Rough, rugged and remote. Much of Silverton’s appeal lies in its raw hard-to-get-to beauty. Step out of your comfort zone and into new high-altitude limit-pushing terrain this summer. Here are our top picks for fun in Silverton:
Stay in Style
More into the king bed and coffee service scene? We get it. Our partner property The Wyman Hotel offers 15 thoughtfully curated rooms in historic downtown Silverton. The 1902 landmark has been reimagined with the comforts and amenities of an urban boutique hotel. Enjoy in-room complimentary coffee from Sante Fe-based Iconik Coffee Roasters, complimentary high-speed wi-fi, 4 Tesla charging stations and natural wine selection available for in-room ordering. Gravity Haus members also receive a discount on stays!
Jeeps, ATVs or OHVs are built for the rocky hills enveloping Silverton. Some of the country’s most notorious four-wheel drive roads are found along the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway and on Hurricane Pass. Head up and over two passes to Ouray and Lake City and breathe in the sweeping San Juan National Forest. Explore ghost towns and mining camps left over from the 1800s and access the Continental Trail in the Weminuche Wilderness.
take a train ride
A popular local attraction, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad snakes through the gorgeous San Juan Mountains. The historic steam-powered route reveals glimpses into the Old West through striking canyons and two million acres of national forest where cowboys, miners and settlers once roamed.
Go Whitewater Rafting
Dramatic and technical whitewater rushes through the Silverton area. Hit continuous rapids and river drops on the world-class aquamarine upper Animas River. Considered one of the country’s most demanding commercial whitewater runs, the paddling is as extreme as the landscape. This is one for the bucket list.
Mosey through the rugged San Juan Mountains by horseback (local outfitters and stables have everything you need, including expert guides). Saddle up and get into the peaceful backcountry where waterfalls, wildflowers and a true way-out-West experience await.
Wake up to panoramic mountain views from your tent or RV this summer. Seek out secluded campsites at South Mineral Creek and Molas Lake Park or go off the beaten path and score a primitive spot on BLM and forest service public land.
Bike and Hike
Challenge your legs and lungs on some of the state’s most varied and jaw-dropping terrain. Pedal old mining roads and high mountain passes and hike to the Ice Lakes Basin and the famed mesmerizing Island Lake. For extreme singletrack, pursue the beloved Rainbow Trail, Bear Creek Trail and the hardcore alpine Boulder Gulch adventure ride. Stop by the Silverton Visitors Center at 414 Greene St. or the San Juan Public Lands Office at 1428 Greene St. for more detailed trail info.