Fun in Silverton

    Silverton 4th of July

    Popular Outdoor Activities

    Some of the country’s best four-wheel drive roads are found in the area around Silverton. Whether you are exploring ghost towns and mining camps left over from the 1800s along the Alpine Loop or taking in the beauty of the mountains, Silverton is the perfect base camp. Jeep rentals are available if you want to explore these roads on your own. If you prefer to ride along, try a guide company that can take you into the high country.

    World-class upper Animas River whitewater rafting right out of Silverton. At peak flows this is one of the most demanding commercial whitewater runs in the U.S. During the rest of the season, which is 80-90% of the time, this is a trip for most anybody with a sense of adventure and a love for the outdoors.

    Horseback Riding
    An exciting way to see the San Juan Mountains is by horseback. You’ll find several stables and outfitters in the area to help. Let these guides also show you into the backcountry for summer thrills.

    The San Juan Mountains provide crystal, clear waters for dropping a line. Many rivers and streams are within easy reach from Silverton and the high alpine lakes offer up excellent pan-size trout. Town-owned Molas Lake Park & Campground, 5 miles south of town, is a popular spot to cast your line.

    Hiking opportunities abound in the San Juan Mountains, of varied lengths and difficulties providing something for everyone. Stop by the Silverton Visitors Center at 414 Greene St. or the San Juan Public Lands Office at 1428 Greene St. for more information. mountain biking San Juan County has some of the most amazing single track trails to ride on! Please check out our local Mountain Bike group’s website for more information.

    Overnight Adventure to Silverton

    Hop on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for an overnight adventure you won’t soon forget! Spend the night in town and discover all that summer in Silverton has to offer. Our little mountain town has something for everyone!

    Suggested Summer/Fall ItineraryDurango & Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad

    Day 1
    Travel to Silverton via the D&SNGRR
    LUNCH | Lodging Check-In
    Jeep Tour or Jeep/ATV Rental:

    • Visit Area Ghost Towns/Alpine Loop 
    • Howardsville 
    • Middleton 
    • Eureka Animas Forks 
    • Lake City


    Hike & Bike or Go Electric:

    • Christ of the Mines Shrine 
    • Hillside Cemetery 
    • Boulder Gulch Hikes 

    DINNER | Scout Local Live Music, Dance & Theatre

    Day 2
    BREAKFAST | Lodging Check-Out
    Tour Our Heritage Attractions:

    • Mining Heritage Center & 1902 County Jail Museum 
    • Mayflower Gold Mill Tour 
    • Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour


    Historical Downtown Walking Tour & Shopping Excursion:

    • Enjoy Our National Historic Districts: Greene | Blair Streets 

    Return to Durango via the D&SNGRR

    Suggested Winter Itinerary

    Day 1
    Downhill Skiing at one of the area mountains:

    • Silverton Mountain 
    • Kendall Mountain


    A fun family activity:

    • Free Ice Skating at Kendall Mountain 
    • Sledding

    LUNCH/DINNER | Lodging Check-In | Scout Local Color

    Day 2
    BREAKFAST | Lodging Check-Out
    Snowmobile Tours on top of Molas Pass


    • Fat-tire Biking
    • Snowshoeing 
    • Cross Country Skiing or Skate Skiing on Town Groomed Loop (Rentals available in town)