US 550 / Million Dollar Highway / Coal Bank Pass / Molas Pass / Red Mountain Pass : Durango - Ridgeway

Star Ratings
5 star route rating
Corners : 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.7
Straights : 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0
Scenery : 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.7
Road Surface : 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.3
Visibility : 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.3
Police Presence : green 3 Motorcycle Road2.7
Hazards : green 5 Motorcycle Road4.3

Info
Route Added By : tvoyles
Date : May 14, 2006
Length : 119 kms / 73.9 miles
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Road Type : Mountainous
Map Key : Red = Excellent | Blue = Good | Purple = Other Recommended
December 16, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

IMHO one of the best loops in Colorado: Durango to Ridgway to Telluride to Dolores to Durango. This is marked as the San Juan Scenic Byway on road signs. Awesome!


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July 11, 2010 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

US Hwy 550 is known as The Million Dollar Highway. Carved into steep cliffs in 1930 for a cost of over a million dollars a mile. It has very few guardrails so the snowplows can push the snow over the 500' drop offs.
Coal Bank Pass - 10,640 ft. 3240 m.
Molas Pass - 10,970 ft., 3,340 m.
Red Mountain Pass - 11,018 ft., 3,358 m.
One of The best roads in Colorado.


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  • bking
  • Buell Ulysses
  • score: 14
June 23, 2010 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

A route well worth taking. Especially between Silverton and Ouray; this section is exceptional in both road and scenery. spectacular.


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  • tvoyles
  • 2005 kawasaki concours
  • score: 5