Drive the San Juan Skyway from Durango to Ouray

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    Added by Kristen May

    Enjoy breathtaking scenery, small mountain towns, and excellent wildlife viewing. If you have the time, there are plenty of hiking trails right off the road.

    The drive from Durango to Ouray via Colorado 550 (The San Juan Skyway) is one of the most gorgeous roads in the country. The drive itself is worth your time, but if you have time be sure to make stops along the way at the many waterfalls, hiking trails, and lakes along the road. This drive passes the Continental Divide as well as many other extreme elevation changes, so make sure your car has good breaks and you pack warm clothing!

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    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
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    Forest
    Handicap Accessible
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    River
    Romantic
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    Wildflowers
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    Beautiful Drive

    I love the drive on the Million Dollar Highway. The roads are narrow and windy but there is so much to see. Watch for wildlife especially once it starts to get dark.

    Gorgeous

    beautiful drive all year round

    Amazing

    This drive is amazing and definitely one that I will remember for awhile.

    Explorer

    🥇Top Contributor

    about 4 years ago

    Unforgettable

    Amazing way to experience the mountains of southern Colorado! Drive slow and careful and take all the time you can to stop and look around.

    Awesome Touring Route

    If you go in Winter, stop in Ouray and watch the ice climbers. Make you to stop at the overlook near Bear(?) Creek Falls along the Million Dollar Highway north of Silverton.

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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