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 Silverton Avalanche’s Classroom, come into Silverton via US 550 on Greene Street (the only paved street). Turn right on 12th Street (at the bank). Our classroom is next door to the ATM at 114 East 12th Street. If you are looking for  Kendall Mountain Recreation Center, 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 Wyman Hotel  •  970-799-4952  • Offers 10% off hotel rooms for students

The Avon Hotel  •  303-910-2960 • Offers 15% off rooms for students

The Benson    970-387-9891

The Bent Elbow    970-387-5775

The Grand Imperial Hotel    970-387-5527

The Inn of the Rockies    970-387-5336

Teller House    800-342-4338


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

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.

The Avon

Recently restored live-music venue offering a full bar and cafe. 

144  East 10th Street  •  303-910-2960  •

Avalanche Brewery

Coffee, homemade fare, gourmet pizza, and extensive beer menu.

1067 Blair Street  •  970-387-JAVA  • 

Brown Bear Café

Good, old-fashioned home-style cooking.  

1129 Greene Street  •  970-387-5630

Coffee Bear Cafe

Breakfast and lunch served daily.

1309 Greene Street  •  808-557-7349  •

Lone Spur Restaurant

Breakfast and lunch cafe serving hearty cowboy inspired meals.

1219 Greene Street  •  970-387-5834  •

Kendall Mountain Café

Quaint cafe with excellent food & great prices.

1421 Greene Street  • 970-387-5768

Eureka Station

Offering a rotating menu that features seasonal food & drinks.

1225 Blair Street Street  •  970-387-8002 • 

Golden Block Brewery

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

1227 Greene Street  •  970-387-5962

Pickle Barrel

Elegant dining. Wonderfully atmospheric back-bar.

1304 Greene Street  •  970-387-5713  •

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