The Dillon Ice Castles are one of my favorite photoshoot locations in all of Colorado. It is unlike any photo backdrop I have ever seen. I am just so obsessed with gorgeous colors and unique structure. Here is some information on visiting the Dillon Ice Castles and some tips for having a photoshoot, proposal or engagement session there.
The Ice Castles typically open around December 19. They are open to the public until end of February or March depending on the weather.
The Ice Castles are open from 4-9 pm on weekdays or 12-10 pm on weekends
Dillon, Colorado is off of i70 and about 90 minutes from Denver. (Sometimes it can take further if there’s traffic on i70.) The easiest parking option is a big lot right in front of the Ice Castles on Buffalo street. If that lot fills up there is another close by in the Town Hall Parking lot. Here is a map provided by the Town of Dillon of available parking and the location.
There are two separate prices for entry. On the weekdays (Monday-Thursday) tickets are $17.99 for adults and $12.99 for children. On weekends (Friday-Sunday) tickets are $22.99 for adults and $17.99 for kids. If you’re wanting to have a photoshoot I highly recommend choosing a weekday for your session, both for cheaper ticket cost and for less crowds.
There is currently no extra permit or fee for having photos done. But photographers must check-in with the manager at arrival, additional equipment (such as tripods, flashes, etc.) are not allowed, and every person must pay for an entry ticket. You cannot block or permit other visitors and there is no guarantee that people won’t be in your photos. At this time, after hour sessions are not an option.
Hey there! Thank you so much for reading this post about the Dillon Ice Castles. I hope you found it helpful! I’m a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Denver and I love to take gorgeous, fun and creative photos in unique locations all over Colorado. This session at the Dillon Ice Castles was definitely one of my favorites. If you’d like to book a similar session, I’d love to chat with you! You can send me a message or fill out my contact form below. I can’t wait to hear from you!
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