ON SITE ACTIVITIES AND FOOD
The village at Keystone is moderately sized and has lots of dining options to choose from in a range of budgets. If you’re riding however, it’s often easiest to grab food at the top of the mountain at the Summit House. Inside, they have the typical mountain fare and an outdoor grille. It was actually some of the better on-mountain food of the trip, and The Overlook Grille didn’t disappoint. Our favorite was the pulled pork or tacos, but it’s hard to go wrong. The view and outdoor seating definitely adds to the vibe. A must stop lunch spot for sure.
While you’re up top, it’s a short walk over to enjoy the summer tubing. Each year keystone takes the last of the snow and pushes it into a giant tubing hill on the summit that lasts all the way into August before melting. It’s a fun way to cool off in between laps in the bike park or a way to bring the family up for a mid-day activity.
If you’re looking for a spot in the village to grab a few beers and some snacks after a day of riding, 9280’ Taphouse is worth checking out. With wings, nachos and options to go around, it’s ideal for winding down after a long day tackling the hill.
WHAT BIKE TO BRING
Keystone Bike Park is rough, wild and unruly. Out of our crew, the guys on Trek Session DH bikes definitely had the fastest times and most fun out on the trails. Longer travel enduro bikes like our 160mm Trek Slash 29ers handled the terrain just fine as well. But, in a park that’s all about the nastiest, rawest and loosest trails you can get your tires on, it’s hard to say no to a full-blown DH rig. It’s especially handy in those times that you need a little extra travel to save your poor line choices too.
The village has a fully equipped rental shop as well that has a well-stocked inventory of bikes in various travel categories. We recommend heading there if you can’t bring a bike or feel that your personal steed isn’t up to the task.
WHERE TO STAY
Keystone’s lodging spans from cheap to ultra luxurious. Since we had a big crew, we opted to split up the cost of a condo in the resort. That meant we had access to a full kitchen, outdoor BBQ’s, pool and a jacuzzi. It sure beat sleeping out of the van! Staying at the Keystone Resort also means you get to have access to free activity vouchers, discounts on local activities and some insanely good homemade cookies at the check in desk. Be sure to grab a few bags!
For those looking for lower cost lodging than the $120 per night starting rate of the resort accommodations, the nearby town of Dillon has lots of hotels and Airbnb’s to choose from.
If you’re looking for camping, there’s a selection of paid and non-paid campgrounds all around the resort. Many are on the shores of the Dillon reservoir, which is just a short ten minute drive from the resort.
While the Keystone bike park may not have much in the way of jumps and flow trails, the incredibly built Frisco bike park is just down the road about 30 minutes. This public park has a massive skatepark, dual slalom track, dirt jumps, flow trail, and even a pro level slopestyle course. No matter what kind of skill lever rider you are, this park will let you progress comfortably and spend some serious time in the air. It’s easily one of the best maintained and built city bike parks we’ve ever set tires on. While the setting sun ended our session here early, we’ll be dreaming of it for years to come.
Woodward Copper is also a few minutes from Frisco, and they allow the public to ride the foam pit and skate parks for a small fee. If you’ve never ridden your bike in a foam pit before, we suggest you add it to your bucket list of things to do. We had a blast practicing all the tricks we’re too scared to try to dirt, but know we have buried deep.
Of course all that riding will kick up an appetite, and thankfully the town of Dillon and Frisco have the restaurants to satisfy. Our two recommendations are the Dillon Dam Brewery and the Taqueria at The Clubhouse. Out of every one of the 10 stops we visited, our favorite meal was the Taqueria. The corn bread was out of this world, and we can still smell the deliciousness of the Dorito Burrito. If you’re in the area, this place is a must hit!
For those that want some non-wheel based activities, Keystone has ample hiking trails to keep you busy. Loveland Pass is also a great spot to visit, where you can hike at the nearly 12,000-foot elevation summit and take in the views. For the brave few, there’s even some snow melt fed lakes to swim in. If you’re not a polar bear, there are other warmer swimming options near town.