This drive through the San Juan mountains refreshes the soul and allows us to put the world into perspective. The loop winds through towns that are quaint and historic. We drove through Durango, Colorado, a thriving western town, at the south end of the loop. As we headed north out of Durango on Hwy. 550 we went through Silverton, an historic Victorian mining town, and then up the "Million Dollar Highway" to Ouray, a quaint town called the Switzerland of America.
I posted some of the pictures we took. However, I have no pictures of the "Million Dollar Highway". That's because I was driving the car on a two lane road with lots of switchbacks. Driving north I was fortunate to have the mountain side to my right, which was rock cliffs going straight up. I know not how high because I dared not remove my eyes from the road. The traffic heading south had the excitement of hugging the edge of the road with no shoulder and no guardrails and a drop down into a canyon of I do not know how many feet. This 23 mile drive was through a beautiful rock canyon. But no pictures! Nowhere to stop to take them.
Enjoy the beauty of these mountains in my pictures below.