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Adventure & History: Million Dollar Highway

Adventure & History: Million Dollar Highway
6 days
The canyon-clinging stretch of spectacular roadway between Silverton, Durango and Ouray is called “The Million Dollar Highway” either because it cost so much to build, the amount of gold ore that remained in the roadway’s fill or the figurative price for those amazing San Juan Mountain views.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local: There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.
Day 1
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Stroll Downtown Ouray

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Some call the mountain town of Ouray the Switzerland of America, as it’s situated in a river valley at nearly 8,000 feet, surrounded by the snow-capped San Juan Mountains. You almost expect to hear yodeling echo from these high hills.
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Ouray Brewing

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The Ouray Brewery is open daily. Our brewery has three levels with fine food and outstanding craft brews offered on each floor. Level one houses our kitchen and intimate pub. Level two offers... Read More

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Mouse's Chocolates & Coffee

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Handmade chocolates toffees caramels and truffles made in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Ouray.

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Dinner

Bon Ton Restaurant

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This historic establishment with a low-key, homey vibe serves old-school Italian & American fare. Read More
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Fellin Park

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Fellin Park — the Ouray Hot Springs Park — is located just south of the natural hot-mineral springs pool, a perfect place to relax and soak up the scenery. The gazebo and picnic area are available.
Lodging

Matterhorn Inn Ouray

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Ouray Premium Lodging when staying in the southwest region of Colorado. Close to Telluride, hiking, skiing, climbing, biking.

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Day 2
Breakfast

Artisan Bakery

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Come enjoy a breakfast/lunch, or just a pastry or coffee, in a cosy little restaurant on main strett, Ouray Co. Located at the South side of town, right on main street, in the old Wright Opera house. Read More
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Drive the Alpine Loop 4x4 Scenic Byway to Lake City

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The Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, a network of four wheel drive roads that connect Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton, traverses passes up to 12,800 feet while showcasing old mines, ghost towns, natural wonders, beautiful wildflowers, and abundant wildlife.
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Climb Elevated Eatery

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Elevated comfort food and craft cocktails served with attentive, friendly service.

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Switzerland of America Jeep Rentals & Tours

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Switzerland of America Jeep Adventures is Ouray Colorado's hometown tradition for exciting Jeep adventures. Rent a Jeep Rubicon, treat your family or friends to a private Jeep Safari, or join... Read More

Dinner

Outlaw Restaurant

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Tthe Outlaw Restaurant still has the same sign hung in 1969. Those who return come back with happy memories of the past, while newcomers take away experiences they will fondly remember. Read More
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Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool

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Nearly one million gallons of clear hot springs water, without the sulfur smell common in many hot springs. There are 3 pools ranging from 80 to 105 degree, plus lap lanes and a Wibit obstacle... Read More

Lodging

Beaumont Hotel & Spa

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The historic Beaumont Hotel & Spa is the only luxury hotel in Ouray, Colorado. Modern amenities include wireless high-speed internet & outstanding personalized service paired with... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Timberline Deli

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Longtime deli in Ouray. Fresh, homemade sandwiches, salads, breakfast. Great Burgers and Fried Chicken. The biggest scoop of ice cream in Ouray – it's a great deal! All items are available to-go.... Read More
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Hike to Blue Lakes

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Take Dallas Creek Road 14 miles to the Blue Lakes Trailhead. The lower Lake is a rewarding destination for a day hike of 6.6 miles round trip with an altitude gain of 1,600 feet.
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Taco Del Gnar Ridgway

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An “elevated fast food restaurant” with the mantra that a tortilla is solely a vessel to sail fresh thought-provoking cuisine with amazing flavors to your mouth. Read More
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Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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The "Box Canyon" Falls, Ouray's own wonder of the world, is the culmination of Canyon Creek narrowing and spilling thousands of gallons a minute of water over the falls. It is truly a dramatic scene. Read More
Dinner

Brickhouse 737

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BrickHouse737 is a gathering place that focuses on community, farm fresh ingredients, hospitality & travel inspired dishes. Read More
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Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodgings

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Continually flowing, all-natural hot springs Vaporcave, outdoor pool & private Lorelei. Charming accomodations, rooms, apts and 3 houses on Historic Register. Read More
Lodging

Matterhorn Inn Ouray

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Ouray Premium Lodging when staying in the southwest region of Colorado. Close to Telluride, hiking, skiing, climbing, biking.

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Day 4
Breakfast

Artisan Bakery

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Come enjoy a breakfast/lunch, or just a pastry or coffee, in a cosy little restaurant on main strett, Ouray Co. Located at the South side of town, right on main street, in the old Wright Opera house. Read More
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Mild To Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours

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Travel back in time and explore historic mining ghost towns, majestic peaks, cascading... Read More

Lunch

Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Steamworks Brewing Co. offers much more than just award-winning craft beer. Our "gastropub" fare includes regional meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas and spicy... Read More

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Durango Arts Center

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DAC is a multi-faceted hub for community arts that hosts and promotes contemporary visual and performing arts, arts education, dynamics exhibits, an active Docent program and the annual Durango... Read More
Dinner

Harvest Grill & Greens at James Ranch

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Our delicious meats, cheeses and vegetables are produced on the James Ranch using organic, sustainable, grass-based practices and have been for over 50 years. We strive to use organic... Read More

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Million Dollar Highway

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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 dramatic... Read More

Insider's Tip

Head to Silverton: Take the highway from Durango on to the alpine mining town of Silverton, where you'll stay the night.
Lodging

Inn of the Rockies at the Historic Alma House

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We are a traditional and historic Bed and Breakfast located in Silverton, Colorado.

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Day 5
Breakfast

Brown Bear Cafe

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Several beers on tap, large breakfasts, homemade soup, never-frozen burgers, sandwiches, fresh coffee that keeps comin' and more. Read More
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Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour

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Visit the secret underground world of the gold miner! Ride electric mine train then easy walking. See live mining equipment demonstrations. Pan for gold and silver - Free with tour purchase!  ... Read More

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Handlebars Food & Saloon

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Savor the flavor of our Wild West atmosphere in Silverton while enjoying some of the best grub around.

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Stroll Downtown Silverton

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Stroll the shops, cafes and saloons of this old mining town.
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Avalanche Brewing Co.

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Whether you're fueling up for your next adventure, or winding down from the end of your last epic, we strive to bring you the best food and beverage to compliment your visit to the rugged and... Read More

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Golden Block Brewery

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Fresh and bursting with flavor is the experience Golden Block Brewery provides. Serving Silverton, CO we offer great tasting craft beer brewed on premise. Create the perfect meal by combining an... Read More

Lodging

Inn of the Rockies at the Historic Alma House

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We are a traditional and historic Bed and Breakfast located in Silverton, Colorado.

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Day 6
Breakfast

Kendall Mountain Cafe

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A hidden treasure off the beaten path. Good homestyle food! Read More
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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

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Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Wind through... Read More

Insider's Tip

Lunch in the Trees: One of the most unique parts of your day at Soaring Tree top Adventures is the dining experience. You are provided with a four-course gourmet lunch served on a suspended platform overlooking the beautiful Animas River. Take in the view while you enjoy the tasty lunch of your choosing and a relaxing break during the middle of your day.
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Soaring Tree Top Adventures

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Largest Zip Line Course In the World! Rated the #1 Tour in U.S., Colorado, and Durango on TripAdvisor.com. 27 zip line spans, ranging between 56-1400 feet long! An all-day zip line adventure for... Read More

Dinner

Thee Pitts Again

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Take a scenic drive up the Million Dollar Highway or ride on the train from Durango to Historic Silverton. While visiting look for our Pink building and stop by to enjoy the only authentic award... Read More

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San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center

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This 3-story, 14,000 sq. ft.  Mining Heritage Center interprets the local mining history with comprehensive "Environmental Exhibits", including realistic underground tunnels and machinery and... Read More

Lodging

Inn of the Rockies at the Historic Alma House

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We are a traditional and historic Bed and Breakfast located in Silverton, Colorado.

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