From US550/6th St in Ouray, drive north 12 miles to CR10 and turn east. (1.8 miles past SH62 in Ridgway)
From Ouray to CR10
12 miles 15 mins
In General: Seasonal Closure
Length: 41 miles
Driving Time: min. 2 hrs 20 mins
In good conditions, this easy dirt and gravel road can be driven by most passenger vehicles. It will take you up and through the Uncompahgre NF, crest Owl Creek Pass at 10,114 ft, pass Silver Jack Reservoir, and end at US-50 2.5 miles east of Cimarron.
Head south out of Ouray. Near the end of the first switchback, turn right towards Camp Bird Mine and the falls. Drive past the falls entrance and follow the road towards the mine.
From US-550/6th St to the turn
0.6 miles 1 min
Camp Bird Mine Rd
Length: 9.6 miles
Driving Time: min. 45 mins
The road to Camp Bird Mine is well maintained gravel. Here, the route becomes CR 26 and begins to take on the character of a 4wd road as it climbs up into the canyon, becoming progressively steeper and rougher. The upper reaches may challenge vehicles without lo range gearing.
Starts at the top of Red Mountain Pass turning east off of US-550 just beyond the Red Mountain Pass sign.
From Ouray to CR14
13 miles 20 mins
Length: 6 miles
Driving Time: min. 40 mins
This easy route (CAUTION: If there has been heavy rain it can be pretty mucky!) leads you past the St. Paul Lodge for back-country skiers and along a winding ledge on the west side of the mountain range. You will pass areas with mining remnants, the largest of which is the site of the Brooklyn Mine.
From 6th St in Ouray, drive south 18 miles to CR8 to the west.
From Ouray to CR8
18 miles 30 mins
The route starts out as a wide, easy gravel road and winds through forested land in the Middle Mineral Creek area until it reaches tree line and continues to the rocky summit at 11,789 ft. The road descending into the valley is a long shelf road, narrow and very rocky in spots. It then enters a forested area before reaching the small town of Ophir and continuing on as a wide, easy gravel road to the intersection with US 145, the San Juan Skyway.
Starts at 6th St in Ouray and heads south to Durango.
From Denver to Ouray
283 miles 5 hr 40 mins
Length: 71 miles
Driving Time: min. 1 hr 30 mins
The Million Dollar Highway is the portion of the Skyway from Ouray over Red Mountain Pass to Silverton. The Skyway continues over Molas Pass then Coal Bank Pass and this section ends at US 160 in Durango. See the Telluride > SH 145 section to complete the loop.