Home to a world-class ski resort and two golf courses, this town is built around relaxation.
Consisting of five main areas—East Keystone, River Run Village, Mountain House Base Area, Lakeside Village, and Keystone Ranch—family-friendly Keystone is best known for its alpine feel and beautiful mountain views. This scenic town is full of lodging, retail, and restaurants, and it’s a haven for skiers in the winter and full of festivals, concerts, and more during the summer.
There’s a fire pit in the village center that serves as a gathering spot, and the town is known for its night skiing events. In the summer, Keystone Lake is open to paddle boats and canoes, and a grand fireworks show happens every Saturday. When the lake freezes over in the winter, all five acres are maintained by a Zamboni, allowing families to skate and play hockey.
Festivals and street fairs are held regularly here, and two world-class golf courses — the River Course and the Keystone Colorado Ranch Course — are located in town. Scenic gondola rides and river rafting are also unique to Keystone, and there are plenty of hiking and biking trails at the top of Keystone Mountain.
Condos and mountain lodges primarily dominate real estate here. Most properties are situated near the ski slopes and feature ample summer amenities like large porches and outdoor gathering spaces.
With over 130 individual trails, Keystone is a skier’s paradise and a haven for nature lovers. While it’s great for vacationers, full-time residents have the hills to themselves during many off-peak weeks. The town is extremely laid-back, and residents are focused on relaxing. If you love the Colorado frontier, Keystone is the perfect place to live.
In addition to offering the largest night skiing events in Colorado and maintaining the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the U.S., Keystone also features a number of the area’s highly rated restaurants. Among the local favorites is Summit House, located at the top of Dercum Mountain. This mountaintop hideaway is accessible via gondola ride, where guests can warm up and grab lunch daily throughout the season or enjoy dinner during night skiing operations. It offers New American fine dining with uninterrupted views. Another highlight is the Keystone Ranch Restaurant, located in a 1930s log home and offers fixed-price American fine dining.
Keystone’s main draw is the Keystone Ski Resort, which consists of three mountains—Dercum Mountain, North Peak, the Outback—and five Bowls offering skiing at all levels. There are also many festivals held throughout the summer, including the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, the Keystone River Run Village Art Festival, and the Keystone Bacon and Bourbon Festival, which offers a variety of pork samples, premium whiskeys, single malt scotches, and barrel-aged spirits as well as live music and activities.
Keystone is part of the Summit School District, located in the mountains of Summit County, Colorado. It consists of six elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Approximately 3,150 students attend this district, which serves a total year-round population of 26,000.
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