We've been hearing about the million-dollar highway for years! So, after leaving the Great Sand Dunes area, we headed to Ridgway, Colorado to stay at Ridgway State Park.
Ridgway State Park, CO
Ridgway State Park is divided into three sections all along highway 550, north of the city of Ridgway, CO. We didn't know this when we arrived and we went into the Dutch Charlie section when we were supposed to be in the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk area. Once we figured that out, we found our way to our site which was very nice!
Ridgway State Park RV Camping is $41 a night, but it is full hookups with 30A service. What we didn't find out till a few days later when there was a ranger at the gate, is that we also need a state park pass on top of the $41. This runs $9 per night, or you can get an annual pass for $80 which was much more economical for our 2-week stay.
The park has 14 miles of hiking trails, including down to the adjacent river and up over the ridge overlooking the dam. Both hikes are really nice!
Our first outing into town was to the True Grit Cafe, named for the John Wayne movie that was filmed here. This place was decked out with all kinds of memorabilia from the movie.
Visiting with Friends!
Our friends Dan and Eva, who we haven't seen since our last time out west two years ago, were only a couple of hours away. So, we decided to meet up in Telluride, CO for dinner and some sightseeing.
Telluride is a very cool ski town but we were a bit early to the party as most everything was still closed. We were able to get dinner and walk around, however.
Million Dollar Highway!
The “Million Dollar Highway” is the stretch of US 550 between Silverton and Ouray, known for winding roads with sheer cliffs, no guard rails, and amazing views! It did NOT disappoint! You just need to watch the video for this part!
This is one of those locations we need to split into 2 parts to share it. In part 2 do some more exploring and hiking. 😀
- Moab and Arches National Park: youtu.be/UYr-DeCXAt0
- Mesa Verde National Park: youtu.be/yZAAlXkhi_4
- Great Sand Dunes National Park: youtu.be/4RgblOYExtk
- Ridgway State Park: cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Ridgway
- Million Dollar Highway: www.colorado.com/scenic-historic-byways/million-dollar-highway
- US 50 Closures: www.us50info.com/