Dillon, Colorado

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010

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This tiny town in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is located just down Interstate 70 from many popular ski resorts. With so much natural beauty, most Dillon attractions have to do with the great outdoors. If you can think of an outdoor activity, chances are you can do it in or around Dillon.

Sailboats and wildflowers at Lake Dillon. (Colorado Tourism Office)

Stay in one of the affordable options for Dillon lodging and you’ll be within easy driving distance from Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge. It is also just 75 miles from Denver International Airport (DIA).

At an altitude of 9,156 feet in Summit County, Colorado, Dillon is a member of an elite group of high altitude towns in America. While it doesn’t have the archetypal main street that most mountain towns have, it makes up for it with its good design and environmentally sound practices.

Stop by the Dillon Mall for shopping and dining while you’re staying in one of the comfortable Dillon lodging options, such as condos, vacation homes and hotels.

Summer is a good time to visit Dillon as well, because of its beautiful reservoir and various town events. The reservoir (Lake Dillon) boasts 26 miles of shoreline and gorgeous mountain views. Boat, sail, walk, hike or picnic around the area. 

This town has less than a thousand people, but offers great water sports opportunities. Races take place throughout the season and sailing lessons are available. Two marinas are available for rig rentals, and there are several boat-launch ramps scattered along the shoreline. Head to the Dillon Marina for sailing lessons or to book a chartered cruise.

Dillon has some great Colorado fishing spots, as Lake Dillon is stocked with salmon, cutthroat and brook trout. Insiders tip: the best time of year to go is right as the ice thaws. Also, the Blue River is a great place to head if you’re looking to do some fly-fishing. It empties into the reservoir on its way down from Breckenridge.

The Raven Golf Resort and Keystone Ranch Golf Course are close to Dillon, so bring your golf clubs with you, and remember-golf balls fly farther at this altitude!

Other outdoor activities are also possible in the area, like biking, snowmobiling and rock climbing.

Colorado is famous for its microbrews, and Dillon has one of its own. Dillon Dam Brewery offers free tours, great food, and a fun atmosphere for the whole family. Get a juicy burger for lunch, watch a band play in their bar or sip a hand-crafted ale, lager or root beer in their summer beer garden.

Hot air balloon rides are a popular way to see the Rocky Mountains from a bird’s-eye view. Colorado Rocky Ballooning is just one of the many companies that can take you up and bring you down safely in the Summit County area.

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