Photo Credit: A.J. Mellor; The Ice Castles.

Photo Credit: A.J. Mellor; The Ice Castles.

An off-the-slopes winter favorite in Colorado's ski country, the Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado have quickly become one of the most talked-about attractions in the state. While tourists love the photo op made possible by frozen walls and pillars of ice, the structure becomes a point of controversy each year among locals, with some unhappy amid additional crowds and others worried about long-term damage the installation may cause in their downtown park.

Constructed each year before melting to be built again the following season, it wasn't complaints from town members that resulted in the Ice Castles being pushed out of the town next season – it's a large scale construction project set to take place in the same space.

Dillon Town Council recently signed off on improvements to be made at 'Town Park', the central park of the small town and the annual location of the Ice Castles. According to a report from Summit Daily, the ongoing construction of this project will keep the Ice Castles out of the park and town during the upcoming winter season, though negotiations to bring the attraction back will continue.

Representatives of the Ice Castles attraction proposed an updated long-term agreement with the town in January, though key members of the community remained divided.

It is unclear if Dillon pushing the Ice Castles attraction out for a year could result in the Ice Castles attraction looking elsewhere in Colorado. The Dillon location was one of four Ice Castle locations nationwide last winter season, with ice structures also found in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Utah.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run.


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