Fall and Winter Activities
FALL and WINTER begins a completely different experience in Silverton. Some of which include holiday and winter festivities, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice skating. Some of the best extreme skiing and snowboarding happens on Silverton Mountain. In town, Kendall Mountain is perfect for young families to enjoy a leisurely day of snow fun.
Silverton sponsors skijoring, an exhilarating sport with horses pulling skiers, dog sled racing, and snowmobiling right out our front door. The snow-covered San Juan Mountains around Silverton provide an enchanting setting for various outdoor winter activities including alpine, extreme, snow-cat and cross-country skiing; snowshoeing, ice fishing, natural ice climbing, ice skating, heli-skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. For high country bow, musket and traditional rifle hunters, we have some of the best elk and deer hunting to offer. It’s all here just waiting for you!
The Kendall Mountain Ski Area is a perfect spot for inexpensive family fun. At Kendall your family can enjoy a variety of downhill adventures including sledding, skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Open 11am-4pm Fridays – Sundays and 3-day weekend holidays, and school breaks. Closed Christmas Day. A full day lift ticket will only cost you $10 per senior (age 65+), $20 per adult (age 19-64), $15 per child (age 6-18). Children 5 and under ski for free
Molas Pass Cat Skiing & Snowmobiling
Spend the day enjoying the beautiful San Juan Mountains in a way few have ever seen. Das Haus is located just 5 miles from Molas Lake which has over 80 miles of snowmobile trails for you to enjoy. Climb up to approximately 12,700 feet on snowmobiles to stop for one-of-a-kind picture moments, or just enjoy the thrill of the adventure. Cat Skiing is also available at Molas Pass. See local links for information on tours, guides, and rentals.
Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing
All the beauty of downhill skiing, but without the help of gravity. Cross Country Skiing is known to be an excellent exercise, so go ahead and enjoy another CCA Cabin Cookie. Grand Lake has a wonderful Nordic Center to outfit anyone wanting to give this Olympic favorite a shot- even your four legged friend.
With plenty of lakes nearby, ice fishing is a big deal when winter freezes over. We can arrange a guided ice fishing adventure that will make your gas log fireplace greatly appreciated at the end of a fun day!
Since the beginning, San Juan County has been revered as a hunter’s promised land and well-known destination for game birds and waterfowl. Big game such as moose, elk and deer can all be found nearby. Let us put you in touch with an experienced hunting outfitter to guide you to the best spots. All hunters are required to purchase a Colorado hunting license. See local links for information on where to buy licenses and handy hunting atlases.
The wrangler tucks you into the sleigh under a thick,warm quilt and you’re off – gliding through the snow! The cheerful jingle of the bell-covered harnesses drifts back to you as the horses trot in unison around the beautiful mountainside. Enjoy hot cocoa while taking in the postcard-perfect vista of snow-covered mountains around you. There are several nearby businesses that offer custom horse-drawn sleigh ride for groups, couples or individuals. See the local links for more information.
Ride the Train
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers you an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience through the beautiful San Juan Mountains. This historic, coal-fired, steam-powered, scenic railroad runs May through October with service to Silverton and November through April with service to Cascade Canyon. For more information on options, including staying overnight in Silverton and returning another day, or taking back a late bus to Durango, check Attractions.