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What to Do in the Keystone Area

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Keystone is a well-known haven for skiers and snowboarders. But it has more to offer than its snowy slopes! This breathtaking destination is great for both adrenaline junkies and for those who just want to relax. Here are some of the best Keystone experiences you can enjoy on your vacation.

Winter activities in Keystone

Surrounded by three of Colorado’s best mountains (Dercum Mountain, the Outback, and North Peak), this area is excellent for snow sports! There are over 3,000 acres of skiable area at Keystone Resort with 130 trails. All levels of skiers, from beginner to advanced, will have plenty of options here.

Keystone’s ski season stretches from late October or early November until mid-April. In addition to downhill skiing and cross-country skiing, you can go snowmobiling, sledding, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, go on a sleigh ride, and more during the ski season.

In the winter, the Keystone Lake is Zamboni maintained as an ice-skating rink. Keystone Nordic Center is a great place to go if you want to go on a snowshoeing hike or cross-country skiing.

Summer adventures in Keystone

In the off-season, when there’s not enough snow for skiing, you can still explore the mountains via hiking and biking trails. If you’re adventurous, there’s a bike park for advanced mountain biking. The warmer-weather views are just as beautiful as the winter views, and there are wildflowers blooming during summer and early fall.

Keystone Lake offers a variety of water activities. In the warmer seasons, you can rent a variety of boats, enjoy the beach, go fishing, go paddle boarding, and more. There are beautiful views of the mountains and plenty of trails for hiking and biking. Other bodies of water with great recreation options include Pass Lake and Dillon Reservoir.

Relaxing in Keystone

If you’re tired from outdoor adventuring, you can relax at the Keystone Spa. They offer many luxurious services, including facials, massage, aromatherapy, and a sauna, hot tub, and pool.

You can explore River Run Village and its shops and restaurants if you want a low-key way to spend an afternoon. If you’re in Keystone in the summer or fall, you might get lucky and find some outdoor live music or catch a local festival going on.

Places to eat in Keystone

There are a few unique places to eat in Keystone. Inxpot is a cute coffeehouse/bookstore. Kickapoo Tavern offers Mexican entrees and pub food. There are pizza places, bars and grills, and cafes in the area, so you’ll have a variety of options for every meal of the day.

If you’re staying in a rental condo or house, like our Keystone Condo, you will be able to cook food yourself. Just stock up on groceries on the way into town, as there aren’t a lot of grocery options in Keystone.

Nearby towns

Keystone is located close to Breckenridge, just 14 miles away. There are a few smaller towns close by, including Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne. Vail is 38 miles away if you want to venture farther for a day trip.

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