Home of North Peak and the Outback
This page is the Keystone, Colorado – Mountain Habitat Community Profile. A short drive over Swan Mountain Road from Breckenridge is Keystone. It can also be reached from heading east from the Silverthorne and Dillon area. A smaller mountain community called Montezuma is located nearby, and if you keep following the highway east, it’ll take you right by the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to Loveland Pass. The terrain at Keystone goes beyond the front facing slopes, with North Peak and the Outback being accessible via gondola.
Keystone, Colorado – Mountain Habitat Community Profile
As you drive over to Keystone from Breckenridge you’ll pass neighborhoods at the eastern shoreline of Lake Dillon. One neighborhood is called Summit Cove, and has a mix of newer and older structures. Trails lead to the Elk Preserve and connect with the Colorado Trail and bike path around the lake. As you move closer to the Keystone Resort to the east, you pass the golf course, with dramatic views and a quiet mountain atmosphere. The Keystone Village has slopeside lodging offerings, while other neighborhoods feel more secluded and are away from the busy base area.
What Life is Like in Keystone
From Dina: One of my favorite memories was when I had my flower shop and I had just finished setting up a wedding flowers at the Alpenglow Stube. My commute at the end of day was riding back down in the gondola. Gazing out the windows, I realized my life had dramatically changed from living and running a business in New York. I was now the owner of a Breckenridge flower shop, Petal and Bean.
Instead of driving on the Long Island Expressway, I was in a gondola because it is the only way to get to this wedding venue during the winter. During the summer it is accessible via a four wheel drive ski area maintenance road. After that, I drove my van up to the venue for the next twenty years. It was a moment that reminded me to be thankful. My urban commute had transformed into a drive up the back roads of Keystone.
Now, I love catching a powder day at Keystone. Once you’re done skiing, there’s usually some kind of festival or free music in the village. During the fall, I recommend road bikers to check out Montezuma road. It’s filled with colorful aspens and is really special.
Stats and Data
Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,079 at the 2010 census. The Dillon Post Office (ZIP Code 80435) serves Keystone postal addresses.
Keystone is the home of the Keystone Resort. Originally constructed in the 1970s by the Ralston Purina Company, it is now owned by Vail Resorts. The Keystone Resort ski area occupies 3 separate mountains: Dercum Mountain, North Peak, and The Outback. Recent expansion of terrain and services offers snowcat skiing in Independence Bowl, Bergman Bowl, Erickson Bowl, in addition to the existing North Bowl and South Bowl on Wapiti Peak. The resort has many summer and winter outdoor activities.
The winter activities include alpine skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, horse-drawn sleigh ride dinners, and snowmobiling. The summer activities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, trail running, golf on two championship courses, and paddle boating on Keystone Lake.
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