Fall Colors Are Expected to be ‘Extra Brilliant’ This Year

Coming off an incredible snow season with lots of moisture and a wet spring, the conditions are prime for an exceptionally brilliant show of colors this fall in the Summit County high country.  Experts have predicted that prime colors near Keystone Resort will peak around September 20 into the first week of October.  Head to the mountains to take in the amazing views of hillsides of golds, oranges and reds.

Fall colors at Keystone Resort CO
Fall colors in the mountains 2018

Although the Resort is closed for the summer season, there are still plenty of things to enjoy on your visit to Keystone. Most restaurants offer special mud-season deals like 2-for-1 dinner entries. Many of the sporting goods and equipment shops also run some great sales on last year’s gear so it is a good time to shop for new skis, winter jackets, ski socks, boots and more and enjoy sales up to 60% off regular prices.

 

Hiking in the fall is nothing short of amazing.  Fall tends tend to be full of bright sunshine and perfect temperatures, not too hot but very pleasant.  You can hike a fourteener, grab a hike with a grand finale such as a waterfall, alpine lake or mountain vista, or just enjoy a tree lined trail speckled with colorful aspens.  If mountain biking is your preferred sport, try one of the many trails around Summit County, such as Aspen Alley in Breckenridge or the Oro Grande trail closer to Keystone.

 

Fall is definately one of our favorite seasons in the mountains, but it goes by in the blink of an eye! Book your lodging today and head up to enjoy a fall escape while you still can!

 

Check Out These 3 Color-Peeping Hikes Near Keystone Resort This Fall

Keystone Aqueduct Trail

This is a relatively easy and short trail, making it great to do with young kids or older adults.  Head towards West Keystone to pickup the Keystone Gulch Trailhead. Head up the access road about half a mile and look for the bridge on the right to start your hike.  You’ll do a short climb and then turn right when you get to the top where the trail levels out.  You’ll overlook much of the West Keystone area, including the River Golf Course and Snake River.  Intermittent views of Buffalo Mountain and the Gore Range come into play as you continue on the trail. Beautiful aspen trees will be peaking in golds during the fall months. The trail soon ends after about a mile and a half at Keystone Ranch Road, where you have the option to continue onto Soda Ridge to your left, Flume Trail straight ahead or just turn around when you’re ready. Want to hike here from your condo? Stay anywhere in West Keystone at Wild Irishman, Flying Dutchman, Soda Springs, Starfire or Northstar Condos and you’ll have the perfect basecamp for your fall color hikes!

Great Views of Keystone and Fall Colors from the Keystone Aqueduct Trail

 


Upper Peru Creek / Peru Creek Road

This hike is located just up the road from Keystone off of Montezuma Road.  It is another easy trail that is about 6 miles that follows along the Peru Creek.  Head down Montezuma road about 4.6 miles and look for the parking area on the left side of the road where the trailhead is located.  You can park here, or if you have a 4WD vehicle, you can drive down the road another 4 and a half miles to begin the hike to Upper Peru Creek and Horseshoe Basin with multiple historic mine sites along the way.  If you can’t make it to the upper trailhead, you can still walk along this road and enjoy this beautiful area hiking along the service road and end at Shoe Basin Mine.  Other hikes in this area include Warden Gulch, Lenawee Trail and Chihuahua Gulch.

 

Ptarmigan Trail

This hike is great for visitors as it offers unparalleled wide open views of Summit County and particularly, Lake Dillon.  There are a wealth of Aspen Trees on this hike that are absolutely stunning as the leaves begin to change!  Get to the trailhead by heading towards Silverthorne and driving just past the I-70 overpass and turn right onto Rainbow Drive (by the Wendy’s). At the stop sign, turn right again onto Tanglewood Drive and then take another right onto Ptarmigan Trail and a final right turn into the trailhead parking area, about a half mile later. This trail climbs about 5 and a half miles, ultimately to the summit of Ptarmigan Peak. If you aren’t up to that 3,400 vertical challenge, the first 3 miles of this trail are relatively flat and perfect for a stroll in which you turn around when you’ve had enough.  You won’t believe the views from this trail!

 

Plan a weekend in the mountains this fall to see the fall colors at their best! Spend the weekend hiking, enjoying the hot tub and enjoying great off-season deals at Summit County restaurants! Many of them offer two for one deals and other specials during late September and October.  Save 30% on fall stays with the promo code ‘FALL’ when booking online.  Check out our available properties here. 

 

Fall Colors Are Popping in Keystone, Colorado

If you haven’t made it up to the mountains to catch the changing of the Aspen leaves, don’t wait! The fall colors are covering the mountains in the high country and they will soon be reaching their peak within the next week or two. With less crowds and crisp weather, September and October are the perfect time to get away to the mountains and enjoy the outdoors. The weather couldn’t be better for hiking and biking and enjoying your favorite summer activities before the snow hits. And while you’re up here, catch some of the live music around the county. 
Beat the weekend traffic and head up to Summit County on Thursday, September 22nd for a long weekend. Zuma Road will be playing at Rainbow Park in Silverthorne for their Cafe Concert Series; this free concert starts at 5:30. The Snake River Saloon will be hosting local band High 5 on Friday, September 23rd, and the Lee Rogers Band the following night; $5 cover gets you in.
Amazing views of the hills and the River Golf Course Keystone Gulch Aqueduct Trail

If you are looking for a perfect Fall hike, we have a few recommendations.  The Keystone Aqueduct Trail offers great views of Keystone, the Ranch and Buffalo Mountain.  Head down West Keystone Road to Soda Ridge Road, where you will turn left at the Keystone Gulch Townhomes and you will see the parking area just ahead.  The trail starts off with some wooden bridges and stream crossings and a quick uphill with a right turn, where the trail then levels off and you start seeing the views and all of the spectacular yellows, reds, and oranges on the trees.  Turn around whenever you’d like and head back to the parking area.

Ptarmigan trail in 2015

Another great fall hiking trail in the Summit County area near Keystone is the Ptarmigan Peak Trail in Silverthorne. From Keystone, head West on Highway 6 into Silverthorne. Cross under the I-70 overpass and turn right at the Wendy’s, take another right at the first stop sign.  You will then right onto Tanglewood Lane and continue to Ptarmigan Trail Rd and turn right. Follow this road for approximately 0.8 miles to the trailhead parking on the right.  The trail takes you through some nice forest and meadow areas with tons of Aspen trees. You will overlook the Lake Dillon Reservoir and take in some great views of the Gore Range along the way.  The hike continues up to Ptarmigan Peak Pass, which is almost 11 miles if you go the whole way, but even just hiking a few miles and turning around is well worth it if you don’t want to go all the way up. 

Great views from the Ptarmigan Trail in Silverthorne Colorado
Fall is one of our favorite times of the year to be in the mountains.  The crowds dwindle, the weather is gorgeous and the scenery comes alive with brilliant colors.  Come take in the gorgeous aspen colors in Keystone this weekend!

Why Fall is My Favorite Season in Keystone

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.

Written By: Cheri Reeburgh

 

Don’t Miss the Peaking Fall Colors in Keystone

It’s that time of year again in Summit County – the aspens are changing! During the next couple of weeks, locals and visitors alike will be witness to the beautiful gold, red and orange hues that spread throughout the mountains. The mountains offer the first sightings of the leaves changing, with prime viewing time expected to last through the end of September in the high Rockies.

There are plenty of ways to take in the spectacular views in Summit County. Take your bike (or rent one) over to the Lake Dillon Recreation Path and make your way around the lake to get a 360 view of the fall leaves. This 18-mile path will take you through Dillon, Frisco, and Breckenridge, over Swan Mountain before you head back to Keystone!

For a more leisurely intake of the changing leaves, make a day trip to Aspen, via Independence Pass – arguably one of the best drives in Colorado for viewing the aspen trees. Plan for a 4-5 hour drive, round trip. Or if you’re on a time crunch, simple drive east on Montezuma Road from Keystone – a quick 5-miles in and you’ll be surrounded by the fall leaves. Along the way there are plenty of places to stop by the stream or take a quick hike on one of the many trails in the area.  If you are looking for a beautiful, longer day-hike that is nearby, Chihuahua Gulch is a great option.  It is around 7 miles round trip and although considered moderately difficult, it offers great views of aspens, Grey’s and Torreys Peaks and Chihuahua Lake. 

Now is the time to visit the high country and take in the brilliant colors of the aspen trees!

 Written By: Lauren Smith

Moose Sighting in Keystone Colorado!

One of our employees was able to catch sight of this massive moose near the Snake River Townhomes late last week! The fall leaves are changing and many animals are out and about, preparing for winter.  Moose are currently in the height of their mating season, meaning the bulls can be more aggressive than normal.  No matter what the season, it is always best to keep your distance from a moose and stay out of the way!  Only grab your camera if you are in a safe place, at a safe distance.

Fall is a great time to visit Keystone for hiking, fall colors, and of course these kind of amazing wildlife sightings! Call us today for a great rate on a vacation rental condo!

Autumn is Filled With Fun Activities in Summit County!

 

If you are looking for something unique to do for your time in Summit County this fall, SummitCove has a list of events and activities that may interest you!

Wine in the Pines is rapidly approaching with the Winemaker’s Dinner on October 21st, and the 28th Annual Wine in the Pines on October 22nd in Keystone, Colorado.  This exclusive event is perfect for wine connoisseurs or those who want to experience a little mountain luxury.  Click here for more information.

Sherpas Cinema will present All.I.Can on October 22nd at Warren Station in River Run Village.  This film is perfect for those looking to get ready for ski season, and is labeled as an “Environmental Awareness Snow Sports Film”. Click here to view the trailer.

If you are gearing up for Halloween, have some fun with “Things That Go Bump in the Night” at Warren Station.  Including a costume contest, live music, carnival games and crafts, this is sure to be a great time!  This is especially great for families with children!  View the full schedule of activities here.

During the final week of September, there are plenty of options with a historical for history buffs.  Just minutes away from Keystone Resort, the Breckenridge Historical Alliance is currently featuring tours through the final week of September.  Tours include a Saloon Tour and Distillery Tasting and a Haunted Tour of Breckenridge, guided hikes, a mine tour, and more.

Nearby museums that are also open for the fall include the Barney Ford Museum, the Edwin Carter Museum, and the Summit Ski Museum

Prices for these activities are listed below:

Museums: $3 per admission or 3 admissions for $5

Walking & Hiking Tours: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under

Free Admission at the: Rotary Snowplow Park, Summit Ski Museum, *Includes Haunted Tour

Red, White & Blue Fire Museum and Welcome Center Museum

Saloon Tour & Distillery Tasting: $10 for adults includes tasting (Must be 21 or older)

Mine Tours: $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 & under; $25 for 2 adults

Package Deals: $15 for 1 adult Walking or Haunted Tour & Iowa Hill Hike

Tour includes a free gold pan – what you find is yours to keep!

The colors are beautiful right now, so come on up to Keystone and enjoy autumn in Summit County!

 

Head to Warren Station for “Things that Go Bump in the Night” on October 29th!

On October 29th, The Dercum Center presents “Things that go Bump in the Night” at Warren Station Center for the Arts at Keystone Resort.  The event opens at 4pm for kids with the concert taking place at 7 pm.  Cost is $15 for adults and kids under 12 are FREE!

Schedule of Events

4 PM – The Pumpking Party!  Includes a costume contest, carnival games, crafts, and a magician.  Wear your favorite costume and win prizes!

5 PM – Hear the Pine Beatles (Summit County’s own bluegrass band) featuring Chas Wetherbee in: “The Devil Came up to Keystone.”

6 PM – Harvest Soup Dinner

7 PM – Concert featuring Chas Wetherbee, violin, David Korevaar, piano, Erik Tieze, narrator.  Music includes: Beethoven, Tartini, Schubert, “spooky,” stories and much more.

For more information and to make your reservation, please call 970.513.6556 or click here.

Lake Dillon Theatre Co. Presents “Driving Miss Daisy” This Fall

From September 30th through  October 16th, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company will present performances of “Driving Miss Daisy”.  This is the perfect event to complement to your Keystone vacation! For folks who are headed to Summit County to view the beautiful fall colors, SummitCove is proud to offer lodging options with fall specials.

The play, starring Diane Gadmoski, Harvey Blanks, and Chris Reid spans twenty-five years during which Hoke, a newly hired black chauffeur drives Daisy Wertham, a rich, sharp tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two.   The two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer and more dependent upon each other.  Eventually, they become almost a couple.   Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, DRIVING MISS DAISY, also won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.

Performances will take place on the following dates:

September 30, and October 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 6:30pm
Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

Click here to purchase tickets for the performance.