Biking or Hiking the Aqueduct Trail at Keystone Resort

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.

 

This is a good ride for beginner mountain bikers.  The first part is a little challenging, but it is short.  Book a condo at Keystone Gulch Townhomes, Wild Irishman, Flying Dutchman or Soda Springs Condos and you’ll have this trail out your doorstep!  Have fun, be safe, and happy trails in keystone Colorado!

 

Golfing is Now in Full Swing at Keystone Resort

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.

Two Golf Courses at Keystone CO

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.

 

 

 

 

 

This Summer, Keystone is calling “Fore”!

Just because the ski season has ended, doesn’t mean you don’t need to come to Keystone until the snow starts flying again. It just means that you need to purchase your Keystone Golf Season Pass! Yes, Keystone has a different season passes for the summer which are on sale now. The Keystone Golf Pass is good for both of Keystone’s golf courses: the Keystone Ranch Course and the Keystone River Course. These award winning golf courses are challenging courses with stunning mountain views and various terrain – a great place to spend those summer days.  You’ll never want to golf anywhere else after playing here! 

Keystone offers a variety of passes that will fit the number of times you’d like to play over the summer plus what your budget allows and, just like skiing, one of these passes is a Fore-Pack. These passes also give you some great benefits such as a golf cart rental, access to the practice facilities, Friends and Family pricing, and discounts on merchandise from the golf shops. You can purchase the passes online and determine which pass will fit in with your summer plans.

 

If you want to stay close to the golf courses, we have a variety of options available to suit your lodging needs.  If you are golfing at the River Golf Course, check out some of our condos at The Pines or Lodgepole.  Many of the condos at the Pines have great views of the course!

 

Enjoy the pool table at Keystone Golf Retreat

One of our private homes, Keystone Golf Retreat, backs up to the golf course on the Keystone Ranch!  This property features a private hot tub, a full size pool table in the downstairs den area, 6 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and spectacular mountain views. A large stone hearth, vaulted ceilings and those special touches like an antler chandelier make this the perfect place for a mountain getaway with your family or group of golfers.

 

So get some friends together for four days over the summer and take advantage of the Summer Fore-Pack or make the summer one long date with your honey and take advantage of the Couples Unlimited Season Pass. Keystone even offers FREE golfing if you come out for a round on your birthday (some rules may apply).  That’s right – free golf!  Whichever golf pass you decide on, one thing is certain, you won’t be pining away waiting for ski season to start. Instead you won’t want summer to end.

 

Volunteer for Homestead Trail Restoration Project in Keystone

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will be hosting a weekend-long trail project at the Keystone Homestead on September 15 & 16.  Volunteers of the project will be working to help alleviate drainage issues at the historic Keystone Homestead, which is currently used by Keystone Resort for its dinner sleigh and wagon rides, along with other recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding.  The weekend includes fun and rewarding trail work, youth activities, live music, free camping and meals, along with the chance to meet other locals and volunteers.

Keystone’s trail system, with views of the Continental Divide and Ten Mile Range, is described by hikers and mountain bikers as “world class.” The popular trails typically have more than 100 daily visitors during the summer months. High traffic and water have caused significant damage to several trails. The weekend project will focus on restoring damaged trails that originate at the historic Keystone Homestead and continue onto National Forest land.   If you have ever used the trails in Summit County, this is a great way to give back and show your support for our great trail system.

Volunteers are invited to join one or both days of this service weekend. 100 volunteers are needed each day.  Free camping will be available at Keystone Homestead on Friday and Saturday nights and free meals will be provided for registered volunteers starting at breakfast Saturday morning through Sunday lunch. Local musician, Randall McKinnon, will be performing live on Saturday evening.  While adults 13 and older work on the Tower Trail, younger children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in the Young Stewards Program, which will include environmental education, outdoor games, and age-appropriate stewardship activities and work on their own trail project.

If you are interested in volunteering, you must pre-register for one or both days in order for the organizers to plan for necessary tools, supplies, and food. Register via Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado’s Project Calendar at www.voc.org, or by calling 303-715-1010. The minimum age to participate in the project is 6. Don’t miss out on your chance to volunteer and give back during this fun weekend in Keystone!

 

 

Today is the Last Day to Register for Wounded Warriers & KAC Golf Scramble

The Keystone Adaptive Center and Scotty McFadden Foundation have teamed up to put on the ‘Tee It Up for Wounded Warriors & KAC’ Event at the Keystone Ranch Golf Course, raising funds for the Keystone Adaptive Center and Wounded Warriors Fund. Cost is $100 per golfer or $400 for a team.  Fees include use of the practice range, 18 holes of golf with a cart, contests and some awesome door prizes.  Today is the last day to register for the event that is being held on Monday, August 27th.  This is the perfect chance to have some fun out on the golf course, meet some new people and support a great cause at the same time. For more information or to register for the event, call Marci Sloan at 970 453-6422 or email marci@boec.org

Schedule of Events
9:30 am – Registration & Practice Range
10:30 am – Shotgun Start, Scramble
4:00 pm – Door Prizes & Winner Announcements

 

 

Garden-to-Table Fundraiser at Keystone Ranch This Saturday

The Keystone Ranch in Keystone will be hosting a Garden-to-Table Dinner this Saturday Evening, August 18th, beginning at 6pm.  The evening will feature live music and a silent auction, benefiting both the High Country Conservation Center and the new Summit County Community Garden Network which supports five community gardens across the county.  Only local and sustainable food will be featured at the dinner, paired with local wine and beers from Colorado.  Cost for the dinner is just $80 and we guarantee it will be fresh and delicious… of course, since it’s all Colorado Grown!  Call (970) 496-4386 for more information or to make your reservation.

Jon Kimura “Jackie” Parker Performs Tomorrow in Keystone!

The National Repertory Orchestra will present a performance by concert pianist Jon Kimura “Jackie” Parker who will perform with his wife, violist Aloysia Friedmann.  The concert takes place Saturday, September 10th at 5 pm at the Keystone Lodge and Spa Grand Ballroom.

They will present a program featuring pieces from Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata and Grieg’s “Notturno” to the 18th Variation from Rachmaninoff’s “Paganini Rhapsody.” Expect a tango, a samba, and a breathtaking performance of the Finale from Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata. To learn more about Mr. Parker, click here.

Tickets:
$35 / Adults
$100 / Premium Concert*
$15 / Student (18 and under)

To purchase tickets call the NRO office at 970-453-5825.   Premium Concert includes premium seating plus a post-concert reception and personal meet and greet with the artists. Experience mini spa treatments while enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.  Finish the night with a delicious 4-Course dinner at the Bighorn Steakhouse or Keystone Ranch for $50. Call Activities and Dining at 970.496.4386 for reservations and more information.

 

‘A Taste of Keystone’ is Tomorrow!

Bring a hearty appetite and prepare your taste buds for the best culinary event of the summer! The Taste of Keystone is a perfect way to experience Keystone’s finest cuisine, while supporting Summit County’s Mountain Mentors, all in one day!  Here’s an opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants and to enjoy live music all afternoon.

Schedule of Events

11:00 am-2:30 pm Bidding on Silent Auction for Mountain Mentor’s – Lodge Terrace
11:00 am-3: 00 pm Restaurants open for sampling – Lodge Terrace and Lakeside Village
11-12:30pm 1-3pm Live Music
11:00 am-3:00pm Children’s and Adventure Center activities
3:00 pm Mountain Mentor’s Silent Auction Winners Announced

Participating Restaurants: Alpenglow Stube, Bighorn Steakhouse, Conference Center Pastry Shop, Edgewater Café,   Keystone Ranch, Black Bear Grill , Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ski Tip Lodge and more! *Subject to change.

Parking: Free parking will be available at the Keystone Lodge Parking Lot just off Hwy 6 across from the Lodge.  Take the underground tunnel to the Village.

Directions: From I-70, take Highway 6 East towards Keystone (7 miles).  Take next left past Keystone stoplight to Lodge parking and take underground walkway to Keystone Village.

For more information, please call 970.496-4386

Make ‘A Taste of Keystone’ Part of Your Labor Day Weekend Plans!

From  11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, September 4th, you can enjoy the Taste of Keystone.  This is a wonderful culinary event, and a great way to relax and enjoy your Labor Day weekend in the mountains!  Taste of Keystone is a perfect way to experience Keystone’s finest cuisine, while supporting Summit County’s Mountain Mentors!  Here’s an opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants including: Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, and The Bighorn Steakhouse. Top it all off with the finest sweet treats from acclaimed pastry chef Ned Archibald.

Schedule of Events:

11:00 am-2:30 pm Bidding on Silent Auction for Mountain Mentor’s – Lodge Terrace
11:00 am-3: 00 pm Restaurants open for sampling – Lodge Terrace and Lakeside Village
11-12:30pm 1-3pm Live Music
11:00 am-3:00pm Children’s and Adventure Center activities
3:00 pm Mountain Mentor’s Silent Auction Winners Announced

As summer draws to a close, Keystone still has warm weather and tons of activities just perfect for Labor Day weekend.  If you are still looking for a mountain getaway, let SummitCove help you to plan the perfect vacation!

4×4 and Off-Roading Near Keystone

Are you a thrill seeker looking for some fun in Summit County? Discover 4×4 off-roading while you’re on vacation. You’ll take adventurous trails and roads throughout the mountain terrain of Summit County.  Take in the views of well-known Colorado wildflowers, alpine lakes, wildlife, and of course the Ten Mile Range and views of the 14,000 foot mountain peaks surrounding you. You’ll be able to explore the Continental Divide in a whole new world than you’ve experienced before. Explore the treasures of Colorado’s historic roads that were developed in the 19th century by gold-miners.

4×4 off-road trips can be arranged to fit your individual, group or whole family’s needs. Some trails are easy and smooth, while some are steep and exciting, so guided trips and rentals are also available. If you don’t feel like driving yourself and just want to take in the views, a guided trip would be perfect for you and your group. Feeling adventurous? Then you can rent your own Jeep and explore the Rocky Mountains on your own at your own pace. No matter what you decide to do, 4×4 off-roading will be an experience in the Colorado Rockies that you’ll never forget.

Mountain High Rentals is located in Breckenridge, Colorado, only a few minutes drive from Keystone. Mountain High Rentals is a fully insured off road Jeep rental in Summit County. Have fun, be safe, and discover Colorado responsibly on your next 4×4 off road adventure!

Jeep rentals during the summer are available from May 15th – October 31st. Call 1-800-955-0807 for more information on rates and availability.