Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Abigail's Headed to Her Blog Tour

The Million Dollar Highway stretches for about 25 miles in western Colorado and follows the route of U.S. 550 between Silverton and Ouray, Colorado.

The Vibe: There’s nothing like slope hopping out west, but spring/summer is the best time to see the small towns of Southwest Colorado — they’re culturists’ dream destinations.

Along the Way: The drive from Denver to Ouray on I-70 West is through some breathtaking landscape in the mountains and national forests. Ouray is a famous ghost town that’s quirky and well preserved — it looks like a film set for a Western. If you’re driving during cold weather, the claim-to-fame in Ouray is the ice climbing at Ouray Ice Park. As the largest ice park in the world with 200 climbing routes, it’s one of the best places in the U.S. for this recreation. Take US-550 South to Durango, a charming town that’s home to cute cafes and old-school saloons. You can also take in the great views with an old-timey train ride from Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum or at San Jaun National Forest. From here, via CO-145 North, it’s only two hours to Telluride, which is home to Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery. Travelers can visit the original safe in what’s now a sunglass store. Nearby highlights also include Ridgway, where True Grit was filmed; Sawpit, the smallest town in Colorado with a gas station and one street lamp (Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise own homes here), and the protrusion of Wilson Peak, the iconic mountain on every Coors Light beer can.


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