Discover an Authentic Western Retreat this Summer at Keystone Resort

03 August 2016
Keystone, Colo. — Aug. 3, 2016 — While guests and families will find modern day conveniences and amenities throughout Keystone Resort, historic and rustic western charm still beckons. Sitting at 9,280-feet elevation in Summit County, Colo., and easily accessible from Denver, Keystone offers an authentic western retreat in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
From Wild West Nights to wagon ride dinners and dining at original homesteads and stagecoach stops, following are some of the top picks for families to experience the allure of the West at Keystone:
Kidtopia Presents Wild West Night
Lassos, horseshoe games, s’mores, campfires, local lore and western-themed movies put the “Yee-Haw” in Keystone’s Wild West Nights. Families can enjoy the beautiful alpenglow of the Rocky Mountains during a western-themed evening at the Keystone Stables, where draft horses, ponies and wranglers welcome guests. Wild West Nights are a staple of Keystone’s signature Kidtopia programming, providing families with a variety of activities and adventures that are free and offered daily.
A Horse Of Course
Saddle up at the Keystone Stables, where guests can enjoy horseback riding, pony rides and scenic wagon rides while taking in the majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. Led by professional wranglers, who will tell tales of the local history, families can enjoy guided horseback rides through the scenic White River National Forest. For the little ones, daily pony rides are offered for kids as their parents lead them around the corral. Horse-drawn scenic wagon rides offer families a relaxing and guided tour through the Soda Creek Valley to an original Keystone homestead, with Colorado’s notable mountain scenery dotting the background.
Authentic Western Dining
From horse-drawn wagon rides to award-winning dining at the once home of Keystone’s founders, history melds with unforgettable settings and delectable dishes throughout the resort. Families will be regaled by professional wranglers sharing the local mining history aboard a wagon pulled by Belgian and Percheron draft horses during Keystone’s Dinner Wagon Ride, where guests will arrive at a historic 1800s homestead to an entertaining guitar-wielding cowboy and a western-themed barbeque buffet. For fine dining options with western charm, try the Keystone Ranch or Ski Tip Lodge. The AAA Four-Diamond rated Keystone Ranch, located in an original 1930s ranch homestead that previously served as a working ranch and home to some of the area’s first settlers, is an inviting Colorado steakhouse offering locally sourced menu items. The Ski Tip Lodge, originally an 1800’s stagecoach stop, was once the home to Keystone’s founders, Max and Edna Dercum, and is now a cozy bed and breakfast with an on-site restaurant that was voted one of the best restaurants in America by OpenTable.
Festivals in the Mountains
August features two festivals that bring the Rocky Mountains to life, providing a perfect complement to any stay at the resort. The 20th Annual Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, Aug. 6-7, features more than 30 craft breweries serving hundreds of beers to sample as bluegrass acts such as Peter Rowan Band and Larry Keel Experience provide the live tunes. Noted as a celebration of all things Colorado, the Mountain Town Music Festival, Aug. 20, features American folk singer/songwriter Brett Dennen headlining a day of live music from national acts, as well as local food vendors, family-friendly activities and an evening fireworks display.
Kick Up Your Feet
While historic rustic charm surrounds Keystone, the resort offers a variety of comfortable and modern accommodation options. Guests can save up to 40 percent on stays of two nights or more, with River Run condos beginning at $119 a night. Lodging packages are also available for the Bluegrass and Beer Festival, providing exclusive lodging and festival ticket rates. Any lodging stay with Keystone also includes a free nine holes of golf, free tennis, free guided hikes and free scenic lift tickets for any child 12 and younger.
Keystone is open for daily summer operations through Monday, Sept. 5, as well as weekend-only operations Sept. 10-11 and 17-18. Lift access begins at 10 a.m. each day. For detailed operation hours, visit

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