This road is definitely the ride of a lifetime. Offering breathtaking mountain, valley and gorge views, the Million Dollar Highway cost a reported million dollars a mile to build. The road winds and clings to the mountain providing amazing views at every turn.
Originally hand-carved by Russian immigrant Otto Mears in the 1880s, to transport ore from Silverton to the railroad in Ouray, the modern highway remains open through the slip-and-slide snowy months. The original route was widened in the 1930’s but is still dangerous and narrow. As the locals say, you’d have to “pay me a million dollars” to drive that stretch in the snow.
So come join us on Day 6 of our Colorado Tour as we travel down the Million Dollar Highway.