Get up, get out, and smell the WILDFLOWERS!

Summer is here in Keystone and the wildflowers are looking spectacular this season!  Huge, late-season spring snowstorms brought plenty of moisture to the high country, offering up the perfect conditions for the wildflowers to prosper and overtake the hillsides! Red paintbrushes, Lupines, Columbines, Wild Roses, Fireweeds and more are some of the most common Colorado Wildflowers.

Check out our Top 5 Favorite Ways to View the Wildflowers This Summer! 
Don’t forget to bring your camera!

1. Ride the River Run Gondola to the top of Keystone’s Dercum Mountain and hike around the many trails above 11,000 feet!  Schoolmarm is a great family hike.

2. Climb 1 of Colorado’s 58 ‘fourteeners’, a peak that reaches higher than 14,000 feet! Grays and Torreys Peaks out of Bakerville or Quandary Peak in Breckenridge are both great intermediate 14’er hikes to start with! Begin your hike early morning to beat any afternoon showers.

3.  Hike to Shelf Lake in Montezuma, a beautiful trail that leads to a mountain lake, with plenty of wildflowers along the way!

4.  Try downhill or cross country mountain biking!  Many of the trails in and around Keystone feature rolling fields and vistas in which the flowers will be prominent.

5. Stroll around Keystone Lake and along the Snake River for a mix of beautiful planted flowers and wildflowers along the river.


Enjoy the beauty of Colorado Wildflowers and Taste Colorado Inspired Cuisines at the Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike at Arapahoe Basin on June 20,2012

Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike at Arapahoe Basin on June 20,2012

Enjoy an enchanting evening of great food, beautiful mountain views, colorful views, and a true Colorado sunset at the AlpenGlow Dinner and Wildflower Hike at Arapahoe Basin on June 20, 2012.  The evening will benefit and support Colorado Ranchers and Farmers, featuring foods that are inspired by Colorado. Chef Christopher Rybak and his staff invite you to the Black Mountain Lodge for This “All Colorado Meal” It will include an incredible selection of Colorado inspired dishes and treats. After dinner, take in the sunset and wildflowers as you hike along the Continental Divide back to the base area.

Price: $78 (includes 20% gratuity); kids under 12 – $45. Cash Bar.  Register for the event HERE.

Details:5:30pm – 6:00pm – Ride the Black Mountain Express to Black Mountain Lodge
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Enjoy cocktails and light hors d’eouvres with live entertainment
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Savor the elegant Colorado themed cuisine prepared by Chef Christopher Rybak
8:00pm – View the wildflowers and take in the alpenglow sunset as you hike down to the base area.

*This is a lift serviced event.

Arapahoe Basin is committed to sustainability and strives to make our events as green as possible.  Please help us by recycling and composting while you are here.