San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway showcases the beauty encompassing Colorado Trail of the Ancients

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San Juan Skyway

The Trail of the Ancients also connects with the San Juan Skyway and Utah's Trail of the Ancients. In addition, New Mexico and Arizona/Navajo Nation sections are under consideration for National Scenic Byway Status.

If byways could claim royal lineage, the San Juan Skyway would rule them all. Mining towns and alpine splendor await you on this stunning journey across high mountain passes in the shadow of impressive 14,000-foot peaks. This All American Road runs through the same canyons and valleys once used by railcars a hundred years ago to transport miners and ore to and from remote mining camps. The segment from Ouray to Silverton is called the "Million Dollar Highway" but you really can't put a price on this experience.

San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway

What You Need to Know about the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway:

  • Major towns along the route: Cortez, Durango, Telluride, Silverton, Ouray
  • Special features: Mesa Verde National Park, Anasazi Heritage Center, Four Wilderness Areas, Four National Historic Districts
  • Distance: 236 miles
  • Driving time without stops: 7 Hours
  • Most beautiful time of the year to travel: Fall when the aspens are at their peak
  • Be sure to check road conditions in the winter