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.
Silverton (no audio)
Greene Street - I think this is the only paved street in town
Blair Street - also known as Notorious Blair Street since it was originally the "red light district"
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.
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