A mix of artisans, backcountry enthusiasts and extreme athletes, Silverton is home to the most extreme, ungroomed, guided heli-skiing area in North America.
But in the late 1800s, it was a booming mining town. Experience what it was like to be a miner by riding a vintage electric-powered mining train one-third of a mile into the heart of 13,000-foot-high Galena Mountain. Not for the claustrophobic, the tour lasts 50 minutes. Afterwards, pan for copper, silver and gold outside.
A more famous train, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, offers scenic trips between the two towns.
When the sun sets, stay at the Grand Imperial Hotel, which was the largest hotel on Colorado’s western side in the late 1800s.
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414 Greene St, Silverton, CO 81433