ADVENTURES IN OUR AMERICAN DREAM travel blog

Our drive started at the point overlooking Ouray..

The city of Ouray below..

Our first stop was to see Bear Creek Falls..

 

 

 

Back on the road, you can see the mountains are massive..

 

Jerry checking out the unusual color of water in the stream..

Look at the color of the beautiful mountains..

 

 

 

Our next stop...

 

 

 

 

Jerry getting a closer view..

 

 

 

Loved the painted windows on this old mining camp home..

 

 

 

 

It says...Artist Cabin on the front..

 

Arriving in Silverton, Colorado

Start of the drive back, I loved the views going back the...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The home with the painted windows below...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back at Bear Creek Falls..

 

One more look before going back to Ouray..

 

 

 

 

Back where we started, we hope you enjoyed the drive with us...last...


This is part two of our Million Dollar 4th of July update. I took so many pictures of this incredible highway, I will do my best to narrow it down as much as I can.

The Million Dollar Highway stretches for about 25 miles in western Colorado and follows the route of U.S. 550 between Silverton and Ouray, Colorado. It is part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. Between Durango and Silverton the Skyway loosely parallels the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We rode the train the last time we visited this area, this time we wanted to drive it so we could stop when we wanted.

Though the entire stretch has been called the Million Dollar Highway, it is really the twelve miles south of Ouray through the Uncompahgre Gorge to the summit of Red Mountain Pass which gains the highway its name. This stretch through the gorge is challenging and potentially hazardous to drive; it is characterized by steep cliffs, narrow lanes, and a lack of guardrails; the ascent of Red Mountain Pass is marked with a number of hairpin curves used to gain elevation, and again, narrow lanes for traffic—many cut directly into the sides of mountains. During this ascent, the remains of the Idarado Mine are visible.

Travel north from Silverton to Ouray allows drivers to hug the inside of curves; travel south from Ouray to Silverton perches drivers on the vertiginous outside edge of the highway. Large RVs travel in both directions, which adds a degree of excitement (or danger) to people in cars. We would never drive our RV on this road, but we passed several people doing so.

We were really blessed to be able to drive there and back in the same day. This way we were able to get all the best views. I personally think the drive from Silverton back to Ouray was the most beautiful. I have a ton of pictures to add, so I will let them tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more from Colorado.

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