About Silverton, Colorado
Not surprisingly, the town of Silverton, Colorado takes its name from its mining origins in both gold and silver. Mining continued late into the last century but no longer sustains the town in any way. These days, the treasure of Silverton is its recreational appeal. It’s a National Historic Landmark, part of the San Juan Skyway (with the Million Dollar Highway connecting Silverton to Ouray), the final destination for the popular Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and an unpretentious, undeveloped favorite for sports like snowmobiling, advanced skiing (downhill, extreme, heli, snowcat, cross country), sledding, ice skating, ice climbing, rafting, off-road adventures, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, and camping.
There are three nearby ski areas: Silverton Mountain, which is advanced-only and an incredible experience for those with the skills to make the most of it; Kendall Mountain Ski Area, a family-friendly and affordable ski area run by the town; and Durango Mountain Resort, 23 miles away.
Most of Silverton’s historical buildings were built in the early 1800s, and over half of them are still in use today, lending this tucked-away destination a feeling of being forgotten by time. It’s also the only town left in San Juan County and off-the-beaten-path for the typical Colorado tourist despite being only an hour’s drive from its larger neighbor, Durango.