The Million Dollar Highway from Durango to Ouray gained another bit of notoriety this week, earning a spot on a USA TODAY list of the “World’s most dangerous roads.”
The list written by Peter Koch of TheActiveTimes.com notes the highway’s 12-mile stretch south of Ouray is “steep, twisting and completely unforgiving of driver error,” particularly in winter.
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.
Locals said the highway’s reputation is somewhat overblown.
“I have no problems with it, but I drive it often, and I drive it in pretty much any weather condition,” said Chad Leaver, owner of the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, who chuckled at the news when reached by phone. “I’ve driven it in really heavy snow. I’ve driven it when it’s icy.”
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