Take exit 205 on Interstate 70 to experience two of the Rocky Mountains’ favorite small towns, Dillon and Silverthorne. Located along the shores of Dillon Reservoir, here are eight stops you can’t miss.
1. Dillon Marina
Get out on the water at the Dillon Marina. Rent a pontoon or sailboat to explore the entire reservoir or opt for a human-powered craft with a stand-up paddleboard or kayak rental.
Tip: After a day on the water, nothing beats relaxing at Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar along the water. Enjoy tropical-themed cocktails and food at 9,000 feet, or try one of Pug Ryan’s local brews.
2. Dillon Amphitheater
What’s better than watching a Colorado sunset over the water? Listening to amazing live music while doing so. The Dillon Amphitheater offers amazing views along with an impressive lineup of concerts, some of which are free, all summer long.
Tip: Don’t miss the Dillon Farmers Market on Friday mornings throughout the summer down the street from the amphitheater.
3. Disc Golf Course
Head to the Lake Dillon Disc Golf Course for a day of outdoor fun at Highway 6 and Cemetery Road. The free 18-hole course is fantastic for serious players, or opt for the family-friendly 9-hole option. There’s also an archery range on site.
Tip: After playing a few holes, grab your bike and take the Oro Grande Trail to the Scrappy Trail for a moderate mountain bike ride with phenomenal views.
4. Lakeside Dining
Take in the views while eating Colorado barbeque on a flower-lined patio overlooking the lake at Arapahoe Café & Pub. Or, grab a pizza to-go at Scrappy’s Pizza to enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic tables along the reservoir’s shores.
Tip: If you choose to dine-in at Scrappy’s, make sure to put a record on the record player to complete the pizzeria’s throwback vibe.
5. Local Art
Grab a cup of coffee from Red Buffalo Coffee & Tea and take a self-guided art walk. Start at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Silverthorne to see statues and a mural, then walk along the Blue River Trail behind the theatre to see more murals. Keep an eye out for fishermen reeling in trout from the gold medal waters.
Tip: Check in with the theater’s box office while you’re there for the latest schedule of shows.
6. North Pond Park
The water is a bit calmer at North Pond than on the reservoir, so it’s a family-friendly way to enjoy the water. Bring your own stand-up paddleboard or fishing pole, or just enjoy the beach and the views of the Gore Range.
Tip: Bring your skates if you visit in the winter, there’s free ice-skating when the pond freezes over.
7. Outlets at Silverthorne
Get fresh air as you stroll between the shops at the Outlets at Silverthorne, getting great deals on premium brands like Calvin Klein and Nike.
Tip: Stop by Timberline Craft Kitchen’s patio on a shopping break for brunch to enjoy dishes like a bacon bourbon cinnamon roll or fried deviled eggs, with a focus on local ingredients.
8. Hiking Galore
Silverthorne offers access to miles of trails heading into the Eagle’s Nest and Ptarmigan wildernesses. For stunning views of the Gore Range, hike the 4.1-mile Angler Mountain Trail.
Tip: After working up a sweat, head to Angry James Brewery to enjoy local beer and live music on their patio.
For more information:
Town of Dillon
Town of Silverthorne
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