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History

A picture of Dillon from the early 1960's, just after dam had opened.

Situated on the northeastern shore of Lake Dillon Reservoir lays Dillon, Colorado. A small, mountain community with a big heart. Incorporated January 26, 1883 at the site of a trading post and stage stop, Dillon was originally located beneath the deep blue waters of the lake. The town has moved three times since: once to be closer to the railroad and a second time to be closer to the three rivers: the Blue, the Ten Mile and the Snake.

In 1956 Dillon made its third and final move to where it continues to thrive today - on the shores of the Lake Dillon Reservoir. With a year-round residential population of 2,700, Dillon’s beautiful location in the heart of Summit County provides a scenic backdrop for an abundance of both winter and summer activities.


Dillon Colorado Today

Sailboats wait patiently in the piers at the Dillon Marina.

Dillon is just off I-70 on the west side of the tunnels. Its proximity to Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain ski areas, makes Dillon an ideal lodging choice for visitors looking to spice up their winter vacations in Colorado’s High Country. The fact that you are less than 20 minutes from world-class skiing, and the multitude of options for renting condominiums and hotel rooms, Dillon is an ideal location for exploring all that Summit County has to offer.


Summertime in Dillon

Alpine meadows accessible from the hiking trails in Dillon.

Summertime is also a highly coveted time to be in Dillon as the average summer temperature hovers at a balmy 72 degrees during the day and a brisk 38 degrees during the evening. Rent a boat from the world’s highest deep-water marina, take in a meal at the lakeside Tiki Bar, visit the weekly Dillon Farmers Market, go camping along the shores, or take a scenic walk or bike ride along the more than 25 miles of paved recreation path that circles the lake. No matter what you choose, be sure to make the most out of Colorado’s infamous sunny “blue-bird” days.


Shopping

Quaint shops and boutiques in the Dillon Town Center.

Dillon is more than just an outdoor recreational paradise. The Dillon Town Center is home to many Summit County businesses. Dining and entertainment opportunities, an 18-lane bowling alley, a playground, ball fields and a lakeside park are all within walking distance to Lake Dillon. The Dillon Ridge Marketplace, located on Highway 6, offers a little slice of the big city with its modern amenities, including a mix of local and national businesses offering groceries, an eight-screen movie theater, restaurants, a sporting goods store and a bookstore.


Activities

Mountain biking trails along the Lake Dillon Reservoir offer breathtaking views.

Dillon offers lots of culture too. The open-air Lake Dillon Amphitheatre offers free weekly Friday Night Concerts and Saturday night "Sunset at the Summit Concert Series" during the summer months with one of the best views around - the lake in the foreground and the mountain range in the background. Other annual events include the Lake Dillon Brew Festival, Dillon Arts Festival, the world’s highest sailing event on one of the most challenging lakes, the Dillon Open Regatta. Flower-filled patio restaurants let you enjoy the outdoors while taking in the sunshine and views. A bowling alley and a couple great brew pubs round out the fun. The town of Dillon offers something for the entire family.

Fast Facts

• Established in 1883

• Elevation: 9,111 feet above sea level

• Population: 802

• Size: 2.3 square miles

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