Visitors and locals alike come to Dillon for its proximity to outdoor adventure. Outdoor escapes are the main things to do in Dillon, Co, and they begin with a trifecta of on-the-water activities: standup paddleboarding, boating (pontoon, lake kayaks, sailing) and of course fishing. With 3,200 acres of surface area and 26 miles of shoreline, Lake Dillon is a haven for fishing in summer or winter. Rainbow trout, brook trout, browns and Kokanee and Coho salmon are among the native and stocked species. On land, hikers can choose between two mountain ranges and many hundreds of trails with varying levels of difficulty nearby. Road cycling is a very popular thing to do in Dillon, CO, especially around the lake’s perimeter. Paved trails cross the stretch of fortification that gives its name to Dillon Dam Road and also traverse parts of Keystone and Frisco with a truly gorgeous lakeside view. From Dillon, the most ambitious road cyclists head up and over Loveland Pass, a leg-and-lung burning 31-mile round trip with an elevation gain of 3,000 feet. Those who reach the Continental Divide using only pedal power are rewarded with an unforgettable view, a chill in the air and a cocktail and hearty meal post-descent.
Things to Do in Dillon, CO, with Family
For families with young children, there are plenty of things to do in Dillon, CO, that are inexpensive or even free, and with many of them, there's no outdoor gear or daredevil spirit required. The Dillon Farmer’s Market is delightful for kids, or, wandering lakeside, you’re likely to find small patches of beach where you can dip your toes in the freezing runoff and build a sandcastle. An all-ages bowling alley means you can request bumpers to help your little ones roll just a bit straighter.