The 10 Best Things to Do in Keystone This Summer

Rocky Mountains, Keystone, Colorado

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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 playground of warm-weather activities like hiking and horseback riding and the town center hops with festivals and live music. Summer visitors can enjoy off-season savings without missing out on any of the fun of this incredible nature destination. Packed with fun all summer, long, Keystone is much more than a ski town.

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

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Ride Horses and Eat Dinner on a Wagon

Two horses pull of a covered wagon full of passengers in Keystone, Colorado

Keystone Resorts

Dillon, CO 80435, USA
Phone +1 970-496-3550

For horse-lovers, there's no better way to spend a summer afternoon than at the stables. Keystone Stables offers horseback riding tours up Soda Ridge or horse-drawn wagon rides through Soda Creek Valley. For younger children, this is a great place to cross a pony ride off the bucket list. The entire family can also partake in the special experience that is the stable's wagon ride dinners. Instead of the traditional scenic route, you'll board a wagon headed to the homestead, where you'll be treated to a sit-down dinner with live music. Kids can take part in cowboy games, like horseshoes and rope wrangling, while adults soak in the incredible scenery.

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Hit the Trail at Loveland Pass

Mother and daughter hiking in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Photographs taken during a hike near Loveland Pass, Colorado

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US-6, Dillon, CO 80435, USA

Starting from the Grizzly Peak Trailhead, this Loveland Pass hike is one of the most popular trails near Keystone. Best traversed between June and October, this four-mile out and back trail offers incredible views looking down over the pass which is located on the Continental Divide, a chain of elevated terrain that extends from the Bering Sea in Alaska, through the Rocky Mountains, and down to through the Andes in South America. The high-altitude hike is steep and rocky but culminates with stunning views of the Grizzly Gulch and Chihuahua Lake, 13,000 feet above sea level.

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Go Snow Tubing

Snow tubing in the summer
Keystone Resorts
100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435, USA
Phone +1 855-603-0049

Keystone is the only place in Colorado to go tubing in the summer, on real snow. Head up to Adventure Point at the Keystone Resort 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. The town is located at the top of 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. This activity is super popular so make reservations in advance.

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Hit Some Balls

Keystone Resort golf course
Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort's golf course is a fantastic 36-hole facility with two different courses: the River Course and Keystone Ranch. High-altitude golfing is a whole different game, but even if you don't play up to your usual par, the views are rewarding. Lessons and clinics are available if you want to brush up on your swing technique and on Saturday mornings, you can join the Breakfast Club for a group lesson that includes breakfast.

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Go Mountain Biking

Man performing a downhill jump on a mountain bike
Keystone Resorts

Once the mountain snow melts, Keystone's landscape gives way to perfectly exhilarating mountain biking trails. For new mountain bikers, Keystone offers a Keystone Bike Park, which caters to riders of all levels. Bike 101 will teach you how to balance, shift, and control your speed safely. If you're an experienced rider eager to barrel down the mountain, popular trails include the intermediate Soda Park Loop and the difficult Blair Witch Loop.

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Party at Festivals

Keystone Bacon Fest
Keystone Resorts

Keystone has a long list of some of the state's best summer festivals and knows how to party. A highlight is the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, with bacon samples, live music, a bacon-eating contest, beer, and vendors all centered 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 in August. And taking advantage of the final stretch of warm weather before ski season is the Keystone Oktoberfest and Taste of Keystone, both in September. 

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Enjoy a High Alpine Lake

The Keystone Lake at sunset
Keystone Resort
Keystone Lake, Keystone, CO 80435, USA

It's the best of both worlds: mountains and water. Keystone Resort is one of the lucky mountain towns to have its own lake. Visitors can go stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boating on Keystone Lake, or enjoy a casual bike ride around the water. Even in the summer, alpine water can be really cold so make sure you're ready for a brisk swim. For a great view of the water, stop in for a meal or happy hour cocktail at Edgewater Cafe & Deli.

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Do Tree Pose on a Mountaintop

Yoga in Keystone
Keystone Resort
22101 US-6, Keystone, CO 80435, USA
Phone +1 970-496-4118

Studio K is a reputable yoga studio in Keystone that offers mountaintop yoga, in addition to daily fitness classes in the studio. At this altitude, it's easy to find your zen as you do your Sun Salutations with views of the Ten-Mile Range. Even if you aren't up for yoga in nature, the studio offers a regular list of classes you can drop into. Class offerings range from Yin and Restorative Yoga to Pilates and Mountain Dancing and mats are complimentary.

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Enjoy Elevated Cuisine

Alpenglow Stube

Keystone Resort

100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435, USA
Phone +1 970-496-4132

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 a reputation as one of the best places to eat in any ski town, anywhere. If it's not open, Bighorn Bistro & Lounge is another popular spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Indulge in Freebies

Scenic View of Rocky Mountains in Keystone Colorado

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Especially in peak ski season, mountain towns get a reputation for being money suckers. But Keystone in the summer offers plenty of freebies and cheap fun for travelers on a budget. The Friday Afternoon Club features a free, scenic chairlift ride to the top of Dercum Mountain. Other times of the week, you have to pay, but even then it's not expensive. 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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The 10 Best Things to Do in Keystone This Summer