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. I still go a lot but with fewer friends or family.
Silverton (no audio)
Greene Street - this is the only paved street in town
Blair Street (Empire Street)
Also known as Notorious Blair Street since it was originally the "red light district". The city council changed the name to Empire Street, but many businesses still list Blair Street as their address.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad started life in 1880 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 and 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.
For more on the railroad check out the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad photo-essay.
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