Fall along the Million Dollar Highway

Ouray, Colorado

September 15, 2012

The drive from Ouray to Silverton Colorado is always a jaw-dropper along the “Million Dollar Highway.”  We were treated to an exceptional ride this morning as the fall foliage is “early” this year.  The aspens in the mountain passes were a neon yellow.

This lovely group of aspens where found near Ironton Park at 10, 656 ft elevation.


The drive does not contain a straight stretch of highway or any guard rails.  The Million Dollar Highway was an old toll road built in the 1880’s by Otto Mears.  Just beyond the pull-out for Bear Creek Falls, Otto set up his tollgate at the narrowest point in the “road”, to collect his $3.75 for each vehicle.


The view looking up to Tico Peak.


No trip to Silverton would be complete without a steam train shot as it passes the Silverton Train Station with 12 cars of tourist.


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