Silverton’s Ghost Town

Silverton’s Ghost Town

Discover Colorado’s Most Preserved Ghost Town
Silverton Ghost Town Tour
Location: Silverton, Colorado
Adventure Level: Mild
Season: Mid May – Early October
Age: All Ages

Tour Description:

Discover the beautiful, awe-inspiring Million Dollar Sky Way as we drive you from Durango to Silverton on a Colorado ghost town tour or our packaged Trails & Rails trip. Along the way to the departure city of Silverton, CO, you will see the grandiose peaks of Grizzly Peak, Engineer Mountain, Pigeon and Turret, Spud Hills, the Twilights and Snowdon, all before even reaching Molas Pass! At Molas Pass, a large section of the San Juan Mountains can be seen followed by Molas Lake, a high-alpine lake set against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.

The old Victorian mining town of Silverton, established in the early 1870′s, is where we venture off road on old jeep trails and head northeast through the old mining towns of Howardsville, Middleton and Eureka and climb to 11,200 feet at Animas Forks.

Spectacular cascading waterfalls and snow-melt rivers cool the air as we climb in elevation. The drive is peppered with remnants of old mining claims and tailing piles. Animas Forks is one of the most preserved mining ghost towns in Colorado, with buildings still standing surrounded by high mountain peaks and rolling alpine meadows. Explore the old buildings and get a feel for an old mining ghost town just below tree line as your professional tour guide gives you an interpretive old west tour of Animas Forks!

Travel higher into the mountains and into the alpine tundra where you’ll view the wildflowers shining in a rainbow of colors, especially in mid to late summer. The vistas are unbelievable with spectacular creeks and waterfalls cascading down mountain sides in a spectacular display of Colorado splendor. Marmots, mule deer and elk herds may be seen as well as soaring hawks and eagles, or maybe even a black bear or a lynx!

Ghost Town Tour

Meet: Depart: Return: Cost:
Morning: 9:45 AM 10:00 AM 1:00 PM Adult $81*
Afternoon: 2:00 PM 2:15 PM 5:15 PM Youth $61*

Full Day Ghost Town Tour

Meet: Depart: Return: Cost:
8:15 AM 8:30 AM 3:30 PM Adult $149* Youth $115*

Custom Jeep Tour

Cost: $900* Choose your time and tell us what you want to experience on your private jeep trail tour! Base cost covers up to 7 guests and up to 8 hours. • Experience the Ghost Town Tour with a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad on our Trails ‘n Rails package. Click here for directions to the Silverton Mini Ghost Town Tour meeting location. *Additional River/Land Access Fees not included
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Important Considerations:

  • You must bring your own car seats for children who require them on the jeep trail tour, Mild to Wild does not provide any. The Colorado Car Seat Law states that children up to 8 years must be in an appropriate car seat/booster seat.
  • Dress in layers as it can be 5-10 degrees cooler in the high country.
  • Sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle are recommended.

Colorado Ghost Town Tour Highlights:

  • Animas Forks ghost town
  • Tumbling waterfalls and cascading creeks
  • Stunning views of the Million Dollar Sky Way
  • Wildlife: marmots, mule deer, eagles, sometimes bear of lynx!
  • Gorgeous Colorado wildflowers
  • Interpretive, knowledgeable guides

Ghost Town Jeep Trail Tour Trip Options

Trails & Rails

Experience a Colorado Ghost Tour and the Durango Train Combine your Ghost Town Jeep Trail Tour with a ride on the Historic Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the “must see” Million Dollar Highway. Cost: $164.65* Adult; $114.70* Youth • Departs: 8:15 TrainBook Now Learn More

Ghost Town Tour

See Ghost Town Ruins above Silverton, CO Explore the high country and ghost towns of Silverton during a half day trip on a custom open-air vehicle. Cost: $81* Adult; $61* Youth • Departs: 10:00 & 2:00 Mini-Ghost Town TourBook Now Learn More

Full Day Ghost Town Tour

We cater to you on this tour above Silverton! Discover cascading water falls, cool Rocky Mountain air, remnants of old mining claims and the most preserved ghost town in Colorado, Animas Forks. Cost: $135* Adult; $115* Youth • Departs: 8:30 Full Day Ghost Town TourBook Now Learn More

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