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Keystone Festivals Weekend Guide: Bacon & Bourbon Festival text on top of a picture of a mountain biker riding down a ramp under the summit express at Keystone resort


Keystone Festival’s mountain guide to Bacon & Bourbon Weekend

Keystone Festivals are legendary for bringing summer fun to the mountains, but there’s so much more to do in Keystone, we can’t fit it all in one weekend! Lucky for you, we’ve narrowed down which Keystone activities pair best with each Keystone Festival so you can plan your perfect Keystone Festival weekend!

If you’re heading up for Keystone Bacon & Bourbon Festival on June 24th & 25th, make sure to round out your mountain weekend with our ultimate bacon weekend mountain guide!

seen from below, a mountain bike rider covered in protective equipment rides over a rock1. Hit the Keystone Bike Park

The legendary Keystone Bike Park opens for the season on June 22nd, just two days before Bacon & Bourbon Festival! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced downhiller, the bike park has a trail for you. Keystone offers both season passes and single-day lift tickets for the summer bike haul so that you can pick the best option for your crew! Want an extra challenge? Bike up Jackstraw Road after the lifts have closed to kick your cardio into gear!

Not ready to mountain bike down Dercum Mountain but want to take in the beautiful green views after a great winter? Purchase a scenic gondola ride ticket to take in the majestic views of Dercum Mountain, Lake Dillon, and beyond! Did you know the gondola takes just 12 minutes to reach the top of the mountain? Keep your eyes peeled and you might even see some mule deer, a fox friend, ermines, and more!

2. Elevate your dinner game at the Ski Tip Lodge "skip tip lodge" in white letters painted on a hanging wooden sign with greenery and historic building in the background

You might have seen Ski Tip Lodge vending food at Keystone Festivals. Not only is Ski Tip Lodge one of the most historic sites in Keystone, but it’s also one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the county. Available by reservation only, The Ski Tip offers a four-course dining experience along with wine-pairing recommendations from their top sommeliers. Plus, if you plan far enough ahead, you might be able to score weekend lodging at The Ski Tip and walk to and from Bacon & Bourbon Festival!

a man in a red polo swings at the Keystone Ranch Golf course, a field of vivid green grass3. Golf at Keystone

Take some time on your wine weekend to find out what makes Keystone such a famous golf destination! With two distinctly different courses, The River Course and Keystone Ranch, your weekend is sure to be full of sweeping, breathtaking views from Keystone’s hidden gems. A touch of crisp mountain air, long summer days, and wildflower season make mid-July the perfect time to experience golf at Keystone. The cherry on top of an indulgent weekend, mountain golfing at Keystone will make you want to tee off in the mountains every time! Make sure to reserve your tee time in advance to make sure you have time for a round before each day of Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival!

PLAYGROUND PRO TIP: If you book your lodging through Keystone Resort, you’ll receive a FREE day of golf on the day of your arrival!

the keystone adventure center sits on the lake in the foreground, with blue skies and green ski runs down Dercum mountain in the background

4. Hit the Keystone Adventure Center for a splash of fun

Keystone Festivals take place in River Run Village, but there’s more to explore along the base of Dercum Mountain! Follow the rec path west from River Run Village, or drive to Lakeside Village Parking. The Adventure Center is located right on the lake; you can’t miss it! Bring out the whole family and rent any combination of paddle boats and kayaks to explore the 5-acre lake full of rainbow trout. Don’t forget your life vest; this early in the summer that water is COLD!

PLAYGROUND PRO TIP: Check out the newest resident at Lakeside Village, the Rathbone Self-Pour taproom!

Not seeing an activity that suits your fancy? Check out Keystone’s summer activity page to find out what other playground adventures are in store! Follow @KeystoneFestivals and @KeystoneResort and remember to tag #KeystoneSummer with your mountain adventures!