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About Dillon, Colorado

The town of Dillon, Colorado, is quite small, with around 1,060 people calling it home, and that’s a significant increase from 2010. It’s a part of the Breckenridge Micropolitan area, which places it close to a wide range of local amenities and the beautiful outdoors. 

Dillon is about 70 miles west of Denver, which puts it close to area ski resorts. The city was once a stage stop and later a trading post along the Snake River. The development of the town took time, but the building of the Dillon Reservoir nearby helped to make the area what it is today. The freshwater reservoir provides water for the city of Denver and the surrounding communities and holds 257,304 acre-feet of water.

The area of Dillon comes to life in the winter months. Because the region is close to seven ski resorts that are quite popular, including the Keystone Ski Resort, the largest tourism destination in the region, much of the area is dependent on tourism. The reservoir is also used during the winter months for both ice fishing and snowmobiling. Dillon sees around 127 inches of snow each year, but that does not stop the region from enjoying lots of fun.

During the warmer months, the reservoir serves as an important location for activities including fishing, sailing, and water sports, with the Dillon Marina providing direct access. With rainbow trout being a favorite here and kept stocked by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, it is the ideal place for those who want to get away for a fishing trip. There are plenty of rental services in the area to help make that possible.

From the hiking trails to the historic charm of this community, Dillon offers something for all visitors. The cities of Frisco and Silverthorne are also nearby, all of which surround the reservoir and provide direct access to the region’s amenities.

Things To Do in Dillon

Dillon’s main attraction is the deep-water marina. It’s located right on the waterfront and provides boat rentals, sup and kayak rentals, and more. It also offers a sailing school for those who may want to spend more time here. Boat tours are also available. There’s even a restaurant here to sit and enjoy good food right on the waterfront.

Dillon is home to numerous parks, too. Most are available through dusk each night. The Marina Park & Pavilion offers a playground for kids. Another must visit is the Dillon Nature Preserve, which offers a natural habitat for the area’s wildlife. In addition to this, the city maintains the Lake Dillon Disc Golf Course, which provides plenty of opportunities for a bit of fun. With 200 miles of hiking trails, the park system here is outstanding.

A visit to the city’s Farmer’s Market may also be in order. It’s held on Fridays from June through September at the Amphitheater. While there, be sure to check out what’s happening at the Dillon Amphitheater, too. 

Dillon's Best Places to Eat

The food scene in Dillon is outstanding, with numerous options to enjoy. Pug Ryan’s Steak House Brewery is one of them. This brewpub offers a mix of fresh fish and steaks to some of the area’s best beer, wine, and cocktails. It’s a great place to warm up during the winter months, and the beer garden is a fun summer hangout.

A visit to Dillon Dam Brewery may be worth it for those who are looking for handcrafted beer and bar food. This is a kid-friendly location, with fresh, locally grown foods and a wide range of beer on the menu.

Café ProFusion is a great look family owned location that offers a wide range of Pan-Asian cuisine. It’s also possible to get a glass of wine with your meal. The food is fresh Asian fusion inspired dishes, and it’s affordable as well. 

For Mexican, visit Tacos Tequila Bar & Grill. The wide range of classic Mexican cuisine, along with a vibrant space, makes this location a good, hearty location to visit.

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