Each town within the Silver Valley has its own personality, but there are many common traits between them. Filled with familiar faces, annual celebrations, bustling outdoor recreation, and heart, all of the towns in the Silver Valley have a sense community. The level of involvement you have in that local community is up to you.

Whether you’re strolling through Wallace’s historic downtown, enjoying a craft beverage at your favorite local brewery, or bumping into familiar faces in our locally owned shops, the Silver Valley is saturated in small-town charm. The slow traffic matches our slower pace of life. People wave as you drive past. Nearly everyone is willing to strike up a conversation or share their favorite local memory. How the small-town charm manifests in each village is different because their respective histories are unique, making their streets and stories beautifully unique too. There’s no doubt that the minimally urban, mostly rural Silver Valley fits the definition of this charm. The atmosphere is relaxed, genuine, and unpretentious. There are many cute quirks and hidden gems waiting to be discovered by travelers and residents alike.


Historic Overview The Coeur d'Alene Mining District defines the Silver Valley. The 24-mile long valley from the Montana State border, along the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River is barely 9-miles wide in places and houses rich, deep silver/lead/zinc mines. The mining industry brought prospectors to find wealth in the mineral reserves. Towns and communities were built around the successful mines, mills and processing centers.

Today, we are proud to boast mining over $157 million ounces of silver annually. Today, we enjoy the convenience of a major highway running through the Silver Valley, transportation is easy and very well maintained. While in the Silver Valley visitors and guests may enjoy a ski resort at each end, three golf courses in-between and over 600-miles of mountain terrain including lakes, motorized trails, fishing, hunting, scenic views, hiking trails mountain bicycling and road bicycling. The weather is seasonal, with approximately 100 inches of snow in the mountains and bare streets in the valley towns. Truly it snows in the mountains and rains in the valley here. The temperatures seldom drop below 15-degrees Fahrenheit, when it does it does not stay there long. In the summer the hot weather seldom reaches over 90-degrees Fahrenheit. The green tree lined mountains are a product of our 44-inches of precipitation each year.