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Colorado Castles of Ice – The Dillon Ice Castles

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?

Dillon Ice Castles

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?

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What lies ahead through this icy archway?
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Entering the Ice Castle – Is that an Empty Throne to the left?

 

 

 

 

 

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Fire & Ice!
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All the colors of the rainbow
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A curtain of ice
Ice sentinels atop the wall
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Is that an Angel?… Or a Demon?
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Inside a Cavern
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A Granddaughter sitting in a crevice… Watch out! What is that behind you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The ever-changing colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A sense of foreboding… impending doom?
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Looking up at the Ice Stalactites
Would you dare to crawl through this opening?
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To find this column hidden inside!

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking back at the exit
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Heading out the exit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Views from outside the Castle

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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A canyon of ice

 

 

The Carnival Vista Experience

Cruising the Caribbean with Carnival Vista

Suspended bicycles, rope courses, and a brewery… all on a ship! Meet Carnival Vista. Whether you are an adventurer, movie goer, trivia expert, or just looking to relax, this is the ship for you. We went on our 2018 cruise on Carnival Vista out of Galveston, Texas. The above photo is Carnival Vista and Dream docked in Cozumel. Continue reading “The Carnival Vista Experience”

Brewing Up a Monsoon in Puerto Vallarta MX

The American Craft Brewery boom has expanded south of the border…

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Puerto Vallarta – Home of Monzón Brewing Co.

Earlier this year, we took a two-week vacation in Mexico. Our goal was to check out two areas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, to determine if either was a destination we could see ourselves moving to. Without going into any detail, we both said a definite “No” to Mazatlán. Puerto Vallarta, on the other hand, I thought was a “Maybe”. Debbie was somewhat less enthusiastic about the idea.

But, that is not what this is about. Continue reading “Brewing Up a Monsoon in Puerto Vallarta MX”

Palapas & Chicken Drops in Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye, Belize

As we walked along the narrow strip of sandy beach, we passed simple homes and exclusive resorts. Some of these were beautifully maintained and inviting, others were overrun with brush and foliage, the jungle taking over what had once seen better days. The beach itself was choked with seaweed. Workers were tirelessly trying to keep it cleaned up in most places but, other areas had just been given up. Continue reading “Palapas & Chicken Drops in Ambergris Caye”

Iron Mountain Hot Springs – Glenwood Springs, CO

One usually thinks of a hot springs as a great stop after a day of skiing. We recently took a trip to Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs, CO. Yes, it was summertime, but Debbie’s daughter and granddaughter were visiting from Florida and we wanted to check it out.

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Glenwood Hot Springs

Iron Mountain Hot Springs opened in August of 2015. We came across their booth while at a travel show in Denver this past spring. Having previously visited the famous old pool at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort many times, we were excited about a new hot springs opening. Continue reading “Iron Mountain Hot Springs – Glenwood Springs, CO”

Paris, France – 3 Days in the City of Lights

Upon return from our recent Mediterranean cruise, we flew from Rome to spend some time in Paris, the City of Lights, so named because it was one of the first cities to have electricity. Continue reading “Paris, France – 3 Days in the City of Lights”