Silverton is one of the more secluded mountain towns that you can visit, isolated deep in the San Juans. Downtown is full of shops, boutiques, restaurants and places to stay.
It can be a semi ghost town during the winter weekdays, but then gets more lively when Silverton Mountain opens on the weekends. Summer is busier with so many awesome things to do around town.
The town was legally established in 1874, and was made to be a mining town where people could rest after a hard day’s work. Originally, this tiny town in the San Juan Mountains only had one hundred people. Nowadays, the number is in the low thousands.
This was not an easy town to live in at the turn of the century, and a lot of the historical records available in town prove that point. Southwest Colorado is notorious for snowy winters and mining life was prone to mishap. Things did get much easier by the 20th century.
Durango and Silverton N.G. Railroad – Departs daily from Durango, then makes a 2+ hour stop in Silverton, before returning to Durango.
Silverton Mountain – Where the serious thrill-seekers go for skiing and snowboarding. It’s the steepest ski area Colorado and also gets some of the most snow.
Kendall Mountain Recreation Area – Year round recreation, with skiing, ice skating and cross country skiing in the winter.
Nowadays, Silverton is known for its natural beauty and friendly locals. If you want a taste of the great outdoors, Silverton has it in all directions. There are forests, hot springs, lakes and rivers nearby. Exciting 4×4 trails are common, with many leading to ghost towns to explore. Jeep rentals are available in the area, as well as ATVs.
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- Grand Imperial Hotel – historic
Things to do near Silverton
Cross Country Skiing:
- Animas Forks (12mi)
- One Hundred Gold Mine (6mi)
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