Weekend Vacation in Dillon, Colorado

The town of Dillon, Colorado sits at 9,156 above sea level, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains. A weekend vacation in Dillon Colorado is an ideal way to explore the town and surrounding Summit County.<br />
History of Dillon<br />
Dating back to the late 1800’s, Dillon was the site of trading posts and stagecoach stops, serving both the mining community and the ranchers that lived and worked in the nearby valleys. Originally situated near the convergence of the Blue River, Ten Mile Creek and the Snake River, the town was relocated to its present location on the shores of Dillon Reservoir, as a result of construction of the Dillon Dam in 1963.<br />
A small town with only 800 full time residents, Dillon attracts thousands of weekend vacationers due to its proximity to Denver and its numerous recreational activities. With 26 miles of shoreline, Dillon Reservoir boasts two marinas, five camping areas situated around the lake and a bike/pedestrian path that can take the visitor for as many miles as they wish to go.<br />
Dillon Farmers Market<br />
Start your weekend by arriving on a summer Friday morning and enjoy strolling through the Farmers Market, sampling food from local restaurants and viewing the wares of the many vendors, including food, wines and jewelry from local and regional artisans. Take a stroll along the pedestrian/bike path. Enjoy stopping at the several pocket parks to view the lake and mountains, and admire some of the sculptures that have been sponsored by various local residents.<br />
Bike rentals are available for the more adventurous weekend vacationer. The bike paths can take the rider to Keystone in one direction, Breckenridge in another and Vail in another.<br />
Dinner in Dillon<br />
Rest up Friday evening by enjoying dinner at one of the local restaurants (try Pug Ryans or the Arapahoe Café). Before dinner, the Tiki Bar is a favorite spot for enjoying a beverage as the sun sets and the sailboats come in.<br />
Hiking in Summit County<br />
Wake up Saturday morning to the sunrise over the eastern edge of the lake. If hiking is your desire, there are several easy hikes for families with children. The Old Dillon Reservoir is an easy trail, climbing 160 feet to the site where the old reservoir sits in a meadow. Sapphire Point Loop is also a short drive and then a walk with a high point of 9,500 feet with commanding views. Lily Pad Lakes is a 1.6mile hike that makes a good picnic spot. Depending on your fitness, there are more moderate or strenuous hikes that can occupy your entire day. A good guide for descriptions of these hikes is the Summit Hiker by Mary Ellen Gilliland. The author also provides information and tips for the hiker at high altitude.<br />
Shopping Summit County <br />
Shopping and browsing the main streets of nearby Breckenridge, Keystone and Frisco is an excellent way to spend the afternoon as well. Throughout the summer months the visitor will find craft fairs, art fairs, music and other local festivities.<br />
Saturday Night Concerts<br />
Saturday evenings bring concerts to the Dillon outdoor amphitheater throughout the summer weekends. This amphitheater is nestled in the hillside by the lake and enjoying a concert is a great time for the whole family. Dancing is optional!<br />
After Sunday breakfast at one of the local eateries, enjoy a final stroll along the recreation path. Stop at the Marina to watch the boats head out onto the lake for an afternoon sail. Charter a cruise on the lake or take the local ‘ferry’ that shuttles passengers between the marinas of Frisco and Dillon.<br />
Dillon Year Round<br />
As you wrap up your summer weekend vacation, remember that Summit County is also home to four world class ski areas-ready to be explored on a winter weekend getaway.<br />
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