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The Million  Dollar Highway Loop is an amazing ride in Southwest Colorado.  Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs.  So, use caution and enjoy the magnificent scenery. The origin of the name Million Dollar Highway is disputed. There are several legends, though, including that it cost a million dollars a mile to build it, and that its fill dirt contains a million dollars in gold ore. First time you drive it, it's a real breath taker. Lots of sweaty palms. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. This road is famous for its stunning view and lack of guard rails.  We started this route in Durango and followed historic Highways from the start. 


From Telluride it’s a scenic ride to Dolores.  In Dolores you can continue into Cortez or take the shortcut straight to Mancos and then back to the starting point in Durango.


Location:  Southwest Colorado

Approximate Mileage:  225 miles

Estimated Riding Time:  5.5 Hours 

Surface:  Paved.




  • Durango - Pinkerton Hot Springs
  • San Juan National Forest - Molas Pass Overlook
  • Ames - Lizard Head Peak Overlook
  • Ouray - Bear Creek Falls, Uncompahgre River Overlook, Switzerland of America Lookout Point
  • Ridgway - Red Mountain Pass, Million Dollar Highway Overlook, Ouray County Ranch History Museum


Motorcycle Rides, Colorado, Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway, Placerville, Telluride, Dolores, Cortez, Mancos

Million Dollar Highway Loop

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  •  Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices. In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.


    We have tested many Smartphone Apps and here is what we have found:


    Please Note

    • Some Smartphone Apps require a paid version to allow importing routes.
    • Testing was for ‘Follow the Line” only, not “Turn by Turn”.
    • If you use an app not listed below, let us know and we will try to test it for you.
    • We are not experts on Smartphone Apps. We will try to answer any and all questions, but there may be better resources online.


    Apps That Will Work With Our Routes:


    • REVER
    • Scenic (IOS Only)
    • Kurviger (Android Only)
    • Detecht
    • OsmAnd
    • Avenza
    • Calimoto
    • Gaia
    • Ride with GPS
    • GPS Tracks
    • InRoute
    • Harley Davidson
    • Indian Ride Command
    • My Triumph
    • GPX Viewer 2
    • Garmin Explore


    Apps That Will NOT Work With Our Routes:


    • Google Maps
    • Apple Maps
    • Waze
    • Riser
    • ESR (Eat Sleep Ride)
    • RoadTrippers
    • Sygic
    • Guru
    • Road Warrior Route Planner


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