Things to Do in Keystone, Colorado

Things to Do in Keystone, Colorado
Keystone Colorado offers outdoor recreation year-round. There are three mountains at Keystone: Dercum Mountain, North Peak and The Outback. The skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain bike opportunities are abundant. Keystone is a winter wonderland when the snow falls, and a paradise for fishermen, rafters and hikers in the summer. As for nightlife, festivals and concerts, they go on all year-long.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Enjoy more than 3,100 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 135 trails at Keystone Ski Resort. The elevation tops 12,400 feet and the area receives an average of 230 inches of snow every year. This resort caters especially to the competent skier with 49 percent of the trails rated difficult. There are two gondolas, six high-speed lifts, five chair lifts and one surface lift at Keystone.

Keystone Lift Ticket Information
(
800) 344-8878

Snowshoeing

There are nearly 10 miles of groomed trails at the Keystone Nordic Center. Another 35 miles of trails can be accessed at the White River National Forest nearby. Bring your snowshoes, or rent them at the Nordic Center. Go on an ecology hike through the Snake River Valley, or enjoy a Full Moon Snowshoe Tour.

Keystone Nordic Center
River Run Club House

155 River Course Drive

Keystone, Colorado
(
970) 496-4275

Whitewater Rafting

Once the snow starts to melt, the rafting gets good. Beginning in May and going through the end of September, you can raft on a variety of waters, from calm family trips to exhilarating rapids for experts. The resort includes seven miles along the Snake River to test your skills. There are many outfitters in the area to guide you on your whitewater adventure.

Mountain Biking

The downhill trails at Keystone offer challenges for mountain bikers of all skill levels. You can use the lifts at the resort to access many of the trails. Or, if you prefer back-country challenges, try any of the three mountains for more scenic, rugged terrain. The Keystone Mountain Bike Park is on Dercum Mountain and reaches an elevation of 11,640 feet. There are 55 trails spanning 55 miles.

Hiking

There are many hiking trails near Keystone. Take a short afternoon hike on Meadow Creek trail, which is just four and a half miles. Or trek off for a longer hike at Uneva Pass Trail, which is nine miles, or Wheeler Trail, a distance of almost nine miles. For those who just want to get out and enjoy a bit of nature and spot some wildlife, the Tenderfoot Mountain trail is the perfect choice; it is just one and a quarter mile long.

Article Written By Cate Rushton

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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