Dillon, Colorado


Launch Point for Dillon Reservoir

This page is the Dillon, Colorado – Mountain Habitat Community Profile. Frisco has a marina, but the primary launch point for most boats is the Dillon Marina. Numerous sailboats attend the high alpine regatta, but many more choose to wander the waters of Lake Dillon on their own. You can also choose to Stand Up Paddleboard, or kayak along the shoreline. The bike path travels through the Town of Dillon, and is part of a loop around the lake.

Dillon, Colorado - Mountain Habitat Community Profile

Dillon, Colorado – Mountain Habitat Community Profile

The Silverthorne and Dillon town centers are close together and yet remain close partners in the visitor experience. Dillon has a much smaller downtown core, and is home to a bowling alley, a brewery and even the famous, Tiki Bar at the Dillon Marina. The Dillon Amphitheatre hosts live music on the summer weekends and is absolutely spectacular in its setting.

A select group of homes in neighborhoods are on the other side of the lake. I don’t want to confuse you with those right now, so please contact us to learn more about how these property parcels are divided.

What Life is Like in Dillon

We make the trek over to the summertime farmer’s market and spending time wandering the various booths before deciding on a treat to taste and try out. Grab something and then wander the bike path or shoreline and soak in the panoramic views across the lake. The Ten Mile and Gore Ranges provide the backdrop, while the lights of Keystone can be seen across the lake at night.

Be sure to visit mountaineering and mountain shop, Wilderness Sports for the best in gear and clothing. They offer some of the best second hand items in their used section found in the upper level of their building. Afterwards, head over to the Dillon Dam Brewery for a beer and some food.

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Stats and Data

The Town of Dillon is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The population was 904 at the 2010 census.

The original town of Dillon was built as a stage stop and trading post on the northeast side of the Snake River. The town was named for Tom Dillon, a prospector, and was incorporated in 1883. By 1892 the town had been relocated twice, both times in order to be closer to railroad lines that were extended into the area. All three of these historic townsites were situated very close to the Blue River Valley confluence where the Snake River and Tenmile Creek flowed in, and this area is now referred to collectively as “Old Dillon”.

During the Great Depression, Denver Water began acquiring land around Dillon. In 1956, residents and business owners in Dillon were notified that they would need to sell their property and move out, because Denver Water was about to begin construction on a dam just downstream from the town, and the resulting reservoir (which would help supply water to Front Range communities) was going to flood Dillon and the surrounding valley. About a mile to the north, some land on a hillside was set aside for the current townsite, which is now situated on the shoreline of Dillon Reservoir.

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