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Silverton Recreation Area
 
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Alpine landscapes at Silverton Recreation Area display wildflowers, streams and snowfields. Visitors will have the chance to explore historic mining country, with major attractions including Animas Forks townsite and Sound Democrat Mine. Four-wheel drive rentals and tours are available, providing an excellent opportunity to explore the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, which passes through the area. Above the timberline, many roads offer possibilities for off-highway vehicle use. There are also snowmobile trails. Extreme skiing at the 1,300-acre Silverton Ski Area is for experts only.

Field Office:  Tres Rios

Total Area:  51,100 acres

Activities:
  • Byway
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Heritage tourism
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Water recreation
  • Winter sports
  • 4x4 and jeep touring
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Animas Forks townsite
  • Sound Democrat Mine
  • Four-wheel drive rentals and tours
  • Historic tours
  • Interpretive exhibits
  • Roadside rest stops without water
  • Available in Lake City, Ouray and Silverton:  lodging, restaurants and shops


Directions:  From Durango: travel north on US-550. From Lake City: travel west on County Road 20 and bear left to continue onto County Road 20X. Turn right onto County Road 21, then turn right onto County Road 2. From Ouray: travel south on US-550.