The town of Silverton, located in Southwest Colorado between Durango and Ouray, offers a variety of vacation experiences and activities in a scenic, natural environment. Visitors will enjoy exploring the western, archaeological, historic and Native American cultures found here. Silverton began as a mining town in the 1880s, and it retains much of its “Old West” charm today.
Over a million visitors a year are drawn to Silverton for the majestic San Juan Mountains and the red-rock canyon lands of the Four Corners Area. Nestled at the southwestern foot of the Rocky Mountains, Silverton is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest, with over two million acres of pine forests, aspen groves, lakes, streams and spectacular views, offering a breathtaking natural playground.
Silverton’s famous attractions include the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and nearby Mesa Verde National Park. Other activities include rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, camping, ATV and 4 X 4 tours and rentals, hunting, fishing, backcountry and mining tours, rock climbing, downtown shopping, dining, and more.
Silverton is also a short, 30-minute drive to Purgatory Ski Resort, a perfect winter vacation destination. Groups and families will enjoy world-class ski and snowboard terrain in a spectacular, mountain setting.