Planning Your Trip
What to See and Do in Silverton and the San Juan Mountains!
Silverton is nestled in a stunning valley in southwestern Colorado, among the dramatic peaks of the San Juan Mountains. The town boasts a rugged mining history, contrasted with Victorian charm. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Scenic Train is just one of the many components of a fantastic vacation in Silverton and the San Juan Mountains. Our Chamber of Commerce website, www.SilvertonColorado.com, has the latest on local events and other travel information.
Shopping & Dining: The streets of Silverton are a great place to while away the day browsing through the shops and dining in one of our fine restaurants. Shopping opportunities include jewelry, clothing, gifts, fine art, crafts, T-shirts, and much more. (Many shops and restaurants are open year-round, but most are open between May 1st and October 30th)
Outdoor Recreation: The options for outdoor activities in San Juan County are endless during any season of the year. Visitors enjoy jeeping, hiking, biking, walking, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, ATV-ing, fall foliage, wildflowers, and much more.
May-October: The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway: Spend the day riding one of the most famous and scenic historic steam trains in America. The train curves its way through the Animas River Canyon, and runs daily May through October. The train now offers layover tickets that allow you to spend the night in Silverton and return on one of the following day's trains!
July: Silverton's 4th of July Celebration--there's nothing like it! The biggest fireworks display on the Western Slope of Colorado and a weekend filled with events such as a Rhubarb Festival, colorful parade and firefighter water fight.
August: Silverton is home to the nationally recognized Brass Band Festival which draws musicians from all over the nation. In addition, our own local brass band plays free weekly concerts throughout the summer on Sunday evenings at 6pm.
Skiing: Silverton is conveniently located near three ski areas and two cat ski operations. Silverton Mountain is known for its extreme terrain and guided adventures (7 miles). Durango Mountain Resort is a full-service family ski resort (20 miles). Kendall Mountain Ski Area, located right in Silverton, is owned and operated by the Town of Silverton and offers a chair lift to access terrain. Excellent for family skiing and beginners.
Silverton, Colorado is a wonderful historic mining town which has revitalized itself to cater to the vital tourism industry of the region. When driving into town from either north or south, you will experience mountain vistas unlike anywhere else in the US. The San Juan Scenic Skyway ("Million Dollar Highway") takes you to the top of the world.
Once here, you can watch the arrival of the Durango and Silverton Scenic Train each day and be transported back in time to the days when steam trains dominated the rails. On summer evenings, you can stroll down Greene Street to watch an authentic Western gunfight or hear the Silverton Brass Band. If the shops and restaurants aren't enough to keep you busy, you can tour the countryside with a 4-wheel vehicle or on horseback. There are historic mine tours, Victorian festivals, music festivals, and more.
Silverton is a popular summer destination for avid hikers, naturalists, wildflower enthusiasts, mountain bikers, jeepers, and ATV/OHV riders. The San Juans are vast and accessible enough to accommodate all types of recreation. In the fall, no matter what type of recreation you prefer, you'll be treated to spectacular fall foliage everywhere you turn. Also, Silverton is a great base camp for exploring the entire Four Corners Region, including Mesa Verde National Monument.
In the quiet of winter, you can cross-country ski or snowshoe on Molas Pass, participate in a kicksled race in town, or ride a snowmobile to Eureka.