Getting to Silverton

Silverton Avalanche School is located in the  heart of the San Juan Mountain range in southwest Colorado. The school is about 50 miles north of Durango, 65 miles south of Montrose, and 350 miles southwest of Denver (which is roughly a 6 hour drive away depending on road conditions.)

Silverton is surrounded on either side by mountain passes that are avalanche prone and close occasionally during storms. A 4WD is not essential but will certainly be beneficial, especially in bad conditions.  Do Not Take Ophir Pass Rd (630 Road) in Winter since it is closed.  For current road conditions, visit the COTrip website.

To get to Kendall Mountain Recreation Center , where most of our classes are held, come into Silverton via US 550 on Greene Street (the only paved street). Turn right on 14th Street (by Town Hall). The Kendall Mountain Recreation Center is across the Animas River at 1 Kendall Plaza.  

Nearest Airports

Durango County Airport (DGO)

1000 Airport Road, Durango  •  970.247.8143

Airlines: American, Frontier, United Express, U.S. Airways

Rental car agencies on-site:

Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ)

2100 Airport Rd, Montrose •  970-249-3203 •

Airlines: American, Delta, United, United Express

Rental car agencies on-site:

Need airport transportation or other services? 

We highly recommend you call Mountainside Concierge at 970-769-2259 or visit them on the web: 



Silverton offers unique lodging options for budgets of all sizes.

Hotels and Motels

The Teller House

Our #1 Recommendation! Close to restaurants    800-342-4338

The Benson    (970) 387-9891

The Bent Elbow    (970) 387-5775

Canyon View Motel    (970) 387-5400

The Grand Imperial Hotel    (970) 387-5527

The Inn of the Rockies    (970) 387-5336

The Prospector Motel    (970) 387-5466

Smedley’s Suites and Sweets    (970) 387-5713

Triangle Motel    (970) 387-5780

The Villa Dallavalle    (970) 387-5555

Seasonal and Vacation Rentals

Acme Guesthouse

Acme Guesthouse    (970) 769-6357

Animas View Cottage

Animas View Cottage    (970) 316-1966

Animas at the Wingate House

Animas B&B at the Wingate House    (970) 387-5520

Boulder Mountain Resort Home

Boulder Mountain Resort Home    (970) 387-5409

Das Rieder Hausli

Das Rieder Hausli    (970) 387-0133

Lola’s Place

Lola’s Place    (970) 387-5705

Silverton Property Management

Offers weekly/monthly rentals

Silverton Property Management    (970) 387-0133


Around Town

Silverton has a wide selection of restaurants and bars to choose from.

Montanya Distillers

Enjoy rum made from scratch by hand. Relaxed and refined atmosphere.

1309  Greene Street • 970-387-9904

Avalanche Coffee House

Coffee, fresh-baked pastries, homemade fare, gourmet pizza.

1067 Blair Street  •  970-387-JAVA  • 

Brown Bear Café

Good, old-fashioned home-style cooking. Where the locals eat!

1129 Greene Street  •  970-387-5630

Grumpy’s Saloon & Restaurant

At the Grand Imperial Hotel. Historic dining room and bar. 

1219 Greene Street  •  970-387-5834  •

Kendall Mountain Café

Quaint cafe with excellent food & great prices.

1421 Greene Street  • 970-387-5768

Pickle Barrel

Elegant dining. Wonderfully atmospheric back-bar.

1304 Greene Street  •  970-387-5713  •

Mattie & Maud’s Cafe

Delicious All-American Cuisine. Try the authentic fry bread!

1225 Blair St  •  970-387-8002

Eureka Station

Cornish tavern with tantalizing cornish pastry.

1124 Greene Street  •  970-387-9918

Golden Block Brewery

Serving pizza and fresh brewed beer daily. Offers take-out.

1227 Greene Street  •  970-387-5962

Silverton Grocery

Small locally owned Grocery store with a deli. Open 7:30-7:00 daily.

717 Greene Street  •  970-387-5652

Silverton Liquors

Wide selection of affordably priced wine, liquor and beer.

865 Greene Street  •  970-387-5491

San Juan Services

24 hour gas station. Convenience Store is open 7:00am-7:00pm.

315 Greene Street  •  970-387-5491