Million Dollar Highway
Million Dollar Highway
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Enjoy million-dollar views along this 25-mile highway that hugs the side of the mountain. It connects the Colorado towns of Silverton and Ouray while taking you past dramatic landscapes, from pine forests, valleys, and gorges to the snowcapped San Juan Mountains. The road is marked by hairpin turns, narrow lanes, steep drop-offs, and a lack of guardrails at some points, so drive carefully. A self-guided audio tour might help—you'll get to tidbits of the area's history along the way, too. There are cabins and camping areas where you can stay the night; you can also explore historic landmarks like the Ironton Townsite or hike to the summit of the surrounding peaks. – Tripadvisor
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  • L M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Words cannot describe how beautiful it is
    It's the most amazing drive I have ever taken. Going from Ouray to Silverton is a white knuckler at first and unfortunately the driver misses the view because you do not want to take your eyes off of the road. My husband and I have our favorite spot where there is a steam that is hidden and we stop there every time and sit on a rock in the middle of the stream, fill up our water bottles with and enjoy the scenery.
    Visited September 2022
    Written July 14, 2023
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts720 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible scenic mountain road with little traffic to spoil the views
    The Million Dollar Highway is an incredible scenic mountain road with little traffic to spoil the views. Plan to take your time on this road; there are a lot of switchback curves (think 15 MPH speed limits on those stretches) and a lot of mule deer wandering next to the highway to avoid. Be sure your gas tank (or EV batteries) are full; towns with services or restaurants are few in the middle of this national forest. Also be sure your vehicle is in good shape; the brakes, steering system and engine will get a workout. I did part of this at night; you're not as tempted to be distracted by the great views but the curves can come upon you quickly.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • NWATravelers1000
    Prosper, Texas215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, but...
    This drive through Colorado was Gorgeous..I guess. As the driver I did not experience the beauty much. Drivers really have no opportunity to take their eyes off the road. Be sure to allow enough time to pull off at the overlooks to experience views. The speed limit is safe enough but you know when a local is on your bumper wanting you to speed up. One should definitely schedule time to spend at Ouray. This is a great mountain town with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. Plenty of great food spots at Ouray.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Debi
    Nekoosa, Wisconsin13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing drive! Do not miss this!!
    Do not miss this! The views are amazing! There are places without guardrails. If you’re afraid of heights, I’d say driving from Silverton to Ouray is better for the passenger. It was not as scary as I anticipated, and totally worth it! The driver really has to keep their eyes on the road, so they will miss some of the sights. 25 miles goes by really fast!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Javier C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucketlist ✔️
    Mission accomplished: drove the million$$ highway and in December! (And I'm from South Texas) First- the views, the scenery, the drive is indescribable. Beautiful & awe inspiring to say the least. The highway is well maintained. The best part is the final stretch from Silverton to Ouray (and first part returning from Ouray). Slow & steady wins. My wife who is afraid of heights had her side window open throughout the ride. Respect the road, observe speed limits & don't be intimidated by the highway nor those speedsters that have driven this beautiful road a few times. No 4x4, offroad required for normal conditions. Again, the highway is well maintained & most folks are respectful, driving to enjoy this gorgeous part of Colorado.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 26, 2023
  • grandmalovestravling
    Hilliard, Florida232 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW!
    In April, we got on this road by accident because GPS gave us two options and we chose the shortest one. When we started up, it had been raining and then began snowing and the snow got heavier the higher we got. We never went over 20 mph going up and sometimes it was about 10mph around the corners. We were scared we would slip off the edge! Windows started fogging up, the temperature dropped to 28 degrees as we ascended. Husband was driving, he did a great job, however I was a basket case. Could hardly look anywhere but straight ahead or down into the car. We are two 70-somethings from Florida and have never driven in ice and snow. Made it to Silverton and stopped at a gas station. Owner said people stop there all the time, white knuckled and shaking from the trip. I have since seen beautiful pictures of the road we traveled and it is indeed beautiful, and the snow was enjoyed more on the way down to Durango as we were then on the inside, next to the mountain and you could enjoy the ride a little more. Would I do it again, no. We even talked to some people that were in Durango to ride the train that lived in Grand Junction and they said that they go around, not over the mountain.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2024
  • Susanne T
    North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina1,865 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful drive!
    The day we drove the Million Dollar Hwy, we had everything from dry weather to rain, sleet and snow. It was still absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed all the pull-outs and the (sometimes limited (due to fog or snow)) views. Please be careful and obey the speed limit; on this road it is there for a reason. The road is open for all cars and we saw 18-Wheelers, campers, motorhomes and all kinds of cars and motorcycles, so don't worry about what kind of vehicle you are driving.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2024
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Greenvilledan
Greenville, TX1,648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • 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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Chesapeake Gal
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is the most spectacular road I've ever been on. I've driven through the alps and this was even more amazing. However, I will also add, it's the only time in my life I've literally been frozen with fear (fortunately I was a passenger, not driver!) . We were at one particularly treacherous point and a storm suddenly appeared which was not in the forecast. There was hail, lightening, and freezing rain. We finally found a point to pull off and made it through the route to Silverton. It was terrifying, but even the storm was spectacular since we were in the middle of the clouds with the storm surrounding us. Despite this, I recommend that if you are brave and don't have acrophobia, the views are worth it.
Written April 26, 2023
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siglerk76
Warren, OH275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • 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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AuntieMame
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Every Fall we drive this route down to Durango. Every year it is magnificent. The colors are beyond beautiful and the weather can change at anytime. I have been there in the month of September and it snowed. There are wild Moose I recently learned down toward Red Mountain before you enter Silverton. Look to the east of the road along the water
Written March 7, 2023
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grandmalovestravling
Hilliard, FL232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
In April, we got on this road by accident because GPS gave us two options and we chose the shortest one. When we started up, it had been raining and then began snowing and the snow got heavier the higher we got. We never went over 20 mph going up and sometimes it was about 10mph around the corners. We were scared we would slip off the edge! Windows started fogging up, the temperature dropped to 28 degrees as we ascended. Husband was driving, he did a great job, however I was a basket case. Could hardly look anywhere but straight ahead or down into the car. We are two 70-somethings from Florida and have never driven in ice and snow. Made it to Silverton and stopped at a gas station. Owner said people stop there all the time, white knuckled and shaking from the trip. I have since seen beautiful pictures of the road we traveled and it is indeed beautiful, and the snow was enjoyed more on the way down to Durango as we were then on the inside, next to the mountain and you could enjoy the ride a little more. Would I do it again, no. We even talked to some people that were in Durango to ride the train that lived in Grand Junction and they said that they go around, not over the mountain.
Written May 10, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kevan j
Norman, OK1,468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
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, MN68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
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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Cindy
Georgetown, TX11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We drove from Ouray to Silverton in a 32 foot RV towing our Jeep. We had a scary experience when an oncoming 18 wheeler turned so sharply on a hairpin curve that the back of his trailer came over into our lane. Luckily we were at a place where my husband could hit the brakes and pull over to avoid a collision. It is a gorgeous drive however, if accidents happen they could be life or death. We later drove our Jeep across the highway going to Ouray and back with no problem. If we return to Silverton we will drive our RV there through Durango and only cross over the beautiful Million Dollar Highway in our smaller vehicle.
Written August 3, 2020
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Terri D
Fayetteville, AR333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Let someone else drive so you can see the terrain! Some real nail-biters and fun to experience. I was amazed at the number of tractor-trailer rigs that actually took this route. Watch your speed when you come back down...its really easy to tax your brakes, otherwise. Very cool pull-outs with historical mining info. Those guys had to be TOUGH!
Written July 5, 2020
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Fred N
Spearfish, SD914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • 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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