Ep. 69: Million Dollar Highway | Colorado RV travel camping

Ep. 69: Million Dollar Highway | Colorado RV travel camping

Travel with us in our RV on Colorado’s renowned Million Dollar Highway, a scenic and dangerous stretch of US Route 550 that connects Durango and Ouray via the historic town of Silverton. Camp for free with us in the San Juan National Forest, explore quaint downtown Silverton, take a 4×4 trip across Engineer Pass to Lake City, and learn about Silverton’s rich mining heritage at the San Juan County Historical Society Museum.

Filmed September 5-8, 2018.

* Campsite: Anvil Camping Area https://www.campendium.com/anvil-camping-area


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  1. Gone Fishin on March 14, 2020 at 2:34 pm


  2. Mason U on March 14, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Beautiful State of Colorado I never knew! 👍 Keep the adventuring going! 😀

  3. J Burritt on March 14, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    I drove over Red Mountain Pass today from Silverton going north. It was a beautiful drive. I pulled our 5th wheel and our UTV trailer with my 1 ton truck. Beautiful area. The Museum, Mayflower Mill and the Old 100 mine tour is a fun and educational. The roads up there is wow.

  4. Gringo on March 14, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Beautiful country. Awesome museum. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Charlie the Tuna on March 14, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Look one of the first tiny homes in that caboose.

  6. Huck Outdoors on March 14, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Well done! Just subbed. Awesome content!

  7. Geezer Adventures on March 14, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    We traveled the "Million Dollar Highway" a few years back, going from Ouray south to Durango. My wife was white knuckles most of the way, and she wasn’t the one driving!! I thought it was hair-raisng in a mini van, can’t imagine going thru there with a wider wheel base camper!

  8. Rxonmymind on March 14, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Imagine bringing an off road RV over Engineers pass? Lol. Can’t be done?
    We’re muricans! Anything can be done!
    Seriously though, LOVE to wake up to that sight with a trailer up there.

  9. Craig Cardwell on March 14, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    That is an area I’ve wanted to visit for quite a while. Thanks so much for the narrative which are fantastic!

  10. Scott Foster on March 14, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    The best time to drive that pass is during winter, you don’t have all the tourists to slow you down. You will need good tires for the snow. Have fun.

  11. Curt Higgins on March 14, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Marc, awesome segment…I remember it well over 40 years ago when I last went on it! Not much has changed that I can see. Still scary in places.

  12. BenNstyle on March 14, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Marc ☕️ Just wanted to drop in and say howdy since I came over from RV Texas Y’all. I’ve subscribed, and look forward to watching more of your high quality – content packed videos! 👍🏼

  13. Copswife Kaye on March 14, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Ohhhhh, we want to do this so badly! We actually planned a trip tonight while sitting here watching this. But….one things, we’d love to camp at Anvil. We have a Roo hybrid travel trailer….all hard sides but then has the beds that unfold like a popup on both sides. What about wild life? Bears? What do you think?

  14. DAVE From OZ on March 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    O H YEEEA, BRINGS BACK MEMORIES… WIFE & I went there Back in 76 on our honeymoon , & 2 more times years later with kids… AND LEST anyone ever think i’m a mean overbearing cranky sort, the last time we ever drove that road, & our daughters boyfriend was with us as well when I LOUDLY ANNOUNCED TO ALL in the VAN, THAT they should look and enjoy the Beauty & ALL that the trip had to offer, and site-see to their hearts content❗️ B U T, While I am driving, I do not want to hear anything in the car in the way of ooooH’s & AHHHS,
    because I want to keep my eyes AND FOCUS SOLIDLY ON WHAT I am doing AND WHERE i am driving 😠
    TO ALL who have been there, I’m sure you know the feeling😰 LET THE DRIVER DRIVE, AND just keep your mouth shut and no sudden pointing or loud gasps😃👉 Actually, I’m ready to go back, it’s only the wife & I now… AND SHE KNOWS MY RULES😁😂 GREAT VIDEO👍😊 ✌️

  15. Matrixbabe53 R on March 14, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    As I watch your video, it gave me the sensation of driving the highway as I did few years ago!…my sister and I stayed in Durango, we had planned a day trip sightseeing the million dollar highway upto Telluride, it was awesome! However some areas were tight, but not scary at all, as long as no one is driving higher than 35-40 in certain spots, your good! But you managed to have good weather, it rained on our trip, but it was worth it! Nice video!!!

  16. Julie C on March 14, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Totally wonderful vid. Thanks for fantastic scenery. You are pleasant to listen to and music is great. Wow. Subbed

  17. Gavin Streetie on March 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    “ oh oh could be magic “ well almost , another stunning film by the star himself Mr grand Adventure . You are amazing Marc thanks for all your hard work filming G&Z

  18. Big Jim Flying on March 14, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Hi. First time watching your vids. And new sub. Love that type of travel. I have been on quite a bit but I am looking forward to much more in my retirement years. Will be traveling with toy hauler so the tour bike will always be with me, best way to see the scenery is without windows. Regards, Jim

  19. Melissa Mathis on March 14, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    That dirt road looks scary! Nice views.

  20. Bob Goodell on March 14, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Have a 32 foot Jayco will have any problem on the million Dollar highway want to camp in Silverton

  21. Nita Spaur on March 14, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Your videos are 99% awesome, but unfortunately the 1% absolutely prevents me from ever finishing one. You have a habit of choosing music with a high pitch annoying drone to it. Otherwise I hope to see you on the road.

  22. David Bottles on March 14, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Have been there may times, the absolute BEST of Colorado.

  23. Zanobia Shalks on March 14, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    WOW, I’m glad you were driving, and not me! Spectacular views! ML, Zanobia

  24. Laughing Ram on March 14, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Million Dollar Highway – that’s crazy!!
    I’ll have to make sure my wife, Kuuipo Burton, checks out this video – see if she’s up for a drive on that one in the future. 😉

  25. Sandra Tessem on March 14, 2020 at 2:59 pm


  26. dmsone on March 14, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    This video covers my favorite part of the entire US. Great Video.

  27. Loheac on March 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you for putting up a awesome video. That might be something that we will do one day. Olivia 8 years old from western NC.

  28. grumpy old fart on March 14, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    I waited too late this year to ride my little trail bike across the 550. Well, what the heck, the leaves are starting to change colors, so I guess I’ll just ride up the Blue Ridge parkway, and Skyline drive when the colors are in full color. Next year for sure. I like to ride slowly and look, and with the bike I can pull over and let traffic by as often as I like.

  29. Thomas Darby on March 14, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Back in 1992, before my disability laid me low, I was a tour bus driver based out of Flagstaff. I’d often get charters that took me up to Mesa Verde and Durango. The first time I went to Silverton with my 40 foot by 8-1/2 foot tour bus, it was white-knuckles all the way with 40 passengers who didn’t notice how much I was sweating.

  30. John Eagerton on March 14, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    This is truly an amazing driving experience. For flat landers new to this stretch of highway just remember, take it slow, don’t let the locals "push" you down the highway, and use the pullouts for letting others pass and to stop/ take in the views.

  31. Spell Madam on March 14, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Spectacular. Thanks. Love your channel

  32. GR Janny Dempsey on March 14, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    It is pronounced, “YOU RAY”.

  33. sajohnson33 on March 14, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Growing up in Maryland, other than vacations in WV I was not routinely on mountain roads. I’ll admit that when we first drove on some of the narrower roads out West — with no guardrails, no shoulders, and sheer drops of hundreds of feet — my first thought was, "these people are crazy!" I quickly got used to it though. At this point we’ve been on a lot of hairy roads with length restrictions, grade warnings, etc. It takes a lot to scare me these days, but one section of 550 did. I believe it was that stretch south of Ouray that you mentioned. We were traveling *south*, on the "sneeze and you’re dead" side. Not only was there no shoulder, the pavement was crumbling and the white line was missing in places! The lanes are very narrow in that area as well. I usually try my best not to be the stereotypical RVer doing half the speed limit, but those good intentions went out the window for a couple miles.

    To this day I will not drive on that road — not that segment anyway. I’m amazed it is a US highway. It looks like they graded and paved a mining road! I don’t recall any length restrictions for trucks, but there must be. I know we had large box trucks pass us going north and I was amazed we didn’t lose our driver side mirror.

    Here’s a good article:
    "Highway 550 named to ‘most dangerous’ list" (in the world!)

    Quote: "The portion of U.S. Highway 550 is listed alongside the “Highway of Death” in Iraq and the “Death Road” in Bolivia. Twelve roads made the list."

  34. john m on March 14, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Wow fantastic. We were in Durango last fall but did not go up the million dollar highway. We now have to go back and it is all your fault. Thank you for posting !!

  35. kong3 on March 14, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    It’s closed by avalances and epic snow fall right now. Nice job wonderful area. We live here and between these areas and Moab…paradise

  36. tallll70 on March 14, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    This spot near Telluride is really nice to see

    edit: thanks for nice video, awesome guide to places i’ve never been

  37. Witch Doc on March 14, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Masterfully shot. Concise and factual.

  38. Greg Homestead on March 14, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Not being from there, what do people do if they have a flat tire with no where to pull over?

  39. Cain tuckee64 on March 14, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    *This is great, I put this on "loop"; and enjoy coffee and a good cigar as I watch! Thanks for sharing Mark. :)*

  40. 北美景色自驾游 on March 14, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    i have drived on the road twice . i thought the road is in ut

  41. Yingying Yuan on March 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm


  42. RVstreet on March 14, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Mr. Grand Adventure,
    This was a spectacular video. You made my wife & I say, "OMG I want to be there". We actually are planning to go the west coast this up coming spring and summer which—could—include Colorado. We haven’t decided yet. We have a 35" MH, do you think going to Silverton via Million dollar highway is safe and a possibility for us in our type of coach? Any advice welcome.

    This video is awesome and inspiring. Nice job and very good editing. Thanks so much for your time to make and post this video. You should have more subs than you do. We’re still growing and we know the time it takes to produce this kind of content.

  43. grumpy old fart on March 14, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I begged Granny not to try Black Bear pass on her Harley.

  44. Big Jim Flying on March 14, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    And the person going up on the bike!

  45. Tom Austin on March 14, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Wow love your videos ❤️😎👍🚌thanks for sharing and safe travels

  46. Dale Ellis on March 14, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    The San Juan’s are part of my backyard, and always love seeing them. Just one suggestion Ouray is pronounced “you-ray”.. 😃

  47. Pandora Dee on March 14, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Great video! I just drove it 2 days ago in my Winnie Minnie. But it still had so much snow! I’m going to be a camp host up here outside Silverton, Colorado. In the National Forest. This video made me smile! That ride s/b on 550 was White Knuckle! I couldn’t take photos both hands were on the wheel, plus so much snow in some places. I realized in your video, that’s what I saw.
    Thank you for the professional video and if you make it to South Mineral Campground this season, that will be me there. Silverton, Colorado. 👍

  48. joemanpjg on March 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Awesome thank you

  49. Ann Schwarzen on March 14, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Огромное спасибо за видео!

  50. Jimmy Burnett on March 14, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Hey, just found your channel while watching other Colorado videos. ..trying to plan a trip! Not my first time to Colorado but time actually vaca here….any suggestions. ..I really want alot of outdoor time!!

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