Drive the San Juan Skyway from Durango to Ouray

San Juan Skyway, Durango, Colorado, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Enjoy breathtaking scenery, small mountain towns, and excellent wildlife viewing. If you have the time, there are plenty of hiking trails right off the road.

The drive from Durango to Ouray via Colorado 550 (The San Juan Skyway) is one of the most gorgeous roads in the country. The drive itself is worth your time, but if you have time be sure to make stops along the way at the many waterfalls, hiking trails, and lakes along the road. This drive passes the Continental Divide as well as many other extreme elevation changes, so make sure your car has good breaks and you pack warm clothing!

Pack List

  • Full gas tank in your car!
  • Camera
  • Warm Clothing
  • Hiking shoes if you desire hiking
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beautiful drive all year round

9 months ago
9 months ago

Grew up in Ridgway and never got sick of this road. Endless adventures year round start here.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This drive is amazing and definitely one that I will remember for awhile.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Amazing way to experience the mountains of southern Colorado! Drive slow and careful and take all the time you can to stop and look around.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

If you go in Winter, stop in Ouray and watch the ice climbers. Make you to stop at the overlook near Bear(?) Creek Falls along the Million Dollar Highway north of Silverton.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

The best part of Colorado! The bomb.com.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

One of the most scenic drives in Colorado. Drive this in early fall for spectacular mountains covered in forests of gold.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Kristen May

Adventurer, hiker, and photographer. Planning my move to Salt Lake City to help further protect our public lands.

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