Situated amidst stunning alpine scenery and world-renowned ski resorts, Silverthorne offers endless outdoor adventure, along with a thriving arts and shopping scene.
From its modest beginnings as a camp for workers building the Dillon Dam to its modern role as the year-round heart of Summit County, this quintessential mountain town has evolved into a bustling gateway to ski country. Located conveniently right off I-70, Silverthorne also provides less expensive — though just as breathtaking — alternatives to ski-in, ski-out accommodations. Lodging, from condos to cabins, can be more affordable and is still just a short drive to nearby ski areas.
Whether you’re seeking a family-friendly weekend or an adventure-filled excursion, Silverthorne is the perfect basecamp for all your high country exploring. A dazzling place to spend the day outdoors, you’ll see statuesque mountains topping out above 14,000 feet and bold rivers with renowned rapids and fishing holes, along with hundreds of miles of wilderness.
Once the snow melts, Silverthorne’s Blue River becomes a big draw for anglers. The Blue River — designated as a Gold Medal trout stream by the Colorado Wildlife Commission — sports four different types of fat and feisty trout. Fly-fishing is the preferred method, but lure fishing is also effective along the banks.
If you love to golf, the Raven Golf Course at Three Peaks caters to all skill levels and features a lovely layout amid pine and aspen forests, sparkling lakes and snow-marbled 13,000-foot peaks. There are also several scenic trails in the area for hiking and biking — including the Blue River Trail, which connects the northern and southern portions of town and unites with the Summit County Recreational Pathway System offering routes to Dillon, Keystone and Frisco.
If fishing, skiing, golfing or hiking don’t suit your fancy, then perhaps Silverthorne’s prime shopping will excite you. Today, one the town's biggest draws is the Outlets at Silverthorne, featuring a multiplex of more than 70 name-brand stores and deep discounts. While you're there, stop into the Colorado Welcome Center for trip ideas and planning resources. Then top off your day with an award-winning craft brew, delectable ethnic food or bistro fare, and experience a true taste of Silverthorne.
Whether you’re hiking or biking along the Blue River’s Gold Medal waters, seeing a show at Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, or attending a signature First Friday event, you’re experiencing Silverthorne at its best.