Its 16-mile (27 km) displacement divides the district into two distinct parts, the southern Page Galena Belt, and the northern Golconda Lucky Friday Belt.
Silver Mountain is thirty miles west, accessed from the Kellogg city limits by the world's longest single-stage passenger gondola, a quarter mile (400 m) from the highway.
Bicycling is fast becoming a key recreational pursuit for both locals and tourists in the Silver Valley, with trails and paths ranging from easy to extreme.
In addition to the challenging lift-served mountain-bike trails at Silver Mountain, there are two new major bike paths in the vicinity that use old railroad grades.
Lookout Pass ski area is also a primary staging area for the unique Route of The Hiawatha rail-trail, which begins in Montana and runs downhill through tunnels and over trestles to the North Fork of the St. The trail is named for the Olympian Hiawatha passenger trains of the Milwaukee Road railroad, on whose abandoned tracks, trestles, and tunnels the gravel trail rests.
The nearest major population center is the city of Spokane, Washington, which is 70 miles (110 km) west along I-90.
The growing recreational city of Coeur d'Alene is halfway in between.
The Silver Valley has also been referred to as the Coeur d'Alene Valley and the Coeur d'Alene Mining District.
Although miners were originally lured to the general area by the promise of gold, the primary metals mined in the valley were silver, zinc, and lead.
There are two alpine ski areas in the Silver Valley, both easily accessible from I-90.
Lookout Pass is at the east end of the valley on the Montana border adjacent to the freeway.
In addition to the economic difficulties, the valley has been saddled with significant environmental challenges.