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San Juan Skyway

Length: 236 miles. Driving time: 6 hours.

Red Mountain PassSan Juan Skyway MapIf 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.

Mesa Verde National Park
Anasazi Heritage Center
Four wilderness areas
Designated an All-American Road
Ouray Hot Springs
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
Animas Museum
Galloping Goose Historical Society
Ridgway Visitor Center and Railroad Museum
San Juan County Historical Society Museum
Telluride Historic Museum
Ouray County Historical Society Museum
Mancos State Park
Ridgway State Park
San Juan Skyway 25th Anniversary Events
Mancos Creative District
Ridgway Creative District
Telluride Arts District
Durango Fish Hatchery

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
Special Considerations:
Be prepared for summertime afternoon thundershowers
Bring a camera.
Inquire about road conditions in winter.

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  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Shumate Building
    Denver, CO 80222

  • Colorado Tourism Office
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