If you're looking for a fabulous outdoor winter experience, try visiting the Dillon Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado!

The Ice Castles, located at 120 Buffalo Street in Dillon, are only open until February 2, so you'll need to get it onto your social calendar ASAP! This is the second time for the Ice Castles at Dillon, and the event does not disappoint. It's great for children of all ages. 

Be sure to check out the two ice slides, and don't worry, you won't be the only "adult" child in line. Just explain about your inner child wanting to get out -- people will definitely understand!


Tickets are available online for a scheduled time or standby. It's an easy process: just buy your tickets online and then show them on your phone at the gate. The time that you reserve is your entry time window (and you'll need to arrive within that timeframe), but you can stay in the ice castles as long as you would like. You are able to change your entry time on the website if needed. See the hours below (note that this venue is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). 

Hours of Operation

Monday: 4–9 p.m. | Tues.: CLOSED | Wed.: CLOSED | Thursday: 4–9 p.m. | Friday: 4–10:30 p.m. | Saturday: 12–10:30 p.m. | Sunday: 12–8 p.m.

A few thoughts on your time of visit: Weekdays are less crowded and less expensive, and it's easier to park than on weekends. If you visit during daylight hours, you'll get the sun glowing through the ice and some unique photo opportunities. It's also a bit warmer. In the evenings, you'll enjoy some very unique lighting and effects, as well as live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m.


Provided by Insphyre Performance, the Ice Castles' high-energy fire show will amaze you with its versatility and uniqueness, as performers utilize many different manipulation props including fire-breathing, spinning, hula, and more. Shows run periodically throughout the set times.

Know Before You Go

  • Make sure to wear snow boots! 
  • For kids, bringing a sled to pull is better (and easier!) than pushing a stroller. 
  • Buy tickets before you get there! 
  • Please leave professional photography equipment (such as tripods and lights) at home. 

Going to have lunch before visiting the Ice Castles? If so, I'd highly recommend you stop by the Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe in Frisco. They serve up some fabulous sandwiches, burgers, and all-day breakfast items. Be prepared for large-sized portions at a very fair price!

Have you been to the Dillon Ice Castles? What are your tips for newbies? Share in the comments below!