"Drive the Million Dollar Highway" Telluride Things to Do Tip by etfromnc
Telluride Things to Do: 15 reviews and 15 photos
Near Telluride, but worlds away, a 24-mile stretch of U.S. Hwy 550 takes visitors back to the days when the West was still wild and the road conditions were not for the faint of heart. Connecting the old mining towns of Silverton and Ouray in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, the Million Dollar Highway traverses the Uncompahgre Gorge to the summit of Red Mountain Pass, where a series of hairpin turns – with no guardrails – flank stomach-churning vertical drops.
For me, it was a once in a lifetime experience. I cannot imagine any reason which would induce me to do that drive again. It is amazing to me even today that to have flown jet fighter type aircraft that I am morbidly afraid of heights.
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