US-550, CO Felix Wong

Ok! Last week I had thought Breckenridge was the most beautiful area I had seen during the Great American Western Road Trip, but that was before I drove the stretch of US-550 (also known as the Million Dollar Highway) between Ouray to Silverton in Colorado! The bursting of brilliant yellows of the aspens, the jagged mountaintop peaks, the tilda-shaped curves of the road, the dramatic dropouts where a shoulder would otherwise be, and the red rocks looming above were truly sights to be seen, a drive to experience.

That’s all I have time to write. Pictures are worth 1000 words anyhow!

If you enjoyed this article, please consider receiving my weekly newsletter. I typically write about endurance bicycling, world travel, self improvement, Colorado living, marathon running, and epic adventures.


Quite a bit south of Montrose, CO, US Highway 550 starts out lush and green with just a tinge of yellow on this mid-September day. Going through the town of Ouray, dubbed "The Switzerland of America".  This is where the scenery really starts to become impressive. Following an Ouray Jeep Tours vehicle through a tunnel. A lake, yellow aspen, rocky mountains... you have it all here. Aspen starts to become even more brilliantly yellow! Look at the sign indicating how the upcoming turn will be like (like the '~' character).  There were plenty of these! Red rock mountain. At this altitude the forests start thinning out... Now, a horseshoe-shaped corner! Dirt mountainsides and a butte ahead. Lots of sweeping curves on this highway. The view ahead of the driver's seat of the Alfa Romeo. The driver, Felix Wong. Jagged mountain peaks and a blue lake. What a day for Alfisti!  What an incredible drive!

Related Articles

Leave a Comment