Dillon is popular town in both the summer and winter for those exploring the Summit County area. It’s most known for the giant Lake Dillon, which sits between Dillon and Frisco.
During winter, people staying in Dillon have access to 5 ski areas within a thirty minute drive: Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Loveland. The surrounding area offer countless winter activities.
In the summer, people flock to the Dillon Reservoir area. The Dillon Marina rents boats, canoes and more things to take you out on the lake. On the opposite side of the lake, the Frisco Marina rents out boats as well.
The original town of Dillon started as a trading post in the mid-nineteenth century when gold was discovered in the area. By the mid-twentieth century ski resorts had become popular and mining faded out. Skiing became the main economy in the area.
Lake Dillon was a naturally-formed lake, until in 1961 when the city of Denver constructed a dam so they could have a water reserve. They flooded the original town of Dillon, forcing residents to move. Underneath the west side of Lake Dillon, the original town is still visible from under the water.
Lake Dillon – This large reservoir is popular in the warmer seasons for fishing and boating.
- Numerous campgrounds exist around Lake Dillon.
- Rent a boat or fish from the shore at Lake Dillon.
- Blue River runs from out of the lake north to Green Mountain Reservoir. It’s open to fly fishing and artificial lures on most of this stretch of US 9.
- Breckenridge Fun Park (16mi)
- Montezuma (12mi)
- Summit Historical Museum
- Arapahoe Basin (11mi)
- Beaver Creek (43mi)
- Breckenridge (16mi)
- Copper Mountain (12mi)
- Keystone (5mi)
- Loveland (12mi)
- Vail (32mi)