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The Mystical Ice Castles of Colorado

By: Spencer McKee

If you're headed to Summit County this winter, you might want to check out the Dillon Ice Castles. Featuring walls, caverns, and slides built of ice, a visit here is a truly unforgettable experience. Some of the photos in this gallery were taken by the talented Jerilee Bennett of the Colorado Springs Gazette. Bennett also assisted in caption writing.

Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
The massive 40-foot-tall castle featuring icy walls, caverns, and slides is unlike any other. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
Each castle is about one acre in size and takes nearly two months to construct. Photo Credit: arinahabich (iStock).
Each castle is about one acre in size, which takes nearly two months to construct. Photo Credit: arinahabich (iStock).
The colorful display dazzles all who visit. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
A colorful display of icicles dangles over visitors creating a dazzling experience for all who visit the iconic Ice Castles of Colorado. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
Enjoy the peaceful sounds of the twirling waters as they flow into a fountain made entirely out of ice nested in the heart of this iconic destination. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
Each castle weighs more than 25 million pounds. It’s truly amazing, consisting of LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
Visit the Ice Castles for family fun and excitement. Take a thrilling ride down the icy slide for that picture-perfect moment. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
The whimsical castle glows with beauty, offering a colorful backdrop into the mountain sky. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
Standing between the breathtaking walls of ice will leave you in awe. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, Bryan Rowland
Stunning colors are revealed as the Ice Castles glow into the evening. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
It’s a special place for you and your adventure pals. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J Mellor.
The Ice Castles offer a fun spot to snap a selfie as you cascade down frosty sheets of ice. Photo Credit: Ice Castles, A.J. Mellor
Stalactite icicles hang from the ceiling of an ice cave at the Dillon Ice Castles.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
After a late opening date because of warm temperatures, Dillon Ice Castles has been drawing thousands opening December 28. Ice Castles is a Utah-based entertainment company that specializes in large-scale events handcrafted from ice. If you’re planning a visit to Summit County, a stop at the Ice Castles is a must-add to your visit.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Multi-colored lights can be found around the Ice Castle installation, adding an extra layer of color to the spectacular display. The cost of a ticket varies depending on when your visit is, but generally ranges from $20 to $25 for an adult.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Two visitors pose for a selfie in front of a wall of ice.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Pictures are welcomed at the Dillon Ice Castles, but be prepared to shoot your shots in low lighting if you’re planning a late day visit.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
A couple poses for a picture in front of one of the colorful areas at the Dillon Ice Castles.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Sleds are recommended over anything with wheels during a visit to the Ice Castles, as snow and ice on the ground bogs the wheels down. If you’re a parent bringing children, leave the stroller in the trunk.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
A fountain is one of the most popular features for visitors to the Dillon Ice Castles. Tate Shellenberger gets a lift from his dad, Ryan Shellenberger, to look into the lit fountain.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Before the crowds descend on the Dillon Ice Castles, Kyle Shaw grooms the ice to make it more safe on Friday, January 5, 2018.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Ice Castles Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Some attribute the success of the Dillon Ice Castles to Disney’s recent movie “Frozen,” which tells the tale of a princess from a frozen land searching for her sister during an eternal winter.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Alejandro Almarez and Crystal Green share a kiss while feeling romantic during a visit to Dillon Ice Castles.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
A tiny visitor captures a picture of a small cave at the Dillon Ice Castles. Due to its breathtaking appearance, this destination has become a popular spot for photographers of all ages and skill levels.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Icicles form at the Dillon Ice Castles. It’s estimated that more than 10,000 form each day.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
An ice castle employee works to shape the ice before visitors flood during a busy night.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Alex Seger entertains with her lit hula hoops near twilight at the Dillon Ice Castles.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
A fountain is one of the most popular features for visitors to the Dillon Ice Castles.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Abigail Galley takes a ride on a slide at Dillon Ice Castles. The slide is said to be roughly 50-feet long. The Ice Castles also include many crawling tunnels designed just for the kids.
Photo Credit: Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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