Silverton

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Nestled at 9,318 feet above sea level in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Silverton is surrounded by public lands and provides the ideal basecamp for mountain adventures in any season.

Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy fat biking, Nordic skiing and snowmobiling on the area’s extensive network of groomed trails at Molas Lake Park and on the valley floor. Entire families can ski at beginner friendly Kendall Mountain for the price of a single lift ticket at larger resorts, while extreme skiers can fuel their stoke with the advanced terrain and heli skiing at Silverton Mountain. The area is also a mecca for backcountry skiing and snowboarding, and home to the grassroots splitboard manufacturer Venture Snowboards.

In summer, Silverton is the perfect jumping off point for hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking and four wheeling adventures. Iconic day hikes like Ice Lakes and Highland Mary offer abundant wildflowers and pristine alpine lakes, or backpackers can ride the Silverton & Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad to Needleton to access the Weminuche Wilderness and summit area peaks like Eolus, Sunlight and Windom. The Alpine Loop provides a full day of four wheeling and the opportunity to tour historic mine sites and ghost towns, while Black Bear Pass is a technical route for thrill seekers that connects Silverton to Telluride with expansive views along the way.

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