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US-50, Colorado

It's worth the drive...
I drove US-50 from US-550 (Montrose, CO) to Salida, CO. (I also drove US-50 from halfway across Nevada to I-15 in Utah, but I only have video, though I do have photos from Great Basin National Park, which is on US-50 in Nevada.)

It's another spectacular Rocky Mountain road. A half-dozen miles outside of Montrose is the turn off to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

10 miles East of Black Canyon, you touch Curecanti National Recreation Area, but soon thereafter enter the park, following the South Shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir then crossing the lake to follow the North Shore to Gunnison.

US-50, Curecanti National Recreation Area
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US-50, Monarch Pass Area
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Salida, Colorado
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Black Canyon Link Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park was a surprise, a narrow, deep river canyon with two thousand foot drop-offs just beyond the railing.

There is also a steep drive down to the Gunnison River, where you can see the East Portal of the Gunnison Tunnel that was dug through the mountain to supply the city of Montrose with water.
Near Montrose, CO / 44 Images. Visited Sep 2008.

US-550, Million Dollar Highway
US-550 Link The Million Dollar Highway is a spectacular mountain road which crosses the mining country of Western Colorado.

I drove it from Durango to Montrose in Colorado, a magnificent drive I'd recommend to anyone.

Colorado / 55 Images. Visited Sep 2008.
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Trip Report: Sep 2008.

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