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Silverton: The Heart of the High Country

Silverton: The Heart of the High Country
3 days
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.
Day 1

Insider's Tip

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

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

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Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Wind through... Read More

Lunch

The Pickle Barrel

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Silverton’s finest dining experience. We are proud to present the finest lunch and dinner menus in town, with gourmet selections prepared with the freshest ingredients & loving care.<... Read More

Activity

Mild To Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours

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Explore Colorado's old mines, history and ghost town remblants on a guided Colorado Jeep tour.  As you travel back in time and up in elevation, you will be treated to magestic peaks, cascading... Read More

Dinner

The Eureka Station

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The Eureka Station is a Cornish Tavern operating on Notorious Blair Street in Silverton, Colorado. Our talented team brings a lot of enthusiasm and excitement to offer delicious and new fresh food... Read More
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Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour

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Visit the mysterious secret underground world of the gold miner! Ride the electric mine train 1/3 mile deep into Galena Mountain then easy walking with your miner-guide through the the quartz... Read More

Lodging

Grand Imperial Hotel

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The Grand Imperial Hotel is a 134 year old historic structure in the heart of Silverton, Colorado. Our Victorian Era decor and ambiance transports our guests and visitors back to the 1880's. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Kendall Mountain Cafe

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A hidden treasure off the beaten path. Good homestyle food! Read More
Activity

Stroll Downtown Silverton

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

Shady Lady Restaurant

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Sandwiches, burgers and friendly service in the 1880s building that was the last brothel in Silverton. Read More
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Rapp Corral

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Visiting Rapp Corral horseback riding in the beautiful San Juan Mountains, where rides will bring you through spectacular aspen groves and tall pines, and where wildlife has been known to stroll... Read More

Dinner

Avalanche Brewing Co.

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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 beverage to compliment your visit to the rugged and... Read More

Activity

San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center

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This 3-story, 14,000 sq. ft.  Mining Heritage Center interprets the local mining history with comprehensive "Environmental Exhibits", including realistic underground tunnels and machinery and... Read More

Lodging

Grand Imperial Hotel

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The Grand Imperial Hotel is a 134 year old historic structure in the heart of Silverton, Colorado. Our Victorian Era decor and ambiance transports our guests and visitors back to the 1880's. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Brown Bear Cafe

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Several beers on tap, large breakfasts, homemade soup, never-frozen burgers, sandwiches, fresh coffee that keeps comin' and more. Read More
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Professor Shutterbugs Olde Tyme Portrait Parlour

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Our outdoor backdrops include historical old buildings and boardwalks for that special touch of realism. Experience the fun and excitement of choosing your Old West and Victorian Style costumes and... Read More
Lunch

High Noon Hamburgers

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Friendely staff, large portions, simple burgers done right.

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Activity

Mountain Whitewater

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Rafting, kayak lessons, guided Inflatable Kayak trips, Paddle Boards, boat rentals, Paddlers Pub, live music, Sand Volleyball, BBQ & more!

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Dinner

Handlebars Food & Saloon

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Savor the flavor of our Wild West atmosphere wile enjoying some of the best grub around. Read More

Insider's Tip

Head Back to Durango: Back the way you came via narrow-gauge railroad!
Lodging

Historic Strater Hotel

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THE OFFICE SPIRITORIUM, with its lavish and comfortable décor, can't really be called a bar, saloon, tavern, or lounge but a delightful office away from the office. We are proud to feature one... Read More