The ski resort town of Keystone is an ideal destination for family vacations not only during winter. It has a lot to offer to its visitors from around the world in any season of the year. From a unique experience of the wilderness to state-of-the-art amenities, Keystone is prepared for everyone’s convenience. From stunning views of its majestic peaks to numerous outdoor activities, vacationers can choose from a lot of favorites. Here are some of the things you should try, at least once, when you find yourself in the middle of this wonderful town in Colorado.
During summer, hiking in Keystone is a must-experience. There are countless ways to explore the wonders of the three beautiful mountains within the area. Guided tours are available. With a minimum of four people, you can enjoy an afternoon or nocturnal stroll, some aquatic explorations, fitness and autumn nature hikes. Enjoy hiking however you prefer with Keystone’s wide array of paved and rugged trails. Some of the best terrain can be found at the top of Dercum Mountain. You can get to its summit by riding a gondola or ski lift, another great way to take a glimpse of Keystone’s natural beauty.
Another activity that will surely be enjoyed by the whole family is mountain biking. Keystone Bike Park provides different trails for all kinds of cyclists. Here is where you can find the famous Drop Zone, one of the best and most progressive terrains in the country. There are lots of rock gardens, drops and slopes to conquer. For sightseeing, take the Snake River path. Mountain View Sports also offers guided bike tours. Aside from mountain biking, Keystone is also considered the best ski resort for downhill biking. A more adventurous endeavor, the sport attracts thrill-seeking tourists.
Golf is another excellent reason to visit Keystone. With its two top-notch golf courses, the River Course and the Keystone Colorado Ranch Course, golf should be included on your list of things to do in Keystone. Enjoy some tee time with these 18-hole courses while admiring the lovely sceneries of rolling hills and elevated lakes around you. Both courses are accessible from most of Keystone lodgings.
Horseback riding is another family-oriented outdoor adventure available in West Keystone. There are also pony rides for kids 3 up to 7 years old. Come in proper attire to avoid inconvenience. Pants and closed shoes are required for safety reasons. Bring your jacket for additional protection.
Fly fishing at the Snake River is definitely one of the best things to experience at Keystone. With easy access from any point of the town, the river provides world-class fly fishing for fishing enthusiasts and avid fishermen. Catch, and then release Rainbow, Cut-throat and Brook trout. There are guided fishing tours, which include coaching and equipment, transportation and even lunch. Make your reservations and experience fly fishing in Colorado.
Another fun way to spend some time in the river is taking a raft trip. Have a great time rafting through the exquisite canyons and fascinating river valleys of Colorado while battling the rapids. Paddles, helmets and life jackets are provided. Children 5 years and above can enjoy this water adventure, too.
Winter in Keystone is another story. A haven for winter sports, it offers not only the best ski resorts but also the longest ski days in the state of Colorado. With its night skiing, where large floodlights are lit over some of its trails until as late as 9:00 pm, skiers enjoy more than 8 hours of skiing and snowboarding.
With two outdoor rinks, ice skating in Keystone is inevitable. The largest zamboni-maintained outdoor ice rink in Lakeside Village is too inviting to ignore. The 5-acre skating rink is a favorite hang-out during winter when people can enjoy ice skating or an ice hockey game. Another smaller ice rink is located at Dercum Square in River Run Village.
Adventure Point, located at the summit of Dercum Mountain, is one of the best spots in Colorado for tubing. With its long and steep slope, tubing at Keystone is electrifying. Other activities they offer are snow biking and air boarding. Adventure Point can be reached by riding the gondola.
Snowmobile tours are a great way to enjoy the season with your family. With Keystone’s geographical location, these tours allow you to see spectacular views of the town from thousands of feet above. Or you might want to reach that height by snow cat. Whichever you choose, the experience is exhilarating. For a scenic and more relaxing trip, take the Mountain-Top Snowcat Tour. Then take an evening sleigh ride through the Keystone Ranch area before calling it a day.