Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns

Silverton, Colorado

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Silverton adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Photograph courtesy of Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce

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GPS: 37°48'N 107°39'W

Silverton is an old mining town parked in Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, alongside the Animas River. Mining ended only a decade ago, and the town has held on to its Victorian charm: 19th-century red-brick buildings, white picket fences, log cabins, and an old train station make up the compact downtown grid.

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The best way into town is a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a historic, coal-fired, steam-powered train that runs straight through the San Juans (adult tickets from $79; Silverton is a gateway to epic hiking on some of the major fourteeners—Elous, Sunlight, and Windom—and mountain biking in the San Juans. Take the lift up Silverton Mountain, fat-tires in tow, for thrilling—and advanced level—downhills, or head there in the winter for challenging backcountry skiing and boarding (lift tickets from $49;

Power up for a long day in the mountains with an eggs-and-hash-browns breakfast at Brown Bear Café (970-387-5630).

The Wyman Hotel & Inn is a historic Victorian B&B with a convenient downtown location (doubles from $95;

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