San Juan Skyway Matt Inden Miles Media COOverview

Whether you take one day to drive sections of this beautiful byway, or 3 days to intimately explore and venture to stops and close destinations, San Juan Skyway will provide everything a traveler is looking for, from stunning views of green forests and red rock mesas, to both ancient and modern historic locations. Road-bike along the byway, camp near San Juan National Forest, hike to Mesa Verde, relax in hot springs, ride the narrow-gauge railroad, or just enjoy a beautiful drive along some of Colorado’s most varying landscapes.

233 miles / 375 km

Key Attractions

  • Mesa Verde National Park, near the cities of Mancos and Cortez, along the byway – an ancient city of cliff dwellings, rock art, and artifacts that belong to the ancestral Pueblo Indians, or the Anasazi people
  • Historic mining and railway locations – tourists may take train rides from Durango to Silverton, CO
  • Beautiful contrasts between the high mountain peaks (the San Juan Mountains), forests, and low meadows and valleys  - particularly beautiful in the Autumn months
  • Bridal Veil Falls, CO, overlooking Telluride, CO – 365 ft. waterfall with a wide stream cascading over a rocky cliff face and surrounded by beautiful forest
  • Fantastic mountain views for camping, fishing, hiking, exploring, skiing, driving, and world-class, challenging biking
  • Five million acres of wilderness in the San Juan National Forest and Uncompahgre National Forest

San Juan Skyway MapLocation

  • Located in the southwest of Colorado; 336 miles southwest of Denver, CO
  • Driving the byway (in a circle)
    • San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway begins in Durango, CO, at the junction of US-160 and US-550
    • Drive north on US-550 and continue on as it turns to Main Ave.
    • Continue north to Million Dollar Hwy in Silverton, CO
    • Drive northwest on Million Dollar Hwy to Main St. in Quray, CO
    • Head north to Sherman St, then head to west to CO-145, northwest of Placerville, CO
    • Drive southeast on CO-145 to Dolores, CO, then drive west to Mancos Rd.
    • Head east to US-550 in Durango, CO, where the byway ends

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(This site is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.)