Silverton Avalanche Center 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.
LODGING IN SILVERTON
Silverton offers unique lodging options for budgets of all sizes.
Hotels and Motels
The Teller House
Our #1 Recommendation! Close to restaurants
tellerhouse.com • 800-342-4338
thebensonlodge.com • (970) 387-9891
The Bent Elbow
thebent.com • (970) 387-5775
Canyon View Motel
canyonviewmotel.com • (970) 387-5400
The Grand Imperial Hotel
grandimperialhotel.com • (970) 387-5527
The Inn of the Rockies
innoftherockies.com • (970) 387-5336
The Prospector Motel
prospectormotel.com • (970) 387-5466
Smedley’s Suites and Sweets
smedleysuites.com • (970) 387-5713
trianglemotel.com • (970) 387-5780
The Villa Dallavalle
Villadallavalle.com • (970) 387-5555
Seasonal and Vacation Rentals
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 • (970) 387-5705
Silverton Property Management
Offers weekly/monthly rentals
Silverton Property Management • (970) 387-0133
DINING IN SILVERTON
Silverton has a wide selection of restaurants and bars to choose from.
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 • avalanchebrewing.com
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 • grandimperialhotel.com
Kendall Mountain Café
Quaint cafe with excellent food & great prices.
1421 Greene Street • 970-387-5768
Elegant dining. Wonderfully atmospheric back-bar.
1304 Greene Street • 970-387-5713 • thepicklebarrel.com
Mattie & Maud’s Cafe
Delicious All-American Cuisine. Try the authentic fry bread!
1225 Blair St • 970-387-8002
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
Small locally owned Grocery store with a deli. Open 7:30-7:00 daily.
717 Greene Street • 970-387-5652
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