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Silverton, Co. is a tiny town nestled precariously between two rugged San Juan Mountain passes, Red Mountain and Molas. Silverton always survives harsh winters and a wavering economy to remain an interesting town. After all, in mining days it was known as the town that never quit.

Many tourists visit Silverton as it’s the northern terminus on the beautiful Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tour. While gold panning and souvenir shops take over here in the summer, there are some great spots where you can escape the crowds. Challenging mountain biking is found all around Silverton on old mining roads that today serve as excellent four-wheel routes, too. The Alpine Loop, over two passes to Ouray and Lake City, is a top four-wheel excursion. Hiking trails are accessible in the surrounding San Juan National Forest, including easy access to the Continental Trail in the Weminuche Wilderness. Silverton has also revived its skiing at Kendall Mountain, by replacing an old lift and adding a new base lodge.

In late June, Silverton hosts a Folk Music Festival, featuring music in a relaxing, outdoor venue and workshops on instrument technique.

Map: Silverton

Region: Southwest Regional Information

County: San Juan

Proximity to other towns: Located 283 miles from Pueblo, 13.7 miles from Telluride, 14.6 miles from Ouray, 24.3 miles from Ridgway, 26.6 miles from Rico

Population: 548

Elevation: 9305 feet

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