Traveling Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway by RV

We’ve spoken in the past about traveling Colorado’s scenic Rockies by RV, but today let’s focus on that stretch of road known as the “Million Dollar Highway.” From Silverton to Ouray, there is not a mile of this road that doesn’t offer unforgettable mountain scenery. Still wondering where to visit by RV this year? Find out why this scenic byway is a favorite.

Million Dollar Highway Route
As we mentioned, this highway stretches from Silverton, Colorado north to the rustic Victorian town of Ouray. Its official name is “CO-550.” This road, once built to link mining towns, is part of the San Juan Skyway that makes a spectacular loop from Durango through the San Juan Range to Ridgway then swoops south through Telluride down to Cortez before marching across southern Colorado back to Durango.

The Million Dollar Highway section of this famous route is only twenty-three miles long, but you should plan to take your time enjoying the sights. By the way, driving this byway requires a calm RV driver, as the route travels through high mountain passes, with the accompanying sheer drops beyond the guard rails.

What to See & Do along the Million Dollar Highway
Some travel information first: if you’re picking up a luxurious RV rental at our El Monte RV Rentals location in Denver, you can head south on I-25 to Hwy 50 at Pueblo, then west to Montrose. From there it’s a short drive south to Ouray, at the northern end of the Million Dollar Highway. That way you can experience both Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Royal Gorge along the way.

We’ve put our tips for things to do and see along the Million Dollar Highway in order by that north to south itinerary.

  • Ouray: Don’t miss these sights while you’re in Ouray – cross the suspension bridge on the edge of town into Box Canyon’s Falls Park, take a refreshing dip in the town’s enormous Hot Springs Pool and take a Jeep tour into the mountains to look for ghost towns. The carefully-preserved Victorian downtown is also a wonderful place to spend a day.
  • Silverton: Take your family on the steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway deep into the San Juan Mountains. Hike, bike or four-wheel your way into the rugged surroundings or simply walk this restored mining town’s streets and learn about its silver-rich history.
  • Durango: It may be an historic mining town, but it offers restaurants from bistro to honky-tonk. Start the day on your bike following a mountain trail, soak your sore muscles in the hot springs and then treat yourself to a new culinary experience!

RV Camping Along the Million Dollar Highway
Did we mention that the RV campgrounds along this scenic byway are equally memorable? These RV parks each offer enough nearby activities, tour services and scenery to build a vacation around.

Longing to reconnect with nature in a beautiful setting? An RV trip along Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway is the perfect solution. Hope to see each of you this summer in Colorado!

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