Million Dollar Highway

Million Dollar Highway, Silverton: Address, Million Dollar Highway Reviews: 5/5

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A six mile section of the San Juan Skyway with incredible views.
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RichSGF
Springfield, MO311 contributions
Couples
If you ever get a chance to drive down the million dollar highway I highly recommend it exceptionally scenic with multiple turn outs some beautiful waterfalls some near in some further away from the road

One of my favorite spots to photograph is Crystal Lake which is about 15 minutes south of Ouray. Look for a red stone abandon building on your left if you’re heading south from Ouray. Across from there you’ll see a metal gate and a road that leads to the lake go to the middle or at the very end of the road and look back towards the mountains, sunrise is quite spectacular.

If you just look where most of the people pulled over you’ll get the general idea where you need to get out and walk but there are some hidden gems that you really have to be paying attention and be quick to spot

We can thank Otto Mears for building this incredible road and Chief Ouray for letting him do it!
Written July 30, 2020
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CPG3
Woodburn, OR120 contributions
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We left the city of Grand Junction, on our way to Farmington, New Mexico. As we drove south, the stunningly beautiful San Juan Mountains loomed in front of us. As we entered them, the vistas were so beautiful that we just had to stop for pictures. eventually we reached the town of Ouray, which is a restored mountain village set between towering snow capped peaks. The town and its surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful. From Ouray to Silver City is a slow drive, but around every corner are more and more vistas that make it difficult not stop on every corner to drink in the beauty. If you are in South Western Colorado, don't miss this drive. It was awesome.
Written May 2, 2021
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Greenvilledan
Greenville, TX1,460 contributions
Couples
Wonderful drive, incredible scenery, but allow for extra time if you have to be somewhere on time.

The only problem was getting behind a slow driver ( the speed limits are already slow). It is very difficult to pass anyone.

We got caught behind people driving under the speed limits. There would be 10-12 cars creeping behind a slow driver.

The views were unbelievable and well worth the drive.
Written August 12, 2020
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kevan j
Norman, OK1,140 contributions
We drove through here as part of our drive from Utah to Oklahoma. We had never been here before...and it was truly awesome and beautiful. The views started to amaze as we approached Ouray and continued to amaze all the way through Durango. The road is very windy in parts and usually does not have guardrails. However, it was not particularly scary and the views of the mountain, the valleys, the towns, and the old mining operations were awesome. It would have been dangerous if I tried to take in all the views while driving, so I pulled over frequently to get out of the car, enjoy the views and breath the fresh air. We also took lots of time to enjoy the towns of Ouray and Silverton. They were both quaint and have lots of history. Very nice indeed! I highly recommend this drive if you have the time to really enjoy it. I would note that we made the drive when the weather pleasant and when the skies were blue. There was snow on the mountains but no ice on the roads...if the roads were icy it would have been scary.
Written November 9, 2021
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AnitaJack
Sartell, MN69 contributions
Be sure to pull of road at viewpoints and "take it all in"! We stayed overnight in Durango, then started towards Ouray for our adventure. Stop in Silverton to hike up a short trail to see the Miner's Shrine. A 9 foot marble statue of Christ is there. Walk the historic main street. We found sales on Teva sandals and sweatshirts.
Written November 1, 2021
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siglerk76
Warren, OH255 contributions
Family
We drove there with our four kids that from time to time pick their heads up from the devices and looked at the view, but me and my wife did not care, we loved it. It stretches for 50 miles but the best part is closer to Silverton and was the most breathtaking view of it all.
Drive slowly and enjoy the view, stop at any stop area that you want and have fun, don't rush the road.
It is a must see if you are in the area.
Written June 28, 2020
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Fred N
Spearfish, SD867 contributions
Couples
I usually travel on two wheels but ended up traveling the Million Dollar Highway via 4 wheels this time. It was Labor Day weekend and the traffic was heavy. The sights were excellent. Take the time to stop and take some pictures. We enjoyed one side trip to relax by a high mountain lake. Traffic moves quick and the road isn’t for the faint of heart. No highway rails makes you concentrate on driving rather than letting yourself get distracted. I will ride this road next summer. Safe travels.
Written September 4, 2021
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Mixa's Travels
Oldsmar, FL2,867 contributions
Couples
At the Visit Durango - visitor center we got some good insight and guidance on driving the Million Dollar Highway.
First do it! The scenery is spectacular. Go early, allow time for stops along the way. The curviest part is on the way from Silverton to Ouray. Plan 2 hours to go about 60 miles (without stops). Remember cars, trucks and buses drive this road daily. Yes a lot of it doesn’t have guardrails on steep curves.
Don’t drive in rain, snow, sleet and don’t drink alcohol. It is awesome.
Thankfully my husband drove. I navigated and took pictures. Yes, there are some curved sections with minimal shoulders that are steep - straight down and no guardrails that are a bit scary. But again this road is traveled safely on a daily basis. On the way up we stopped at Andrews Lake, Molas Pass, Red Mountain and a waterfall. Since we were taking the train to Silverton we continued on to Ouray, a very quaint and charming town. Seeing dark clouds over the mountains at Ouray, we headed back but still got caught in rain. So little stopping on our return. Thankfully, we eventually drive out of the rain. Hopefully, the pictures give a little feel of the beauty.
Note: The Million Dollar Highway has totally different views and scenery than the Durango Silverton Train. Plus the Highway going to Ouray is very scenic. The train only goes to Silverton. We are glad we did both as it is like experiencing two different worlds of this beautiful scenic area. One of mountains and the other of canyons and the river.
Written July 17, 2022
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860SusanB860
Rockwall, TX3,158 contributions
I had read many of the reviews regarding how dangerous this highway was to drive and almost backed out! I am so glad that I didn't.
The drive was not as bad as some of the things you read. Yes, there are steep drop-offs in places without guard rails. There are also some places with guard rails. There are many highways that have as much risk. As long as you drive the speed limit and have a driver that keeps eyes on the road, you won't have any issues.
We drove up from Ouray to Silverton recently on a beautiful sunny day. The aspens were turning at the higher levels and the scenery was beautiful.
I particularly enjoyed seeing lots of the old mine equipment and shacks left from years gone by.
This is definitely a must-see if in the area!
Written September 29, 2021
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Megan M
Woodbury, TN231 contributions
Couples
Had a no plan day so we decided to drive from Ouray to Silverton just for this Highway. Why not!?!? It was beautiful. So many pull over spots to get pics. I can’t imagine driving it in the winter. It was sunny in the morning and we had the top down in the convertible. It was 50 degrees at 8am in July! It wasn’t as overwhelming as some made it seem lol. We passed semis, horse trailers, campers… and they were fine. There’s places to pull over if you’re going to slow so that’s nice. Def stop at the bridge overlook to take pics!
Written July 6, 2022
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