The elevation of a town or city is the term which denotes how high or low that area is in relation to the mean sea level of Earth. Many major locations around the United States and the rest of the world are built at relatively low elevations of around 500 feet (152 m) or less due to their coastal locations, but the town of Silverton in Colorado has an extremely high elevation. Silverton's elevation is 9,318 feet (2,840 m), which is almost as tall as many major mountains around North America.
Silverton is situated in very highly elevated part of the state. The top elevation of the nearby Silverton Mountain ski resort is 13,487 feet (4,111 m), while the highest point of the Kendall Mountain Ski Area is 13,340 feet (4,066 m). The nearby town of Durango, which is connected to Silverton by the famous railroad, has an elevation of 6,512 feet (1,988 m). Silverton is almost the highest city in the entire state, but is narrowly beaten by another mining town named Leadville, which has an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m).
Visitors and residents of Colorado need to be prepared for high elevations in general as the Centennial State actually has the highest average elevation in America. The mean elevation of Colorado is 6,800 feet (2,070 m), meaning that large parts of the state are situated at very high altitudes. The capital city of Denver, for example, is nicknamed the ‘Mile High City’ due to its elevation of 5,280 feet (1,609 m), while other major cities like Aurora and Colorado Springs also have high elevations of 5472 feet (1,668 m) and 6,033 feet (1,839 m), respectively.