The Million Dollar Highway in Colorado stretching from Ouray to Silverton is fabled as the most dangerous highway in the United States. I took this fact as a challenge as I was traveling around Colorado with a friend of mine. I was warned by many not to drive south on the Million Dollar highway, US 550, because the southbound lane is more often than not on the cliff side of the road. With very few guardrails the southbound side of the highway often stops at the painted white line and then falls hundreds of feet.
One does not simply drive into Mordor…..errrr I mean the Million Dollar Highway, but we made it out alive, and we both agreed that it was our favorite part of the tour around Colorado.
US 550 is the kind of place where the only thing blocking your view of mountains is other mountains. It has some of the most beautiful untouched nature in the lower 48, and is well worth the risk, at least in the summer.
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