The Blue River is open for business.

SILVERTHORNE — The Blue River is open for business.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday afternoon that the Blue River had returned to safe conditions would be reopening for recreational activities immediately.

On June 1, the Sheriff’s Office and the town of Silverthorne were notified by Denver Water that flow levels were rapidly increasing to 1,000 cubic feet per second, presenting safety concerns for river recreationists.

Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons and Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor decided to temporarily close the river from the base of the Dillon Dam to the Sixth Street Bridge, where the water was high enough to injure someone floating past that point.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office and town got the thumbs up from Denver Water that flow levels on the river had significantly decreased and were once again safe for recreation. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Blue River below Dillon Dam was flowing at 301 cfs.

While the river has opened back up, officials are reminding anyone heading out on the water to use caution. Members of the public are encouraged to review the Summit County Swift Water Safety and Flood Preparedness Guide available on the county’s website. The guide contains information on the history of high water events in the county, along with instructions for building sandbag levees, household checklists, flood insurance information, safety tips for recreating and more.

“In light of the reopening of the river, I want to remind the recreating public to always remain vigilant of changing river conditions and always wear a personal floatation device when recreating in or around any river or body of water,” FitzSimons said.

The Dillon Nature Preserve | What to do around Dillon, CO?

The Dillon Nature Preserve | Uptown240 | What to do in Dillon, CO?

The Dillon Nature Preserve is open summer and winter for pedestrians, snowshoes and cross-country skiing. It features a large relatively-flat gravel road and two hiking trails: Meadow Trail and Ridge Trail Loop. Small footpaths descend to the Lake for fisherman and lakeshore exploration. Find beautiful mountain vistas, lake views, and wildflowers. Dogs are allowed, but bicycles are not. A very family-friendly hiking experience. The gravel road is plowed in winter.

Directions To the Nature Preserve Entrance:

From the parking area, head west to meet up with the paved recreational path. Follow the path West to the Nature Preserve Signboard and Map. A gate and bicycle rack are located at the entrance.

Nature Preserve facilities include:

  • Access to the lakeshore
  • Incredible mountain and lake views
  • Photo opportunity sites
  • Trails with benches, overlooks and interpretive signs?
  • Easy gravel road popular with families and runners
  • Footpaths to the lakeshore
  • Fishing
  • Wildflowers
  • Woods
  • Bluebird Boxes
  • Bike Rack at entrance
  • Mutt Mitt boxes
  • Trails open winter and summer
  • Plowed gravel road

Meadow Trail And Ridge Trail Loop

Both trails are peaceful forested escapes and are ideal for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Both trails offer overlooks and benches perfect for a rest and a chance to absorb the views.

Along the trails you will encounter educational signs about the history of the area, the trees, the wildlife and the native plants found throughout the Nature Preserve. The interpretive signs were designed and written by Dillon Valley Elementary School 5th Graders.

Meadow Trail

From the Nature Preserve Gate, take the dirt road for .5 miles with Lake Dillon and the Gore Range visible to the right; you will be directly across the Lake from the Dillon Marina. At this point, turn left onto a trail that winds up a hill through a meadow. Ascend to the overlook and return the same way.

Ridge Trail Loop

Begin following the Meadow Trail. At the top of the hill you can take a right onto the Ridge Trail Loop. Continue straight west as the trail rises and falls.

At the first trail fork, ascend a short distance to the overlook on your left. Peaks 1 and 2 can be seen to the south over the Snake River Arm of Lake Dillon. Mount Guyot is to the southeast.

Return from the overlook to the Ridge Loop Trail. Continue west and look for two more overlooks on the left side of the trail. Hike out of the wooded area and meet the gravel road that leads back to the Summit County Recreation Path and your car.

The trails at the Dillon Nature Preserve are considered easy hiking trails, however they do ascend and descend and have root and rock obstacles. For smooth walking, enjoy the gravel road.

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