Would You Drive this Dangerous Scenic Route through Colorado’s Mountains?

Would You Drive this Dangerous Scenic Route through Colorado’s Mountains?


There’s a highway in Colorado that’s over 100 years old and is dangerous to drive, but it also has some of the best fall scenic drive views.

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Built in the 1880’s as part of the San Juan Skyway, the Million Dollar Highway crisscrosses the mountains between Silverto and Ouray. The two-lane road is less like a highway and more like a well-paved backroad. Steep side drop-offs are enough to raise the hairs on anyone’s back– but the views are incredible. The lack of a guard-rail provides unobstructed views for miles and arguably the best time to drive it is October, when fall colors are in full force.

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This is definitely not for novice drives– or anyone who gets nervous easily. Hairpin turns and tight passes are common. The road is open year-round, but snowfall starts in October and lasts throughout winter. Come prepared with a winterized car if you want to drive this road in the winter.

No one is sure where the name the “Million Dollar Highway” came from, but it sure is a gorgeous ride.

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Vivian Farmer
After reading books about far off places as a child, Vivian was hooked on travel writing. She traveled during her college years and wrote about wine, oil painting and wild hogs. She's planning her next adventures and writing about anything and everything travel related.

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