The 10 Best Things to do in Keystone This Summer

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    Warm up at Keystone's Ski Town

    Keystone Resorts
    ••• Keystone in the summer. Keystone Resorts

    Perched above 10,000 feet in altitude, Keystone is one of Colorado's favorite ski resorts. But in the summer, the town breathes new life. 

    The mountain turns into a warm-weather wonderland. The town center hops with festivals and live music. And travelers looking for a discounted vacation can be happy to know lodging is often discounted, as much as 40 percent off. 

    Keystone is packed with fun all summer long. It's much more than just a ski town in the winter.

    Here are 10 of our favorite ways to enjoy the mountain when the weather warms up. 

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    Go Snow Tubing

    Snow tubing in the summer
    ••• Keystone is the only place to go tubing on real snow in the summer. Keystone Resorts

    Keystone is the only place in Colorado to go tubing in the summer — on real snow. Head up to Adventure Point for the multi-lane hill, easily accessed via a lift, so you can squeeze in more fun, without having to haul the tube back up the hill alone. 

    Keystone's located atop Dercum Mountain way up at 11,640 feet, so there's snow here year round, even when the sun is shining and the temps are high. 

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    Hit Some Balls

    Keystone Resort golfing
    ••• Keystone's golfing is among the best. Keystone Resort

    Fun fact: Keystone Resort's golf course was named by GolfDigest 2016 Editors’ Choice as one of the five best golf resorts in the Rockies/Great Plains area. Here, you can enjoy an incredible 36-hole facility with two different courses. If you have never golfed at high altitude, give it a shot. It's a whole different, er, ball game. 

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    Join the Bike Academy

    Keystone biking
    ••• Go biking in Keystone. Keystone Resorts

    Cycling through the mountains is one of the most thrilling and scenic ways to enjoy the snowless mountains. Keystone offers a Keystone Bike Academy, catering to riders of all levels. Sign up for clinics, from beginner to intermediate, or private lessons, depending on your goals and abilities.

    New to mountain biking? Take Bike 101 and learn how to Learn how to balance, shift and control your speed safely. Seeking an adrenaline rush? Check out the downhill guides. It's not a bad idea to take a class on downhill riding before barrelling down the mountain. 

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    Experience Utopia for Kids

    Keystone Resorts Kidtopia
    ••• Kids fly a kite as part of Keystone's Kidtopia program. Keystone Resorts

    Keystone’s Kidtopia program offers all kids of free activities every day, from nature hikes to dodgeball games. Kids can build kites, watch fireworks, munch on free cookies or saddle up for fun themed Wild West nights. There are activities all day, every day for kids in Keystone. 

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    Party at Festivals

    Keystone Bacon Fest
    ••• Bacon, bacon and bacon at the annual Bacon Fest. Keystone Resorts

    Keystone has a long list of some of the state's best summer festivals. A highlight is the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, with bacon samples, live music, a bacon-eating contest, beer and vendors all centered in downtown. Did we mention bacon? And bacon, too. 

    Later in the summer is the Wine and Jazz Festival. Also look for the River Run Village Art Festival in late July. 

    Come August and Keystone is home to the annual Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival. The Mountain Town Music Fest wraps up August. And taking advantage of the final stretch of warm weather before ski season is the Keystone Octoberfest and Taste of Keystone, both in September. 

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    Enjoy a High Alpine Lake

    Keystone Lake
    ••• The Keystone Lake at sunset. Keystone Resort

    It's the best of both worlds: mountains and water. Keystone Resort is lucky to have its own lake, Keystone Lake. Visitors can go stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing or paddle boating on the water. Or just ride your bike around the lake to enjoy the breathtaking views. 

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    Do Tree Pose on a Mountaintop

    Yoga in Keystone
    ••• Do yoga on a mountaintop. Keystone Resort

    Studio K is a yoga studio in Keystone that offers mountaintop yoga, in addition to daily fitness classes in the studio. Do your Sun Salutations with the views of the Tenmile Range. At this altitude and with these views, it's easy to find your zen. 

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    Enjoy Elevated Cuisine

    Keystone Bacon Fest
    ••• Bacon, bacon and bacon at the annual Bacon Fest. Keystone Resort

    Keystone is also a foodie paradise. Find plenty of award-winning dining options. Make a toast on top of the mountain for an ultra romantic dinner, or take a horse-drawn wagon ride to your quintessential Colorado meal. The food here is delicious enough to stand on its own, but it's the little details combined with the fantasyland environment that take Keystone to a new level — quite literally. 

    One highlight in town: Alpenglow Stube, the highest AAA Four-Diamond restaurant in North America. Take the gondola to the top of the North Peak, where you will find award-winning chefs preparing Bavarian-influenced meals. Alpenglow Stube has the reputation as one of the best places to eat in any ski town — anywhere. 

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    Indulge in Tons of Freebies

    Snow tubing in the summer
    ••• Keystone is the only place to go tubing on real snow in the summer. Keystone Resort

    Especially in peak ski season, mountain towns get a reputation for being money suckers. But Keystone in the summer offers plenty of freebies for travelers on a budget. The Friday Afternoon Club features a free, scenic chairlift ride to the top of Dercum Mountain. At the top, free live music and free activities await. Add that to the incredible views and food and drink specials, and it's the perfect way to wrap up the week.

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    Create Your Custom Dream Vacation

    Keystone gondola
    ••• The Keystone gondola at sunset. Aimee Heckel

    Looking to make your vacation dream a reality? The Ultimate Family Summer Adventure is a fully customizable vacation package that allows guests to experience Keystone based on their preferences.

    Whether you want some downtime at the spa, an active outdoor adventure or a wellness vacation with fitness and yoga offerings, this package makes it easy for you to piece together a trip that meets all your needs. It's easy to put together a wellness vacation in the mountains that uses Steamboat as its home base. 

    The Keystone Lodge & Spa features a spa with more than 10,000 square feet of amenities, including a eucalyptus steam room, year-round outdoor heated pool and an oxygen treatment that's great to help combat the high altitude. (At this height, a spa treatment is not just considered a luxury; it can be a health necessity. Altitude sickness can completely derail your trip.) The Keystone Lodge and Spa is considered one of the top places to stay and unwind in Keystone.