Tuck inside the Colorado Rocky Mountains in San Juan County is a quaint little town known as Silverton. The tiny settlement is an incorporated municipality with roughly over 530 residents. Silverton started as a silver mining camp. Today, it is not an active mining town and survives on tourism. It has a historic district in its main section of town. It is connected to Durango by way of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. You can also take the scenic drive on US 550 from Durango and reach elevations of almost 11,000 feet at one point of the drive. The views are astounding. To attract more visitors, they opened an intense skiing mountain nearby called Silverton Mountain.
While in Colorado, my family and I dropped in on Silverton twice. The first time was on the train ride. Since we didn’t have much time to shop, we drove to Silverton a few days later. We were glad we did because they have quaint shops with local made items. The people were so nice too.