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Red Mountain & Blue Sky
South of Ouray Colorado along US Highway 550

Last summer I spent a couple short days back in Colorado (on our way from Northern Minnesota to Southern California) ...

People often ask me If I miss the mountains since moving from Colorado .. My answer is yes, but more than the mountains I miss the high altitude blue sky .. (especially here along Lake Superior where it seems to be gray and cloudy 350 day a year).

The Milion Dollar Highway is a 25 mile stretch of US Highway 550 in Southwestern Colorado between the towns of Ouray and Silverton. It is an incredibly narrow and steep road .. often with immensely deep drop offs into the Uncompahgre Gorge

The elevations is high .. peaking at Red Mountain pass at an elevation of 11.099 ft. (3,383 m). My wife was having a tough time with the high elevation but she did indulge me in some quick photos ..

The highway goes by several remains of old mining operations (look carefully and you can find some in this image) .. and three high red mountains .. creatively named: Red Mountain 1, Red Mountain 2, and .. you guessed it .. Red Mountain 3.

There is a dispute over the origin of the name of the highway .. one story is that it cost a million dollars a mile to build .. another explanation is that the fill dirt contains a million dollars in gold ..

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