Built in the 1880’s, the Million Dollar Highway is one of the most scenic drives with a rich history. Part of it weaves through the San Juan Skyway, which is known as one of the most breathtaking drives in the world regarding view. However, despite all the beauty, there are also some dangers.

A Dangerous Road

Swerving or reckless driving is definitely not advised on this highway. Along the entirety of the journey, there are very few guardrails and a lack of shoulders. Paired with the famous winding roads, this highway can be a dangerous drive to any driver, new or old in some places, such as Red Mountain Pass. Here there are steep cliffs and narrow lanes, both of which are accompanied by “S” curves (to help gain elevation) and zero guardrails.

However, don’t let the risks stop you from a spectacular journey along this road! Hundreds of thousands of people travel along this road every year despite the dangers, because the drive has one of the most beautiful views in the world. It also helps that each town along the stretch has fun landmarks and activities.

How far does it stretch?

The entire highway is over 300 miles long and it stretches from Montrose to Durango when limited by Colorado borders. However, it continues all the way to Bernalillo in New Mexico.

As you travel the highway, you’ll pass several small towns and cities with a plethora of fun activities. In Montrose, you can rent a paddleboard or kayak, or take a tube down the river in the Montrose Water Park. You can stop for a swim, hike, or boating trip at the Ridgway Reservoir in the Ridgway State Park.

When you reach Ouray, there are more than a few fun activities to partake in. You can take a dip in the Ouray Hot Springs or take a hike to see one of our many waterfalls. Even if you just want to stroll down Main Street to shop and eat, you’ll have a blast in Ouray! By continuing down to Silverton and Durango, you’ll see even more fun places to stop, take some pictures, or maybe get a hike in.

If you need to take a break on your trip, be sure to stop by the Ouray Chalet Inn. We offer cozy rooms and a central location. Book a room now and explore our little town with ease!