Starting in Silverton at 9,300 feet above sea level, this road is majestic from the get-go. The road climbs up to about 11,000 feet before descending down into a canyon and into Ouray. This drive takes just 25 minutes and is beautiful traveling either direction. A two-lane road with no guard rails to spoil the view, this one’s not for the faint-of-heart, but skies are almost always clear in the summer for incredible views. Go slow and take in the scenery!

Scenic Drive Tips

The road goes under a large concrete snow shed built to keep avalanches from sweeping cars off the road during the winter months. You can also choose to drive from Silverton to Durango instead of Ouray – this trip is almost as breathtaking, as you go up even higher before starting the descent down to Durango. 

Submitted By

Jim Cornwell, Dennis Adams

Photo Source

USA Today 10 Best

Important Note:

As indicated above, this scenic drive was submitted by an independent third party and has not been verified by Triple E Recreational Vehicles. Please do your own research on suitability, road conditions and road safety before attempting to drive this route.