The Town of Silverthorne is relatively young. It was incorporated in 1967 after the completion of the Dillon Dam, however, its roots go back to the mining era. Around 1959, Clayton Hill built a small number of houses and streets in a meadow near where the Silverthorne Pavilion now stands. His initial plan was that these houses would be the living quarters for the Dillon Dam workers. As construction progressed and hundreds of people came to the area it became apparent that there was a need for municipal water and sewer services. In 1967 when Clayton Hill needed a name for the new town he decided to name it after Judge Marshall Silverthorne, the original owner of a placer mining claim that encompassed much of the area.
Silverthorne today is a hub for all of Summit County’s many activities. With gorgeous views of Buffalo and Red Mountain, easy access to all five Resorts (including Loveland Ski Area), and numerous water sport opportunities between the Blue River, Lake Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir, Silverthorne is the perfect Summit County location to call home. If interested in Silverthorne be sure to check out the new developments popping up quickly. You can find more information on new construction here.
Wildernest is an unincorporated part of Summit County just north of I70 located at the base of Buffalo Mountain. Just five to ten minutes from the Town of Silverthorne, Wildernest is a local’s favorite.