Located less than 50 miles from Durango, Silverton was once a mining boomtown but is now a National Historic Landmark District (the whole township was designated in 1961) with a fourteener obsession — meaning they are located within 15 miles of seven of Colorado’s most famous 14,000-foot peaks. Hop on the Alpine Loop scenic byway to see those towering mammoths in all their glory.
Lace up your hiking boots or rev up your Jeep and head out on one of the many trails that start in the town. The family can also camp, raft, horseback ride and fish through pockets of beauty that make up the San Juans. And while Silverton Mountain is a killer ski destination, when the pow-pow melts away, you can mountain bike, trail run and more.
Pop around the municipality for shop-til-you-drop moments at local galleries and stores. Or climb aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for open-air thrills as you snake your way along cliff edges next to a roaring river.
Set your tastebuds alight at Silverton restaurants with everything from gargantuan breakfast burritos to succulent steaks and sugary funnel cakes. And don’t forget to sample some of that sudsy, Colorado craft beer — the settlement has two breweries for you to try.
Each summer, the hamlet hosts diverse events like the Ironhorse Bicycle Classic (May), Hardrock 100 (July), Silverton 4th of July, Summer Sounds (June–September) and Hardrockers Holidays (August).
Silverton has plenty of lodging options to get your beauty rest in. Choose from quaint bed-and-breakfasts, family-friendly motels, budget-friendly hostels and many different hotels — think boutiques, historical and luxury.
Visitors looking for directions and information about where to find any of the above activities can stop by the Silverton Visitor Center.