along a picnic lunch, because once you start hiking, you won’t want to turn back.
When you do get back to Keystone, take a dip in the pool, or soak in the hot-tub. Do you remember the pool with all of the activity in the summer? That same pool might be all yours in the fall! With few guests in town, you can use the pool and never once be stepped on by a kid yelling Marco-Polo. The hot tub won’t be buzzing with tired skiers, but you will get to choose any seat you like.
Once you are refreshed, grab the Summit Daily to find a great deal on dinner. Although the options in River Run are limited, there are several restaurants in nearby Dillon that offer a “locals” deal for buy one get one free meals and discounts on drinks during the mud season. Bonus, the restaurants are not crowded so you won’t wait nearly as long for dinner as you would in the summer or winter seasons.
If you’ve never been zip lining, its something you must try, whether you are a local or visitor in the Summit County Area. It’s exciting, adventurous, and one of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular Colorado scenery! You will fly with the birds, taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Arkansas, plus three of the famous ‘Fourteeners’, the highest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Democrat. Top of the Rockies Zip Lining is owned and operated by our winter snowmobiling tour partners, White Mountain Snowmobile Tours. Their private 2,000 acre property includes more than fifty old patented gold mines including the Golden Treasure, the Colorado Belle Placer, the General Grant and the Emerald mine. These mines are not operating gold mines, but several of the mine shafts will be visible as guests tour this unspoiled historic area. You also have a great chance to see wildlife, as the area supports abundant wildlife including herds of elk and deer! Enjoy the spectacular views from the deck before take-off. Fall is one of the best times for zip lining, as the leaves are changing colors and the best vantage point is up high in the sky! Guests will soar over Big English Creek, vast canyons, waterfalls, alpine meadows dressed in wild flowers, groves of elegant aspens and pine forests. One of the lines even goes over the historic Leadville Railroad!
The first take-off platform is at 11,000 feet of altitude and the entire course is all above 10,000 feet. Guests will travel to “The Top of the World” surrounded by true Rocky Mountain back country splendor and views. Take a deep breath of the crisp clean mountain air and just go for it! Step off the platform and glide effortlessly into the adventure of a lifetime. The attraction features the latest and safest technology including double cables for safety, faster zips with the latest hands free “zip stop” technology and several long runs traveling anywhere from 400 to 850 feet. Friendly certified guides are there to make sure your tour is safe, enjoyable and informative.
Top of the Rockies Zip Line is located Halfway between Copper Mountain Resort and Historic Leadville, Colorado. It is the closest zip line operation to Summit County and only about 35 minutes from Keystone Resort! To get there from Keystone, head west on Hwy-6 to Silverthorne where you will hop on I-70 west. Drive about 8 miles to Exit 195 (Copper Mountain/Leadville). From the Exit, go south on Highway 91. Pass the Climax Mine at the top of Freemont Pass at about 10 miles, then continue downhill for about 5 miles. Slow down when you see the green MILE MARKER 7 sign on the left. The entrance to our Base Camp is just south of that sign. Watch for oncoming traffic, then turn left into our driveway.
A few of the leaves in Summit County have already started changing colors, meaning Fall is on it’s way.. and even better, that Winter will be here before we know it! Fall is an incredible time to visit Keystone; the summer crowds have dwindled and it feels as if you have the whole resort to yourself. Many of the restaurants in Summit County offer 2-for-1 deals, making it easy to enjoy a gourmet meal at just a fraction of the price you would normally pay. The temperatures are cool, making it the ideal weather for hiking and biking. Equipment shops start running fall sales to get rid of last year’s equipment, meaning you can receive savings up to 70% off on a new pair of skis, boots, googles, and other gear. The quiet and relaxed atmosphere during the off season is a nice change from the normal hustle and bustle at the resort. You can also visit some of the Fall themed events in Summit County, including Wine in the Pines, Oktoberfest, Fall for the Arts, Fall Fest and more.
Probably the biggest reason to come though is for the Colorado Fall Colors. Keystone is home to Aspens which change to brilliant gold and orange hues, creating hills of gorgeous colors. Although the exact dates cannot be predicted, typically September is the best month to view the colors. There are numerous trails in the Keystone and Montezuma areas that offer superb color viewing opportunities, including the Peru Creek trail and Keystone Gulch area. If you have never tried cross country mountain biking, it is a great way to cover alot of terrain and really submerse yourself in the beautiful scenery. There are many trails that are considered beginner level to get started on. You can also ride your bike up one of the scenic passes such as Loveland or Hoosier. Another way to view the colors is to take a scenic drive on one of the many beautiful roads in Summit County such as Montezuma Road, The Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway over Independence Pass, or the Copper Minturn Loop.
SummitCove is sticking with the 2-for-1 theme and offering A FREE Night, when you buy one night from September 10 until October 31st, at participating properties. Experience the colors from the balcony view shown above at Expedition Station or be tucked away in the woods at Trapper’s Crossing Townhomes. You can’t pass up these amazing prices during your Fall Color Viewing Tour! Take a break from the city life and experience the brilliance and beauty of the Colorado wilderness during one of its most beautiful seasons!