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Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Daily service to Silverton @ DSNGR Train Depot
May 2 – Oct 31 all-day

The DSNGR starts it’s daily train up to Silverton Colorado on Saturday May 2nd 2015 and ends Saturday October 31, 2015.  For questions or ticket booking please visit or:


Reservations: (970) 247-2733
General Information: (970) 247-2733
Toll Free: (877) 872-4607
Administration: (970) 259-0274


Mountain Man Softball Tournament @ Ball Field at Visitors Center
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day

Don’t miss out on this annual event. Registration deadline is July 24th.

41st Annual Hardrockers Holidays @ Kendall Mountain Recreation Area
Aug 7 – Aug 9 all-day

Celebrate Silverton’s mining heritage at this annual three-day competition. There are events for men, women, and children and range from horseshoes, hand mucking, machine drilling, tug-of-war, arm wrestling, and much more.

Children’s events are on Friday. Some evening activities, including live music.
Food, beer and other beverages are sold on site. Concessions benefit the Fire Department. Come cheer on the competitors and help keep our mining heritage alive!

Pictures courtesy of Bill Alsup
For Schedule of Events click on brochure below:
2015 Hardrockers Brochure
True West Railfest @ Durango and Silverton
Aug 13 – Aug 16 all-day


For a full list of events and additional details visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad website by clicking here.

34th Annual Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival @ Silverton School gym
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm

34th Annual Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival

Authentic arrangements played in an astounding manner with Paul Maybery conducting. Free brass band concerts, featuring musicians from all over the country.

Concert times are as follows:
Friday, August 14th: 7:00pm
Saturday, August 15th: 12 noon and 7:00pm
Sunday, August 16th: 12 noon
Seating in gym will begin one hour prior to concert.

Please be aware that the Concerts are now held in the Silverton School gym, not at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area.

Silverton Alpine Marathon @ Memorial Park - start and finish
Aug 22 @ 6:00 am

50 Kilometer and Marathon (~26.7 Mile) loop in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The course follows the “Alpine Loop” jeep roads past the ghost mining towns of Howardsville, Eureka, Animas Forks and Gladstone. High point is California Pass at 12,930 feet!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Start Times
7:00 AM 50 Kilometer
8:00 AM Marathon (26.7 miles)

Start / Finish at Memorial Park
Greene & 18th Street
Silverton, CO 81433

Course Summary
Follows Alpine Loop mining road counter-clockwise linking historic mining ghost towns, Howardsville, Eureka, Animas Forks & Gladstone. High point is 12,930 ft atop California Pass. Low point is Silverton at 9,318ft. Total vertical gain is 3,800 for the marathon and 4,400 for the 50k. The 50K runners will complete an out and back to Niagara Gulch before joining the Marathon course.

Bib / Shirt Pickup
Friday, August 21 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location TBD
(Registration will be available)

Saturday, August 22
6:00 AM – 7:45 AM
Memorial Park
(Race Day registration will be available)

Aid Station
Six aid stations well-supplied (except aid #6) with food, water & sports drink. It is highly recommended that you carry water with you between aid stations. Aid Station Helper Form

Race Perks
Technical fabric race shirt (Men’s & Women’s styles)
Barbecue in Memorial Park at the finish
Finisher pint glass
You’re in Silverton, what else do you want!?!


Awards (finisher pint glass) will be given to finishers in the marathon if completed in under 10 hours and to the 50k finishers if finished in under 11 hours. Special awards for Men’s/Women’s Overall winners. Awards ceremony around 1PM, Saturday August 22.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our aid stations or at the start/finish line sign up here:
Silverton Alpine Marathon & 50K Volunteer Sign Up 


Entry Fees

Until June 25 Until July 23 Until August 17 Race Day
Silverton Alpine Marathon $55 $60 $65 $70
Silverton Alpine 50 Kilometers $60 $65 $70 $75

Online registration closes August 17. Registration will be available at packet pickup on Friday (2-5pm) and Saturday (6-7:45am) at Memorial Park.

Registration Options
Online at Ultra Signup
Mail-In Entry
Available at packet pickup & race day too!


Silverton 1000 Multi-Day Runs @ Kendall Mountain Recreation Area
Aug 25 – Aug 30 all-day

The 6th Annual Silverton 1,000 and multi-day Challenge have the following start dates:

  • The 6 Day Run starts on August 25th
  • The 1000 Mile Challenge starts on August 25th
  • The 72 Hour Run starts on August 28th
  • The 48 Hour Run starts on August 29th
  • The Straight 100 Mile starts on August 29th at 7am. This event has a 40 hour cutoff.
  • The 24 Hour Run will start on August 30st.

End date for the runs, except the 1,000 Mile Challenge, is August  31st.

An awards ceremony for the 100 miler, the 24, 48, 72 Hour & 6 Day events will be on Aug 31st at 10am.  The awards ceremony for the 1000 mile event (if anyone qualifies) will be on Sept. 12th at 10am.

NEW for 2015 – 100 miler!!!

That’s right!!! New for 2015 and beyond… we will now offer a straight 100 mile race which will be run on the same 1 mile loop as all of the other races and will be even more of a challenge as we will only allow runners 40 hours to complete this challenge. The 100 Miler will have a special start time of 7am on August 29th. Do you have what it takes?

24, 48 and 72 Hour Run

The 6th Annual Silverton Multi-Day Challenge is actually 6 races in one. The 72 hour race will start on August 28th, the 48 hour on August 29th, and the 24 hour on August 30 th. All events, with the exception of the 1000 mile challenge, will end on August 31st, with an awards ceremony to follow immediately following the conclusion of those events. All participants will receive a goody bag that includes a technical shirt, hat, and other goodies and donated items, if any.

Participants will set up camp near the Kendall Mountain Ski lodge at 9318 feet elevation and wear a bib tag around their waist.  All runners must cross the timing mat at the base of Kendall Mountain, climb 250 vertical feet around a one mile loop as many times as possible in their allotted time.  Participants will endure the elements of the San Juan Mountains around the clock as they fight sleep deprivation and possible heat, rain, lightning and snow.  Runners can camp near the big tent where runners will cross the timing mat. There is a very nominal camping/parking fee of $2 per night that is included in your registration fee and goes to the town of Silverton.

6 Day Run

The Silverton 6 Day Run is part of the Silverton Multi-Day Challenge and will be held on the same 1 mile loop as the 100 mile, 24hr, 48hr & 72 hour runs. The event will be chip timed and each loop will have 250 feet of climb and descent.

All six day runners will be automatic entrants into the 1000 mile Challenge. There will be no additional cost to continue on in the 1000 Mile challenge but the amenities and aid will drastically change at the conclusion of the 6 Day event (meaning no race aid whatsoever, pacers or medical help – basically you will be on your own to finish as the Race Director watches to make sure you meet the continuing qualifications of the challenge). At the end of the six day event, you will have the option to continue on with the 1000 mile challenge (if you qualify to do so) or to stop and be content with your current distance. Note, though, that you will only be able to continue on with the 1000 Mile Challenge if you have accumulated a minimum of 350 miles and if you have run at least one mile each and every hour for the past six days, as well. We’ll be keeping track!

1000 Mile Challenge

The 1000 mile challenge will be run on the same one mile loop as the other Silverton Multi-Day Runs and will also be chip timed. Like the other runs, each loop will have 250 feet of climb and descent, which makes for a total of 250,000 feet of climb and descent for the 1000 miles.

Experience the ultimate endurance challenge. Run or walk 1000 miles around the base of Kendall Mountain in the small mountain town of Silverton, Colorado. In a new twist on the infamous 1809 challenge to Robert Barclay, Silverton 1000 participants may complete as many miles as they choose each hour until they reach 1000 miles (based on specific cutoffs described above and below). While the 24 hour, 48 hour, 72 hour, and 6 day runs are all “go as you please” format, meaning you may run or rest when you choose, in order to be eligible for the 1000 mile challenge, you much complete at least 1 mile/loop of the course each consecutive hour of the event.  In addition, there will be cutoffs in the 1000 mile challenge of 350 miles in 6 days, 700 miles in 12 days, and all 1000 miles in 18 days.

Participants will set up camp near the Kendall Mountain Ski lodge at 9300 feet elevation and wear a timing chip around their ankle. Runners must cross the timing mat at the base of Kendall Mountain, climb 250 vertical feet around a one mile loop at the base of Kendall Mountain at least one time each hour. Participants will endure the elements of the San Juan Mountains around the clock as they fight sleep deprivation, heat, rain, snow, and the accumulated fatigue of traveling at least 24 miles per day. If a participant fails to complete at least one mile on the course in any one hour, they will be disqualified from the Challenge. In addition, in order to proceed on in the 1000 Mile Challenge – you will also have to complete the minimum mileage of 350 miles for the first 6 days and 700 miles in 12 days, to continue.

Completing just one mile per hour for 1000 consecutive hours, it would take 41 days, 16 hours to complete the Silverton 1000 but to keep things interesting, we are only going to give you 18 days. Assuming it would take 20 minutes on average to complete the one mile loop, one would expect an approximate maximum of 1 hour and 20 minutes of sleep at any one time (by completing a mile at the beginning of hour 1 and the end of hour 2).

PRIZE MONEY: $1,000.00 will be awarded to the first runner to complete 1000 miles while meeting all of the qualifications/requirements of the 1000 Mile Challenge (including all cutoffs and mile per hour stipulations).

Sleeping arrangements

All 6 day runners will be given a specified area for sleeping in the heating tent – you will have access to a cot, a sleeping bag and the area will be yours for the entire race.

All 72hr, 48hr, and 24hr runners will have the option of bringing your own tent to use (must be pitched in the gravel next to the main aid station) or you may rent a tent from us – a small 7×7 tent will cost $50 and a larger 9×7 tent will cost $75 (*not a 12×8 as shown at checkout).

All runners will have access to chairs and tables set up throughout the aid station tent.
In addition, some electric blankets and sleeping bags may be available for use on a first come first use basis. If possible, additional heating tents will be set up for the non-6 day runners (as in years past).


Dillon’s Run – In Memory of Dillon Paxton @ Kendall Mountain Recreation Area
Aug 29 @ 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Run will take place regardless of the weather.
Second annual run will be held (rain or shine) on a one mile loop at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area. Loop consists of trail and dirt roads with a 250 foot climb and descent. Participants receive a wrist band. There will be trophies for professional and amateur levels from first to third place.
Proceeds go to the cost of the event. Any funds left after costs will go directly to the school and/or individuals selected by the board deemed to benefit on a sports and/or educational level in the form of equipment, expenses related to an event and/or scholarships.

4th annual Silverton Western Movie Festival @ Silverton School's Multi-Media Room
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Western movies filmed in and around Silverton in the late 1940s and 1950s will be shown over Labor Day weekend during the 4th Annual Silverton Western Movie Festival.

Times and Movies to be announced. The event is a fundraiser for the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper.

Silverton Colorfest Quilt Show and Sale @ Silverton School Gym
Sep 12 – Sep 13 all-day

Silverton’s Colorfest Quilt Show and Sale

September 12 and 13th, 2015

at the Silverton School, at 12th and Snowden Streets

Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 10-3


You are invited to attend, to display or sell your quilted items at the Colorfest Quilt Show and Sale in majestic Silverton, Colorado!!


Submission:    Entry deadline is August 31, 2015.  Entries may be hand delivered to Silverton’s Visitor Center at 414 Greene St. (9am-5pm). Entries may also be mailed to:  Silverton Threads, PO Box 32, Silverton, CO 81433.  ALL mailed entries must include return postage in the form of a POSTAL money order made out to Silverton Threads.  Return postage will not be deducted from your quilt sales.  Excess postage, if any, will be returned to you.  Quilters need not be present to win and sleeves are not required.  Entries will be handled with utmost care.


Labels:  Each quilt must have an attached label and include Title of Piece, Name of Entrant, Quilt made by (if different), Quilted by (if different), Description of item, Dimensions, Category, and Price (or “not for sale”).  The label information should match the entry form.

Sales:  Silverton Threads will retain 10% of the selling price for each item sold.  Payments will be mailed the week following the Quilt Show.  Items sold may be removed from the show at time of sale.


Unsold items:  Unsold items will be available for pick up no earlier than 4 pm on Sunday, September 13th.  Remaining quilts will be mailed back to the owners the week after the show.  Please include a POSTAL money order for the return; excess postage will be included in your box. Postage will not be deducted from sales revenues.


Awards:    Entries will be judged by the public in five categories:  Hand quilted, machine quilted, long arm machine quilted, quilted item, and wall hanging.  First, second and honorable mention will be awarded in all categories.  First place will receive $20 and a ribbon, 2nd place will receive $10 and a ribbon and Honorable Mention will receive a ribbon.    Prize money will be mailed the week following the show.


Donations:  Silverton Threads is accepting donations (quilted item, supplies, fat quarters, scrap material, minis, quilting books, etc.) for door prizes.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


Thank you for your entry! An entry form is attached for your convenience.  For more information call 1-970-387-5654 or email us at moc.l1438236329iamg@1438236329sdaer1438236329htnot1438236329revli1438236329s1438236329.