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San Juan Skyway

4201 E Arkansas Ave, Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways, CO 80222
+1 800-962-2493
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Absolutely Beautiful Drive

We took this drive based on a recommendation from a local. There are many amazing look-out stops... read more

Reviewed December 31, 2017
Robin L
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Austin, Texas
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Go! The beauty outweighs a few miles of tight roads

We had been on this road several years ago and did not remember it being as treacherous or... read more

Reviewed November 28, 2017
IowaTravelFan
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Johnston, Iowa
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This 236-mile route, a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway as well as a National Forest Scenic Byway, passes through mountains, forests, old mining towns, ski resorts and ancient ruins.
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4201 E Arkansas Ave, Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways, CO 80222
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Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

We took this drive based on a recommendation from a local. There are many amazing look-out stops along the route. There are also a few opportunities to stop for lunch or a beverage.

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Reviewed November 28, 2017 via mobile

We had been on this road several years ago and did not remember it being as treacherous or difficult as we were reading in posts. We went again and did not find it to be as “scary” as many contributors would have you believe. There...More

1  Thank IowaTravelFan
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

From Durango, this 233 mile loop has the most amazing scenery. At times the drive is a little nerve-racking, but this is a drive of a lifetime. Quaint owns like Silverton and Ouray. Telluride is a short detour off of Rte 145. Ranches, small mining...More

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Reviewed September 10, 2017

My husband, 21 year old son and I were in awe of this drive. Without stops, it would take 5-6 hours, but we made so many stops that it took 12 hours! The views, sheer drops, magnificent mountains, waterfalls, aspens turning gold and more of...More

2  Thank Patty J
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Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

Forget wasting money on the Durango to Silverton train, this is where it's at! The only creepy part is the 10 miles south of Ouray and it's not that bad at all, just pay attention if you're the driver! There are plenty of overlooks so...More

1  Thank monoct
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Reviewed June 13, 2017

We have traveled in several regions in Colorado over the years, but by far, this was the best scenery we have ever seen. The scenery around every turn seemed to be trying to outdo the last thing we saw. My wife and I were traveling...More

1  Thank Alan T
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Reviewed May 18, 2017

My trip went like this: Colorado Springs to Montrose on the 50, then continue on to Ouray on the 550 .. overnight .. drive to Moab via Durango and Mesa Verde National Park on the 550/160/191 .. overnight .. hammer down to Las Vegas on...More

2  Thank LuvNiceThings
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Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I took the diversion to enjoy the mountain scenery and were glad we did Much of the time you are up and down with mountain views on every side and a rushing mountain stream running alongside the road Some of the peaks...More

1  Thank motorhead01
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Reviewed April 23, 2017

We loved this road so much that we drove it south to the end and then turned around and drove it back up! Lots of snow capped mtns. and great views all around. Lots of switchbacks but what's the rush? We had to head south...More

1  Thank nriemen
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Reviewed December 15, 2016

Even if it means adding a further few hundred miles worth of a detour onto your journey you have to see this stretch of tarmac. it is jaw-droppingly perfect. the scenery is massive, the surface is fantastic and it leaves you in awe of just...More

1  Thank Barbara A
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