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!


Summer Wagon Rides Colorado
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!


Registration Rates for the Das Bier Burner 5K Go Up on August 16

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!


Happy Female Runners at the Das Bier Burner 5K in Keystone Resort


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.


Kids enjoying Chicken Dance at Keystone Oktoberfest


Get registered for the Das Bier Burner 5K today before registration rates go up on August 16!



4th of July, Kidtopia Stars & Guitar Event with Grammy Winners, The Okee Dokee Brothers

Having fun at Summer Adventure Park in Keystone
Kids will have a blast at the Adventure Zone

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.

Boaters at Keystone Lake
Enjoying an afternoon on the lake




Face Painting & Craft-er-noon
12:30 – 3p.m. | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free

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!


Super Snake River Science
9 – 11a.m. | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free

Stretch, Bend, & Wiggle: Mountaintop Yoga
11:45a.m. – 12:45p.m. | Keytop Overlook Deck | Free with Scenic Gondola

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.



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!

Meet the Rescue Dogs
4 – 5p.m. | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free



Listen & Learn : Music 101
12 – 2p.m. | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free

Wild West Night
5:30 – 8:30p.m. | Keystone Stables



Annual Fishing Derby
8 – 9:30a.m. | Lakeside Village | Free
This event is for kids 12 and under, fishing rods and lures will be provided, along with help from Cutthroat Angler Guides.

Family Nature Hike & Crafts
10:30a.m. – 12p.m. | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free

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


4th of July Bike Parade
Don’t miss the 4th of July Bike Parade in River Run!



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!

Meet the Draft Horses
4 – 5p.m. | Keystone Stables | Free


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!


Kidtopia Kid Culinary Festival Starts Next Weekend at Keystone!

Come join us in Keystone for a family fun filled week with food and activities for all ages. Grab your cooking gear and get ready for some fun culinary events with the Kidtopia Kids Culinary Festival, February 9 – February 17. Check out our family friendly lodging in River Run or Lakeside Village and be close to all the events going on throughout the festival. Enjoy the many, mostly-free events ranging from kids yoga, build your own snow cones, make ‘dirt’ cups, enjoy free donuts, participate in educational activities and watch multiple Firework shows!  There are events scheduled daily throughout this fun, new festival that celebrates kids and cooking at Keystone Resort! You’ll see celebrity kids chefs, featured on the Food Network, here to give tips, demonstrations, cooking lessons and more! 

Keystone Kidtopia Culinary Festival


For a unique way to spend Valentine’s night with the family, have a nice dinner at one of the restaurants in River Run or Lakeside Village, such as Zuma Roadhouse or the Bighorn Bistro. Then head out to a movie for a complete family date night. The Kidtopia movie of the week is of course food-themed, showing ‘Ratatouille’, which will be featured at the Kidtopia Headquarters right at the Expedition Station building, free to attend! 


Also, Keystone is getting more snow this week, so skiing should be great with the family. Come and stay with SummitCove Lodging and attend the first-ever Keystone Kidtopia Culinary Festival!

See the events schedule below:


  • Carnival Bounce Party
    • 4:30pm – 7:30pm | Keystone Lodge & Spa Ballroom | Free
  • Fireworks Show
    • 7:00pm | Lakeside Village | Free


  • Cooking with Kids: Celebrity Kid Chefs Amber Kelley and Juliana Malfitano
    • Culinary Festival Main Event: Watch as these young chefs who have been on the Food Network create a culinary masterpiece right before your eyes! This is an interactive dining event!
    • 5pm – 6:45pm | Lodge & Spa Ballroom| $24 for Adults, $12 Kids 12 – 4, Kids 3 or under are free
    • Book reservations via Keystone Activities & Dining: 970.496.4386
  • Craft-er-noon & Face Painting
    • 12:30pm – 3pm | Kidtopia Headquarters| Free
  • Ripperoo’s Village Parade
    • 4pm | River Run Village | Free
  • Kidtopia Fireworks Show
    • 7pm | River Run Village | Free


  • Skating & S’mores with Celebrity Kid Chef Juliana Malfitano!
    • 12pm – 1:30pm | Dercum Ice Rink | Standard Rink Fees
    • Watch Julianas demonstration on how to create the perfect s’more – and then do it! Followed by a fun skating session!
    • 11am – 2pm | Labonte’s Cabin on North Peak | Free to first 1,000 Epic passholders
  • Ripperoo’s Ice Cream Sundae Party
    • 3:30pm – 4:30pm | Mountain House | Free
  • Starquest Exploration
    • 5pm – 6:30pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free


  • Fireside Cocoa & Coloring
    • 3pm – 5pm | Bighorn Bistro | Free
  • Family Game Night
    • 6:30pm – 8pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free


  • Stretch, Bend, & Wiggle: Kid’s Yoga
    • 10:30am – 11:15am | Studio K, Lakeside Village | Free
    • Flavored water bar
  • Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook Off
    • 2:30pm – 5pm | River Run Village | Cost Varies
    • Tasting tickets are $12 for adults in advance / $15 at the gate | Kids are $5 in advance / $8 at the gate
    • Free live music from Chris Daniels and the Kings
    • Celebrity Kid Chef Nicholas Hornbostel will be joining as a guest judge to crown the winners of the evening! 
  •  Meet the Avy Dogs
    • 4pm – 5pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
  •  Super Snowy Science
    • 5:30pm – 7pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
    • “Build Your Own” snow cones


  • Critter’s Discovery
    • 2pm – 3pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
    • “Build Your Own” dirt cups with Animal crackers, gummy worma and oreos
  • Culinary Movie Matinee
    • 4pm – 5:30pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
    • Ratatouille!
    • Popcorn available
  • Heart-shaped cookies for cookie time!
    • 4pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free


  • Old-Fashioned Tubing with Ripperoo
    • 2pm – 3pm | Nordic Center | Free
    • Free Donuts!
  • Cupcakes & Canvas
    • 5pm – 6pm | Kidtopia Headquarters, River Run Village
    • $15 per Child- includes instruction, canvas, art supplies, and cupcake! | Advance Reservations Required


  • Candy Land Bounce Party
    • 4:30pm – 7:30pm | Keystone Lodge & Spa Ballroom | Free
  • Fireworks Show
    • 7pm | Lakeside Village | Free


  • Craft-er-noon & Face Painting
    • 12:30pm – 3pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
  • Ripperoo’s Village Parade
    • 4pm | River Run Village | Free
  • Kidtopia Fireworks Show
    • 7pm | River Run Village | Free
  • Keystone Winter Wine Tasting
    • 7pm – 10pm| Warren Station | $40 in advance, adults
    • Enjoy an evening of wine tasting, live music and hors d’oeuvres


Book a stay during the Keystone Kidtopia Culinary Festival for a fun family vacation! SummitCove Lodging has over 300 vacation rental properties available at Keystone Ski Resort, including plenty of multi-bedroom private homes and townhomes for big families or groups.  Keystone is the number one ski resort for families and kids!


Explore the Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado, just 10 minutes from Keystone!

During your next Keystone ski vacation at Keystone Colorado, plan on making a visit to the Ice Castles in Dillon, CO, just a 10-minute drive from Keystone Ski Resort. This is a family-friendly activity that all ages are sure to love.  Some of the features include a 50-foot ice slide, an ice throne,  tunnels to crawl through and a maze to explore and get lost in.  The Ice Castles use over 300,000 gallons of water during their creation and anywhere from 10,000 – 30,000 gallons during the maintenance phases.  But don’t worry – this water goes right back into the ground, so it is considered as non-consumptive use.  At nighttime, the Ice Castles light up with colored lights that ‘dance’ along to music. You will be in awe at the beautiful frozen ice crystals and half frozen waterfalls.  You can spend hours playing and exploring this incredible, living piece of explorable art!


Remember, you will be exploring ice, so the conditions may be cold! Dress warm, perhaps wear snowpants, gloves, a hat, winter boots and lots of layers!  Sleds are recommended over strollers to pull kids around.  Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the memories!


The Ice Castles are open 6 days a week. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday they are open from 4 pm – 9pm. On Fridays, visit from 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturdays 12 pm – 10 pm and Sundays they are open from 12 pm until 8 pm.  Ticket prices start at $10.85 for kids and $15.95 for adults when you purchase them in advance online, saving up to $4 per ticket.  Prices vary depending on day of the week as well and the Ice Castles are not open on Tuesdays.  The Ice Castles are located in Dillon Town park on Buffalo Street and free parking is available.

Ice Castles Dillon, CO near Keystone Resort Colorado

On Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 – 9 pm you can see the unique fire performances that include things like fire breathing, fire hula hooping, spinning and more. This is the only Ice Castle location in Colorado, with other North America locations in Utah, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Canada locations in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Edmonton, Alberta.


Don’t miss seeing this fun and interactive exhibit this winter while you are visiting Keystone Ski Resort!

Family Events and Activities During the Holidays at Keystone

Keystone is a wonderful place to visit with your family over the holidays.  In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, there are tons of other fun family-friendly events and activities scheduled for the holiday season.  Here are just a few ideas for some fun things to do with your family during your visit.


Meet Santa
Santa will be around for most of December, with various appearances all over Keystone Resort. See him at the Kidtopia Headquarters, in Lakeside Village, or River Run.  Kids will love getting the chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas!


Chocolate Village
This is a must-scene during your Keystone holiday visit.  Each December, the lobby at the Keystone Lodge hosts an incredible chocolate village, complete with a working gondola and running waterfalls.  Every year the scene changes and you just won’t believe that the entire village is made out of over 5,000 pounds of chocolate! Don’t miss this – it’s open 24 hours a day too!


Wednesday Winter Movie Matinees
Free movie matinees for the whole family start at 4pm at the Kidtopia Headquarters.  December’s lineup includes Anastasia, Elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frozen!


Ice Skating
Keystone is home to two outdoor ice skating rinks! Checkout the smaller rink at Dercum Square in River Run or head to Lakeside Village for the 5 acre, zamboni-maintained rink, complete with a lighted holiday tree in the middle.  Supports are available if you are new to the sport or a little unsure on your skates!

Ice Skating at Dercum Square


Snow Tubing & the Snow Fort
Atop Keystone’s Dercum Mountain is Adventure Point – Keystone’s downhill tubing zone!  Reservations are recommended. On your way, check out the world’s largest snowfort!


Family Game Nights on Mondays
On Monday nights, head to the Keystone Kidtopia Headquarters for family game night.  Play in group bingo, start up a board game or challenge the fam to a friendly game of foosball during family game night from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Thanksgiving at Keystone Resort

Thanksgiving in Keystone is one of the most highly anticipated  holidays in the Rocky Mountains! It’s the perfect time of year to come up to the cold, alpine air and get some high-elevation relaxation.  Come home to your vacation rental and cook your Thanksgiving meal in your own private kitchen with the whole family. The kids will hit the slopes as you put the finishing touches on your tasty creations, and at the end of the day, everyone can come together and enjoy their unique holiday ski vacation together!  


Rent one of our unique private homes, such as Keystone Prospector’s Home or the Keystone Gulch Estate. Would you rather be within walking distance to the slopes and events in River Run? Check out some of the larger properties in The Springs or Red Hawk Townhomes for the perfect basecamp Thanksgiving condo. We have properties to suit any size family, small or large, so who you bring is up to you!


Head out to the ski slopes and be back to the condo in time to soak in the hot tubs amongst the stars.  There are so many great events that start up over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.  The Welcome Winter Family Carnival starts on Saturday the 26th. Take the kids to meet Santa in River Run village, and watch the annual lighting River Run Village celebration! Your kids will be mesmerized by the winter wonderland that unfolds in front of them!


SummitCove also offers great discounts to guests on their transportation, whether it’s a rental car or airport shuttle, as well as ski equipment discounts and dining deals. Come up to the mountains at Keystone Resort and enjoy the snow with your family this Thanksgiving holiday!


Summer Events In Keystone for Kids and Families

Summer in the mountains means warm sunny days, wildflowers abloom, and endless fun family activities!  Here are a few activities for you and your family to enjoy while visiting Keystone this summer.

Bike-In Movies
Every other Thursday June 20 – Aug. 15, 2013
Night owls will enjoy this chance to enjoy an evening under the stars!  Bring your bikes or rent them and pedal around the scenic Keystone Lake and bike path before you get tucked in for a free family-friendly movie enjoyed outside under the starry Colorado night sky.

Kid’s Discovery Days at Keystone Resort

Kid’s Discovery Days
Every Tuesday June 18 – Aug. 13, 2013
Have fun playing in the sun while kids are charmed by live entertainers, fun activities, arts and crafts, bounce houses, balloon animals, gold panning, face painting and more!  This free events happens every week in the River Run Events Plaza.

Keystone Balance Bike Series
Select Sundays Throughout the Summer
Does your child have a competitive streak?  They will love competing against other children in their age groups in this fun bike race, designed for kids.  There are prizes for the top finishers and every racer gets entered to win a pedal bike!

Cupcakes and Canvases
Select Thursdays Throughout the Summer
In this two-hour art class led by an art teacher, your little one will be able to explore their artistic sides and create memorable artwork.  Cupcakes, art supplies and teacher guidance will be provided, classes are held under the Gazebo in Lakeside Village.

Independence Day Kids Bike Parade & Fishing Derby
July 4, 2013
If you’ve got young kids, be sure you head to Keystone for the 4th of July Festivities.  Kids can start off the morning with a fishing derby at Keystone Lake.  Afterwards, head to the village where kids can decorate their bikes any way they’d like and then take part in a parade throughout the Village to show off their new rides!  There is also a BBQ and fireworks in the evening.

Kidtopia Kids Theater
Friday Mornings June 28 – Aug. 9, 2013
A new family musical, Golden, puts a new twist on the familiar story of Goldilocks.  Have fun watching the show amongst the tall aspen trees at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater near the Snake River in River Run Village.  The show is put on by the Lake Dillon Theatre Company and is just $5 per person.