Scenic Driving

There are many places to go for a scenic drive in the San Juan National Forest. The San Juan Skyway and the Alpine Loop are just two of the beautiful drives available to those wanting to explore in their vehicles.

San Juan Skyway

San Juan Skyway Autumn

This 232-mile loop is a National Scenic Byway and one of the most scenic drives in America. It is open year-round (except when passes are closed temporarily by snow) and all travel is on paved highway. The San Juan Skyway allows visitors to travel through several communities linked by the Byway including Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, Dolores, and Cortez.

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Alpine Loop

Photo of Alpine Loop near Silverton.

The 65-mile Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway winds through the alpine terrain of the San Juan Mountains, connecting the towns of Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton. This gorgeous route is recommended for four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, and mountain bikes. This scenic byway is managed by the BLM as well as the counties that it loops through (San Juan, Hinsdale, and Ouray Counties).

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