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Dillon Bike Guide: Keystone Bike Park (video)

Mountain bikers descend a wild wooden-bridge feature at Keystone Bike Park in 2017.
Aaron Dodds / Vail Resorts

Editor’s note: The Keystone Bike Park is not open for the 2020 summer season.

The Keystone Bike Park offers 34 trails of progression-focused, lift-served, downhill mountain biking terrain for riders of multiple skill levels. From mellow bridges and berms to rock gardens and rock drops, beginner and expert riders can experience the thrill of downhill. 

The resort’s skills park is a great area to practice mountain biking skills before heading up the lift to ride the trails. This free area includes two jump lines and one flow line with accessibility for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Another area includes rollers, rocks and wooden features made of repurposed materials to help riders get a feel of what they’re likely to encounter on the mountain.

The resort’s drop zone is an expert-only terrain park consisting of a series of ridgeline drops transformed into free falls, located off the expert trail Paid-in-Full — the favorite trail at Keystone for Krystal 93 news director Phil Lindeman.

Once riders are ready to take on the mountain there are a number of green trails for beginners to start out on once they feel comfortable. Girl Scout is a winding singletrack trail that ventures through lodgepole forest and across open ski trails offering great views of Dillon Reservoir. Suz’s Cruise, which has been recently redone, offers rolling, twisting singletrack that is short, sweet and smooth. Let-it-Ride is a fun roller coaster ride across ski trails and through the woods and is the longest of Keystone’s green trails.

Trail Fast Facts

Total trails: 34

Total vertical drop: 2,300 feet

Distance: 0.25-6 miles

Trail: Singletrack, dirt, downhill only

Green line rating: Moderate

Green line time: 10-45 minutes per trail

Black line time: 10-20 minutes per trail

Black line rating: Expert

Season: June to September

Parking: River Run lot. Then take the Summit Express or River Run Gondola to the top of Dercum Mountain. The Keystone gondola typically runs weekends, Friday through Sunday, during the summer.

Cost: Pricing for the Keystone Bike Park varies throughout the season. Riders are encouraged to purchase their bike haul passes in advance online at KeystoneResort.com for the guaranteed lowest price.

For intermediate riders looking to spice things up a bit, Eye of the Tiger is a great rolling trail that winds in and out of the forest and offers berms, rocks and more than 50 feet of bridges. Mosquito Coast is a Keystone classic with a fast and enjoyable ride over machine-built berms and some natural technical features, unique in the options it gives its riders. That includes a ride-around option next to the more difficult freeride features, where riders can push their limits without having to fully commit to every feature. Then there’s the River Run trail, which was resurfaced last summer to improve the twisty singletrack that winds across ski runs and offers an exciting bridge feature.

A mountain biker rides the Keystone Bike Park in 2018.
Courtesy Vail Resorts

The resort’s most daring descent is Cowboy Up, a short-but-sweet flow trail that offers tight, technical turns, log drops and a huge rock garden. The aforementioned Paid-in-Full is a machine-built, high-speed flow trail with big berms, table tops and a wooden wall ride. And then rider-favorite TNT challenges you with an aggressive descent that’s built on overgrown mining and logging roads and includes alternate freeride features if you want to get creative. Remember to peep to the right to spot Ida Belle’s mine while riding this trail.

If you’re really looking for a thrill, experts love the Even Flow trail thanks to its steepness, switchbacks and one of the resort’s longest bridges. Jam Rock is chock-full of features and rocks with five larger jump options and a rocky forest with progressive line choices. Finally, Sanitarium is a sweet spot for rolling, fast, rocky downhill through the forest with a bridge leading to an exciting 14-foot corkscrew feature that shepherds thrill seekers into a steep winding single-track. 

Courtesy Trailforks via Summit County Mountain Bike Alliance

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