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Dillon

Dillon could be called the black sheep of Summit County ” but only in the best possible way.

When all of the other towns bustle with winter activity, Dillon quiets down, housing snow enthusiasts who want to be central to all of the ski areas and winter activities but not smack dab in the middle of tourism tension.

Restaurants offer ambience ” try the Arapahoe Cafe for a hearty breakfast before hitting the slopes or Ristorante Al Lago for a scrumptious northern Italian dinner. From Pug Ryan’s Prime Rib and Seafood House to Wild Bill’s Pizza Saloon, the small town of Dillon offers ample variety.



For some cultural flair, the Lake Dillon Theatre offers dramas, comedies and musical revues throughout the winter, as well as a Young People’s Theatre Workshop and a show or two in the summer.

As Dillon Reservoir melts, the town begins to warm up with free concerts, farmers markets, and, of course, plenty of boating opportunities.



The Lake Dillon Amphitheatre is the place to be on a summer Saturday night; thousands of people go to the lakeside amphitheater to dance and take in the free shows, which span from country and rock to funk and blues. The main requirement for the bands: They have to be FUN. The amphitheatre also hosts free, weekly nature nights.

The marina ” and the Tiki Bar ” bustles with activity for sailors, boaters and paddlers. If you don’t have your own water vessel, the marina rents them.

Speaking of water, the town has a rich history.

It incorporated on Jan. 26, 1883, at the site of a trading post and stage stop, but has moved three times since then.

The first time, it moved closer to the railroad. The second time, it moved between three rivers ” the Blue, the Tenmile and the Snake. But the third move was the most dramatic.

In 1956, the Denver Water Board told homeowners they must sell their property and leave town by 1961 because the board planned to flood the town to build a reservoir.

The (hopefully) final location of Dillon is on the shore of Dillon Reservoir. Residents and visitors love their town primarily for its lake and mountain views.

Just across Highway 6, Dillon Ridge Marketplace offers a grocery store, restaurants and a few national chain stores.


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