From the bloggers at KOA
The Million Dollar Highway—a portion of U.S. 550 and the San Juan Skyway in southwestern Colorado—is so named for the precious minerals that were mined in the area. Either that or the view, as you navigate the twists and turns and jaw-dropping alpine scenery along the stretch between the legendary mining towns of Silverton and Ouray. But it turns out that this can be only the beginning of an excursion to be treasured.
If you’re driving north along that famed roadway, perhaps having started from Durango KOA Holiday, do your best to keep your eyes on the road. From Silverton, you’ll pass through the Uncompahgre Gorge, over Red Mountain Pass and into a town surrounded on three sides by 13,000-foot snowcapped peaks, a place in which all of Main Street is a National Historic District. Ouray bills itself as the “Switzerland of America,” but as you set up camp at Ouray KOA along the Uncompahgre River, you’ll be tempted to call it America’s most breathtaking town. Soak in one of the area’s several hot springs as you marvel at what a cool town it is.
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