The town of Silverton is in the San Juan County
, United States. t is a former silver mining camp, most or all of which is now included in a federally designated National Historic Landmark District, the Silverton Historic District. This makes a truly charming setting for the local accommodations, vacation rentals and condo rentals.
The town is part of the San Juan Skyway
(with the Million Dollar Highway connecting Silverton to Ouray
), is home to Animas Forks and the Alpine Loop and located close to the summer destination for the Durango
and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train ride. The area offers a recreational paradise in winter for snowmobiling, skiing (downhill, extreme, heli, snowcat, cross country), sledding, ice skating, ice climbing, and ice fishing to backcountry touring in summer. The area also offers wonderful lodging options ranging from intimate accommodation and condo rental to vacation rental choices.
A visit to Silverton is one that you will not forget any time of year. It has the perfect combination of supreme natural beauty and magnificent Victorian charm and accommodations and vacation rentals to suit all budgets.
People from all over come to see the magnificent scenery and to experience the rich history of the area.
While summer is the bigger season of the year with the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train ride from May through October, as well as numerous other area attractions, winter has seen more tourism with the opening in 1990 of Silverton Mountain, an extreme ski area.
The scenic San Juan National Forest, which covers more than 1.8 million acres and is home to high alpine lakes, breathtaking canyons and waterfalls, and historic sites
like those at Chimney Rock Archeological Area. Recreational opportunities are endless, and range from fishing for trout in high alpine lakes to hiking, backpacking, and camping under the Colorado stars.
Durango, less than an hour south of Silverton, is nestled in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains.
Downtown Durango, home to clothing boutiques, restaurants, newsstands, tourist and gift shops, a mall, bars, lounges and other businesses. Main Avenue is walked by thousands of tourists each week, making it the most popular shopping and relaxing tourist destination in Durango. Visitors will also have many accommodation and vacation rental options available.