Silverton Colorado was one of the places we visited when traveling to Durango in October. It was truly a step back in time. Established in 1882, the town is very small, around 630 people. Silverton is one of the highest towns in the United States at an elevation of 9,318 feet.
The first time we visited the town, we took the Durango-Silverton train from Durango. The train started traveling here in 1882. It pulls into town, past the depot, and into the center of town. The way I understood it, they did this to make the arrival more grand. The locomotives are coal-fired, steam-operated and are original from 1923-1925.
This is the first time I had been on a train and the scenery was truly spectacular. I highly recommend taking the train. We rode in one of the glass top cars and it was amazing. They also have really good hot chocolate! It was really cold when we went, and it gets even colder on the ascent to Silverton.
The train ride follows along the Animas River and through the mountains. We were there after the aspens had already lost their leaves, but it was still beautiful. I definitely plan to go back to catch the changing colors.
Visiting Silverton Colorado is a step back in time. There is only one paved road and it is the main road through town.
The main hotel in town is the Grand Imperial Hotel. It was completed in 1883. It was purchased in 2015 by the owners of the Durango-Silverton Railroad and completely restored.
Silverton Colorado is also the only place you can find Astorite. It is a beautiful pink gemstone with grays and whites blended throughout. Check out K & C Traders if you are in town.
Here are some images from our time there.
Baker’s Bridge is about 15 miles north of Durango. This area was used in the famous jump scene in the 1969 movie – ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ .
Even though the area itself is small, it is very picturesque. It was named after Charles H. Baker led a group of prospectors here looking for gold in 1861. The marker is pictured below.
My husband may be the only one that knows this, but I LOVE Highland fuzzy cows. Driving down a back road outside of Durango early one morning, these cuties were grazing along the road (pause for screeching tires).
Of course, I had to stop to take a photograph!
Someday, I will be close enough to snuggle one…I hope!
We found ourselves spending alot of time along Cascade Creek in Colorado trying to perfect our long exposure photography. The only thing that I didn’t like was the elevation. At about 8900 ft, I found myself having a really hard time adjusting to the increased elevation. Whew, I could never catch my breath!
It was so lovely and peaceful there. We spent quite a long time each day we were out there. Here are some images I captured there. I really hope you enjoy. If you ever get a chance to visit the Durango, CO area, I highly recommend going here. This area is right off of 550. There is a dirt road you can park along and walk down to it. If you are luck enough to have 4 wheel drive, you can just drive all the way down to the creek.
Hi! Just wanted to pop on here to let everyone know that my husband and I are out traveling for an extended period of time. We sold our house in Sand Springs and decided to take some time to go on some new adventures to see some things before we settle in again.
Our first stop was Durango, CO. It was the first time I had ever been there and my husband had been there with his family when he was young. The landscape is beautiful, especially driving north towards Silverton. We wanted to travel more of the Million Dollar Highway, but had a little engine light problem and was uncertain about traveling that road with little to no cell service, etc. out there.
Anyone who is thinking about visiting Durango, I highly recommend taking the train from Durango to Silverton. The scenery is spectacular any time of year as you follow the Animas River north. It was certainly an experience I will never forget. Here are a few pictures from our train ride. I highly recommend the Knight Sky car since it has glass sides and top for 360 degree views! The hot chocolate was also pretty spectacular!
Once we arrive in Silverton, CO it was like a step back in time. That is the only way I can describe it. There is only one paved road through the middle of town and the rest are dirt. The train pulls into the middle of town.
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