Keystone is centered around River Run Village, which sits at the base of the slopes. The town sits at 9,280 feet above sea level, with the mountain summit at 12,408 feet. It’s located less than an hour and a half from Denver, in busy Summit County.
During the winter, there is never a shortage of recreation in Summit County. Keystone has a large lake that freezes over and is used for ice skating. It’s actually the largest maintained outdoor ice rink in the U.S. Snowmobiling, dog sledding, skiing and cross-country skiing are all nearby.
Keystone is more urbane than some other mountain towns in the sense that it has a very upscale, high-end bunch of spas, athletic groups, and restaurants that cater to those looking to be wowed. There are also accommodations for those looking for a more affordable getaway, with plenty of specials and discounts available.
The area has a rich mining and logging history, and many of the lifts and trails are named after historic figures. Keystone was founded in 1970 by Max Dercum as a ski resort town. The resort is now owned by Vail.
Things to do in Keystone
Year round, Keystone hosts festivals to captivate visitors. During summer, events like the Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival keep the town bustling. Recreation like rafting, hiking and camping are all close-by.
Keystone Ski Resort – The largest night skiing in Colorado, combined with a diverse and challenging mountain, makes Keystone one of the best resorts in Summit County.
A slew of outdoor recreation exists down Montezuma Road in Keystone. Numerous hiking/snowshoe trails, as well ATV and Jeep roads. Dispersed camping is permitted 300 feet from the road.
- Several picturesque campgrounds can be found around Lake Dillon.
- Blue River and Lake Dillon are nearby.
- Aug – Keystone Beer & Bluegrass Festival – Enjoy the sounds of Appalachia and beer tastings from all the best breweries in August. Concerts, beer garden and local food occur Saturday and Sunday.
- Oct – Wine In The Pines – annual food and international wine pairing in mid October.
- Breckenridge Fun Park (16mi)
- Keystone Bike Park
- Montezuma (5mi)
- Arapahoe Basin (6mi)
- Breckenridge (16mi)
- Copper Mountain (19mi)
- Loveland (18mi)
- Vail (38mi)
- Breckenridge (14mi)
- Copper Mountain (18mi)
- Dillon (6mi)
- Frisco (13mi)
- Georgetown (30mi)
- Silver Plume (27mi)
- Silverthorne (7mi)
- Vail (38mi)
Featured Keystone blog
Skiing under the lights in Keystone – Skiing after dark at Keystone Ski Resort is one for your skiing bucket list. It’s got the largest night skiing operation in Colorado. Keystone’s a favorite resort because of its fun, rolling terrain. Runs from the top stretch over 2000 feet of vertical and offer plenty of steeps…
Colorado’s Hidden Snowmobiling Gem: Summit County – Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Summit County is the self-proclaimed “Playground of Colorado.” Summit County encompasses the inviting towns of Keystone, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain, Heeney…