Silverton may be a small mountain town but it is packed with activities and adventures if you know where to look. Whether you are looking to enjoy a relaxing day of shopping and exploring downtown, or to hit the outdoors and explore, you'll find what you are looking for here. Take advantage of these top 5 things to do in Silverton on your next trip.
Silverton is a hub for all of the outdoor recreation and activities that you can think of. During the winter, experienced skiers can enjoy backcountry heli skiing in the backcountry. All ages and experience levels can take part in ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice skating and more. During the summer, take a hike, go rafting as a group, try your luck at fishing and more. There's no shortage of fun things to do outdoors in Silverton.
Pan For Gold
Silverton is at it's heart, a historic mining town. While mining activities ceased in the late 1900s, visitors still have the unique opportunity to explore a real mine and pan for gold during the spring and summer. The Old Hundred Gold Mine is a great place to visit to see mining demonstrations, learn about the town's history and even try your luck panning for precious gems at the end of the tour. What you find, you keep.
Stroll Through Historic Downtown
Downtown Silverton is a small area filled with shops, restaurants and more things to see. You won't have to walk far to stumble upon old fashioned saloons, museums, quaint churches and more. If you only have a few hours to explore, walking through downtown and visiting with the locals is the way to go.
Visit The Ice Lakes
Lace up your hiking boots, this hike is a tough one. Don't let the 2,430 foot elevation gain scare you away, if you do you'll miss one of the best views in Colorado. If you brave the 3.5 mile hike, you'll spot waterfalls and an old mining operation on the way to the Ice Lakes at the top. When you arrive, take in the gorgeous bright blue alpine lake. It's truly a sight that can't be put into words.
Rent A Jeep
See the sight of southwest Colorado from your own private Jeep or RZR. Rentals can be picked up at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton and taken wherever you want to explore. Rentals can last anywhere from 2 hours to 5 days, leaving you plenty of time to take to the roads and see everything you want to see.
These 5 things to do in Silverton barely scratch the surface of what this mountain town has to offer. Book your stay at a Durango hotel and plan your day trip today.