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Silverton, Colorado

September 20, 2013 1 comment

The road from Durango to Silverton is rated as one of the most scenic roads in the USA.   And haven driven it, we can only agree.  In addition, the aspen trees are just starting to color, making for some added color.  Certainly lived up to its reputation.  The road is pretty high in altitude, topping out at close to 11,000 feet.

Silverton is a former silver mining town (duh) and is at 9,400 ft altitude.  Population about 500, so small.   It is now in the Nation Historic Landmark District.   The Durango-Silverton train brings many tourists daily, so here are many cute shops and restaurants.  We enjoyed our lunch at the Pickle Barrel.

Leaving Durango behind, in the Animas River valley

Leaving Durango behind, in the Animas River valley

Aspen trees starting to change colors

Aspen trees starting to change colors

A view from Coal Bank Pass

A view from Coal Bank Pass

Awwww, shucks, here we are

Awwww, shucks, here we are

Going down to Silverton

Going down to Silverton

 Looking down toSilverton from the road

Looking down toSilverton from the road

Main Street, Silverton, the only paved street in town

Main Street, Silverton, the only paved street in town

Main Street, Silverton

Main Street, Silverton

A dirt side road, big mountain in the back

A dirt side road, big mountain in the back

Silverton court house

Silverton court house

Pickle Barrel, where we had a good lunch

Pickle Barrel, where we had a good lunch

Local taxi cab

Local taxi cab

Some very colorfol houses

Some very colorfol houses

The train arriving at Silverton Station

The train arriving at Silverton Station

You can certainly tell we are in the mountains!

You can certainly tell we are in the mountains!