There’s a triple whammy landscape on the San Juan Skyway All American Road, and one that’s not to be missed. As you drive the Million Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray, you may feel like you’re on the edge of a precipice. In other places, it feels like you are on top of the world, meandering over 14 summits that are higher than 10,000 feet. The San Juan Skyway, a spectacular loop through the rugged mountains of Southwest Colorado, is often referred to as one of the most scenic drives. The scenery is world class, yet there’s more to the route than that. Time-tested charming Victorian towns with mining and railroad history include Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, Mancos and Ridgway. Along the way you’ll be passing through two National Forests, the San Juan Mountains, the Animas and San Miguel Rivers, natural hot springs, and Cherry Creek, and a whole series of majestic mountain peaks. As the road climes into the mountains, the terrain changes from the dusty southwestern desert to blazing foliage and snow peaks in just the turn of a head. Locals call it “Colorful Colorado” and others the Swiss Alps of America.
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