This round trip makes you discover the beautiful and pristine lansdcape of Colorado, the highest state of the USA. On its 233 miles you get to see several hidden treasures of the stunning San Juan Mountains.
San Juan Scenic Skyway is a breathtaking scenic route of 233 miles leading through the Centennial State. It owes its name to the impressive San Juan Mountains, a vast mountain range covering a huge fraction of San Juan National Forest.
Departing in the city of Durango in the midst of the Four Corners, where the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet. The route develops through several traditional mining towns and pristine mountain areas. Heading north towards Uncompahgre National Forest we get to see dense woodlands and pretty rivers before we turn east along Million Dollar Highway taking in an almost desert-like scenery. Getting back to Durango we drive through From Red Mountain Pass, a picturesque mountain saddle between Uncompahgre National Forest and San Juan National Forest.
In the small towns along the route - Ridgway, Telluride and Ouray – you can find gas stations. Nonetheless, you should fill up the tank before starting the tour in Durango, as the price here is usually lower than in the remoter (touristic) towns.
You need solid footwear, weatherproof clothing and enough to drink (preferably water). As there are no gas stations or restaurants along the way, you need to refuel beforehand and take a petrol can with you.
From Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) via US-Highway 160 and CO-172 S to Durango (distance: approx. 15 miles).
Alongside the route there are parking areas. Please look after signposted parking areas.