Tucked next to sparkling Dillon Reservoir (or Lake Dillon) and situated less than 70 miles from Denver and just a quick drive to some of Colorado’s most popular ski areas and resorts, Dillon is truly at the center of it all.
And with plenty of affordable lodging options and an impressive roster of things to do, the town is the perfect home base for any Colorado adventure.
Water activities at Lake Dillon
Cradled by snow-frosted peaks and lush forests, the mountain lake’s sapphire-blue waters support a paradise for sailing, paddling and basking in the sun on the 26-mile shoreline. Full-service Dillon Marina, North America’s highest deep-water marina, offers kayak, boat and SUP rentals along with sailing tours and a lauded sailing school for those interested in learning how to captain their own vessel.
A variety of affordable lodging choices in the heart of ski country
Dillon’s proximity to some of Colorado’s well-known Summit County ski resorts — including Keystone Resort (6 miles away), Copper Mountain (12 miles away), Breckenridge (16 miles away) and Arapahoe Basin (11 miles away) — makes the town an easy headquarters for all of your favorite outdoor pursuits. Accommodations in Dillon include a mix of comfortable hotels and motels and accommodating vacation rentals. And in the summer months, the area has five scenic campgrounds to choose from.
Some of Colorado’s freshest produce
On Fridays from early June to mid-September, vendors selling Colorado produce, cheeses, treats and more line Buffalo and Main streets in downtown Dillon for the Dillon Farmers Market. Pick up Palisade peaches from Forte Fruits, sample Winter Park Honey’s sweet harvest and stock up on handmade bath products from Conifer-based Taspen’s Organics. Other Colorado companies you can expect to see at Dillon Farmers Market include Happy Leaf Kombucha in Denver, Trout Creek Farm in Buena Vista and Eat a Peach Farm in Palisade.
Incredible mountain views
Nestled against the Continental Divide, Dillon’s primo alpine location affords scene-stealing views. Gaze up at the 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks of the Ten Mile and Gore mountain ranges at Marina Park, which offers access to the lakeshore and a favorite 18-mile trail around Lake Dillon for biking and strolling. Or appreciate the surrounding sky-scraping peaks while you play 18 holes at the Lake Dillon Disc Golf Course. In the summertime, be sure to stop at Dillon Nature Preserve for gorgeous sights of wildflower meadows.
Live entertainment on the lake
Locals in the area know there’s no better way to end a summer’s day than a lakeside concert at Dillon Amphitheatre, which hosts free live music on Friday and Saturday nights from mid-June through early September. The amphitheater also hosts family-friendly dance nights featuring a free dance lesson followed by open dancing (a $5 donation is suggested; proceeds benefit a local nonprofit). Check the events calendar >>
Gateway to the best of Colorado’s great outdoors
Dillon and the surrounding White River National Forest provide endless recreational options. Traipse through sage, aspen and pine forests (look for columbines and other wildflowers in the summer) on the Tenderfoot Mountain Trail, one of many hiking and mountain biking routes in the area. Or plan a picnic in one of Dillon’s many parks, all of which boast magnificent mountain panoramas. In the wintertime, Lake Dillon offers amazing ice fishing and snow-covered hiking trails supply grounds for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow kiting.
Lake Dillon Brewfest, Dillon Festival of Lights and other one-of-a-kind events
No matter the season, there’s always something happening in Dillon. Fun events to add to your itinerary include the Dillon Open Regatta in August, when more than 100 kaleidoscopic sailboats race in Lake Dillon’s pristine waters; the Lake Dillon Arts Festival in July, a showcase of local and national artists; and the Festival of Lights, featuring bonfires, visits with Santa, snow play in Dillon Town Park, caroling and more.
Athletes from near and far will gather in town for the 106° West Triathlon in September — the highest of its kind in the world — for a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Dillon, a 56-mile cycle and 13.1 mile run. View the events calendar >>
Craft brews, wood-fired pizza, pub grub and more
You won’t have trouble satisfying your cravings at Dillon restaurants. For an ultra-flavorful experience, try Café ProFusion, where curries, stews, ribs and vegan dishes are prepared the day before with special spice blends to allow time for the flavors to meld together.
Meanwhile, Tacos Tequila at La Riva Del Lago Shoppes serves up marvelous street tacos and is a great place to fuel up before a night of bowling at adjacent Lakeside Bowl. A trip to Cameez Frozen Yogurts is also a delicious way to end any evening. And if you love craft beer, stop for a cold one at Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse and Brewery or Dillon Dam Brewery. Find more places to eat in Dillon >>