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Things to do in Silverton

Silverton is one of Colorado's most spectacular off the beaten path destinations for outdoor enthusiasts and historical buffs alike. The town is a National Historic Landmark, located between Durango and Ouray along the Million Dollar Highway along the route of the San Jaun Skyway. A visit to this historical western town is like stepping back into time offering budget-friendly options, a great adventure for the whole family. Home to the Animas Forks and the world-reknown Alpine Loop, Silverton is a hub for outdoor recreation.

A highlight for many is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This vintage train winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old West took over a century ago.

Beyond its historical appeal, Silverton is the gateway into Colorado's backcountry. Located near the Weminuche Wilderness, where you will find the biggest concentration of 14ers in Colorado, Silverton is the base for outdoor adventure. Silverton is a recreational paradise. It is the perfect mountain escape for those seeking a unique and memorable adventure filled with history and culture.

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About Silverton, Colorado

Silverton is not just a picturesque location; it's steeped in history offering a plethora of activities for every interest. Silverton is a true haven for fun! Whether you're seeking outdoor excitement, leisurely strolls, historical explorations, or just some quality time with nature, Silverton has it all. Come check out this off the beaten path destination where the Wild West meets outdoor adventure.

Summer in Silverton

Our favorite summertime activities in Silverton include hiking, biking, camping, off-roading, and hopping on the train. For history enthusiasts on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a must. This historic train journey offers panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and a chance to explore the remote wilderness of the Weminuche.

White water rafting down the Animas River offers thrilling and family-friendly excursions, while renting an ATV and exploring the endless trail systems provides a sense of adventure. For a more relaxed pace, learn about Silverton's rich history with guided tours that take you through historic sites and tell tales of the past or belly up at the historic Grand Imperial Saloon.

Winter Activities in Silverton

Winter in Silverton, Colorado, is a wonderland of activities. For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Silverton Mountain is an expert only ski area that tests your agility, lungs, and mental capacity to push your skiing to another level. This single chairlift, guided only ski area has no groomed runs or cut trails, it is purely designed from the natural avalanche paths that run down the steep chutes. Want to up the adrenaline? Sign up for a day of heli-skiing to access the most remote terrain of the San Juan Mountains. Families and those who prefer gentler activities can enjoy Kendall Mountain Recreation Area. This affordable ski area offers $25 adult lift tickets and is the perfect pitch for skiers and snowboarders of all ages to come work on your turns and slide around on the snow. You can also find other winter activities like ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing. Silverton is a snowmobilers paradise. Explore the snowy landscapes and get deep into the backcountry on a snowmobile; a perfect way to see the majestic views of the San Juan mountains.

Relaxation seekers can find solitary in many of the backcountry huts and retreats offered near Silverton. Unwind and disconnect in nature and let Silverton be your next mountain getaway.


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