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Family Adventure in Keystone, Colorado

Suggestions for families interested in active travel in the Keystone, Colorado area.

Does your family dream of vacationing with thousands of other families, standing in the hot sun for up to an hour in each line for rides that might be fun for the kids, and then going through buffet lines with the rest of the crowd at your expensive all-inclusive hotel at a destination amusement park? For some families, this is an enjoyable way to spend that precious one or two weeks per year when the kids are out of school and Mom and Dad have managed to take some vacation time after working for a solid year. For others, there is a vacation out there with more variety, flexibility and value.

Families are now considering options besides the typical amusement park trip over the summer. Mountain vacations are gaining in popularity over the historically popular destination vacations. With so many recreational options, families can now choose activities that range from rest and relaxation to physically challenging. No two days will ever be the same.

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In Keystone, Colorado, the sky is the limit! With an elevation of 12,000, you can plan a hike that will allow your family to feel as though they can actually touch the sky. One of the most enjoyable trails is near the ghost town of Montezuma. Radical Hill is about 6 miles long and has an elevation gain of about 1500 ft. Drive past Keystone Ski Resort on Hwy 6 and right in the middle of town you will see an old grater that probably has been parked on the road for the last twenty years. Turn left at the sign for Webster Pass and drive another 1.3 miles. On the left side of the road there is a parking lot.

Although this trail is marked intermediate, it is wide and not technical, so even the younger children can feel successful. If you have a small child, a Kelty backpack, will allow your young child to experience a great view while you do all of the work in Keystone Colorado. Make sure you bring lunch so that you can pull over on the trail and re-charge. The views of this hike are stunning. Be sure to take a peek into the old mining cabin near the top of the trail. With the altitude, you will require more water than you think, as well as a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. This hike can be as long or as short as you want to make it, but preparation can mean the difference between a terrific day out, or a challenging experience. This region is also known for afternoon thunderstorms, so heed the general rule in Colorado that earlier in the day is better. Regardless of what time you head out, it is smart to be prepared with a light rain jacket, a hat, and a portable blanket. If you have ever experienced a blister from hiking, you know that mole skin will make the hike down much more comfortable.

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If hiking is not your thing, you might be inclined to try mountain biking. Beware, this sport is addictive not only for you, but for the entire family. Don’t be surprised if for some unknown reason, you come to enjoy the pain of skinned knees, sore pelvic muscles and strained shoulders. You can rent a bike and helmet from Mountain View Sports in Keystone for $25.00 for the day. Many people like to sample mountain biking by paying for a lift ticket, riding the gondola and having their bike handed to them at the top of the hill. If downhill speed is what you’re after, by all means, give this a try. You will experience several rides in one day and have ample opportunity to experience a spectacular crash that will gain you a few "badges of honor." Watch out for the true downhill bikers as they are not opposed to taking a 30 foot jump off of the log stacks at the edge of the trail. You can spot them easily because all the heavy: chest shields, wrist guards, knee guards, mouth guards, and more.

The other way to try mountain biking is by doing some of the real work yourself. Find a nice trail and work those muscles until they are screaming in pain and you find that you can go no further. Chihuahua Gulch trail is a nice way to test your endurance and enjoy views of both Grays and Torrey’s Peaks. From Keystone, continue on Hwy 6, veer right on Montezuma Rd. At the fork, take a left and drive another 4.5 miles to Peru Creek Road and take a left, driving another 2 miles to Chihuahua Rd. Park and unload your bike. Be prepared to cross several streams on this trail and remember that with the 12,200 foot altitude, you might be starved for oxygen. If you feel lightheaded, take a break and drink water and take in the views. Although riding the trail without stopping is commendable, altitude sickness is painful, so take care of your body and drink plenty of water.

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The third and final way to enjoy biking is for those of you who want the tour without so much pain. Many rental shops offer shuttle service, driving your group and your bikes from Keystone Resort to the summit of Vail Pass, and allowing you to coast down the paved trail to Frisco. They will pick you up and take you back to their shop where you left your car. Although you might not ever need to pedal, you still will enjoy the legendary Colorado sunshine and what a Colorado summer vacation is all about.

Although ski resort vacations can be top dollar in the winter, summertime is whole different story. In Keystone Resort, Colorado, for example a family of four can rent a modern, upscale condo in the heart of River Run Village for the entire July 4th week for a total of $754.00 including all taxes and cleaning fees from Fully equipped kitchens allow you to prepare your own meals, cutting out the cost of restaurant meals altogether. Many of the complexes include amenities such as swimming pools, hot tubs, and play areas for the kids. Hiking trails are entirely free to the public and mountain biking only requires bike rental and possibly a lift ticket for the gondola. So, pack up the family and head out west to enjoy a truly active summer vacation in Keystone Colorado!

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Cheri and Peter Reeburgh are the founder and owner of Property Management in Keystone, Colorado. His property management company has been in operation since 2001 and has hosted thousands of guests in just a few short years. Keystone Colorado Lodging - Keystone Colorado Lodging or call 970-368-7023 for full details of possible real estate investments in Keystone Colorado or Keystone property management services. 
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Arapahoe Inn Keystone
The Arapahoe Inn is the newest 60 room hotel in Keystone, just 400 yards from the ski lifts and on the free bus route, the closest accommodation to A Basin and just ½ mile from The Keystone Conference Center. We are located just 6 miles from I-70 and 90 miles from Denver International Airport.  The Inn’s sauna and 12 person spa overlook Keystone mountain. Complimentary continental breakfast is served during ski season. Hot tea and coffee is available 24 hours, year round. Cable tv, complimentary wireless internet service and free local calls, along with five restaurants within walking distance, will be a part of your great experience enjoying all of Keystone’s fine amenities.  Our summer guests enjoy all cultural events, among them famous Beer and Bluegrass Festival or Wine and Jazz Festival.
Gateway Mountain Lodge Keystone
Located within the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado, the Gateway Mountain Lodge benefits from a convenient, centralized setting. Lying along the Snake River, Keystone is one of Colorado's premier ski resorts, and perhaps the best in the country for night skiing. Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain are all less than 20 miles from the resort and offer more of the same great recreational opportunities that Keystone offers. Other active pursuits include biking, horseback riding and rafting. Two golf courses are within two miles of the property, offering wonderful summer recreation. Shopping, dining and nightlife are all offered in the villages, with complimentary shuttles transporting guests around the villages. 
Inn at Keystone
Located between River Run Village and Lakeside Village.  Walk to lifts and all skier services at the Mountain House Base Area. Enjoy the on-site amenities of a cozy lobby with fireplace, casual restaurant, nightlife close by and rooftop hot tubs. The Inn at Keystone is an economical choice centrally located between River Run Village and Lakeside Village. This hotel has been recognized by the readers of Condè Nast as one of the Top 50 Ski Resorts in North America. It features the hot tubs with the best views - on top of the building! This property is just a quick walk to the lifts and all skier services at the Mountain House Base Area. Guests can enjoy the on-site amenities of a cozy lobby with fireplace, casual restaurant, room service, wireless internet, nightlife close by and rooftop hot tubs.
Keystone Lodge & Spa
Peacefully resting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Keystone Lodge & Spa is one of Colorado's most prized vacation destinations. A winter haven for skiers and nature enthusiasts, the lodge is surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest and Keystone Lake, which transforms into an enormous skating rink in the winter months. Located adjacent to the Keystone ski area and within 14 miles of Breckenridge ski resort, Arapaho Basin ski area and Loveland ski area, the Keystone Lodge & Spa was ranked One of Condé Nast Traveler's Top 50 Ski Resort Hotels in North America, 2004, and has become a permanent stop for winter vacationers around the world.
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