Keystone, Colorado is known for its fantastic skiing during the winter months, but it’s also great for a summer getaway. The inexpensive summer lodging and outdoor activities make the Keystone Resort the perfect destination for a summer vacation. Here’s what to do in the summer in Keystone, Colorado.
Summer in Keystone, Colorado
Here’s our top picks of what to do in Keystone, CO when visiting during the warmer months.
Ride a Gondola Up the Mountain
You can take the gondola part-way up the mountain and hike down. If you’re not up for hiking, you can sit back and enjoy the stunning view of the Rockies while riding up the mountain and back down. Hop off at the top for some great photos ops.
Go Mountain Biking
One of the first things you’ll notice upon arriving in Keystone is the abundance of mountain bikers. There are trails everywhere. Hardcore mountain bikers even take their bikes up the ski lifts and bike down the mountain.
You don’t have to be a daredevil to try out mountain biking, though. Keystone offers mountain biking for all skill levels.
Try Out Tubing at Adventure Point
Snow tubing in the summer? Yep! There’s not enough snow for safe skiing but there sure are other snow activities. It’s great for kids and adults will love it, too.
It’s great not having to pack all of the winter gear you would usually need for snow tubing in colder months. Remember to apply your sunblock.
Grab a Beer and Burger
If you’re a beer fan, stopping at Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse and Brewery in Silverthorne is a must.
Sip their award-winning brews on the outdoor patio overlooking the Rockies, and sample their delicious family-friendly food offerings. They’re famous for their fish and chips and the Uptown Dillon Burger. They are open for lunch and dinner.
Indulge with an Ice Cream Sandwich
After you finish your burger at Pug’s, head over to Blue Moon Bakery for tasty baked goods.
The cookie ice cream sandwich is delicious and is sure to go over well with kids and adults alike. Sometimes the best memories are made over dessert!
Check Out Zip Lining or Rock Climbing
If you’re an adventurous traveler, consider adding zip lining or rock climbing to your itinerary.
Typically more expensive than other types of adventures, but zip lining and rock climbing are sure to be experiences your kids will talk about and remember.
And if you are traveling with kids, be sure to check out Denver with Kids for some great ideas of things your entire family will enjoy.
Hike Around Loveland Pass
For breathtaking views and a number of hiking options, check out Loveland Pass. It’s just over 8 miles from the River Run base area in Keystone and you can bike or drive to the summit and hike around from there.
As the signs will tell you, Loveland Pass is on the Continental Divide. From the pass, you’ll have great 360 views of the mountains and flora. Pack a picnic from a local grocer, and enjoy eating outside in this amazing space.
Rent Paddle Boats at Lakeside Village
Lakeside Village sometimes seems a little touristy, but it’s sure to be a fun time. Soak up the sun while you paddle around the small lake with your family.
Have a Rafting Adventure
Rafting is a popular activity for visitors to Keystone, Colorado in the summer. There are river rafting adventures for all skill levels and you can even find kid-friendly options. I vividly remember going rafting with my family near Keystone when I was 12.
I was being a typical preteen — not happy to be seen with my parents and determined not to have fun — but once I got on the raft, I had a blast.
I took my kids rafting in Durango, Colorado, and they loved it so much that days later we rented tubes while in Pagosa Springs, Colorado so they could go on the water again. There are amazing places to experience river rafting adventures across the US.
Experience a Guided Tour on Horseback
Regardless of your skill level, you can go on a guided tour of Arapahoe National Forest on horseback at the Keystone Stables.
The tour is a fun way to take in the scenery and learn about the area’s history. Plus, there are pony rides for the little ones.
Picnic by the Dillon Reservoir
Pack a picnic lunch, then rent bikes or drive west on Route 6 to the Dillon Reservoir. Take in the beautiful mountain and lake scenery during your leisurely lunch.
There’s also fishing at the Reservoir. Be sure to obtain a Colorado fishing license in advance.
Find affordable lodging and enjoy plentiful outdoor activities in Keystone, Colorado, a great summer vacation destination. Still not sure about spending your summer vacation at a ski resort? Read this post to learn why you should give it a go.
Summer in Keystone, Colorado is sure to be filled with adventure and fun all with breathtaking views. (Photo credit: Keystone Resort, Amy Whitley)