Colorado High Country – Just West of The Continental Divide by Lake Dillon

Last week my wife and I were in Colorado. I thought that over the next few weeks I would share some of the captures I acquired while we were there. This week I wanted to share pictures in the Lake Dillon area (officially called Dillon Reservoir, but I have always referred to it as Lake Dillon).

We were actually there to support our daughter by taking care of our granddaughter during the day for mom. Our daughter is in charge of shooting a pilot show with her filming crew for their production company. Most of the filming was in and around an old historic mining town and it entailed long days for them. She and her husband had just gotten back from Europe and didn’t want another week of missing her daughter. We gladly said we’d be more than happy to help out and it gave us the opportunity to show our granddaughter our old stomping grounds. We moved from the Denver area 30 years ago this fall to San Diego, so we welcomed the opportunity to spend some time in an area we love.

I’m going to share captures in the order of our trip with this being the first area followed by a group of captures from the top of Loveland Pass ending with downtown Denver.

Denver sits on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains with the city spreading north and south along the front range. Interstate 70 runs through the city coming from the east (Kansas and beyond). Taking it west, you immediately start climbing in altitude as you enter the extreme western suburbs. In the front range just west of Denver are a series of 14,000 ft peaks running north and south….this range is part of the continental divide for North America. As Interstate 70 winds its way through the foothills, it approaches the continental divide. Just under the continental divide is the Eisenhower Tunnel (approximately 1.5 miles/3km in length), bringing you out to a stunning valley on the western side where Lake Dillon is located. The area near Lake Dillon is also home to two major ski destinations…Keystone and the town of Breckinridge. So without further ado, I share 8 captures from this beautiful valley in the Colorado high country.

The place we stayed is up on a bluff with a spectacular view across the valley near the towns of Silverthorne and Dillon.

Lake Dillon Area 1

Lake Dillon Area 2

Lake Dillon Area 3

Interstate 70 is the line at the bottom of the cut in the rock heading west after leveling out in the valley coming down from the tunnel.

Lake Dillon Area 4

Lake Dillon Area 5

All of these shots were taken from the hotel property where we were staying. We really had a great panoramic view of the valley and all of the surrounding mountain ranges (a true 360 of mountains).

Lake Dillon Area 6

This is the boat dock area on the lake. On a side note the week we were in Colorado (early July) was a week of the infamous afternoon thunderstorms that are normal in the mountains and along the front range in Denver. You can see some of them building in the prior two captures and in the next one.

Lake Dillon Area 7

Lake Dillon Area 8

The lake captures were taken on our way back towards Denver taking the highway up to Loveland Pass over the continental divide instead of taking the tunnel back under it. I’m sharing a shoot I did on top of the pass next week.

I have to say our granddaughter was in awe with all of the snow capped mountains.


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28 thoughts on “Colorado High Country – Just West of The Continental Divide by Lake Dillon

  1. Sue Slaght

    now that sounds like a fantastic holiday. Well perhaps not a complete vacation keeping up with your toddler granddaughter but such fun. I can imagine her awe at the mountains. Beautiful captures Kirt. Colorado is filled with beauty.

  2. Jet Eliot

    Fantastic photos, Kirt, so clear and colorful. Really enjoyed seeing these panoramic sights of the beautiful Rockies…nice for you to be with your granddaughter, too.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thoroughly enjoyed our week in Colorado and so enjoyed our time with our granddaughter, our daughter and her filming crew. Thanks for stopping by Jet….easy pics when Mother Nature gives you this kind of beauty!!

  3. Teagan R. Geneviene

    I’ve never been to Colorado, Kirt. However, I’ve always been in awe of how huge and how beautiful those mountains are. It seems like something beyond reality. Your photos are superb. It looks like a wonderful place where you stayed too. Hugs on the wing.

  4. Felipe Adan Lerma

    Amazing vistas, Kirt! And with such incredible clouds! So glad you got to share this with your granddaughter, it makes it so much more special 😊 Looking fwd to those pics from the pass! 🙂

  5. Diane Henders

    Stunning photos! You’ve made me feel just a bit homesick for the Rockies. I don’t want to move back to Alberta, but I might have to take a drive through the mountains again someday soon! 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      It was so cool for my wife and I…we hadn’t been back in so many years and had lived there for about 15 years. Love the Rockies especially starting in Colorado and going north into Alberta!! Stunning is all I can say!! PS….blew thru book 4 (reading during nap times for granddaughter while we were in Colorado ) into book 5! Love it!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Same time frame for us…we use to ski at Keystone and Breckinridge long before they became the ski Mecca’s they are now…..back then all day ski pass for $9. I think I just really dated myself!!

  6. Author Ryan Callahan

    Beautiful photos Kirt! We had a lot of snow last winter and it stuck around in the high country. We were in California the first 11 days in July. I would have had you guys over for a cookout if we had been home. Glad you guys had fun! God bless!

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