Tourism in Silverton, Colorado

Tourism in Silverton, Colorado
Founded in 1874, Silverton is in the southwestern part of Colorado. Once a major center for silver mining, the modern town now offers outdoor activities for every season of the year.

Getting there

The closest airports are in Durango (52 miles), Montrose (50 miles) or Telluride (110 miles). The closet major road is the Million Dollar Highway/U.S. 550.

Climate

The town boasts four distinct seasons a year with January average minimums of minus 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit and July average maximums of 73.1 degrees. Average snow depth in February is 27 inches.

Summer

Summer activities include fishing and hiking in the San Juan Mountains, mountain biking at the Silverton Mountain ski area and camping at South Mineral Creek and Molas Lake Park, especially from May through October. See Resources for more information. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad takes passengers through the mountains to Durango.

Winter

Downhill skiing dominates the winter season at three resorts: Kendall Mountain, Silverton Mountain and Durango Mountain. Other activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating and ice climbing at the San Juan Mountains. See Resources for more information.

Mining

For a peek into the town's past, visit the Mining Heritage Center, which features tools, equipment and antique artifacts, as well as a mine slope (excavation site). See the link in Resources.

Article Written By Aurelio Locsin

Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.

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