Highway 550 (The Million Dollar Hwy) from Durango to Montrose, with a stop at the old mining town of Silverton.  Two mountain passes over 10,000 feet and one over 11,000 feet elevation.  You want to have a clear head and a bit of nerve.  No guardrails and no shoulder, makes it hard to take your eyes off the road and look down into the canyons.
Why is it called the Million Dollar Hwy?
Mountain ponds and lakes.
Abandoned mines a common site.
Silverton still an attraction and mining dollars out of tourists pockets.
Mountain waterfall under a bridge.
Only a river and a road share a cut in the rock.
 


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Lynn
05/09/2013 8:17am

Absolutely SPECTACULAR!!! Breathtaking!

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