Silverton is a quiet, high altitude town surrounded by breathtaking peaks of the San Juan Mountains. The town is located on the upper Animas River and has retained its original western character of wide streets and historical Victorian buildings. As of now, there is only one paved road and the entire town of Silverton has been designated a National Historic District by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Recreational activities include hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, photography and skiing. The drive into Silverton is breathtaking. Whether entering from the north over Red Mountain Pass, or south over Molas Pass, it is truly a sightseer's joy. The summer months see as many as a quarter million visitors, while the winters are slow and peaceful.
Silverton Chamber of Commerce: (970) 387-5654
Elevation: 9,318 feet
Midsummer Temperatures: 71/37
Location: 48 miles from Durango