Things To Do and Explore in Keystone Colorado



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Things to do in Keystone Colorado

Keystone Colorado

Situated at the base of slopes in Summit County, Keystone is an ultimate vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers a wealth of adventures all year round. Whether you're visiting in the summer, winter, or the rest of the year, you'll indeed have the most exciting countryside getaway. 
As an affordable alpine destination, it's also a favorite retreat for front-rangers and out-of-staters. But Keystone stands out from other mountain communities in the county because of its vibrant resort village. The scenic views in the background and family-friendly culture make it an excellent choice among its competitors. Less than an hour and a half away from Denver, this ski town is easily accessible from a major airport and interstate. Keystone is a great place to get started if you're looking for an authentic Colorado experience. 

Looking for the perfect ski vacation destination? Keystone, Colorado is the home of one of the best ski resorts in the country. If you enjoy exciting trails and bowls with luxury and ease getting up and down the mountain, then look no further. Keystone, Colorado has everything you will need to have fun, adventure and relaxation all in one location.

Located amongst three magnificent alpine covered mountains, Keystone has a variety of excitement for all kinds of skiers. Whether you are a beginner or consider yourself a pro, the Keystone Resort provides endless opportunity for challenge and growth. There are activities all year round, from snowboarding to tubing or kat skiing. In fact if you want to brush up with some fresh instruction-ski lessons are available and for those who seek that added extreme sports test-check out the A15 Terrain Park-ranked one of the top ski parks in the country with its jumps, half pipes and rails.

Once tuckered out from a full day on the slopes, you can make plans to shop the quaint village below or just warm yourself by a tavern fire with some delicious food and drinks. But wait-if you just can't stay away from the thrill of hitting the ski slopes again...Keystone offers Night Skiing as well! Keystone, Colorado is truly a skier's paradise.

To help make the most of your trip, here's a roundup of the top things you can explore in your Keystone vacation any time of the year.

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Mountain Top Adventures

Other than skiing or snowboarding, you'll experience different things in Keystone as it gives new energy and excitement in the summer. The mountain becomes a playground of warm-weather activities like biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Some studios offer mountaintop daily fitness classes and yoga. Plus, the town center springs with live music and festivals. All you need is to ride in a snowcat vehicle and experience the incredible mountain top vistas and adventures. 


Scenic Gondola Rides 

Riding the gondola up to the top of the Dercum Mountain is the best way to take in the breathtaking views of Keystone. There are plenty of activities to enjoy up there. Besides hiking and biking, you can take spectacular photos, grab a delightful lunch, or enjoy some scenic sleigh rides. Note that you need to purchase a ticket to ride the gondola unless you have reservations at one of the mountaintop restaurants. Scenic gondola rides are available during the summer and winter seasons. 


Kidtopia Activities

As a family-friendly vacation spot, Keystone has fun activities for kids at Kidtopia Headquarters. It's a space located on the Westside of River Run Village and where parents, kids, and family members can play all day. Kidtopia has an indoor play area full of toys and games appropriate for kids and elementary kids. But there's also an outdoor playground and an ice skating rink. Near the beginner's terrain is a snow fort with tunnels and slides that all kids of all ages will enjoy. 


Keystone Lake Ice Rink Lakeside Village Keystone


Keystone Lake Lakeside Village Ice Skating

Keystone Lake is one of the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor ice rinks in North America with 5 acres of ice (Evergreen Lake Ice Rink is larger at 8.5 acres). Every day, you will find folks enjoying the ice, whether figure skating, free skating, or slapping around a puck. Rentals are available and nearby there are restaurants and lodging options for those wishing to stay in the area.

The frozen lake is situated in the Lakeside Village, not the main River Run Village where the gondola is. In the summer, Keystone Lake offers paddle boating. Located closer to the base of the mountain, Dercum Square Ice Rink has outdoor ice skating in a smaller setting.


Water-Based Activities

Keystone is a landlocked destination. But though mountains, forests, and grasslands surround it, you can also experience some scenic lakes. Lake Keystone is the perfect place to get started for great fishing, boating, and water skiing. You can also rent all types of boats at the Keystone Adventure Center and go sailing, canoeing, or kayaking. Or you can take a leisurely tour of Lake Dillon. 


A Variety of Dining Options

There's not a huge amount of restaurants in Keystone. But it offers various dining options that cater to various groups, tastes, and budgets. From its on-mountain and off-mountain dining to outdoor dining, Keystone has diverse menus whether you're traveling solo or with family and friends. 

Here are some of the great places to eat and drink while you're enjoying the landscape and attractions of Keystone. 

  • Haywood Cafe
  • Alpenglow Stube
  • Der Fondue Chessel
  • Snake River Saloon and Steakhouse
  • Pizza 101
  • Kickapoo Tavern
  • Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern
  • 9280' Tap House


Summit County Keystone Colorado Skiing and Snowboarding


Souvenir Shopping 

Besides the outdoor entertainment and festivals, the Keystone shopping scene should not be overlooked while visiting the place. It's a great way to experience its mountain lifestyle and friendly locals. And of course, shopping is a must-do activity on any vacation. With Keystone's eclectic shops, you'll undoubtedly find unique gifts and items. Below are some places you can go for souvenir shopping or retail therapy. 

  • Keystone Jewelers
  • Outlets at Silverthorne
  • Shirt Off My Back
  • Cures' and Curiosities
  • Keystone Sports
  • Rockin' R Ranch Trading Post
  • Kidz Cabin


Plan Your Keystone Colorado Vacation

Planning a vacation to Keystone can be overwhelming, especially if you don't know where to stay. This mountain town has many lodging options, and the best one depends on your budget and other preferences. But don't worry, FindRentals is a great place to start looking for the perfect property on your vacation. 


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