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Must- Drive Route in Colorado
With towering pines and mountains looming in the distance, the Million Dollar Highway is one of the most stunning drives not only in Colorado, but in the entire United States. This scenic drive begins in the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado and snakes through mountains and forests for 25 miles to the stunning town of Ouray, which bills itself as "the Switzerland of America."
The origin of the name "Million Dollar Highway" is up for debate. Some say it refers to the price it cost to build each mile of this stretch of road in the 1920s, while others believe it comes from the legend that the dirt used to make this road contains $1 million worth of gold ore. It's also been said the name refers to the million-dollar views each driver is granted along this highway, which is also know as U.S. Route 550.
Although there may be debate about the origins of its name, there is certainly no arguing the pristine beauty of the land through which this road is carved. The two-lane highway passes through Mineral Creek Valley and curves in a series of hairpin turns which lead through three mountain passes. The highest of the three, Red Mountain Pass, towers at an elevation of 11,018 feet.
For those who like a bit of an adrenaline rush, the portion of the highway running north from Red Mountain Pass through the Uncompahgre Gorge will get your blood pumping! With narrow lanes and steep cliffs with no guardrail, this section of the drive is enough to make even a seasoned daredevil break a sweat. But as long as you pay careful attention to the road and maintain a safe speed, you shouldn’t have any problems other than a few butterflies in your stomach. Although it may be difficult with the beautiful surroundings, try to keep your eyes on the road. There are plenty of places to stop for a better view or a selfie that’ll make all your Facebook and Instagram followers jealous!
Whether you’re a native Coloradan or are visiting the land of the Rockies for the first time, a road trip along the Million Dollar Highway is something you just can’t miss! After taking in the endless panoramic views, head to Lady Luck Casino® Black Hawk to continue your adventure! Satisfy your cravings at Otis & Henry’s® Bar and Grill where we serve your favorite classics. Then get an extra dose of excitement on the game floor where you can choose from a wide selection of slots and table games!
Be sure to stop by on September 3 to join in the Miles of Smiles celebration! You won’t want to miss this event where you’ll have the chance to win cash or a brand new Camaro®! That’s right, you could win a shiny new set of wheels to take for a spin on the Million Dollar Highway!
Miles of Smiles Event Details
- When: Saturday, September 3
- What: Win a Camaro® or cash!
- Cash Drawings: 2–10 p.m.
- Camaro® Drawing: 8 p.m.
- We’re awarding $500 every hour from 2–7 p.m. and $1,000 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
At 8 p.m., we will select three lucky players! One will win a Camaro® and the others will win $1,000 cash.
Receive one free entry each day and earn additional entries for every 100 unadjusted points. Plus, earn 2X entries every Sunday in August.