Silverton, CO

Silverton was an old western silver mining town that's now an old western tourist town. It serves as the northern terminus of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad which kind of adds to the wild west ambience. Silverton is also a great place for winter sports. There's Kendall Mountain Ski area for traditional downhillers and Silverton Mountain for extreme skiers. There are also lots of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. I went to Silverton a lot - every time we had friends or family visit.

View from US 550

Kendall Peak

Storm Peak (left) Tower Mountain (right)

Silverton (no audio)

Greene Street - I think this is the only paved street in town

Greene Street (2000)

Greene Street (2011)

Anvil Mountain? and
Teller House Hotel

Brown Bear Cafe

Grand Imperial Hotel
gets a facelift

Outdoor World
Wow! Those colors really pop!

SUV circa 1943

Greene Street

Shops along Greene Street

Blair Street - also known as Notorious Blair Street since it was originally the "red light district"

Old Town Square

Shops in Old Town Square

Affordable housing

Retired Cross Country Skis

Blair Street

Blair Street

Public Transportation

Silverton Jail 1883

The Lookout

Old Arcade Trading Company

Natalia's 1912 Restaurant (2000)

Natalia's 1912 Restaurant (2011)
Check out the Ford Model A

Empire Street

High Noon Hamburgers

Tourist stuff
(not really on Empire Street)

More tourist stuff
(not really on Empire Street)

Reese Street

Reese Street
(San Juan County Courthouse upper right)

St. Patrick Catholic Church

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad started life in 18880 hauling gold and silver ore from mining towns in the San Juans to Durango. Now, it's a world famous tourist attraction. The 43 miles of track winds along the Animas River along steep sided mountains. Everyone should ride the D&SNGRR from Durango to Silverton at least once. However, if you can manage it, you should ride the train one-way and have someone pick you up in Silverton. The return trip aboard the train gets a little tedious in my opinion.

"Speeder" utility vehicles

Railroad Station


Old Touring Car

Coach "Shenandoah"

Pulling into Silverton

Engine No. 493

Engine No. 493

Engine No. 493

Section Men Bunk Car

Coach "Alamosa"


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