Silverton, Colorado


If Durango seemed a little too polished and modern for a small western town, you’re going to love Silverton.  The town has fewer people, fewer convenience stores, and fewer chain motels. Best of all, its downtown feels like it hasn’t changed in the better part of a century.

Surprisingly, I discovered when I returned home that I didn’t take a single picture of Silverton’s downtown.  I guess I was too preoccupied with all the other pictures I took in the mountains above the town (which we’ll cover on the next few pages).

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad D&SNGRR train

If you end up in Silverton around mid-day, it’s likely you’ll find the D&S train parked here, awaiting it’s trip back to Durango.  Go ahead and drive out the gravel road to the edge of the tracks, if you want to take a few pictures by the locomotive.

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad D&SNGRR train

Unfortunately there are some large high-voltage power lines next to the tracks, so you’ll have to be a bit creative with your photos, to avoid them.

On this trip, I didn’t spend a lot of time in Silverton, but on other trips, it became one of my favorite mountain towns.  Check out one such visit here.

Note: This trip was first published in 2005.

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