Silverton: The Heart of the High Country

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Tiny and nestled between two rugged San Juan Mountain passes, Silverton has been a beloved destination since its mining days, especially for those pursuing new heights outdoors, from ATV trails, whitewater rafting, Wild West history and much more.

Sustainability Activity
Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

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Insider's Tip
Start in Durango

Start the trip in Durango and ride the train to Silverton — getting there is half the fun!

durango & silverton narrow gauge railroad photo
Activity
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic steam-powered or diesel locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old…
Lunch
The Pickle Barrel
Silverton’s finest dining experience. We are proud to present the finest lunch and dinner menus in town, with gourmet selections prepared…
Activity
Mild To Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours
Travel back in time and explore historic mining…
Dinner
The Eureka Station
The Eureka Station is a Cornish Tavern operating on Notorious Blair Street in Silverton, Colorado. Our talented team brings a lot of enthusiasm and…
Activity
Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour
Visit the secret underground world of the gold miner! Ride electric mine train then easy walking. See live mining equipment demonstrations. Pan…
Lodging
Grand Imperial Hotel
The Grand Imperial Hotel is a 134 year old historic structure in the heart of Silverton, Colorado. Our Victorian Era decor and ambiance transports…
Day
2
Breakfast
Kendall Mountain Cafe
A hidden treasure off the beaten path. Good homestyle food!
Activity
Stroll Downtown Silverton

Stroll the shops, cafes and saloons of this old mining town.

Lunch
Shady Lady Restaurant
Sandwiches, burgers and friendly service in the 1880s building that was the last brothel in Silverton.
Activity
Mayflower Gold Mill
1929 Mill. Witness first hand how the miners were able to extract gold, silver and base metals from the hard rock ores in this complete mill which…
Dinner
Avalanche Brewing Co.
Whether you're fueling up for your next adventure, or winding down from the end of your last epic, we strive to bring you the best food and…
Activity
San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center
This three-story, 14,000-square-foot mining heritage center interprets the local mining history with comprehensive environmental exhibits,…
Lodging
Grand Imperial Hotel
The Grand Imperial Hotel is a 134 year old historic structure in the heart of Silverton, Colorado. Our Victorian Era decor and ambiance transports…
Day
3
Breakfast
Coffee Bear Cafe
Iced Espresso Drinks, Iced Chai, Other Cold Drinks, Extra, Italian Sodas, Frappes, Smoothies
Activity
Professor Shutterbugs Olde Tyme Portrait Parlour
Our outdoor backdrops include historical old buildings and boardwalks for that special touch of realism. Experience the fun and excitement of…
Lunch
Thee Pitts Again
Take a scenic drive up the Million Dollar Highway or ride on the train from Durango to Historic Silverton. While visiting look for our Pink…
Activity
San Juan Backcountry
Rent a Jeep, ATV, Dirt Bike, Street Bike or Mountain Bike. Guided  tours on an ATV or in 4x4 open top Suburbans. We will take you to the…
Dinner
Handlebars Food & Saloon
Savor the flavor of our Wild West atmosphere in Silverton while enjoying some of the best grub around.
Insider's Tip
Head Back to Durango

Back the way you came via narrow-gauge railroad!

Activity
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic steam-powered or diesel locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old…
Lodging
Historic Strater Hotel
THE OFFICE SPIRITORIUM, with its lavish and comfortable décor, can't really be called a bar, saloon, tavern, or lounge but a delightful office…