San Juan Skyway is a 230.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Durango, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Another one of the most scenic drives this country has to offer. The Durango to Ouray stretch being the best of it all. Highway 550 between these two towns puts you right in the heart of the San Juan's. The views are something that have to be seen, not described. I have driven this highway many times over the years. It never gets old. The other segment worth noting is from Telluride up and over Lizard Head Pass. Once you drop down the pass you follow the Dolores river back to Cortez. Mind you, the whole loop is as scenic as it gets if you like mountain scenery. For anyone living in the southwest, if you haven't been here, you need to make a point of it. They don't refer to it as the million dollar highway for nothing!!
Beautiful drive from desert to forested mountaintops. Destinations and activities unlimited along the drive.
If you ever travel to Durango, Colorado, remember to travel the San Juan Skyway. Although an experienced driver must complete this (curves and elevation changes), the views are outstanding within the Durango-Silverton stretch of the road. In spring the waterfalls and flowers blooming is a true masterpiece. Although in summer the views are amazing, traffic is usually backed up or slow. Fall is the most spectacular season with the fall colors even turning aspen trees bright red making the trees appear like they are on fire. Sadly the road is most the time closed in winter due to heavy snow or avalanches. Every time a relative comes down to Durango, I recommend this trip more than most the activities in Durango.
This is a beautiful drive through Western Colorado high country. I especially loved Telluride.
A lengthly tour of the San Juan mountains. Places include: Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Ridgeway, Telluride,Delores, and Mesa Verde NP. Awesome scenery.