Welcome to Silverton

It’s a two-street town, but only one is paved. Greene St is where you’ll find most businesses (think homemade jerky, fudge and feather art). Still unpaved, notorious Blair St – renamed Empire – runs parallel to Greene. During the silver rush, Blair St was home to thriving brothels and boozing establishments.

In summer, Silverton hosts crowds off the Durango-bound steam train, selling them boatloads of trinkets. In winter, snowmobiles provide transportation, and town becomes a playground for intrepid travelers, mostly powder hounds.

Just getting here from Ouray on the Million Dollar Hwy is one of Colorado’s best road trips.

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$324.95 Water Sports

The Upper Animas Silverton Section Full-Day Rafting Trip

On the evening prior you will check into the main office at 5:15pm to get fitted for your thermal wet-suit gear and go on the orientation raft trip where you will take your practice swim in a Class II+ to III+ rapid.On the day of the trip, you will meet at the main office early in the morning. You will then take a shuttle to Silverton, Colorado via the Million Dollar Skyway. Here you will suit up for your river trip. Thermal wet-suits and booties are required all season and are included in the price. You are now ready to hit the river. Begin through “Animas Gorge” – continuous Class III rapids. Scout and run your first Class V of the day, “Ten Mile” rapid. Take a break for a delicious deli-style, riverside lunch. Return to the river for more continuous Class III rapids after lunch. Scout “No Name” rapid and brazen it, if you dare. Adventure more continuous Class III rapids. Arrive at Needleton Camp, take out & de-rig boats for the Durango & Silverton Train. You will board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train and unwind as you take in the sights of the Rockwood Gorge. Arrive at the Rockwood Station, and catch the shuttle back to Durango. Return the main office in the early evening.

$3060 Cultural & Theme Tours

Colorado Mountain Crests & Craft Brews

DAY 1: Mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist.DAY 2: Catch stunning views of the Rocky Mountains in between stops at historic and cultural locations, emerging neighborhoods and hidden gems of the Mile-High city. In the brewery district of River North tour some of the 45 breweries located in this capital city. Travel to Aspen along highways that are lined with jagged cliffs, winding roads over high-alpine passes and switchback turns with views that will keep your camera snapping. Take a casual 12 block stroll through historic downtown Aspen to get acquainted.  DAY 3:  Enjoy a leisurely morning hike through the Maroon Bells Wilderness. Or, beginners as well as experienced rafters can raft the Upper Roaring Fork. This section of river features beautiful scenery and wildlife. Meet in the afternoon for tastings at Aspen Brewing Company.DAY 4: Travel through McClure Pass, one of Colorado's most scenic byways. A trip on the West Elk Loop passes through national forestland, wilderness preserves, state and national parks. Upon arrival in Telluride explore the town on foot. Finish the tour at Telluride Brewing Company to quench your thirst with beer from one of the highest microbreweries in the world.DAY 5: Travel along the Million Dollar Highway today between Ouray, and Silverton. Much of Silverton is considered a National Historic Landmark and is the depot town of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 3-ft. narrow gauge heritage railroad has been in continuous operation since 1882. We’ll ride the historic railroad along the Animas River, through wilderness inaccessible by any road, for a steam-powered arrival into Durango.DAY 6: Visit Mesa Verde National Park, the largest archaeological preserve in the US. Explore cave dwellings inhabited by groups of nomadic American Indians as early as 7500 BC. Back in Durango visit one of the oldest craft breweries in the state. DAY 7: Depart for Colorado Springs, stopping in route in Salida, a quaint, western style town with a creative arts scene and a selection of breweries, distilleries and wineries. Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Hanging high above Colorado’s Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge is America’s highest suspension bridge and a legendary feat of engineering renowned the world over. An included final night pairings dinner will feature Colorado Springs’ internationally diverse cuisine and big tastes from small, local beer companies. DAY 8: Visit the historic mining town of Cripple Creek. Old brick buildings along the main streets will take us right back to the Old West. Tour 1,000 feet below ground to learn about the workings of the 1890s hard rock gold miner.