Silverton Travel Guide

  • San Juan County Historical Museum
    San Juan County Historical Museum
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    Main Street
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    Stop anywhere and camp
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Silverton Things to Do

  • Gold panning

    The Old Hundred offers gold panning for all ages. Free with the purchase of a tour.The miner's sluicebox is "salted" with the real thing, so everybody is sure to find some "colors". Though the name of the mine is "Old Hundred Gold Mine", we only found silver... strange! :-) ...but fun!

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  • The arrival of the train from Durango

    Overwhelming!Silverton is the end station of the Narrow Gauche Railroad. The full- service season runs from May until October.It's incredible. The end-station is just in the center of the town. The tracks end at the crossing of Blair Street and 12th Street. The sound and the smell of this big black steaming colossus is a breathtaking scene!

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  • Old Hundred Gold Mine

    The guided tour takes you in a little rail car, 1/3 mile into the Mountain, to learn how mining was done.The old mining equipment is still in place.Our guide once was an engineer in this mine and his lessons were spiced with authentic personal anecdotes. Wow!No reservations needed. Tours depart every hour on the hour, from mid May through the 1st...

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  • Daily gunfight

    The famous Silverton gunfight is a great family entertainment and fun for all ages. Very amateurishly, but very funny.As Europeans, we especially liked the typical broad "Far West" accent of the performers. Great!There is a street performance every day at 5.30 pm

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  • Durango and Silverton Railroad

    Silverton is the northern terminus for the Durango and Silverton Railroad. The Durango and Silverton Railroad is one of the most scenic train trips in America, in my opinion. The round trip, which I highly recommend, takes about 9 hours. Through this train trip, you will see some of the best scenery in Colorado.

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  • Million Dollar Highway (US 550)

    The main road through this region of Colorado is the Million Dollar Highway. There are some breathtaking views from this road. I was on this road in 1981, but not this time around. But I remember it was quite scenic.

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Silverton Hotels

  • Wyman Hotel and Inn (The)

    1371 Greene Street, Silverton, Colorado, 81433, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Silverton Restaurants

  • Great place to eat!

    Natalia's is one of the oldest "bordellos", changed into a restaurant. We chose this one because of it's inviting and authentic American atmosphere.There are lots of "historical" :-) stuff hanging on the wall and the sealing. You won't get bored waiting for your meal!Dining on the outdoor patio is possible too. From here you can see the train...

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  • Natalia's 1912 Restaurant

    Restaurant has a nice patio for outdoor dining. I was here for lunch. The french fries had a nicely spiced coating on it. It was almost like BBQ Potato Chips.

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Silverton Transportation

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    by Martinewezel Written Feb 21, 2005

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    Lots of tourists take a ride on the authentic turn of the century steam powered scenic railroad from Durango to Silverton and back.

    The ride goes through the beautiful San Juan Mountains at about 18 miles/hour and it takes 3 1/2 hours to travel the 45 miles one way.

    Once in Silverton, there is a layover of two hours and fifteen minutes.

    This service begins May 10th and runs trough the end of october.

    We didn't ride the train. Though I am sure it is a "must do", we thought it would be a waist of time to spend so much time on the train.
    We think the engine is extremely impressive and nice to look at, so we saw it depart and arrive both in Durango and Silverton and enjoyed the view of the riding train instead of sitting in it.

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    by Martinewezel Written Mar 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Along the Million Dollar Highway we saw remains of what once was a flourishing mine industry. Strange how Americans travel to Europe to see majestical castles while we travel all the way to the Old West to see ruins of wooden sheds. Couldn't get enough of it...

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