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Million Dollar Highway, CO - Between Silverton & Ouray

One of many hairpin highway turns along the "Million Dollar Highway" between Silverton and Ouray, high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Though the entire 25 miles between those old mining towns carries the nickname, it is the 12 miles immediately south of Ouray through the Uncompahgre Gorge to the summit of Red Mountain Pass that earned the highway its name. This stretch through the gorge is challenging and potentially hazardous to drive; it is characterized by steep cliffs, narrow lanes, and a lack of guardrails; the ascent of Red Mountain Pass is marked with a number of hairpin curves used to gain elevation, and again, narrow lanes for traffic—many cut directly into the sides of mountains. The snow season there starts in October, and snow will often close the road in winter. Chains are frequently required to drive the route. Photo by Carol Highsmith.
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Million Dollar Highway, CO - Between Silverton & Ouray