Sitting in a wide valley beneath the Rocky Mountains is the old silver mining camp of Silverton, Colorado.
At first glance there’s not much to this mountain town besides a few colorful buildings along Greene Street, the main drag. But easy access to the backcountry mountain terrain makes this an ideal spot for outdoor enthusiasts or even people who just want to get away from the hustle & bustle of cities.
The surrounding mountains hug the edges of town and make for a quick escape into the wilderness.
Looks like this rusty truck isn’t in commission anymore, but probably did its share of work back in the day.
A few more abandoned trucks along the roadside.
Old half-track military vehicle. Seemed a bit out of place parked along the road.
Silverton’s a National Historic Landmark and most of the historic buildings in town still look pretty darn good to me. Since they were mostly built around the early 1900s, the structures are over a century old now, and that’s about as “historic” as you get in the States.
Gotta love the bikers outside the pink BBQ building.
To Go or No
This was my first time visiting Silverton even after all these years in Colorado. The biggest problem (or I suppose some would say biggest benefit) is that it’s really out of the way for most travelers.
If you’re already planning to be down in the southwest corner of Colorado visiting other areas like Durango, Ouray or even Telluride, it’s not terribly out of the way. And the roads you have to take to get here (San Juan Skyway & the Million Dollar Highway) are scenic byways, so that’s a plus!
All in all, Silverton’s such a well-preserved town in such a beautiful setting that it’s worth making it a side trip, if not your primary destination.