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Locals' Favorites: Lake Dillon Activities


Ever wonder how Lake Dillon got its name? The Town of Dillon was established in 1881 where the lake currently sits. The town has since been relocated twice, in 1963 a dam was constructed and Lake Dillon was created to supply the City of Denver’s water. Not only does Lake Dillon supply most of the water for Denver, it also spans across three Summit County towns offering endless fun activities on the water. Here are my 4 favorite activities on Lake Dillon:

1. Stand Up Paddleboard, Kayak or Canoe

Bring your own vessel or rent one from the Frisco or Dillon Marina. There are several entry points which you can “put in” on the Lake and paddle around to explore the many islands while enjoying 360 views in the sunshine. Local tip: bring a cooler and have a picnic on one of the shores or islands that you have to paddle to!

  • Rent a boat

    1. Both Frisco and Dillon marinas offer boat rentals of different types: fishing boats, pontoon boats or sail boats. Depending on what your in the mood for, a boat rental is a great way to cover lots of distance on the lake and enjoy it with friends.

  1. Enjoy Waterfront Happy Hour 

    1. Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with a beachy beverage from either the Tiki Bar at the Dillon Marina or the Island Grill at the Frisco Marina. Both have beautiful water and mountain views and delicious island cocktails!

  2. Go Fishing

    1. You can bring your own gear and access the lake from any of the shore locations around the lake. Or you can book a fishing boat charter with Alpine Fishing Adventures if you prefer a guided adventure.


I highly recommend getting on or close to the water of Lake Dillon while you’re in Summit County. It is an incredible experience to be surrounded by majestic mountain views while floating on beautiful serene water. With so many ways to enjoy the Lake, there is certainly something for everyone. If you check it out, make sure to let me know how it was and share your photos!


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    Locals' Favorites: Summer Hikes

    There is a popular saying among locals in Summit County, "We came for the winters, but stayed for the summers." This sentiment is shared almost unanimously by year round Summit County residents and it does not take long to understand why. Summer in the mountains offers a variety of outdoor activities and perfect weather to enjoy them. One of the easiest, most accessible activities is hiking. Whether going for an easy stroll with the family or a multiple hour adventure to the summit, there are hikes of all shapes and sizes all over Summit County. Here we'll share a few of our favorite hikes. Choose your adventure level, grab your sunscreen and start walking. Have any questions, need more recommendations or a hiking buddy? Please reach out, we'd be happy to help or join you!

    Wellington Trail

    Trail Name: Wellington Trail

    Location: Breckenridge

    Difficulty: Easy

    Length: 2.7 miles

    Elevation Gain: 236 feet

    Description: Easy to access out and back trail that longs along a river in Breckenridge. You'll alternate between single and double track, pass by old mining sites and enjoy shaded walking through the forest. 


    Trail Name: Bald Mountain

    Location: Breckenridge

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Length: 10.3 miles

    Elevation Gain: 3,123 feet

    Description: This trail is easily accessible at the end of Baldy Road. It is a nice option because you are able to drive more than half of it (with a truck or SUV) and then hike the remaining to the top. It is an easy hike up a dirt road with beautiful views of Breckenridge and littered with wildflowers.

    Trail Name: Peaks Trail

    Location: Frisco to Breckenridge

    Difficulty: Hard

    Length: 15.3 miles

    Elevation Gain: 1,735 feet

    Description: This challenging hike winds through the woods between Frisco and Breckenridge. With a variety of terrain from bridge crossings, to stepping stones, there is no shortage of excitement on this trail. It is an out and back trail, but another nice option is to leave a car at one end and hike it in one direction.


    Happy Trails to you!



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      Celebrate 4th of July in Summit County

      As the world begins to normalize, we are all looking forward to celebrating the birth of our great nation this 4th of July. There are plenty of events to choose from across all of Summit County! Take a look at the various schedules for each town below and join us for a long over due celebration in the mountains! Make sure to let us know your plans so we can meet up for a "cheers"!

      4th of July Parade in Breckenridge


      July 4th

      • 7:00am - 11:00am – Independence Day 10k

      • 9:30am – Firecracker 50

      • 10:00am - 11:30am – Independence Day Parade

      • 11:00am - 4:00pm – Chalk Art on Washington Street

      • 11:00am - 6:00pm – Live Music @ AirStage

      • 6:00pm - 8:00pm – NRO Concert



      July 4th

      • Early Morning – Chalk artists on Main Street

      • 10:00am – Frisco 4th of July “Bikes and Barks” Parade on Main Street from Historic Park to 5th Avenue

      • 11:00am – 5:00pm – Free balloon art

      • 11:00am – 5:00pm – Free caricature art

      • 11:30am – 12:00pm – Gora Gora Marching Band

      • 12:45pm – 1:15pm – Gora Gora Marching Band

      • 1:30pm – 5:00pm – Aerial acrobats

      • 2:00pm – 2:30pm – Gora Gora Marching Band



      • July 4  National Repertory Orchestra Patriotic Salute  Rainbow Park

      • July 5-6 – Art on the Blue Art Festival – Silverthorne Performing Arts Center



      • July 4  4:00pm – Independence Day with your Colorado Symphony  Dillon Amphitheater


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        Colorado Craft Helps Developer Realize 30-Year Dream in Fort Lupton

        After nearly 3 years under contract, Colorado Craft Brokers helped Arbor Capital Group close on 150 acres of land in Fort Lupton, CO. The fully entitled project, named Cottonwood Greens, will bring nearly 350 single family homes and 150 townhomes to the town that is quickly growing as home buyers are priced out of the Denver market. The development is helping Fort Lupton realize a 30-year dream to bring more homes into the community that are priced for first time home buyers. LGI Homes is building the first few phases. Read more in the Fort Lupton Press here




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