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Travel from Mesa Verde to Ouray

Heerlen, The...
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Travel from Mesa Verde to Ouray

Hi there,

I have some trouble with our route of our road-trip.

If we'd be leaving Mesa Verde around noon and drive to Ouray via Durango (Google maps: 2:45h), would we be able to make it to Ouray for dinner and still be able to stop on the way for the views and visit SIlverton?

Thanx for your help!

Patrick

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Madison, WI
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1. Re: Travel from Mesa Verde to Ouray

I'd say it's more like 3-4 hours to Ouray. 550 north out of Durango is the Million Dollar Highway...you go over three 11K (or close) passes...Coal Bank, Molas, and Red Mountain. You don't want to rush the drive anyway. Ouray is only about 25 miles north of Silverton, so I think it's doable. Stop at Handlebars Saloon in Silverton for a cold one.

Fruita, Colorado
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2. Re: Travel from Mesa Verde to Ouray

When are you planning this trip? If in the fall you will be sharing the road with the folks looking at the fall colors and the drive will probably be a little more crowded and you may want to stop for lots of photos. If in the winter there may be snow plows on the road or the road could even be shut down for short periods of time. Flexible plans are always needed.

WestSlope,CO
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3. Re: Travel from Mesa Verde to Ouray

Remember that driving down the mesa from Mesa Verde to the entrance can add some time to the trip.

There also might be some road work, but the delays aren't usually too long. http://www.cotrip.org/map.htm#/roadWork

Still yet, you should be able to get to Ouray for dinner.

Heerlen, The...
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4. Re: Travel from Mesa Verde to Ouray

We'll be going next year in late June, so no problems with the weather I hope.

I'm glad you alle think it's doable, than we can go ahead and plan further!

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