From Durango we headed to Ouray, Colorado which meant driving past Silverton on Route 550, also known as the Million Dollar Highway. It is part of the Trails of the Ancient Byways and is regarded as one of the most beautiful highways in Colorado, but is also one of the most dangerous because of its narrow winding road, steep ledges, sharp turns and lack of guardrails.
Ouray originated as a mining town and calls itself the Switzerland of America because it sits at the narrow head of a valley and is surrounded by steep mountains on three and a half sides.
Its main street is considered a National Historic District and the entire economy of the town is based on tourism.
For a small town of only about 1000 people, it certainly had a lot to offer with sightseeing and hiking.
We actually stayed in the town of Montrose about 40 miles away, but no pictures were taken there. It was basically a central location for the day trips we took each day.
Next time I'll take you to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.