Sitting at 9,280 feet elevation in Summit County, Colo. and just a short, scenic drive from Denver, Keystone Resort is the ultimate location for families to beat the heat and enjoy a down-home mountain experience at a pace they dictate. Offering a laid-back environment that is full of adventures with fewer crowds, families will find plenty of opportunities to connect through a variety of experiences, all with the Rocky Mountains providing the backdrop. Whether it’s a mountaintop hike, downhill mountain biking, hitting the links for a round of golf, horseback riding, stand up paddle boarding, or simply relaxing poolside, the allure of the mountains come to life at Keystone.
Summer mountain operations take place Thursdays through Mondays beginning June 23 through Labor Day, Sept. 4.
Keystone Bike Park: It’s All Downhill from Here
From downhill on snow to downhill on dirt, the Keystone Bike Park offers some of the country’s best downhill mountain biking, allowing guests to experience the adrenaline rush of sending it down the mountain in summer. With more than 30 trails of lift-serviced singletrack, beginner and expert riders alike can experience the thrill of downhill on two wheels from mellow bridges and berms to rock gardens and rock drops.
On August 12-13, the Enduro Bike Race makes its legendary return! Participants can register for the race through the official website, while spectators are welcome to join in the fun by watching the race in designated areas and cruising through the sponsor village.
Mountaintop SNOW Tubing
You heard us right. Mountaintop SNOW tubing returns to Keystone this summer. Ride up the River Run Gondola and access the same tubing hill that operates at the resort during winter. Our resort teams farm snow from around the mountain to maintain the tubing hill so that guests can chill, cool off, and go for a slide this summer season. Open as long as the snow lasts!
Keystone Golf: Two Championship Courses, One Great Resort
Keystone Resort is home to two distinct golf courses, offering 36-holes of championship golf in one idyllic setting. The River Course offers impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, water hazards and six sets of tees on each hole to challenge and welcome golfers of all ability levels. Keystone Ranch Golf Course is set on historic ranch land where original structures and old western heritage remain throughout the course, providing a nostalgic feel amongst the breathtaking scenery. Plus, you can receive FREE golf at either of our courses on your day of arrival when you book lodging with Keystone. Perks like these are only available to guests booking lodging directly through Keystone Resort.
Festival Season: Bacon, Brews, Wine, Live Music
Keystone’s 2023 Summer Festival line-up has a wide variety of music and events for the whole family to enjoy! Check out the full schedule here.
- Keystone Bacon & Bourbon Festival, June 24-25
- This two-day summer kick off features bacon-themed food dishes, live music from national acts, bacon from your favorite local companies, and the famous TINCUP Whiskey Tour.
- Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival, July 15-16
- Raise your glass to another year of Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival in River Run Village, with hundreds of varieties of wines to sip and savor.
- Keystone’s 25th Annual Bluegrass & Beer Festival, Aug. 5-6
- Keystone brings back the Bluegrass and Beer Festival for another year of string bands, craft beer pours, mountain merch, and melt-in-your-mouth morsels.
Lakeside Village not only offers a hub of waterside fun all summer long, but also all things NEW! After a day on the water or on the mountain, serve yourself a cold one with lake front views at the brand-new Rathbone self-pour taproom at the Keystone Adventure Center. If you’re looking to really relax, head just a few steps over to the Alpenglow Spa at the Keystone Lodge. The refreshed and rebranded spa offers everything you need to unwind this summer from massages and facials to the all-new sensory-deprivation tank. If you want to take in the tranquility of the 5-acre Keystone Lake, pop into the Adventure Center for canoe, pedal boat or paddle board rentals! Or, if watersports aren’t your thing, rent a set of wheels and cruise along the beautiful Snake River rec path!
Keystone Stables: Explore the Historic Soda Creek Valley
Keystone’s signature Scenic Wagon Rides and Wagon Ride Dinners will provide a trip back to yesteryear. Wagon Ride Dinners begin with a journey through the Soda Creek Valley, while charismatic and charming wranglers share the local history of the area’s mining days. Upon arrival at a historic homestead-era log cabin built in the early 1800’s, a roaring fire, dinner, entertainment and the rustic charm of the past awaits. For those looking to adventure a little further, guests can saddle up and embrace Keystone like an early explorer via a guided horseback ride. During the ride, observe wildlife, learn about the area's history and take in the amazing sights of the White River National Forest.
Bergman Bowl Gets a Lift: Adventure Further to new Heights Next Winter
Construction continues this summer to bring lift-served access to more than 550 acres of terrain in Bergman and Erickson Bowls for the 2023/24 winter season. As a part of this project, the resort is building a new high-speed 6-passenger chairlift in Bergman Bowl, as well as new trails and snowmaking. While Bergman and Erickson Bowls have previously been open for hike-to skiing and riding access at the resort, much of Keystone’s hike-to bowl terrain has largely gone under-utilized. For the first time ever next winter, both Bergman and Erickson Bowls will be accessible by lift to a variety of skiers and riders at the resort, with mellow and welcoming high alpine terrain. The new lift will allow guests to easily lap terrain in Bergman Bowl, as well as access more advanced terrain in Erickson Bowl that will connect back to the Outback Express and Wayback lifts. For those guests still looking to earn their turns and reach more untouched areas of the resort, 1,300+ acres of hike-to terrain will still be available in The Windows, North Bowl, South Bowl and Independence Bowl for expert skiers and riders.
Upgrading our Village: Kindred Resort, a RockResort
Right next to the River Run Gondola will be the new home to Keystone's premier luxury development Kindred Resort. Kindred is one of the most exciting slopeside real estate projects in the ski industry right now and will feature ski-in, ski-out residences along with a Rock Resorts-branded hotel. This upscale resort will include valet parking, valet ski storage, 3 restaurants, a full-service spa, as well as resort retail and rental shop. The family-friendly Kindred Resort will also be the new home for Keystone Ski & Ride School and will have an exclusive pool and hot tub facility with unobstructed ski area views. Plus, an innovative public art program with new exterior sculptures and artwork proposed to enhance the mountain plaza. Upon completion in 2025, Kindred Resort will further position Keystone as one of North America’s great ski and summer resort destinations.
Summer Facts & Information
Keystone Resort offers a wide range of summer activities across multiple areas in resort, from River Run Village and the River Run Gondola to Lakeside Village, the Keystone Stables, and Keystone Golf.
River Run Gondola & On-Mountain Activities
Schedule: Open Thursdays – Mondays from June 23 to Sept. 4
Hours of Operations: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
On- Mountain Activities via the River Run Gondola:
- Keystone Bike Park and Bike Haul
- Scenic Gondola Rides
- Mountaintop Snow Tubing
- Bungee Trampolines
- Mini Golf
- Gemstone Panning
- Golf – River Run Base Area
- Scenic Gondola – River Run Base Area
- Paddle boats – Lakeside Village
- Stand up paddle boards – Lakeside Village
- Kayaks – Lakeside Village
- Canoes – Lakeside Village
- Bike rentals – Lakeside Village
- Gemstone panning – River Run Base Area
- Bungee trampolines – River Run Base Area
- Mini golf – River Run Base Area
River Course: This Hurdzan-Fry course features unbeatable views, impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, water hazards and six sets of tees on each hole to challenge golfers of all abilities.
- Operations: May 12 through Oct. 8
- Par 71
- Total Yardage: 4,758 – 6,886
- 16th hole features a 194-foot elevation drop from tee to green
- 18th hole includes spectacular views of Lake Dillon
- Opening Day: May 19 through Oct. 8
- Par 72
- Total Yardage: 5,041 – 7,017
- Site of the 2017 Colorado Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship
- Home to the Keystone Ranch, a AAA Four-Diamond rated restaurant
- When: Open daily starting Sunday, June 11
- Where: Lakeside Village
- What: Paddle boats, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, bike rentals, plus the all-new Rathbone self-serve taproom at the Keystone Adventure Center.
Average Summer Temperatures: 70 degrees daytime, 50 degrees nighttime. Remember to wear lots of sunscreen!
High Altitude Preparedness
The elevation can affect people in different ways. Visitors should be mindful of the effects of altitude and make sure to always wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and limit the consumption of alcohol and caffeine. If symptoms such as headache, nausea, lethargy or shortness of breath persist, visitors should seek immediate medical attention.
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