Ride the Train
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers you an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience through the beautiful San Juan Mountains. This historic, coal-fired, steam-powered, scenic railroad runs May through October with service to Silverton and November through April with service to Cascade Canyon. For more information on options, including staying overnight in Silverton and returning another day, or taking back a late bus to Durango, check Attractions.
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, several guide companies will be happy to take you into the high country. Go to Business Directory > Services > Jeep Rentals.
See Jeeping above. OHVs are available for rent in Silverton. Please see Backcountry Updates for file to download on information on rules and regulations, and on Staging Areas.
OHV access is only in San Juan County and the Township of Silverton does not allow OHV traffic. Park at the end of town and it is an easy walk in!
To view the Alpine Loop Map, click here.
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. Lower Animas River rafting also available. For rafting tour business information, go to Business Directory > Services > Rafting.
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, spectacular wildflowers and big-game hunting during the fall. For business information, Go to Business Directory – Services – Horseback Riding.
We offer spectacular tent and RV camping opportunities May through October. Primitive campsites found at South Mineral Creek and Molas Lake Park offer panoramic views and secluded campsites. Wander off in any direction to find your own piece of paradise on BLM and USFS public land. If modern conveniences are your style, several campgrounds in Silverton provide full service hookups, showers, and restrooms during the summer season. For more information go to Lodging.
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, 4 miles south of town, is a popular spot to cast your line.
The new Colorado Fishing brochure is also available where licenses are sold and online at FlipSeekPubs. This year’s brochure includes a link to printable fishing maps, QR codes to access interactive information. It also provides important information on ways anglers can protect their fisheries from illicit stocking and aquatic nuisance species.
Hiking opportunities abound in the San Juan Mountains, of varied lengths and difficulties providing something for everyone. No matter where you choose to hike, you will be mesmerized by the beauty and will return wanting more. 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 Bike Single Track Trails
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. http://www.silvertonsingletracksociety.org
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