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A Brief Introduction to Million Dollar Highway

deadofnightWith so much natural and historical places to discover, Ouray is a treasure trove of sorts for sightseers. In order to make it there, however, you’re likely going to have to make use of US 550.

Commonly known as Million Dollar Highway, US 550 is the only paved road that allows people in or out of Ouray. The highway is over twenty miles long and it’s notable for a number of reasons, including how it semi parallels the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Despite its fancy name of Million Dollar Highway, the name refers to a twelve-mile stretch running south of Ouray through the Uncompahgre Gorge. This stretch will eventually lead drivers up to the top of Red Mountain Pass. These twelve miles are not for those that are uncomfortable behind the wheel. Drivers will encounter narrow lanes, steep cliffs, and no guardrails to protect their vehicles.

Million Dollar Highway comprises just a portion of the experience that makes visiting Ouray such a timeless one. From Jeep passes and picturesque mountain passes to its ghost towns and historic mines, there is much to see and discover. If you’re ready to explore what it’s all about, we’ll gladly provide the accommodations.

This update is provided by Twins Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs. Our Ouray Colorado lodging, full-service hotel has seven different room types including rooms for couples or families with children. Our amenities include hot springs, a free breakfast, spectacular vistas of the mountains, and much more. For additional information on our Ouray Colorado lodging location, please call 800.207.2700 or visit us at 125 3rd Avenue Ouray, Colorado 81427.


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