Are you planning to spend a day at the Dillon Ice Castles in Colorado this winter? You’re in for quite the adventure!
The Ice Castles might have you thinking you’re in a fairytale, as you wander through the magnificent 25-million pound castle featuring ice tunnels, frozen sculptures, slot canyons, frosty thrones, and glassy slides. This winter destination offers a fun and unique experience for the entire family.
Situated in the heart of Summit County, be sure to look toward the horizon for views of snow-capped peaks resting against the beautiful, blue mountain sky.
As the sun goes down, this massive fairytale playground will begin to glow with LED-changing lights. Thrill your Instagram followers with breathtaking shots of the castles lighting up in a rainbow of color. It’s a spectacular sight to see and certainly worth adding to your winter bucket list.
Creating the Ice Castles consists of growing 5,000 to 12,000 icicles daily, all harvested by hand and sculpted into existing ice formations.
Start your adventure in Colorado ski country
Before heading to the Ice Castles, hit the slopes and take in the awe-inspiring scenery of Colorado. The ski slopes are just a short distance away from the castles. Your options include Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and Loveland Ski Area. Make sure you book your trip to the Ice Castles prior to hopping in the lift line. Making a reservation can help you skip a long wait in an entrance queue.
Fuel For The Snow
If you’re looking for something quick and delicious, Chimayo Mexican Grill hits the spot. The menu features options like grilled shrimp tacos, queso-topped nachos, pork green chili, grilled cheese quesadillas, fajitas fries, and build-your-own tacos and burritos. Nick-N-Willy’s Pizza is another great option for pizza lovers or spice it up with gluten-free curries at Cafe ProFusion.
Gear Up For Your Next Adventure
Spend the rest of your day doing some shopping. Shop gear for your next adventure with a variety of stores nearby including REI, Wilderness Sports, Sun & Ski Sports, and Everything Colorado. The Outlets at Silverthorne are also close by for an even wider variety of shops to explore.
Before You Go
Dress warm for exploring the castles – waterproof boots, a pair of thick socks, thermal clothing, snow pants, a scarf, gloves, and a hat are all strongly recommended. Not only are the castles entirely outside in the frigid winter cold, but you’ll also be trekking through snow. Keep in mind that cold weather can kill cell phone batteries very quickly. If you’re planning on taking a lot of photos, you may want to bring a portable charger with you. It’s also important to mention that re-entry is not allowed. Once you leave the castles, you cannot re-enter. Here are a few other things to know before visiting.
The Ice Castles are located in the town of Dillon roughly 30 minutes from downtown Breckenridge. If you’re planning a day trip from Denver, the drive takes about an hour and a half. Of course, this all depends on traffic and weather. To make the most of your experience, plan to arrive by late afternoon. If you arrive early in the morning, you’re likely to miss out on the evening light show. This is an extremely popular event, so be sure to grab your tickets in advance. Parking is also limited. For more details or to purchase tickets, click here.