Million Dollar Highway Waterfalls

Ouray, Colorado 81427

Million Dollar Highway Waterfalls

Million Dollar Highway Waterfalls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Million Dollar Highway is a 25-mile section of US 550, running north to south, from Ouray to Silverton. The northern half, through Uncompahgre Gorge and up to Red Mountain Pass, is especially exciting: narrow, exposed, with hairpin turns overlooking sharp drop-offs, edges of pavement that fall away into the abyss—and no guardrails.

Three roadside waterfalls offer relaxing relief for highway travelers, and a hike along the gorge provides a bird’s-eye view of the roadway and the falls. The Million Dollar Highway can be treacherous, especially in winter months, so observe the speed limits and go even slower if conditions require."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-10 minutes
8,120 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,810 feet
Top Elevation
Uncompahgre National Forest,, (970) 874-6600; Ouray Ranger District, (970) 240-5300; Uncompahgre Gorge Recreation Area, City of Ouray Parks and Recreation, (970) 325-7065,
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 66 E4; USGS Colorado Quad Maps: Ouray, Ironton
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Dec 2018