MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY
The feeling of being "in the void" for almost 30 kilometers, along a narrow asphalt line that runs, almost clinging, along the walls of a canyon and the slopes of the mountains, often skirting deep overhangs. The Million Dollar Highway passes through some of Colorado's most spectacular landscapes and is part of the San Juan Skyway. A "wild" road, which runs in remote and magical places, so isolated and fascinating made this path enter the ranks of the most beautiful scenic roads in the United States. Taking on the Million Dollar Highway on board a Harley means enjoying an exciting itinerary, winding like the coils of a snake, and with exceptional landscapes. Starting from Ouray in Colorado and heading to Silverton you will encounter a series of mountain passes (the Red Mountain, the Molas, and the Coal Bank) all over 3000 meters which engage you with a series of narrow hairpins bends. One of the possible origins of the name "Million Dollar Highway" will soon be discovered: with the sun high in the sky, the thin strip of asphalt, with one lane in each direction, will start to shine, as if it was paved with gold! This, together with the fascinating route and the unsurpassed views of the Rocky Mountains, will make this motorcycle trip unforgettable!
Durango is a very quiet town. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum is a must-see. It is a completely free museum dedicated to the narrow gauge railway, that is still functioning today and connects Durango to Silverton. The museum traces the history of this ancient railway track by exhibiting numerous locomotives, artifacts, work clothes, stories and anecdotes concerning the railway and the search for gold.
MESA VERDE PARK - MONTEZUMA CREEK -BLUFF
Left Durango, we cross the Mesa Verde National Park, passing through the towns of Mancos and Cortez. From Cortez, we continue to Towaoc and then we turn to Aneth, passing through Montezuma Creek until we reach Bluff. This path is truly beautiful, you alone with your motorbike, you will be immersed in an enchanting landscape with desert spaces but bright red. You can stop along the road in absolute tranquility to take pictures and selfies, you will not meet anyone ... Going ahead you will enter Utah in the town of Bluff, famous for its Twin Rocks: two twin rock pillars. Just below the twin rocks, you will find a local craft shop with an adjoining bar, where among other objects, you will find some very nice stylized and colored wooden hens that, as sais, will bring you happiness. My hen accompanied me for the whole journey from Bluff to home. We say goodbye to Bluff and take the US163: a road that I will keep forever in my best memories. This asphalt ribbon winds through colored desert lands, canyons, exciting ups and downs that reveal a spectacular landscape, until, from a distance, you can glimpse there, in all its monumentality (in name and fact), the much-dreamed Monument Valley! The shots are wasted and, I recommend, the inevitable photo of you on the bike with the Monument in the background: a must! Along the way, you will find the cute Mexican Hat: a rock formation that resembles a Mexican sombrero. From this point, only 20 minutes separate you from your entrance to Monument Valley.