Free Things to Do in Keystone

Courtney Johnson

Keep to your vacation budget and visit the family-friendly village of Keystone. With plenty to do on and off the mountain, you’ll find something for everyone and still stay within your budget.

If you’re looking to get more bang for your buck on the cost of your lift ticket, sign up to ski with a ranger! No better way to see the sights and learn about the area’s rich history than spending an hour on the slopes with an area Forest Ranger. Skiers and riders of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to join this free tour and learn about the area’s natural resources as well as Keystone’s commitment to the environment. Rangers make intermittent stops along the way and cover topics from local history to plant and wildlife identification. This group meets at the Keytop Overlook Deck every Friday at 11 am.

Debating if the cost of a lift ticket is worth it for your family? Check out Keystone’s Kidtopia. Free family fun happens here every single day: petting zoos, train rides, face painters, balloon artists, music, crafts, and more! Kidtopia Headquarters in River Run Village features daily events plus plenty of toys and games for all ages. Explore the Kidtopia Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain or take the self-guided iSpy Keystone tour - a scavenger hunt that points out favorite spots and fun activities throughout the area. Just make sure not to miss Cookie Time – 4 pm daily at Kidtopia Headquarters.

If swishing down the slopes isn’t your style, head over to Keystone Lake in Lakeside Village. The largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor ice rink in North America, Keystone Lake is nearly five acres large and open to the public for free skating. Join a pick-up hockey game or take a break at the Adventure Center to warm up in between laps around the lake. The picturesque setting is perfect for family photos. Rentals available on site.

One of the best and most affordable things to do in the Keystone area is to take in the views. Explore the area by car and head up Loveland Pass to the Continental Divide. This scenic drive tops out at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. Sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains offers the perfect location for photos. This road is very windy – be sure to stop to take in the views at one of the many turn offs. Continue the tour down to I-70 and back west through the historic Eisenhower tunnel. Turn back onto Route 6 towards Keystone but take a quick detour on Swan Mountain Road towards Breckenridge. Be sure to stop at Sapphire Point for excellent views of the Ten Mile Range and Dillon Reservoir.

You’ll find something for everyone and every budget in Keystone. River Ridge Rentals has properties for everyone’s needs, including kid and pet friendly, providing high quality vacation rentals for all budgets. Book your Keystone vacation today!

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