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US-550 / Million Dollar Highway, Colorado

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Mining District Sign...
US-550 roughly follows the Anias River, which empties into the San Juan River, which eventually empties into the Colorado in Glen Canyon NRA. But I digress.

US-550 is one of the premier mountain scenic roads in Colorado. It's also known as the Million Dollar Highway. It's unknown if it refers to the cost of the highway when it was first built, or that it refers to the gold and other minerals that were mined out of the mountains along this valley.

Durango, Colorado
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US-550 / Million Dollar Highway, Durango to Idarado Mine
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Stupid Tourist Photo...

Idarado Mine Site
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US-550 / Million Dollar Highway, Idarado Mine to Montrose
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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-50 (Colorado)
US-50 Link I drove US-50 (in Colorado) from Montrose to Salida, where I stayed for the night.

Along the way is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which was much more stunning than I expected, then through the Curecanti National Recreation Area, and over the remarkable Monarch Pass in the San Isabel National Forest.

Colorado / 27 Images. Visited Sep 2008.
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Trip Report: Sep 2008.

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