Driving west on I-70 with the Colorado river to your south and the hogbacks to your north, put New Castle is in the rear-view… the road stretches on past to Rifle, but you’re getting off the interstate at exit 97. A left towards the river takes you to Silt Island park. Drop your fishing boat in, or walk by the river. South of Silt offers BLM lands, and the White River National Forest at the end of Divide Creek, or Uncle Bob’s Mountain down west divide. South of Silt can take you to an entrance to the Grand Mesa National Forest as well. These areas offer phenomenal hunting for elk, deer, mountain lion, and turkey.
Back to Silt through the roundabout have a cup of locally roasted coffee, Mountain Mama roasters at Misty’s coffee house or enjoy a cocktail at the Miner’s claim. North of Silt is home to Harvey Gap, a great fishing hole where your kids can splash and your friends can paddle board. Peach Valley is another gem of the area, with small ranchettes as picturesque as can be. Silt has a small population home to those who want to know, rest assured, that all roads out their back door lead to wilderness.