Keystone has several things going for it during summer months: Without traffic, the town is just over an hour’s drive from Denver; it’s reachable by Loveland Pass (which affords spectacular views from the Continental Divide); and it’s far more low-key than many of Colorado’s star-studded—and crowded—destinations. Over recent years, the resort has worked hard to distinguish itself as a summer destination. Here, a few of its more unique offerings.

Namaste: Mountaintop Yoga

From June 13 to August 29, begin your Saturday morning by heading up the gondola for the 10:30 a.m. yoga class. There’s something totally zen about doing downward dog at 11,640 feet. Afterward, take in more views and enjoy a healthy lunch at Overlook Grill before heading back to civilization. $35 yoga and lift ticket; $45 yoga, lunch, and lift ticket.

So Cool: Paddleboarding

Two years ago, Keystone jumped on the paddleboard craze and began offering rentals. Tool around Keystone Lake’s five acres and get a workout while you cruise. Bonus: The $15 fee (per 30 minutes) is reasonable enough that if you don’t take to the sport you’re only out a little cash. 1-800-354-4386

High Note: Live Music

Last year’s Mountain Town Music Festival was such a hit that the bash is back again this summer. On Friday, August 21, and Saturday, August 22, six bands (including David Wax Museum and Miner) will take the stage at River Run. The fest is free and $1 tasting tickets buy food and drink (the beer garden is sponsored by New Belgium). Plus, during the day, Palisade peach farmers will be selling Colorado’s most famous fruit. Friday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

BONUS: Read our full feature on Colorado’s other high season, including the best ways to spend summertime in Vail, Crested Butte, Winter Park, and more.

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.