San Juan Skyway

It’s a triple whammy landscape and one that’s not to be missed. As you drive the Million Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray, you might feel you’re on the edge of the world. Meandering over 14 summits over 10,000 feet you’re going to feel like you’re on top of the world. The San Juan Skyway All-American Road, called one of the most scenic drives in America is a spectacular loop through the rugged mountains of Southwest Colorado. Along the way, you’ll pass through two National Forests and the San Juan Mountains, over the Animas and San Miguel Rivers, natural hot springs, and Cherry Creek, and a whole series of spectacular mountain peaks. As the road climbs into the mountains, the terrain changes from the dusty southwestern desert to blazing foliage and snowy peaks in just the turn of a head. The scenery is world class, yet there’s more to the route than that. The time-tested heritage of the journey includes the charming Victorian towns of Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, Mancos and Ridgway with mining and railroad history. You can live in the Old West for a few days. Rub shoulders with prospectors, cowboys, ranchers and miners. You’re in good company – visitors from around the world are intrigued by the culture that grew up in the American West when the law was young and prospectors were chasing their new found fortunes. Towns grew from muddy streets and wooden boardwalks to the beautifully preserved places you’ll see today. Nowhere else in the world can you find such vivid images of cattle rustlers, gold miners, wildcatters and other characters that have come alive in the memories of the old West.