But first, you have to go over Red Mountain Pass and through Silverton.
View of Silverton - Elevation 9300 - Once the stomping ground of silver kings and railroad giants, Silverton survives today as one of Colorado's most endearing destinations.
The Silverton district opened legally to miners in 1874, following the Brunot Treaty with the Utes. An estimated 2000 men moved into the region that year. They came from across the U.S., many parts of Europe and even China, to endure severe winters and dangerous mining conditions in their pursuit of the minerals they hoped would make them rich.