Outdoor Winter Fun
Wrapped in a pristine blanket of white, Dillon offers access to a world-class winter playground with all the comfort and charm of a small mountain town. We’re just minutes away from the ski slopes of Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin, and just a short drive away from Vail/Beaver Creek. There’s also plenty of outdoor winter fun right here.
Enjoy skating, sleigh rides, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow kite boarding or ice fishing. Relax with a quiet stroll through downtown Dillon’s winter wonderland, especially in December, amid the sparkle and glow of thousands of holiday lights.
Sitting on the shores of Lake Dillon, the town offers awe-inspiring views of the Gore and Ten Mile Mountain ranges and is only a one hour and fifteen-minute drive to downtown Denver and one and a half hours from the Denver International Airport.
Dillon Parks & Recreation Paths:
The Town of Dillon parks are free and open daily during summer and winter from sunrise until one hour after sunset. Each park has unique amenities for all ages and free parking. Dogs on leashes are welcome, but we ask that you please pick up after your pets. The Town plows Recreation Paths in the winter for year-round outdoor enjoyment and easy access to snow-play areas.
Dillon's Snowshoe & Nordic Trails:
To hike, snowshoe, or nordic ski at the Dillon Nature Preserve, park in the lot located on Highway 6, one mile east of the Tenderfoot Street intersection and directly across from the entrance to the Dillon Cemetery. Walk along the bike path back toward Dillon, 1/3 mile to the intersection of the path with the Denver Water access road. Follow the road approximately 1/2 mile to the trailhead. This area also can be reached by using the recreation path to walk or bike from Dillon or Summit Cove. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited at the Dillon Nature Preserve.
The Town of Dillon acquired the Roberts Tunnel Peninsula Open Space through an annexation with Denver water in 1996, and it was designated as the Dillon Nature Preserve. There are two trail loops, covering over 2 miles, crossing meadows, forests and rock outcrops to access scenic overviews. The Dillon Nature Preserve is open year-round, but please keep in mind during the fall and winter months that hunting and snowmobiling are prohibited.
Old Dillon Reservoir:
To access the trails at the Old Dillon Reservoir, travel east on Dillon Dam Road for approximately 1.4 miles. On the left, just past Heaton Bay Campground there is a sign slightly off the road. Turn in and park in the designated spaces. The .75 mile trail begins at an elevation of 9,066 feet and ends at an elevation of 9,193 feet, with a highest elevation of 9,203 feet. The elevation gain is +127 feet. The trail difficulty is rated EASY. This trail is used for multiple activities, including hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and nordic skiing so please respect other users.
The Old Dillon Reservoir was built in the 1930s to supply water to the original town of Dillon, which is now covered by the Lake Dillon Reservoir. Water is supplied to the old reservoir via a diversion ditch out of Salt Lick Creek, above what is now I-70. The Old Dillon Reservoir is partially surrounded by lodgepole pines and willows, offering protection from the wind and sun. The protected environment allows for calm waters and provides good fishing opportunities in a relatively isolated location.
For more information, trail highlights and a map of the area, please contact the Dillon Ranger District at (970) 468-5100 or visit www.dillonrangerdistrict.com.
Tenderfoot Mountain Trail:
This trail is approximately 2-1/2 miles round trip and travels through sage, aspen, and pine forests. During the summer months, wildflowers such as columbine, lupine, and mountain larkspur are quite visible. To get there: Take the Silverthorne exit from Denver and head east on Highway 6 toward Dillon. At the stop light at the top of the hill, turn left onto Dillon Drive and then an immediate right onto County Road #51. Park in the designated parking area and look for the trail head (approximately 1/4 of a mile from parking). The trail difficulty rating is EASY. This trail is used for multiple activities, including hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and nordic skiing so please respect other users.
Oro Grande Trail:
This trail starts at the Tenderfoot Mountain Trailhead. To get there: Take the Silverthorne exit from Denver and head east on Highway 6 toward Dillon. At the stop light at the top of the hill, turn left onto Dillon Drive and then an immediate right onto County Road #51. Park in the designated parking area and look for the trail head (approximately 1/4 of a mile from parking).
The road meanders through open meadows and stands of aspen as it crosses several hills. Just beyond a fence, at about 2.1 miles, you’ll come to a 4-way junction and an open area. To do the short, 6-mile loop, turn right. At almost 4 miles, near a small public shooting range and power station, you can return as you came, continue into Frey Gulch or loop back by turning right. Travel a short distance past the power plant and take a left on the single-track trail on the left. Cross the road in front of the gatehouse and take the single-track trail that begins next to the chain link fence down to Highway 6. To access Keystone, turn left. To complete the loop, turn right and descend along the highway a short distance. Cross the highway at the Swan Mountain Road stoplight and turn right immediately onto the paved recreation path. Follow the path back to Dillon. Turn right onto Lake Dillon Drive, cross HWY 6 at the stoplight, take a sharp right and travel back up to the trailhead to complete the loop.
The trail difficulty rating is MODERATE. This trail is used for multiple activities, including hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and nordic skiing so please respect other users.
Sapphire Point Overlook sits between Keystone and Breckenridge on Swan Mountain Road, at an elevation of 9,500 feet. The overlook offers a stunning view of Dillon Reservoir, hemmed in by the Gore, and Tenmile mountain ranges.
Sapphire Point is a day-use area that can be reserved for two-hour blocks for private gatherings. It is the only designated site where wedding ceremonies are permitted to take place on the Dillon Ranger District
Dillon Marina in Winter:
Go on an ice fishing adventure with Big Ed's Fishing Ventures for a chance to wrangle a monster Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout. These fish are abundant in the waters here in Summit County. If you are seeking Arctic Char, we are one of two bodies of water in the lower 48 states where these elusive fish can be found. Add this trip to your bucket list and if you are lucky enough to catch Arctic Char, you’ll have bragging rights for life.
Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard.
Indoor Fun in Dillon:
Movie Theatre & Bowling Alley
Looking to change up the pace and head indoors? Dillon is home to Summit County's only bowling center. Lakeside Bowl is located in the heart of Ski Country with 18 lanes, a video arcade, snack bar, lounge with a big screen TV and full-bar. Dillon also offers Skyline Cinema 8, it’s the best theater experience possible with small town customer service along with big city technology and fresh popcorn daily!
Other great recreation opportunities:
Located in the heart of Summit County Dillon provides easy access to many world class adventures:
Ride a chairlift