Dillon Nature Preserve
The Dillon Nature Preserve is located on the Robert’s Tunnel Peninsula. Free parking is located just off US Highway 6 as it passes the lake traveling towards Keystone. The lot is on the west side of Highway 6 across from the historic Dillon Cemetery and west of the Summerwood Subdivision.
The Nature Preserve is open summer and winter for pedestrians, snowshoes and cross-country skiing. It features a large relatively-flat gravel road and two hiking trails: Meadow Trail and Ridge Trail Loop. Small footpaths descend to the Lake for fisherman and lakeshore exploration. Find beautiful mountain vistas, lake views and wildflowers. Dogs are allowed, but bicycles are not. A very family friendly hiking experience. The gravel road is plowed in winter.
Directions To the Nature Preserve Entrance:
From the parking area, head west to meet up with the paved recreational path. Follow the path West to the Nature Preserve Signboard and Map. A gate and bicycle rack are located at the entrance.
Nature Preserve facilities include:
- Access to the lakeshore
- Incredible mountain and lake views
- Photo opportunity sites
- Trails with benches, overlooks and interpretive signs?
- Easy gravel road popular with families and runners
- Footpaths to the lakeshore
- Bluebird Boxes
- Bike Rack at entrance
- Mutt Mitt boxes
- Trails open winter and summer
- Plowed gravel road
Meadow Trail And Ridge Trail Loop
Both trails are peaceful forested escapes and are ideal for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Both trails offer overlooks and benches perfect for a rest and a chance to absorb the views.
Along the trails you will encounter educational signs about the history of the area, the trees, the wildlife and the native plants found throughout the Nature Preserve. The interpretive signs were designed and written by Dillon Valley Elementary School 5th Graders.
From the Nature Preserve Gate, take the dirt road for .5 miles with Lake Dillon and the Gore Range visible to the right; you will be directly across the Lake from the Dillon Marina. At this point, turn left onto a trail that winds up a hill through a meadow. Ascend to the overlook and return the same way.
Ridge Trail Loop
Begin following the Meadow Trail. At the top of the hill you can take a right onto the Ridge Trail Loop. Continue straight west as the trail rises and falls.
At the first trail fork, ascend a short distance to the overlook on your left. Peaks 1 and 2 can be seen to the south over the Snake River Arm of Lake Dillon. Mount Guyot is to the southeast.
Return from the overlook to the Ridge Loop Trail. Continue west and look for two more overlooks on the left side of the trail. Hike out of the wooded area and meet the gravel road that leads back to the Summit County Recreation Path and your car.
The trails at the Dillon Nature Preserve are considered easy hiking trails, however they do ascend and descend and have root and rock obstacles. For smooth walking, enjoy the gravel road.