Silverton (Colorado)

Silverton courthouse and mountain scenery

Silverton is a small town located in San Juan County in southwestern Colorado. Once famous for its mining resources, it is now becoming famous with the extreme sports set, for a famously tough endurance run (the Hardrock Hundred) and a recently opened ski resort that focuses on giving skiers a back-country experience.

Get in

Silverton is on US 550, the famed "Million Dollar Highway" that connects Durango and Ouray, passing through incredible mountain scenery and over several high passes. However, most visitors to Silverton arrive instead by railroad, specifically the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, +1-888-872-4607. This scenic line originates in Durango and runs along the Animas River, with a few stops along the way at trailheads for hiking and backpacking. The depot in Silverton is a short walk from the downtown area.

Get around

The town itself is tiny, and from the train station you'll be able to get to anywhere in town by foot or bike within minutes. (Allow a little extra time for walking because of the 9000-foot elevation.) If you're venturing into the hinterlands, consider renting a jeep from one of these outfitters:


If you arrive via the narrow-gauge and will be departing the same day, you won't have time for much more than a walk around the many historic buildings downtown. The town maintains a web site with a recommended route and information on the history of the buildings, many of them photogenic.



Souvenir shops line Greene Street, the main drag through town, and "Notorious Blair Street" to its east. Silverton is not a manufacturing city (to put it mildly) and produces few durable goods of any value, but like many Colorado mountain towns, it supports an arts-and-crafts community of sorts, and you may find something artsy-craftsy of interest amid the tourist trinkets.


Restaurants in Silverton live a hand-to-mouth existence (so to speak) because of the very small population base during the off season. Make sure to check locally to be sure that your chosen restaurant is still in business.



Go next

Routes through Silverton

Montrose Ouray  N  S  Durango Farmington

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