Both Telluride and Silverton are rich in mining lore, and Cortez and Mancos stand at the entrance to perhaps the best Ancestral Puebloan site in the nation, Mesa Verde National Park.On the San Juan Skyway you can ride on what’s known in Colorado as the “Million Dollar Highway.” This specific stretch runs from Ouray to Silverton.
These 10 scenic rides are favorites with motorcyclists.
The byway cuts through a canyon for most of the way and follows the Dolores and San Miguel rivers.
Through the years, these rivers slowly ate away at the soft sandstone creating the flattop canyon through which you'll ride.
Tundra with brush no higher than a few feet is a contrast to the granite peaks of the Rockies that loom like immovable giants.
Distance: 48 miles (one way)Route: Estes Park to Grand Lake Travel time: 2–3 hours The original Santa Fe Trail carried pioneers and traders hundreds of miles over the prairie to points west during the 1800s.