The Summit County Top 5: Pools

There are lots of reasons to come to Summit County in the summer: festivals, whitewater rafting, biking, canoeing, fishing, the list goes on! But sometimes you just want to kick back in a great pool and enjoy the mountain views.

On this edition of the Summit County Top 5 we’re giving you our list of what we consider the top five pools. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!

#1 The Springs

Springs Pool

First on the list is The Springs. When it comes to being kid-friendly, this complex has truly outdone itself. Not only is there an outdoor heated pool with a waterfall and slide, there’s wading pool with sprayers, fire pit and shared grill area. On top of all that, there’s also a hot tub that is perfect for adults while the kids splash around in the pool. And indoors is a media room and play area. We have several vacation rentals in this building, but the star of summer of is #8811 with its poolside patio.

#2 Dakota Lodge

Dakota Pool and Hot Tub

Taking the second spot is Dakota Lodge. It’s in the heart of River Run Village and features the largest, year-round heated, outdoor pool in the entire resort. Not to mention, there are also two oversized hot tubs. The icing on the cake? The spectacular slope views feature Keystone Mountain. And if you stay at Dakota, you can snag one of our vacation rentals that overlook the pool so you can watch family and friends from the balcony (or see when the hot tubs are empty!). Bonus, guests of the following complexes all have access to the Dakota Lodge pool and hot tubs: The Alders, Arapahoe Lodge, Black Bear Lodge, Buffalo Lodge, River Run Townhomes, Silver Mill and Trapper’s Crossing.

#3 Water House

No. 3 on the list is Water House in Breckenridge. Located just off of Main Street this swim-in/swim-out pool features wide views and sits on Maggie Pond. It has swimming lanes and a spacious patio with plenty of seating. There are also six outdoor hot tubs spread around the complex for guests to enjoy. This is truly an oasis for guests all summer long.

#4 Settler’s Creek

Settlers Creek Pool

And at the 4th spot is Settler’s Creek in East Keystone. The clubhouse, also known as Minnie’s Cabin, puts all their amenities in a centralized location. The beautiful heated pool features a spacious deck with lots of seating, and there are two hot tubs. Next to the pool is the cabin featuring a pool table, a wet bar for entertaining, a large flat screen TV and shower and restroom facilities. The shared grill area is right outside with extra seating. With everything you need within a few feet of each other, it’s no wonder this one made our list.

#5 Buffalo Ridge

A photo of the indoor pool at Buffalo Ridge in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Coming in at No. 5 is Buffalo Ridge in Silverthorne. This sprawling complex has a wide variety of amenities including three indoor pools. There are several hot tubs in each building plus game rooms and lounge areas. There’s also a racquetball court, tennis court and frisbee golf. Throw in nearby hiking and biking trails and the beaver ponds, you might need to extend your stay just to take advantage.

Honorable Mention: East Lake Pool

East Lake Pool has a clubhouse that houses the indoor pool and hot tub with a wall of windows. There’s also a sauna and a large deck on the water with a grill and plenty of seating. Nearby is a picnic area and playground. But there’s more! Located in Lakeside Village, you have access to all the lake activities plus the shops and restaurants nearby. With this much fun to be had you’ll have a hard time making it back to your vacation rental! The following complexes allow access to East Lake: Decatur, Lakeshore, Willows.

Cirque Series 2019: Arapahoe Basin

Photo credit: Cirque Series website

Cirque Series takes place across the United States and Saturday, August 10th it is right here in Summit County at Arapahoe Basin. The premier mountain running series garners runners of all types, casual and professional, and takes them on a unique journey up and down a mountain.

Competitors can enter into one of three categories: Sport, Expert and Pro, with the latter being for professional runners. There’s prize money for top finishers and sponsored award packs for unique categories like “middle of the pack”.

From their website,

The Cirque Series is redefining what mountain running is all about. Starting from the base of a world-famous ski resort, you’ll rally up windswept ridges and glacial cirques to towering peaks, power down a quad-burning descent, and break the tape into a festival of live music, food, drink, and vendor tents. The elevation is serious but the mileage is management, and the race is as hardcore as you want it to be–beat the pros down to earn legend status and cash prizes, or enjoy the views and let the challenge be its own reward.

For more information about how register, visit their website.

Arapahoe Basin doesn’t offer lodging on-site but Keystone is just five miles away. We offer a variety of vacation rentals in Keystone, from cozy studios to spacious condos, townhomes and stand-alone mountain homes. So, whether you’re racing or coming to support a runner, don’t forget to book your stay. And, to show our encouragement for the competitors, we’re offering a 10% discount on the nightly rates from August 9 through August 11. Just enter promo code CIRQUE19 when booking on our website.



Promo code is valid through August 11.

Any nights of stay before August 9 or after August 11 are not included.

Discount taken from rates that are subject to change.

Applies to new reservations or reservations made on the same day this promotion was sent out.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

*Some properties not applicable. Fees and taxes are not discounted.

Celebrate 4th of July in Summit County


Come to Summit County and celebrate Independence Day while taking in some of the nation’s most beautiful sites. Surely when “purple mountain majesties” was written in 1913 it was referencing our very own majestic Rockies. Between the views and the weather, Summit County is the place to be in July.

And speaking of where you should be, we’ve got all the details on where to see firework displays and local celebrations. We even figured out the best complexes and vacation rentals for those that want to be close to all the festivities. But, you’ve got to book early if you want to to be sure to get your spot…


LOCATION: Keystone

DATE: Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th

  • Celebrate our nation’s independence with four days of family fun! Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, an outdoor BBQ, live music and activities on Keystone Lake.
  • for up to date details visit the Keystone Resort website


DATE: Thursday, July 4th

  • If you are looking for an Independence Day celebration in a quintessential small mountain town, then Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of July will fit the bill. Frisco knows how to throw a party filled with activities for the whole family on Frisco’s charming Main Street and at the beautiful Frisco Bay Marina.
  • for up to date details visit the Town of Frisco website

LOCATION: Breckenridge

DATE: Thursday, July 4th

  • The Breckenridge 4th of July party kicks off with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, and a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra are not to be missed! Check out Breckenridge Creative Arts’ “Street Arts: Spangled,” which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art.
  • for up to date details visit the Go Breck website

Fourth of July Lodging

Want to get a great vacation rental near all the festivities? Or maybe you want to be close but also a little more secluded? We have lodging recommendations below, but also be sure to check out our interactive map so you can see where complexes and vacation rentals are located in relation to Keystone Lake, Lake Dillon and Breckenridge.

You can’t beat this location for the 4th of July! Step outside and you’re standing next to Keystone Lake. As of this post, nightly rates start at $98. These rentals get booked really fast, so you can also consider booking in what is considered North Keystone where you can walk to this area in just a few minutes via the pedestrian walkways that run under Highway 6.

Many of our vacation rentals offer village views so you can take in the parade from the comfort of your own private balcony! Or you can walk downstairs and grab a spot along the parade route. As of this post, nightly rates start at $80.

This area is set off away from the main festivities in Keystone but is just a short walk or bike ride from Keystone Lake. As of this post, nightly rates start at $77.

Grab a rental right on Main Street where you can be right in the middle of all the festivities. Or book a rental in Blue River, just south of Breckenridge. You can drive into Breckenridge or use public transportation.

Golf in Summit County

Golf enthusiasts have several options when choosing where to hit the links in Summit County. Tee off while enjoying stunning mountainscapes, tall lodgepole pines or stunning lake views. And with elevations over 8,000 feet everyone enjoys standing back and watching their drives go further. Below are the top five courses in Summit County.


There are two golf courses in Keystone, The River Course and the Keystone Ranch Course.

The River Course is in West Keystone just off of Highway 6 and is open for breakfast, lunch and golf après, and there’s a bar. Serving a wide variety of fare including burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as offering indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant is sure to appeal to many travelers. The first nine holes wind around Snake River, while the last nine holes journey through a beautiful lodgepole pine forest. The 71-par course also features water hazards, various bunkers, and jaw-dropping elevation changes, with each hole having five tees to suit golfers of different abilities.

Opening day is currently scheduled on May 17, 2019. Check their website for updated information and to book a tee time.

The Keystone Ranch Course is further south and features an authentic steakhouse set in a 1930s homestead. Serving separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant serves high quality cuisine in an atmosphere of rustic elegance. If you’re looking for a traditional Scottish course, Keystone Ranch Course is steeped in traditional features. The 72-par course is surrounded by breathtaking peaks and meanders its way around a lake and through a mountain valley. It also features plenty of bunkers and some slight elevation changes.

Opening day is currently scheduled on May 24, 2019. Check their website for updated information and to book a tee time.


The Raven Golf Club is often hailed as one of the best in the country. It’s just off of I-70 and is designed to offer a number of challenges but is instantly playable for a range of golfers. Along the course you’ll find trout lakes, picturesque creeks, aspen and pine forests, impeccable greens, and rolling fairways. All of this is framed by the 13,000 foot snow-capped peaks in the background.

Opening day is currently scheduled on May 10, 2019. Check their website for updated information and to book a tee time.

Copper Mountain

The Copper Creek Golf Course is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike. The course has 18 holes with 70 par. Not only will you tee off with the 10 Mile Range as your backdrop, but you’ll also experience the highest teeing off box in North America. At a whopping 9,863 feet, you might worry that you’ll lose your nerve, but don’t, because at a higher altitude your ball will travel further than usual!

Opening day is currently scheduled on June 7, 2019. Check their website for updated information and to book a tee time.


The Breckenridge Golf Course features three championship nine-hole golf courses and is the only place in the world where golfers can enjoy a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed course. The original nine is the Bear, which was opened in 1985, closely followed by the Beaver in 1987. The 27-hole course was then completed in 2001 when the Elk opened, a course which offers the most elevation change of all the courses. At 9,300+ elevation, the course boasts 360-degree views of the Colorado Rockies, as well as dense woodlands, wetlands, and grassland.

Opening day is in late May. Check their website to see when the exact date is posted and to book a tee time.

Wherever you choose to golf, we have a vacation rental perfect for your stay. And with market driven pricing, we offer the best rates around. Plan your trip, then book your stay!


Keystone Summer Festival Lineup

Keystone has a festival for everyone this summer: bacon lovers, wine connoisseurs, and art aficionados. Choose your festival, book your stay, and then plan your weekend, or week-long, getaway! Not to mention there’s an array of summer activities to keep you busy in Keystone as well. Try out biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or even flying along a zipline. We hope to see you in Keystone soon!

Bacon & Bourbon Festival

June 22-23, 2019

Wine & Jazz Festival

July 13-14, 2019

River Run Art Festival

July 27-28, 2019

Bluegrass & Beer Festival

August 3-4, 2019

Mountain Town Music Festival

August 17, 2019

Keystone Oktoberfest

August 31-Labor Day Weekend 2019

Parking & Transportation in Summit County

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Summit County is a fantastic vacation destination year-round, but like most vacation spots getting around while you’re here can be tricky to figure out.

Your options for transportation vary depending on the season, and should be a part of your vacation planning. And, don’t forget, Summit Express offers our guests discounts on their shuttle services. Just refer to the email you receive after booking or contact us for more information.


Ski season offers the widest variety of transportation options. Both shuttle transports and in-resort shuttles are running frequently and on a regular schedule. Conversely, due to demand, your parking options will be limited and parking restrictions are strictly enforced.

We find that for most guests, taking advantage of an airport shuttle and using in-resort public transportation is a great choice. You’ll avoid driving in hazardous conditions and you don’t have to worry about parking at all. If your vacation rental is centrally located in one of the area resorts, then this option is even better as you can easily walk to shops, restaurants and the lifts. If your vacation rental is set off away from the center of the resort, then the in-resort shuttle can get you anywhere in the resort in just a few minutes. And in Keystone, you can even take advantage of their free on-call service. Call 970-496-4200 at least 30 minutes before you’d like to leave and the bus will pick you up and drop you off at your desired Keystone destination.

For those staying in Keystone that need to pick up keycards before heading to their vacation rental, we can even offer a step-by-step guide of how this might work:

  1. Schedule your Summit Express airport shuttle to drop off at our office.
  2. Pick up your keycards via our No-Hassle, 24/7 check-in.
  3. Head next door to Mountain View Sports to get your ski gear (our guests get a discount!).
  4. Head over to the Keystone shuttle stop located at the corner of the plaza parking lot.
  5. Hop on the shuttle and get off at your vacation rental!

All that said, you may have or want a car during your stay. Some guests have a car because they’re driving in from their homes, while others might want to visit more than one ski area, check out tourist attractions across the county or just want the freedom of driving somewhere immediately rather than waiting on a shuttle. If you’re driving your own car, you should take into consideration the cost of fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle. If you’re renting, then you should consider the cost of a rental car and the time needed to pick up and return the rental. In both cases, you need to determine how prepared you are to drive in difficult weather conditions.

Aside from that, the most important consideration is parking. Most vacation rentals are managed by HOAs that govern the parking for the entire complex, and most of these HOAs allow one parking space. If you have one vehicle, then you’re all set! If your party has more than one vehicle you’ll need to figure out parking for those additional vehicles. You can park additional vehicles at an overflow lot that allows overnight parking. To access these additional vehicles during your stay, you’ll need to use the in-resort shuttle or come up with a car-pooling system (e.g., drive to the overflow lot to drop off the driver of the additional vehicle, and then both of you drive back to the vacation rental to pick up others in your party). Keystone offers free overnight parking at the Keystone Lodge lot (in North Keystone off of Highway 6 across from Lakeside Village) and Breckenridge offers overnight parking for a small fee at the Satellite lot (north of the center of Breckenridge just as you enter into town). Both lots are first-come, first served.

Unfortunately, we don’t manage any parking in Summit County. We do our best to communicate all parking options as well as restrictions to help guests avoid fines and tows. If you need help figuring out parking for an upcoming stay, feel free to contact us!


If you’re traveling to Summit County during the spring or fall, taking advantage of those off season lodging rates, you’ll have to take into consideration that shuttle transportation to and from the airport will be limited and at times unavailable. Summit Express has a schedule on their website detailing when they offer shared shuttles and when they offer only private charters. Additionally, in-resort shuttles also have a limited schedule, combine routes or don’t run during low seasons and summer. On the flip side, parking is more plentiful, more lots are free and some restrictions are lifted.

Another consideration to make during the spring and fall is that some businesses will close down as well. For example, most of the shops and restaurants in Keystone Resort are owned by the resort. This means they close down during “mud” season (spring and fall). The benefit of this is that the resort is really quiet and guests get a chance to live like a local, taking a ten-minute drive into the nearby towns for restaurants and other activities. But this also means, you’ll need a vehicle.

During the summer, the resort picks back up as do your transportation options. And the overflow lots don’t have as many restrictions as during the winter, but the spaces aren’t as plentiful as during the “mud” season. Please note that parking managed by HOAs have the same restrictions year-round.

However you come to Summit County, our goal is to help you have a great stay. This post is an effort to do just that. We believe informed guests are happy guests, so we try to share our knowledge of Summit County as much as we can. You can read more about resort parking for Keystone here, and Breckenridge here. If you have any questions about parking and transportation, please let us know!

Military Appreciation

We appreciate all that our military does—their hard work, service and sacrifice does not go unnoticed. We would like to extend our gratitude to all veterans and their families. Thank you.

And to further show our appreciation we are now offering a discount to any state or federal military personnel of the United States. You can save 5% on the nightly rate when you book a stay with us. Just send us an email with a photo of your valid government identification. That’s it! Our staff will then help you find a vacation rental for your dates of stay, or, if you’ve searched for rentals on our website, you can tell us which rental you would like to book. We hope to see you in Summit County soon!


Save 5% on any nights of stay on a new reservation.

Exclusions may apply, including, but not limited to, the following:

BLACKOUT DATES: Christmas/New Year, MLK Weekend, President’s Day Weekend, Spring Break (all of March).

Discount taken from rates that are subject to change.

Applies to new reservations only.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

Some properties not applicable. Fees and taxes are not discounted.

Easter in Summit County

Easter is on Sunday, April 21st and several areas in Summit County will be hosting various activities to celebrate.



(not announced yet)

Arapahoe Basin

Sunday, April 21st

Just five miles away from Keystone, Arapahoe Basin will be hosting activities on Sunday, April 21st. There will be 5,000 eggs on the mountain, and those on foot can start their egg hunt on Molly Hogan and those on skis will head to Wrangler (a beginner trail). Golden eggs with a special prize will be hiding at both locations! Click here for more information.


Sunday, April 21st

Main Street in Frisco is a fan favorite year-round, but for Easter the Historic Park and Museum is hosting an egg hunt with 5,000 eggs! The hunt begins at noon and children 8 years old and younger are invited to hunt for candy-stuffed eggs throughout Frisco Historic Park and the Town Hall areas. The Easter Bunny will visit with children before and after the egg hunt on Main Street. Click here for more information.


Sunday, April 21st

The following information is from 2018; when Breckenridge Resort updates their 2019 calendar we will update here as well.) Start with the 6 a.m. sunrise service at the Tenmile Station via the QuikSilver SuperChair at the base of Peak 9. Then from 9:30-11 you can meet the Easter Bunny at the base of Peak 8. Children ages 10 and under are welcome. Finally, come and enjoy some skiing and an on-mountain Easter scavenger hunt. There will be 5 big eggs scattered across the mountain from Peak 6 to Peak 9. Take your picture with each egg and the beautiful view, then come down to the base of Peak 8, show your photos and collect your prizes with the Easter Event Team. The first 10 participants to complete the challenge of finding all 5 eggs and showing their photos at the Breck tent will receive special grand prizes. Lifts for this event open at 8:30 a.m. and prize redemption is from 11-2 p.m. This event is for children ages 7-14. Click here for more information.

Copper Mountain

Sunday, April 21st

Boasting “The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt” with over 65,000 eggs spread across 2,500 acres. There’s an egg hunt for kids of all ages, including “kids at heart”. Click here for more details. Did you know: Copper buys their eggs from Phil and Ruth Ayers and family. The Ayers family hires veterans and people with disabilities to fill their eggs, which are made in the USA.


Sunday, April 21st

The Spring Skiing Giant Easter Egg Hunt begins at 8:30 a.m. Gather at the Basin area for the first chair and keep a lookout for giant Easter eggs as you ski down the slopes, browse the Sports Shop or wander the base area. Giant eggs mean giant prizes like skis, snowboards, and more! There is a limit of one giant egg per person, but each egg is filled with lots of goodies. For the kids, there will be plenty of small eggs around the base area and off Lift 2. Click here for more information.

Area Masses & Church Services for Easter

Please check websites for the most up to date information about Easter services and events.

Catholic Parish in Summit County: Keystone Conference Center, Sunday: 9 a.m.

Our Lady of Peace: Silverthorne, Sunday: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 (Spanish)

St. Mary: Breckenridge, Sunday: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m.

Copper Mountain Chapel: Copper Mountain, Sunday: 5:15 p.m.

St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church: (between Keystone and Dillon), 10 a.m.

Dillon Community Church: Dillon, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church: Dillon, Sunday: 9 a.m. (Easter egg hunt at 10:15)

Christ Lutheran Church: Frisco, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.

Agape Outpost Church: Breckenridge, Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Father Dyer Methodist Church: Breckenridge, Sunday: 9 a.m.

St. John the Baptist Episcopal: Breckenridge, Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Book your stay and then plan your Easter fun!


Our Wedding Discount

Destination weddings make for fantastic memories and stunning photos. Weddings in Summit County are no exception. Whether it’s Keystone, Breckenridge or somewhere in between, all four seasons offer their own unique backdrop, and the beautiful mountains and landscape are present year-round.

If you’re considering Summit County for your nuptials, you may have found that some property management companies offer wedding packages. These packages range from full, all-inclusive wedding services to simply a hall for the wedding day with lodging for the wedding party. What’s not missing from these wedding packages is a high markup on the cost of these specialized services. Even if there’s a discount on the front-end, there are usually fees on the back-end. And when you do the math on the total cost you find out you paid a premium for bundling.

What We Offer

On your special day we’re happy to assist by offering a 10% discount on the nightly rate for lodging for you and your wedding guests. No, we won’t be handling the entire wedding, nor can we offer a hall for the exchange of vows. But we also won’t be charging any extra fees for taking care of these things. Instead you simply get a discount on lodging!

How it Works

  • Contact us by phone or email to let us know the date of your wedding and the full names of the bride and groom.
  • We’ll create a promotional code specific to your wedding and then email you a flyer with all the details.
  • Simply send the flyer to your guests before they make their reservations.
  • You and your guests can reserve your stay online at our website and enter the promo code during booking.
  • Celebrate!

Now you can rest easy knowing you and your guests have your lodging squared away for your beautiful Keystone wedding. And that may be reason enough to start some of your celebrations a little early.

We look forward to hosting you on your special day, or maybe we’ll be hosting a friend or family member. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested.

Looking for a photographer? We highly recommend Omer Davidian whom we’ve worked with for over three years.

Closing Day Dates for 2019

The following dates are projections and thus are subject to change. Check with each resort to the most up-to-date information.

Keystone Resort

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Sunday, June 2, 2019 (known to be very flexible with its dates)


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Copper Mountain Resort

Sunday, April 21, 2019


Sunday, May 27, 2019


Sunday, April 21, 2019

For a complete list visit On The Snow.