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The Town of Silverton was established on September 15, 1874, and is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado. Silverton is a former silver mining camp, most or all of which is now included in the federally designated Silverton Historic District. Silverton is one of the highest towns in elevation in the United States, at 9,318 feet (2,836 meters) above sea level. The town's population reached its low point of only 531 people in the U.S. Census 2000. In 2022, it was reported that it's population rebounded a bit, to 713 people.


Coal Bank Pass, at an elevation of 10,610 feet (3,230 meters), is a mountain pass to the south of Silverton and a part of the Million Dollar Highway (aka U.S. Highway 550), and is also part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. It has a steep 6.5% grade, and has a runaway truck ramp for trucks that lose control.


Molas Pass, elevation 10,912 feet (3,326 meters), is another high mountain pass south of Silverton and also a part of the Million Dollar Highway in the San Juan Mountains. Unlike some of the other passes on this part of U.S. 550, it has only a few switchbacks on it and is considerably less intimidating than some of the other bypasses (like Red Mountain Pass) on this same highway.


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Silverton: US Hwy 550 - North bound

US Hwy 550 0 0.2 mi W of CO-110 Silverton - Looking South


- Coal Bank Pass -

Coal Bank Pass, CO
(Hwy 550 - south of Silverton)


- Molas Pass -

Molas Pass, CO
(Hwy 550 - south of Silverton)


US Hwy 550, Molas Pass Summit, looking east, just South of Silverton


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