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.
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 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.
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.
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.