Keystone is a small village in Summit County. Tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, this community is primarily made up of the Keystone Resort. During the winter, this famed resort draws skiers and snowboarders from all over. Warm weather means hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. While Keystone itself doesn’t have a veterinary clinic, the nearby town of Dillon does, so if your pup is feeling under the weather, help is only 10 miles away.
This area is so pawrific, you’ll want to stay a few nights. Make a reservation at the dog friendly Inn at Keystone. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a doggy bag with treats, clean up bags, and information about canine activities. Leashed pets are allowed in the lobby, and outdoor trails are close by. Hyatt Place Keystone is another pawsome option. Your pooch can drift away to dream land in one this hotel’s cozy rooms.
After a day of hiking, grab a bite to eat at New Moon Café. Enjoy the laid back vibe of while munching on a plate of Bacon Spinach Nachos. Your pooch can join you at one of the outdoor tables. Black Bear Grill has Yappy Hour every afternoon. Sip on a specialty drink while your pal enjoys his own hydration bowl.
With all this special attention, its no wonder dogs give Keystone two paws up!
Dercum Mountain is a pup-ular hike at Keystone Resort. What is a green ski run during the winter turns into a furrific hiking trail in the summer. Follow the trail up the slope and through patches of beautiful wildflowers. Since it’s 3.5 miles to the summit, your pooch will definitely get a great leg workout. At the top, soak in the view of Lake Dillon and North Peak. Give your pooch a cold drink and a small snack for energy before heading back down the mountain. Remember to keep your pup on leash, and be aware of mountain bikers on the trail.
About 20 minutes east of Keystone is the small village of Montezuma, home to Chihuahua Gulch. To get to the trailhead, follow Peru Creek Road for a couple miles until you see a sign marking the trail. Soon you’ll come to a wide open meadow surrounded by tall mountain peaks. There are several stream crossings, so plan on getting your feet and paws wet. Your pooch can run free as long as he stays within voice control. If your pup is still rearing to go, continue up the trail. You’ll gain some elevation and rise above the tree line, but you’ll enjoy the serenity of the wilderness and a beautiful alpine lake.
Is your furry friend ready for some adventure? Then pack up your pooch and head over to the Tenderfoot Mountain Trailhead. Situated in Dillon, this trail is just 15 minutes away from Keystone. Your pup can commune with nature as she trots along this 2.5 mile round trip trail. She’ll pass through fields of sagebrush and forests of pine and aspen trees. After your hike, refuel at Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company. Fill up on delicious dishes like Grilled Salmon or a Steak Caesar Salad. Since this restaurant is located right in the Lake Dillon Marina, you and your pooch can enjoy waterfront scenery as your dine on the patio.
Next time your pup needs a walk, pay a visit to the Dillon Nature Preserve. Located in the nearby town of Dillon, the preserve is a quick 10 minute drive from Keystone. It sits on the Robert’s Tunnel Peninsula in Lake Dillon, so you’ll enjoy views of the water as well as the mountains. Meadow Trail meanders through the forest. Take time to read the interpretive signs so you can learn all about the local flora and fauna as you walk. For more mileage, continue on the Ridge Trail Loop. Your pooch can muscle his way up the hills then stop by the overlooks to soak in the scenery. Bring plenty of water and don’t forget to clean up your pup.
If your pup loves being out on the trail, then a trip to Silverthorne is a must. Not only is this small town only 15 minutes from Keystone, it is home to several pawsome hikes. For an easy hike with gorgeous scenery, check out the Lily Pad Lake Trail. Thick forests, babbling brooks, and a pair of mountain lakes make this hike woofin’ amazing. If you happen to go in June, you’ll see the large yellow lilies. Willow Falls is another great option. Clocking in at five miles round trip, this trail leads through a lush forest to a waterfall. Your pup will be in heaven!