Silverado, a California Historical Landmark, is an unincorporated community in Silverado Canyon, which is located in the Santa Ana Mountains in eastern Orange County, California. Silverado is situated at the boundaries of Cleveland National Forest. The area was mined for silver during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although the mines are now closed to the public for safety reasons, remnants of old mining operations such as the Blue Light Mine are still in the area. Timber was harvested for use by the railroad. Coal was mined at the time in Carbondale. Ancient sea life fossils can be found within the sandstone cliffs in the area.
Founded in 1878, Silverado is home to over 2,000 resists which mostly consists of artists and craftsmen who are seeking a rural life with easy access to larger cities. It also hosts summer concerts, an annual Country Fair, and an Easter breakfast.