New to Dillon and Silverthorne? Make the most of your trip with these details on travel, lodging, and more.
Dillon and Silverthorne are located right o Exit 205 on I-70 in Colorado. From Denver> 70 miles west From Grand Junction> 175 miles east
Traffic on I-70 is predictable, so plan your drive around known patterns. In general, peak travel times are Saturday mornings westbound from the Front Range, and Sunday afternoons eastbound to the Front Range. For example, if you’re planning a 5-day Exit 205 vacation from Denver, schedule your trip for a Thursday through a Monday. Visit www.goi170.com for weekly travel forecasts and real-time updates.
Flying into DIA? Head to www.goi170.com for a list of shuttle services that will take you from the plane to the mountains.
Stay a While
Whether you like to sleep in a tent, a hotel, an inn, or a condo, you’ll enjoy a restful stay here. The area’s newest addition is the Hampton Inn & Suites located just a stone’s throw from the Blue River off Highway 6.
Vacation rentals in Dillon and Silverthorne cater to groups of all sizes, whether you’re looking for a small condo with a kitchen or a big house to fit your entire family.
Car camping more your style? The Dillon Ranger District operates five reservable campgrounds right by the Dillon Reservoir.
Park your car at the hotel, and take the Summit Stage bus to get around the area. The Silverthorne- Dillon-Keystone Route runs from Silverthorne Station, through Dillon, to River Run in Keystone. You can connect to additional routes taking you to the Silverthorne Outlets and Rec Center, and the Buffalo Mountain Trailhead. Did we mention it’s free?
Spending time at altitude affects everyone differently. Dillon and Silverthorne are about 9,000 feet above sea level. It takes time to acclimate, so be prepared when you get here with these tips:
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to feel your best at altitude.
Take it easy
You may feel short of breath or slightly dizzy while hiking, skiing, or even walking around town. If you notice this, slow down, take a break, and listen to your body.
The sun is strong up here, so don’t be shy when applying sunscreen.
You can purchase canisters of oxygen in shops—take a hit when you feel winded or light-headed.
Know your limits
If you have severe headaches, nausea, or shortness of breath that can’t be remedied with sleep, hydration, or pain relievers, head down to a lower elevation or seek medical attention.
Exit 205 is the basecamp for Summit County adventures—whether you’re visiting for your annual ski vacation or enjoying summer in the mountains. At altitude, be prepared for weather that can change spectacularly and quickly. Here are a few must-haves we always carry. (Think layers!)
> Insulating, warm layers
> Waterproof rain jacket and a warm jacket
> Bug repellant
> Insulating, warm layers in different weights
> Waterproof outer layers
> Winter hat and gloves
> Warm, waterproof boots
> Sun protection: sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen
> Refillable water bottle to stay hydrated at altitude