Dillon Ice Castles – Dillon Colorado
Something amazing has grown in Dillon Town Park. Millions of pounds of ice transformed into a magical castle with tunnels and hidden chambers to explore. Spires of ice reaching to the sky. Ice slides zipping through tunnels of ice.
An Ever-Changing Experience
Pulsing, flickering lights are hidden in the ice, constantly changing your perception of what you are seeing with each changing shadow. Was that an angel or a demon? A wolf? A ghost? A solid wall suddenly appears to have an opening to another chamber… or does it?
Visitors wander about, walking through ankle-deep ice crystals, wondering, “Is this a new chamber, or have I been here before?”
How Do They Do It?
This fantastic frozen fairy-tale world is the work of ice artists using thousands of individual hand-placed icicles. Artist grow over 10 thousand icicles per day to build the framework for each castle. Then they drench the icicles with water. Cold winter temperatures and wind create the amazing formations of ice.
There are six locations across North America. 20-30 artisans work an average of two months to create these one-acre castles. Each location is at a natural source of water. As the weather warms and the castles melt, all the water is naturally returned to the environment.
Where Are The Ice Castles?
The six locations are Dillon, Colorado; Edmonton, Alberta Canada; Excelsior, Minnesota; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Lincoln, New Hampshire; Midway, Utah. All locations are open from late December or early January through late February or early March, weather permitting. Being a winter attraction, they rarely close for extreme cold or snow. However, locations may close for unseasonably warm weather as it affects the stability of the formations.
Admission prices and hours vary by site. The Dillon location opened this season the week between Christmas and New Years Day. The hours vary by day and they are closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Check Ice Castles website for more information: https://icecastles.com
Our Recent Visit to Dillon Ice Castles
We previously visited this attraction when it was in Steamboat Springs, Colorado back in 2013. We visited Dillon this year, January 2, 2019. Yes, it was cold… very cold.
Here are some of our photos from the current Dillon Ice Castles. What do you see hiding in the ice?
This is just a small sample of the Icy Wonders you will encounter at the Dillon Ice Castles. Visit the location nearest you… Before warmer weather melts it all away!