San Juan Skyway
If byways could claim royal lineage, this one would probably rule them all. Start with the major towns along the route - Durango, a well-preserved descendant of the Old West; picturesque Telluride, renowned for world-class skiing and film, jazz, and bluegrass festivals; and Silverton and Ouray, Victorian jewels tucked in deep alpine valleys. Add another crown - Mesa Verde National Park, home to one of the densest collections of prehistoric ruins in the U.S. - and five million acres of undisturbed national forest. Then there are the roads themselves, snaking through the woods in the shadow of impressive 14,000-foot peaks. The segment from Ouray to Silverton is called the "Million Dollar Highway." But you can't put a price tag on this experience.
The San Juan Skyway was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as an All-American Road, the highest level of designation, in 1996. It is one of eleven America's Byways® designated in Colorado.
|Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
Mancos Valley Visitor Center and Museum
|Byways Corridor Management Plan:
San Juan Skyway Corridor Management Plan
San Juan Skyway Tourism Initiative May 2000
A Framework for Wayshowing: San Juan Skyway June 2013
Be prepared for summertime afternoon thundershowers
Bring a camera.
Inquire about road conditions in winter.
- Contact Information
San Juan National Forest
15 Burnett Court
Durango CO 81301
Email: [email protected]
- Program Contacts
- Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
Denver, CO 80222
- Colorado Tourism Office
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