When you hear the words ‘multicity travel’ your first thought is probably to look at flights across the country or even the continent. After all, book far enough ahead and you’ll get a flight to virtually anywhere for the right price.
But, it’s not all about airplanes, there is still something to be said for a good old-fashioned road trip. Of course, if you try this Southwestern Colorado road trip it won’t even be old-fashioned. But you will get to enjoy the thrill of being on the road as you complete your multicity travel breakthrough, Colorado.
The route is 232 miles long and loops through the San Juan Mountains. Thanks to its height it is also known as the San Juan Skyway.
Once you transverse it you’ll appreciate why it is one road trip everyone should take at least once in a lifetime. You’ll see some of the most impressive views in the country as you pass through and under magnificent craggy peaks and alongside stunning meadows.
The best part is that the route takes you on Highways 145 and 62, as well as Interstate 160 and 550; all of which are considered sealed routes.
You’ll also get to experience in excess of 12 mountain summits which tower at 14,000 feet above sea level, or higher.
You can check out the Victorian mining towns and marvel at how people of yesteryear lived and worked. You can also keep your eyes open for an array of wildlife and some stunning waterfalls and other scenery.
The loop can be done in 2 days, or you can take your tie and really enjoy this multicity travel opportunity.
Whether you want to glamp or stay in luxury, you’ll find an option that suits your needs;
Starting at Durango
This is the biggest city on the Skyway and a great place to start. It has just 18,000 permanent residents but visitor numbers cause this to swell significantly most of the year.
Start with a stroll at the Animas river, you can even try fishing for Rainbow Trout. Then check out the wind-powered brewery, Ska Brewing Co, try the beer and the barbecue!
From Durango it’s a 48-mile drive to Silverton, you’ll climb up two 10,000 foot passes and see the first of the 14,000 feet mountain summits, Windom, Eolus, and Sunlight Tower.
You’ll also see sheep, black bears, deer, and a host of other wildlife.
Silverton itself is at the foot of a mountain valley, you’ll need to descend carefully.
If you’re feeling up to it there’s another f=great brewery here, The Avalanche Brewing Company.
Fully refreshed you’ll be heading to Red Mountain Pass, this is the highest point on the Skyway, you’ll want to stop for photos.
Ouray is surrounded by waterfalls and home to hot springs and thermal baths. You may want to stop at the Switzerland of America for several days!
As you head on you’ll leave the mountain tops behind and head into old-fashioned cowboy country.
Check out the ranching town of Ridgeway and get a great view of Mount Sneffels, which is 14,157 feet tall.
You’ll then travel onto Placerville before taking the Highway 145 to Telluride, a resort town at the base of a box canyon.
This is a great spot for anyone who loves outdoor adventures and you can even appreciate the summer Telluride Bluegrass Festival, or the October Film Festival.
After Telluride, you’ll want to drive up Lizard Head Pass and see Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak, both over 14,000 feet tall.
The route then takes you down and along the Dolores River valley for some truly stunning photo opportunities and another stop in Cortez, where you’ll find the Main Street Brewery.
The last section of the Skyway takes you through the Mesa Verde. This is an 81 square mile archaeological preserve, the largest in the country. Take your time and immerse yourself in the 600 cliff dwellings before you finish the last 30 miles back to Durango.
Don’t forget good footwear and an array of clothing to cover all eventualities on this impressive multicity travel trip.